SHUFFLER 0019: DON’T CENSOR ME
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The Stills – “Ready For It” from Logic Will Break Your Heart (2003 Vice)
Here’s what I know. I’m not a music journalist, and I’m so glad for it. If I were a music journalist, especially at a pretentious online music emporium, I might feel compelled to wax pseudo-intellectual while writing an overly negative review of a really good band, acting as though other bands (Interpol, Posies, Libertines) have dibs on a certain sound, such that it doesn’t matter that in the near decade that I’ve owned this album, every time it’s come on my iPod I’ve been stopped dead in my tracks, wondering, often aloud, “Who is this? This is super good! This band is really interesting and refreshing!”
But whatever. Pitchfork says, boldly, that “this album is not a ‘classic.'” Fair enough, though they said it in 2003 when it came out, which kind of begs the question, IS THERE A STARGATE IN YOUR BEDROOM?
Anyway, I didn’t come here to make classics, or to write reviews, but to enjoy my iTunes library, which is what I always do when the Stills come on (but if you really want to know, I like them better than Interpol). It’s funny, because I got this album from a friend years ago, having heard nothing of the band before or since, but I still find it really fresh and intriguing. It does have that kind of eighties pop meets electroclash synth-stuff thing going on, with beautiful melodies and incredible vocal hooks. The comparison is in no way direct and probably even super left field, but I listen to this and the part of my brain that wonders why I don’t own any Duran Duran records is satisfied.
These guys were an indie rock band from Montreal, Canada, which we hear near the end of the song when everything slows way down and some real reverb drenched guitars take center stage. If you must read reviews, NME had a good one, and so did AllMusic.
Otherwise, dance and enjoy. Is that so hard?