I think one thing that irks me a little about music reviewing/ writing is the grandfathering in of certain artists. Just because an artist/group has put out amazing material in the past, doesn’t mean they lay golden eggs for the rest of their career. Pitchfork is so guilty of this behavior.
I misspoke. The production ON the vocals. There’s only so much out of tune groveling one man can take. Mark K.’s voice has been much better in the past. I’ve been asked by two different people to turn “Benji” down/off. One of which is a music beat writer in Seattle. I was on the fence about this record and when dude went on his frat boy rampage, I guess that sealed the deal.
1. “Salad Days”-Mac Demarco
2. “Burnt Offering”-Budos Band
3. “Shriek”-Wye Oak
4. “Worship the Sun”-Allah Las
5. “Bahamas is Alfie”-Bahamas
6.”Lost in the Dream”-War on Drugs
7.”They Want My Soul”-Spoon
8.”Held in Splendor”-Quilt
9. “Heigh Ho”-Blake Mills
10. “Are We There” Sharon Von Etten
*11. “Liquid Amber EP”- DJ Shadow
*if this were not an EP, it would be my #1
Gardens & Villa
Sun Kil Moon- “April” & “Ghosts of the Great Highway” are light years better albums. The lyrical content of “Benji” is the only redeeming value of this record. Production value and vocal tracking is shit.
How to Dress Well- I was making music in 1987(I was 9) on my Casio sampler keyboard that sounded just like HTDW.
Robyn & Royksopp- On paper this should have been the next Michael Jackson “Thriller”.
Missing IMO: Thee Oh Sees (Love the new one), Allah Las, King Tuff, Sonny and the Sunsets country album, Sea and Cake. Great list nonetheless. I love that Melody Echo Chamber record.