I only actually 'dislike' one or two. I'm not like "all these songs are amazing" but I'm not particularly offended by any of them... except SOOHM.
But California is turning into my favourite. I love the 3 california place tracks. Los Angeles, San Diego and California. I really can't believe people think the lyrics to California are bad, the song is about the album concept. people keep pointing out the 'spending time inside together' line as negative, but not when you think of the overall meaning. the whole juxtoposition of California being this beautiful place everyone wants to go to to make their dreams come true and they stay inside, don't know their neighbors, etc. It's actually really well done. the only bit of the song I find stupid is the na na nas. you took a song with a good premise then bloated it pointlessly, that annoys me. but the song itself is awesome as far as I'm concerned.
As for San Diego, Mark can say what he likes but to me thats about Tom. that chorus especially.
I think the biggest problem is Feldmann definitely, and I agree that the rushed songwriting has left for some weak concepts in places but I think there are some good themes dotted about.
I still can't decide if I like Sober, I'm mostly just confused by it. still not that fond of kings of the weekend and teenage satellites, Cynical is awesome for obvious reasons and I really enjoy No Future. Left Alone I keep forgetting about, it doesn't have anything particularly drawing for me.
Home Is Such a Lonely Place could have been a lot better and that makes me struggle really.
I like this album more than the AVA stuff I've liked recently, I'll say this much. I like it more than Dream Walker, but its a very mismatched record with lots of "huh?" moments to it. I think Feldmann was definitely a mistake, 100%. Matt didn't get to really contribute his sound and stamp to it, I genuinely don't believe he came up with half of these recycled guitar parts either. I wonder how much of this was just Mark. the worst part is people who don't like this record are going to blame the loss of Tom / the addition of Matt, but I don't think it's that at all. it's a shame, really. Mark's self confidence issues clearly got the better of him if he was that willing to hand the reigns over to Feldy.
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