Hey guys, listen: I haven’t ever been the biggest alt-J fan. I feel okay about admitting this NOW because I have recently changed my stripes. This new album of theirs - it’s really something different, in the best way. They’re just doing something no one else is really doing at the moment. Are they truly “the next Radiohead”? Ehhhhhh. But, I am loving the way they bounce beats of all kinds off of truly innovative guitar riffs, weaving intricate and clever lyrics through a web of tasteful distortion.
I often find myself get burned out on today’s music (and restaurants, movies, YouTube videos, clothing trends, tweets, everything, all parts of life) because innovation is so difficult to come by. I haven’t been around as long as many, but I feel like in an age of global information and the internet and iPhone 6’s, people tend to gravitate toward sameness. This makes me sad. Life is so much more colorful on the other side of Helvetica and…other boring stuff. I, myself, am in the constant process of learning to do/listen to/make/play/wear something different! Bless this record for reminding me to continue to do so.
"They sound like angry robots!" -one critic (me)’s objection to their first album. I gladly revoke this statement in lieu of This Is All Yours. Long live all things creative and new.