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I thought the same thing after the first listen, that it wasn’t much of a step forward for them… but after a few more listens, it makes me so, so happy. It makes me happy in a way that few other albums this year can. I can’t wait to listen to it again. So maybe they don’t need to evolve.
I saw them live at CMJ about a week after this album came out. I’d been listening to the CD on repeat on the trains all week, and was feeling like the album was a pretty huge deal. When I got to the Sub Pop showcase, though, the hall was half empty. I guess most CMJ attendees were off seeing bands with more buzz, and those few of us crowded up front for the Shins were there because those songs really meant something to us.
Tom, I like that you are broadening the scope. Music videos stopped being something we waited to watch on MTV and became something we clicked on a long time ago, and they are certainly only one of the many types of things we click on to experience music now.
That said, I don’t care for cellphone videos. I prefer to experience something for the first time at a higher quality. I didn’t want to hear the new Dismemberment Plan songs for the first time from some crappy cellphone recording, so I waited for music videos and studio versions. I’d be bummed to see cellphone videos in the countdown. I guess I’m saying, I just hope that “5 Best” continues to mean “Best” and not just “most sensational”.
Yeah, if the bracket was on Stereogum, it would have had opposite results across the board. Grantland has some great music writers, but their readers… are funny.
I just checked out Rudimental, and I’m not surprised I hadn’t heard of them. They’re massively British sounding Drum-and-Bass, which isn’t really popular here in the states.
The interactivity is neat, but I think as a video the regular one is superior. I didn’t mind listening to the song twice in a row though, because it’s great!
True. Funny how the two best Odd Future albums are the two that sound the least like Odd Future albums
I just think dynamics, like breaks and drops, take rap beats to the next level. I feel like the beats on Doris kinda just plod along in one mode. And melody, though certainly not necessary, felt especially lacking. But again this is just a first impression.
Kinda disappointed after one listen. His rapping is great, but… I feel like he hasn’t written any songs here. The tracks lack melody, dynamics, structure, etc. the things that make rap songs great. The whole thing is a little shapeless and mushy.
My pick is Lana Del Rey – Young and Beautiful. It’s more maudlin than sunny, but summer songs can come in all moods. And it gives me the feels. Also:
Mikal Cronin – Change
Kurt Vile – KV Crimes
Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right
Kisses – Huddle
But I’ll probably vote for Get Lucky in the end.
The Deafheaven album wasn’t as popular of a topic I guess. It’s great, but Black Metal isn’t really my jam; I’m still just listening to Daft Punk and After Dark 2 a ton this week.
A couple of huge, long-awaited albums due out today, and then After Dark 2 comes out of nowhere and trumps them all. What an incredibly rich and joyous album.
Anyways, can’t wait to hear Impersonator if it was good enough to beat After Dark 2 for AOTW
Yes and no… I won’t know for sure what this album means for a while, but first impressions are valid
I’m a little shocked by the lack of dance music. The slow songs on Discovery felt so right, because they were interspersed with dance songs. RAM is nearly all slow songs; some really great slow songs, but overall the pacing really suffers.
Does anyone know what “kiosk” is? Are people buying music at malls again?
I just assumed that Kill the Moonlight or Girl Can Tell would be #1, maybe because of my sentimental feeling about them. Those records meant a lot to me in my youth. The fact that Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga beat them both out, I definitely need to give it another listen.
I agree; this is a great list, but I would add Jack-ass… it’s a timeless melody
Tom I like the point you make in the third paragraph. Part of what makes albums like Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Based on a T.R.U. Story, and Channel ORANGE so successful is that they feel like a singular vision.
This list is BS, no Fiona Apple?!?
First list to include Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs! If you’re reading these lists to discover new gems, this is one
And best video is M.I.A.’s Bad Girls by a mile! I hope people remember this one.
Ice Choir – Afar
The best viral video of year was “Beyonce Makes Fan Sing”… but it wasn’t a choice, so I was forced to put it down for best Movie.