So far, it’s just like it was the first time. I love “My Country” in all its off-kilter, Radiohead-meets-Antibalas glory, and the “single,” “Bizness,” is pretty good. But the rest of it leaves me cold. In fact, it reminds me very much of Dirty Projectors’ Bitte Orca, an album that came close to topping Pazz & Jop two years ago and yielded for me one song I listen to all the time (“Cannibal Resource”) and nothing else.
This post (like many others) has far more parenthetical digressions than actual points. I guess I’m still surprised when an album (or movie, or book, or whatever) gets significant critical acclaim from people whose opinions I respect but leaves me cold. It’s the same way I feel about The Artist and Midnight in Paris, both of which got far more Oscar nominations (and plaudits from thoughtful critics and friends) than I think they deserved.