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I love the bottom half of this list, less keen on 5-1, but they’re all winners. My #1 is a tie between “It Was a Strange Time in My Life” and “Rocky Dennis’ Farewell Song”
I also got the clean version for my birthday, and that’s the one that’s on my computer so I still listen to it that way. I like it better for some reason, maybe because of the whole innocence thing, but just in a whole different way.
Putting in a top ten of the year feels a little like trolling, but I will say I also had a strange, powerful reaction to “I Drive Your Truck” this year. Pleasant surprise to see it on here.
I hate when you guys fight
I like Cassie on here, and Blood Orange and Tegan and Sara up as high as they are. So much to choose from this year but I think the top 50 has room for Toro y Moi and UMO. Worried those ones got released too early to be a big presence on year end lists. I loved those albums. And I hate to lobby for people who couldn’t need it less, but I’d move JT and Drake both into the top 20. This must have been a difficult year to listify though.
The B-sides album? Shields came out last year
I disagree with pretty much everything you say about The Love Below (except that “My Favorite Things” should’ve been left off), but for some reason I hated this criticism the most: “Andre’s outsized persona squashes the otherwise pleasant Norah Jones guitar ballad ‘Take Off Your Cool.’” I have no idea what that means! It is such a slight, brief, lovely song. What is being squashed there? What about it is outsized?
It’s difficult to dispute your main point here, which is that you do not like The Love Below, but it seems like you are just doling out criticisms indiscriminately, whether or not they fit the song you’re talking about.
“I could see Jay’s eyes light up when I said that line”
I can’t see the forest for the trees, I know, but just want to say that I like Big Sean. He’s got a knack for cadence that keeps me coming back to his verses no matter how wormy or gross he gets.