I’m really glad to hear this album is not only good, but great. Half way through it now and I’d have to agree with that sentiment. Been a bit of a dry spell for things music wise lately (at least for me) and this is the shot needed to give my car some new tunes to play with what’s left of summer.
The euphoric feeling I get when listening “To Binge” has always placed that song highly for me. I feel like I’m floating on a cloud as Albarn and Nagano propel me over an ocean toward the setting sun.
Rock ‘N’ Roll Star
You talk as if its ever been any different. “One Hit Wonder” isn’t a new term or anything. Music history is filled with bands building their legacy and fanbase off of that one hit.
Even Rolling Stone magazine is more in touch with today’s music than the Grammy’s.
I really like “Hannah Hunt”, but “Everlasting Arms” was definitely my favorite off that album.
Beyonce just ruined my best music of 2013 list
Looking forward to this album. Between these two songs and that production team, its a sure fire early year hit.
Also side note, is Stereogum not putting other site’s lists up like they’ve done in previous years? It was always kind of nice that I could come here and discuss other opinion lists.
Looking at this list and ones made by other publications, 2013 seems to be one of the most divisive years in music. Usually there tends to be some consistency among certain lists, but hardly any top 10 looks the same this year, let alone top 50. I’m not entirely sure what this says about music culture in general at the moment, or what music has become this year specifically, but its definitely left me scratching my head. I’m also really surprised to see albums that generally received a lot of praise from this site and critics in general completely absent from this list (Laura Marling, Foals, These New Puritans, The So So Glos, Sigur Ros, Rhye, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Factory Floor, Charli XCX, Baths, Majical Cloudz, just to name a few). Perhaps this year just had too many “good” albums and not enough that really stood out from the crowd.