We'd been waiting for a good live video of "Warpaint" to surface as we've yet to see Warpaint perform it live and it contains what is possibly the best moments of their entire album, The Fool. But backup two seconds: How many of you used to read Punk Planet? Anyone? Well, about a million years ago they published a review of Bikini Kill's album Reject All American and described as being their pinnacle achievement, if not necessarily their best songs. Not that they were bad! But as a complete thought, American wholeness was possibly more worthwhile than individual singles. At first, this was a confusing 1+1 = 3 argument, but over time (like, uh 14 years), it's grown to be a heavy truism for the best albums. The Fool, as a collection of feels, is best experienced full, one song no less important than any other, like no one word less crucial to a complete sentence. Still, there are favorite syllables. Starting at 4:39 with the crash cymbal there's a brief moment of bass and guitar expansion and a little drummer boy roll before the prog fill at 4:55 and then the extremely powerful voice wind tunnel and then honey glazed, heartbreaking guitars. It is fully crushing. If you have not listened to this album, you totally should.
November 17, 2010