Am I becoming a grumpy, old bastard incapable of writing anything positive? This question, in all its negative glory, lodged in my brain a few weeks back after I submitted my second album review for Spectrum Culture, a Portland-based arts site. I didn’t exactly pan the first two albums I reviewed – Ty Segall’s Mr. Face ep and The Sidekicks’ Runners in the Nerved World – but I didn’t have much good to say about them either.
Enter The Dodos‘ new album, Individ. The San Francisco duo’s sixth record eviscerated creeping doubts in my own mind about my ability to praise a record worthy of praise. Individ stirred my senses, providing me the jolt of energy and emotion I had hoped to find in the first two albums I reviewed. You can read my full review here.
Here’s the Individ’s first single, “Competition”: