The new White Denim album, Stiff, painfully generic. It feels like they decided they no longer wanted to be an 'art' band. Is this why the other guitarist left? The guitars and lyrics on this album are so generic... "Holda You" is basically one long rape/murder threat, which I understand is a 'lyrical genre' of classic rock n roll in a way, but man, it's 2016, that song just creeps me out. I also think the name of the album, and the album art, isn't juvenile fun, it's just juvenile. Maybe it was a statement of intent: this is going to be an album full of tasteless songs about sex and women.
Instead of being an interesting blend of several genres into psychedelic rock like on prior albums, they're bouncing hard between generic classic rock and motown impressions, and the psych is gone completely. I'm really sad. White Denim is one of my favorite bands, I had stupidly high expectations. I'm probably going to skip seeing them live next week in LA. I don't think anything will top the performance of At The Farm at the Troubadour, I'll stick with that memory until they release another good album.