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1. 90s alternative-influenced guitarwork. I know the "90s" thing gets thrown around a lot with Speedy Ortiz, but for my money the way Speedy Ortiz does it is less throwback and more a continuation of musical ideas born in the 90s, done in a thoroughly current context.
2. Lead singer/main songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Sadie Dupuis's lyrics are just so... ugh. So good. I read an article which says that each song has that one line which draws you in... and it's true. Some line will come off as humorous or hyper-serious, but always in that thought-provoking kind of way that lets you see the world in a new way.
3. Lyric writing is one thing, but Dupuis has the delivery down to a T. She squeezes her vocals between complex musical ideas, all while giving the lyrics a punch that few vocalists could pull off. I consider it a very modern way of delivering lyrics--it's got that sly English major smart-aleck vulnerability.
Anyway, Major Arcana is some of Speedy Ortiz's best material. The songs twist around an idea--some simple riff, perhaps, or Dupuis's croon--and then flip that idea on its head with a beautifully crafted chorus or bridge. It's like finally seeing in three dimensions--not just for the song, but musicdom as a whole. Not bad for a first (official) full length effort.
If you like this, do DO go and acquire the Speedy Ortiz discography.Read more ›
Speedy Ortiz doesn't reinvent the wheel of 1990's indie rock in any important way. What they do is authentically participate in it and, always, they strike the listener as "innovatively familiar". As is well documented, they cast a wide net gathering and conflating 20-ish year old indie sonic tropes. This has a very cute affect on people's reactions to their music. That is, everyone thinks that they sound just like their favorite band from the 1990's. Wow, creating art that makes people that happy via sentiment is a very cool super power! Just like everyone else, I can't stop listening to any of it without feeling joy. Sappy as hell, but accurate.
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I'll just say this right off the bat, there's more Polvo love than Pavement going on here. First off, they're too good of musicians to be Pavement disciples. Pavement were sloppy, stoned, and completely oblivious, which is what made them so good. Speedy Ortiz are much more meticulous in their songwriting and structure.Read more ›
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Excellent indie rock music, with nearly unintelligible songs due to the poor mixing! Nine brief tracks with a seven minute finale! Reminiscent of Pixies or The Amps! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Samuel E. Smith
Best new band I have heard in years. Could not be more hooked on this album. Wonderful lyrics and dreamy post-grunge/noise-pop guitar hooks!
Love, love, love!
This album was better than I expected. All the songs on the album are excellent. Especially "MKIV", "Gary" and "No Below" these were my favorites but in the... Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Jonathan Ven
I'm crushing hard on each member. I love Speedy. One Direction, eat your heart out. Oh, and this album is really good too.Published on January 2, 2014 by J. Wright
4 1/2 actually. As other reviewers have mentioned, this album perfectly captures many of the things I was listening to (and still do) in the 90s. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by Piehole
Remember how cool it was to live in 1993? I don't but if I did I'd have a time machine and go back and the music would be Pavement, Liz Phair and Nirvana (oh, do I have your... Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by monkeytot
If you like Pixies or Dinosaur Jr. or Breeders you might like this one.
Speedy Ortiz has original and poetic lyrics with some really good rock music to back it up.
one of the better new and up coming bands that are out there. i like it more then you know.Published on October 7, 2013 by Alan