An album I absolutely fell in love with that no one else seemed to like was The Love Language’s “Ruby Red”. Soooo great. From beginning to end, a total stunner. In my Top 10 of the year for sure.
I can’t fathom why no publications gave it any love… but alas its all personal taste.
Yessss. I absolutely loved New Moon. I was very surprised it didn’t get much love from any publications. Their best album in my opinion.
Let It Be at #11?
If this could include the MUCH, MUCH better “Let It Be… Naked” stripped from all the Phil Spector overblown crap, it would easily place within the top 5-7 in my opinion.
Ugh. I was afraid Sgt. Pepper would be #1. Its perfect, but far from their best in my opinion.
1. Revolver – all 4 Beatles peaking stylistically at the same time. Definition of perfect.
2. Abbey Road
3. The White Album
4. Rubber Soul
5. Sgt. Pepper
Listening to this reminds me of their FYF show this year where a girl standing behind me got hit in the face within 1 minute of the show starting and may have broken her nose. I turned around and tried to get her out of the pit and was pushed so hard I slammed into the back of her head.
RIP: Random girl’s short term memory.
This album is interesting. I still love it and these songs will be absolute juggernauts live but one has to wonder if they will ever evolve?
I’ve met Dan before at a random Vietnamese restaurant before a show and he’s incredibly intelligent. Most bands can’t progress out of their comfort zones, but its frustrating because CC absolutely have the talent to do so. Surely, they don’t need to change, but we all know they can pull it off better than anyone.
How incredible would a Cut Copy concept album be, like set in the future or something? I still love this album, no doubt a killer. But here’s to hoping for more progression next time.
This album is beyond awful but my god I can’t help but be impressed in your usage of the word “rap” 10 times in 4 sentences. Cheers to you Rub John.
With all due respect, I don’t know how one can call “Magical Mystery Tour” their best, when its a collection of singles and not technically an official album. Still fantastic, but not really fair to be in the discussion.
Abbey Road though… I can 100% get behind being the best. I just feel “Revolver” is the best because I feel all 4 Beatles are peaking musically/ talent wise at the exact same time.
Do you honestly believe “Revolver” isn’t one of the greatest albums of all time? That album is more perfect than any album I’ve ever heard… And I’m a Stones fan!
Sgt. Pepper I feel is the most “culturally significant” Beatles album because of what it did for the landscape of the concept album.
I stopped looking at #495 when I saw The Killers “Hot Fuss” rated higher than Stankonia.
Stick to what you’re good at NME…calling almost anything not from your country “rubbish”.
I agree with someone above who said Best Coast get a lot of hate because they don’t have a signature style to call their own, like the beach houses etc of today. Despite how often The Strokes have changed over the years, parts of their “sound” have never left. But this is what happens when you have a simple aesthetic. All the best bands with relatively “simple” sounds have all figured out a way to portray their music so it is almost instantly recognizable. Best Coast… have not.
The Sleigh Bells types of today suffer because having such a unique aesthetic dies FAST due to the fact that their sound can almost never be adapted to where they remain relevant. Swaying too far from a simple aesthetic may give you fame and fortune at first, but in the long term never turns out well.
Ultimately, we all love what we love. I wish I could develop an argument against how much I dislike Best Coast, but one of my favorite bands is Real Estate – who eventually (although not yet) I fear will suffer from the same argument.
Am I the only one that thinks “Lord Knows” is the best thing Drake has ever done?
Even if not the absolute best, #38 seems wayyyyy too low.
I think the overlying theme of all of this is that EDM, along with most pop music is popular because a lot of people don’t want to think about their music, they just want to FEEL it. Music is their escape and so are these drug filled bro’d out festivals.
Bands unfortunately no longer sell music. It’s all your live show. So who’s going to sell more concert tickets and demand huge crowds at festivals? Ultimately in most cases its the band that gets people moving and let’s them escape from reality for that 60 minutes. The problem isn’t necessarily about the decline of the guitar, but the decline of the emotion and intellectual nature that guitar based music creates.
Not be be THAT guy… but they did eventually review it in case you were wondering…
A lot of good stuff here… love your hip hop mentions.
But also some big omissions that I’ve noticed (just my opinion ya’ll):
Jagwar Ma – the new Tame Impala??
Kate Boy – some of the best singles out all year.
Roosevelt – killer EP out a couple weeks ago.
Postiljonen – (seriously… why is no one talking about these guys?)
Diana – very underrated debut.
Twin Peaks…. etc etc.
“Lord Knows” on Take Care is still one of the most polarizing, incredible hip hop tracks I’ve heard in years and maybe ever.
But good lord, to this day I still can’t make it through an entire Drake album in one listen. It’s just incessant whining that I can only handle in very small doses. Incredible production and a great artist overall but man can he sound like nails on a chalkboard after awhile.
Haha I totally get you man.
Even though none of us know ANYTHING about how pitchfork’s scores are actually calculated, I too find it fascinating to try and predict what album scores will be. If you’ve been reading the site for many years, you can almost predict the exact score each band/artist will receive strictly based on the amount the album is talked about and hyped pre-release.
Yeezus is an interesting case because no “official” tracks have been released yet. But considering its under 40 minutes and is very concise and narrow in idea (totally love it btw) I think we are talking in the 8.4-9.0 range, tops
Very true… I guess I’m just referring to Rubin’s 2000 era producing of Audioslave, Limp Bizkit and System of a Down…. I guess despite his accolades that still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
Did Hudson Mohawke and/or TNGHT do the beat on “Blood On The Leaves”? That song is so brutally, deafening good. Sounds very similar to “Higher Ground”
I’ve listened to it twice so far…. and its a dark, compelling listen. Loving it.
I think what I like most about it, is that he’s not even attempting to make another perfect album like MBDTF.
Yeezus has flaws, but that’s what makes it special because those flaws feel intentional…. I was worried about having Rick Rubin involved, but he feels to fit in very well with Kanye’s stripped down vision for this album.
“All My Little Words” would def be my #1. Seriously can’t even make the top 10??
Also from 69… I’ve been obsessed “The One You Really Love” since I was 16. That would def crack the top 5 at least.
What a time to be music lover – Still can’t wait for Yeezus and so many others in part 2 of this year!!
1. Disclosure – Settle
2. Daft Punk – RAM
3. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
4. My Bloody Valentine – MBV
5. Deerhunter – Monomania
6. James Blake – Overgrown
7. Foxygen – We Are The 21st Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
8. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
9. Iceage – You’re Nothing
10. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
11. The Men – New Moon
12. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
13. After Dark 2
14. Savages – Silence Yourself
15. Rhye – Woman
16. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
18. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
19. Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
20. Palma Violets – 180