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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.
Maybe it’s the apologist in me, which you referred to, but as time has passed the (relatively) slighter, less dramatic songs have become my favorites. Songs like “Grace Cathedral Hill,” “Isn’t It a Lovely Night?” and “O New England.” I love this list though, and you’re right on #1.
There are pretty major shades of Yeezus on Cruel Summer. I think there was more of a progression into the sound on Yeezus than the Death Grips connection makes it seem like.
Specifically at 1:23
Reminded me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sBiOz2hA3I
Ahhh so late to the game but I can’t believe we still all get so dumb about these lists
I see UMO in the honorable mentions, but that album might be my favorite so far. If not it’s second only to The 20/20 Experience. Also, happy to see Rhye on here.
Is it possible to safely say, without offending or any form of facetious side-taking, that I am loving this album after one listen? Slight but catchy strikes me as true, but it’s the brand of catchy that works for me.
I always loved “Hot Knives” too. That song gets me amped. The first four tracks of Cassadaga are so good. I like the rest of the album too, but it starts like a classic.
A list completely full of I’m Wide Awake ballads would’ve been kinda boring, so I don’t fault em for it, but yeah it must have been painful leaving anything from that album out. “Poison Oak” is my fav.
I had no idea how much I loved “Marvins Room” and “Headlines” until I heard the rest of Take Care. His songs feed off each other so much. I love “Started From the Bottom” but was reassured once he followed it with “5AM in Toronto.” They make each other better. Already love this one, but I think the album around it is gonna make it so much better. It’s exciting. It’s all happening!!!!
The way you write off “England” and “Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks” in the blurb for “Conversation 16″ is offensive. I’m offended. I’m hurt.
Girls Can Tell is my #1 on the merit of “Everything Hits at Once” alone. The rest of it is awesome too though
Yeah, and I’m almost always on board for ridiculous Frank idolization, but it’s weird how no one is willing to mention how he really didn’t sound good for like half of that performance. I agree with it being an “inspired burst of weirdness” or whatever, and how the Grammys need more of that, but he was definitely not the highlight. Really pains me to say that, but it’s true.
Haha I shouldn’t even address this because it seems like a massive invasion of privacy, and I dunno, maybe it’s not even real, but that email is nothing but super cool and gracious. You make it so hard to simply agree that Mumford sucks! Now I’m on Tom’s side! What a world!
If you kept your shit just like a little bit together while expressing this, you’d probably be in upvote city man. I kinda wanna be on your side here, but come onnnnnn
I don’t dig the anti-Timberlake vibes. He’s reminding you of Robin Thicke because Robin Thicke’s career is based on desperately trying to be like Justin (and he’s not completely terrible at it). But that’s not JT’s fault. His performance was super fun and good.
“Red Moon” is my fav
Can’t go wrong with a Frank Ocean pick, but “Pyramids” is like my seventh favorite song on that album. Still great, but “Pink Matter,” “Forrest Gump,” “Thinkin Bout You” and “Super Rich Kids” were my favorites.
Speaking of which, what would the best B&S album covers be? For me:
2. Dear Catastrophe Waitress
3. Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
4. The Life Pursuit
5. Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
I go between that and Mary Jo. Good call.