I agree. Overall underwhelming, but some great tracks.
On that note, not sure if anyone agrees with me, but I don’t get why all these year-end lists from music websites have “Blue Moon.” I know it was the first single, but I think that track is actually way below average. I think “Morning” and “Waking Light” are awesome.
Brilliant. You are awesome. Now I regret posting my personal list.
For what it’s worth:
1. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
2. Spoon – They Want My Soul
3. Real Estate – Atlas
4. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
5. Pharrell Williams – G I R L
6. Mac Demarco – Salad Days
7. Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours
8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
9. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
10. Ty Segall – Manipulator
I’ll defend that Pharrell album till I die. Some of the best pop out there.
It was actually 2012, but I forgive you, because the 4 albums you mentioned were all in my top 10.
This may be unpopular, but I’m having real trouble with the New Pornographers album. Not really sure why, it just doesn’t click with me. I like your high placement of Cymbals Eat Guitars and Wye Oak – definitely enjoyed those ones, and need to spend more time with them. And I’ve played 1989 more times than I care to admit…
Gotcha. “I Just Don’t Understand” definitely sounds different than the other songs. It’s actually a cover of a 60′s song that the Beatles also covered. For some reason, thinking of it in that context with John Lennon fronting it makes it sound even better.
Every time I go back to the Men album, I’m surprised at how solid it is. So good. Also glad Stereogum gave them love. I think if the Men and Ty Segall released albums less often, they would be top 10 every time.
Yeah I agree, same thing happened with me. Maybe the production was too slick? Not sure. Still love “Manchild” though.
Interesting how much universal love there is for “Passing Out Pieces.” I definitely like that one, but my favorite two are “Let Her Go” and “Chamber of Reflection.” Those two are top 50 tracks of the year for me.
Which Spoon song do you hate?