I excitedly think to myself that this could be one of the best albums of 2012 even though it's one of the first. Then there's a gear change. The frenetic bubble of ideas from the first few tracks slows down to a big, echoey treacle with "Los Angered" (great title) and "Starlatine". My enthusiasm dips. "Candy Girl" is maybe too much of a pop song, if that's possible. And I'm hearing a lot of desert stuff? Is that the only place to dream? Are my third and fourth ears drying up?
My critical faculties blunted. Insight lost. This dream pop interpretation is a trickier lark than it first appears. Still 482 to go. I should never have read that blog review of Youth Lagoon, it stymied my mojo and no mistake.
Ratings: Smash Hits out of Twin Peaks