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This is amazing. And I never really dove into NIN either, aside from a few listens of With Teeth and that dystopian-concept one.
But yeah, this fucking kills.
“We Used to Wait” took complete hold of me for months after the Suburbs came out. It’s probably my number one, actually, and it would have been nice to see that on this list.
I like angry Kanye, but a big part of me still misses the lightness of the first couple albums.
I don’t get it. Is he “recycling” the concept of repeating the same word?
Of course I’ve heard and jammed to “Around the World,” “Da Funk,” “Harder Better Faster Stronger,” “One More Time,” and the like, but I’ve never listened to Discovery all the way through, and I’ve never really spent much time listening to Daft Punk’s discography. They just weren’t my thing as much as other things.
But you can’t just say that, objectively, this album is bad. People have opinions, and it may bother you that people like the album when you don’t, but the fact is that music is subjective. I think Random Access Memories is a fantastic album, I can’t stop listening to it, and I could write a lot about the musical merit that I think it has. But that doesn’t mean that I’m “right.” It doesn’t mean that the album is definitely good and others are stupid to not see it. And that’s the same reasoning that says that you can’t tell me I’m wrong to like this album for whatever bullshit reasons you come up with.
Sorry, man. I mean really.
Yeah, except I’ve never really listened to Daft Punk; not much at all. And I love it. So how am I blinded by their legend?
I’m with you on “fuck the hype.” Seriously, the lead single was the most disco thing ever. Did people really expect another Discovery after hearing “Get Lucky?”
My dark horse pick would have been “Pow Pow.” I’m also a champion of “Us V Them.” For the most part, though, this list is okay.
I think seeing it performed live really made it, ahem, come alive for me. Now I love it.
Tuesday was the first I’ve heard of this band, and now after hearing this song twice, I think I may buy their album.
I can’t possibly argue with your top two, and probably your top three, but I’d consider myself an Evil Urges sympathizer, so here goes. Evil Urges is My Morning Jacket’s Hail To The Thief. It’s a little bigger, it’s tough to consume all at once, and it contains some brilliant material, but it’s too diverse and the sequencing is off. However, I consider “Evil Urges” to be MMJ’s best opener, and “Sec Walkin” is probably one of the best psych-country songs ever, and that’s in addition to the highlights already mentioned. If nothing else, Evil Urges lends the band some of their most incredible live highlights. I think it deserves to be above The Tennessee Fire at least.
Seriously? “Four Winds” is brilliant.
You keep using that word…
I’ll be honest, I’ve never given Congratulations a proper listen, but this is pretty great and I think it would fit in pretty well on the first album, which is also pretty great.
An Awesome Wave was my second favorite album of 2012, but I recently skipped out on seeing them live even though I’d won free tickets, because in all the videos of them playing live, they just seem bored. And lazy.
I would also have included a couple more songs from Alligator and maybe another from Boxer, but I definitely agree with your top 3. “Bloodbuzz Ohio” is the song I play for anyone who accuses The National of being too sleepy. It’s one of those songs that lets you look at things from a widescreen lens.
This is incredible. Due to computer circumstances I wish not to divulge, neither the downloadable nor Spotify options ever allowed me to listen immediately, so the addition of a Soundcloud playlist is super great.
Girls Can Tell is a great title too.
It’s a simple answer, but for me, I have to be in the mood. When I’m in a The National mood, they’re totally sublime, but if I’m not, they don’t quite fit.
“Withered Hope,” from The Else, is my favorite song of theirs. I recognize that it’s a deeper cut, but still. It’s hilarious and catchy, TMBG’s two best traits.
I can’t hear the songs.
I can’t speak for frenchparadox, but my one source of internets is a Chromebook, on which you cannot install iTunes. :(
I was, and still am, pretty set on Wondrous Bughouse being my album of the week (and year so far, honestly), but because of this pick I’m giving it a listen right now and I’m really digging it.
I’m not well versed on 90s emo kind of stuff, but there’s one thing I do know: This album does bring back the kind of feelings I would get listening to music as a teenager. Good pick.
I’m very inclined to fawn over everything Yorke and Radiohead do, but that Bowie video was really terrific, so yeah.