Saying that fans of the "noise" will give up on the band just because this release is more cleaned up is kind of ridiculous - Leave Home wasn't that noisy to begin with, but certainly took a lot more risks, and didn't feel self-parodic like this album does (see: "Bird Sawng").
I don't really care for this album, but this was a well thought out review, Chris, The Mekons and Fakebook comparisons were good calls.
I don't think fans of Leave Home
will ditch the band just
because the new record is less noisy, but more so because the band has undergone a stylistic shift for which they don't really care. It happens when bands jump the tracks sometimes.
I agree that Leave Home
took more risks. That is probably still my favorite record that these guys have put out, largely for that reason. But I also disagree with the notion that New Moon
is in any way "safe," (you didn't say that specifically but I'm inferring, possibly incorrectly). I think the record goes in a lot of directions that most people didn't expect it to, and also will alienate a lot of fans, partially for that reason. So yeah, I think it does take some risks and it pays off a lot more than it doesn't.
If I wasn't so adamantly opposed to self-revising after the fact, I would have gone back and added that I don't really care for "Bird Song" either. That track does indeed fall flat, I agree.
Thanks homie, especially for taking the time to read it.
Also I'd like to just get this out there, but I don't really think this record is a 9/10. But we are supposed to use a 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, etc. scale. I'd give it around an 8.8 probably.