Sometimes you just gotta go so hard that whatever you do ends up sounding good based on conviction alone. Look at Lil B. That dude believes in himself on such a heavy level that it's hard to feel any different. Wayne did it too. Just kept calling himself the best rapper alive until everyone else agreed with him. ANR are by no means saying anything close to that, but there's a heavy level of conviction in their music. The same way TV on the Radio (of which ANR share some sonic similarities) put out the Young Liars EP and everyone was like, Whoa what is going on here? And they were like, OH YOU AREN'T ALSO MAKING ACAPELLA BARBERSHOP SHOEGAZE? But again, ANR aren't inventing the wheel, they're just making solid songs like "Big Problem," and sometimes that takes more balls than freaking out on some crazy experimental-for-experimental's sake shit.
February 01, 2011