So I checked out the Galaxy 500 song, cuz I had never heard of them. It's so far out of time. Sounds like a group of 13 year olds in their dad's garage jamming for the first time. Is the whole album like that?
Yeah, it is. Those lagging drums sort of accentuate the whole lazy feel, and they are characteristic of the record as a whole.
Had this list wound up like last year's, I would have chosen something more in line with the accepted AP bands, but when people chose stuff like Springsteen and Kanye, I thought I'd add even more to the diversity with something that's underappreciated around these parts. That's a long list, to be sure, but On Fire
wasn't a random choice-- I still play it all the time.
There are a lot of complaints you could throw at it. Wareham is definitely a vocalist of "limited" ability. "Strange" has lyrics about the profound subject of Twinkies. From a technical perspective, it definitely doesn't conform to standards and probably doesn't succeed on its compositional merits. It's a record I love, not in spite of its "flaws" but because of them.