Is reviewer #2 actually paid money for his shallow, platitude-driven tripe? If so, that is truly depressing. (His casual dismissal of Maladjusted as a "train wreck" is almost more maddening than the review itself.)
I will say this again: overlooking "Art-Hounds" for a place on the album is a...
I'm not at all surprised by the negative reception, given that -- and this is a shame -- these reviews are not to take the outstanding bonus tracks into account. "One Of Our Own", "Julie In The Weeds", and "Art-Hounds" should all have been album tracks; all three could take the place of anything...
There are a few duds, but overall a good record. I've only ran through it twice, so of course more time with it is needed to form a definitive opinion. Highlights for me include: "Staircase...", "Julie In The Weeds", and "Art Hounds."
"Art Hounds" in particular is superb -- his best since "Pigsty."
Best (in order):
MØ -- No Mythologies To Follow
Trust -- Joyland
Dum Dum Girls -- Too True
Wild Beasts -- Present Tense
Sharon Van Etten -- Are We There
Kyla La Grange -- Cut Your Teeth
Cloud Nothings -- Here And Nowhere Else
Angel Olsen -- Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Agreed -- I find "Istanbul" to be decidedly lacking. It threatens the entire time to break through but never does. The bridge needed vocals and it should have finished with another chorus, or, preferably, some of Moz's renowned yodeling. "World Peace..." is the strongest track released thus far...
That's a very lame set. Incredibly static tempo. "To Give" should never be played live, "One Day Goodbye..." as an encore is ridiculous, and I cannot begin to imagine why he's omitted "National Front Disco." I hope something changes by the time I see him next month.