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 Scott Creney

Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond (Other Music)

Mutual Benefit – Love’s Crushing Diamond (Other Music)

The string and vocal arrangements bring to mind Disney at its sweetest, or Van Dyke Parks at his straightest.

 Scott Creney

Happy Jawbone Family Band – Happy Jawbone Family Band (Mexican Summer)

Happy Jawbone Family Band – Happy Jawbone Family Band (Mexican Summer)

This is the most disappointing record I’ve heard all year. It hurts. Ken Kesey was right. Never trust a prankster.

 Scott Creney

Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain (Hyperdub)

Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain (Hyperdub)

Laurel Halo makes my heart go pitter-pat.

 Scott Creney

100 Greatest Songs Of All Time If You Spent Your Childhood Moving Around the US Without Anything To Guide You Except For The Radio

By Scott Creney

 Scott Creney

Roly Porter – Life Cycle Of A Massive Star (Subtext)

Roly Porter – Life Cycle Of A Massive Star (Subtext)

Play Life Cycle Of A Massive Star every morning for a week. If it doesn’t change the way you see the world, play it again. If after a month you haven’t gotten any results, accept that you are a corpse that someone forgot to bury.

 Scott Creney

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)

Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Merge)

Reviewing Arcade Fire is beneath me

 Scott Creney

of Montreal – lousy with sylvanbriar (Polyvinyl)

of Montreal – lousy with sylvanbriar (Polyvinyl)

It’s Dylan at his dandiest, the least earthy version of Dylans, the one least covered in dirt, self-applied or otherwise.

 Scott Creney

The New Sound of Numbers – Invisible Magnetic (Cloud)

The New Sound of Numbers – Invisible Magnetic (Cloud)

TNSofN are first and foremost an art band

 Scott Creney

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals (Mom & Pop)

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals (Mom & Pop)

I’m not saying Sleigh Bells are visionaries. I just think they’re paying very close attention. They push the logics of consumerism/consumption/celebrity to their breaking point, a grotesque extreme that would qualify as parody if it didn’t feel so real.

 Scott Creney

The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley (Juno)

The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley (Juno)

This isn’t just one more reunion. And I’m pleased to say that Uncanney Vally justifies its existence, the re-emergence of the band.