20 Second Reviews


A new series in which CK and Tk present album reviews that will take (depending upon your kindergarten teacher, guardian figures, genetic code, and personal history with words) about 20 seconds to read.

This time, Tk takes on Maximum Balloon and Sufjan Stevens.

Maximum Balloon (self-titled)

Disclaimer: My enjoyment of a dancey album tends to run a negative correlation with the number of guest vocal tracks.

The solo debut from David Andrew Sitek (of TV on the Radio) is a poor-man’s Dear Science… a bit groovier and more coordinated (i.e. less clunky) but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Note: David’s collaboration with David Byrne on “Apartment Wrestling” makes a great deal of sense, as TV on the Radio has seemingly filled the NYC art-rock void left by The Talking Heads.

Sufjan Stevens: The Age of Adz

An album that leaves me with the feeling that either Sufjan is an eccentric genius or he’s completely and utterly existentially and artistically lost. Age of Adz is a puzzling, moody work sure to be hated by some – don’t count me among the haterz, though.


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