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Re: Acts whose most recent record is their worst
I don't think Dirty Computer blows or anything, and I wouldn't have expected it to hold up to Archandroid. But it also lacks the tight songwriting and melodic ideas of Electric Lady to my ears (there's nothing as melodically bold as, say, the chorus of "It's Code"), and outside of "Make Me Feel" the choruses are less memorable across the board. And the guests are worse (even if I didn't think Brian Wilson was overrated as a singer, he's definitely not a great singer in 2018).
I've talked about the St. Vincent on here before - I don't get what other people hear that I don't. I find Actor/Strange Mercy/St. Vincent all very even quality-wise, personally.
I think Case is trying to be a little more diverse musically, which is fine, but it does mean her records have become more hit-and-miss. They still have some great songs on them though.
The last New Pornogs was definitely more memorable to me than Brill Bruisers and probably better than Together and Challengers as well (it's more fun at the very least).