thepiratepenguin

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The past year has made a pessimist out of many of us. There was a point we were all looking forward to September Bonnaroo and October Coachella. When those got scrapped, we then laughed off their planned return in spring 2021. Combined with a slow vaccine rollout, reality fuckin' sucks. I do think this year is lost for festivals, but I've seen a lot of people say even smaller shows are off the table, and that's where I'm still hoping Fauci isn't wrong.
This is the "I'm not racist, I voted for Obama and have a black neighbor" of album press releases.
Lowest comment was only -8? End of the year must be a slow time for Kanye articles.
Those first two albums were on regular rotation in my car for several years. The band seems pretty aware they flubbed Love Is Dead both critically and commercially (they played a SMALLER venue here than they did on Every Open Eye, and couldn't even sell it out), while that whole Marshmellow/Chris Brown debacle hopefully knocked some sense into them about the EDM collaborations. Basically, they have enough good will from those first two albums for me to still give them the benefit of the doubt.
We had an Ashlee Simpson song, which seems embarrassing - and it was - but we were also unique because pretty much every other high school used "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".
As one of the few outlets that still covers Stars, we need to mention Stars, who recently confirmed a 2021 album via Twitter. Their last one was their best in a while!
This is probably where the "pop" line blurs (durr hurr), but this is the best post-"Plastic Beach" Gorillaz track, so it deserves to be included everywhere.
I mostly agree (I could throw out some tracks in the back half, but I think Side A is still stronger overall), although try sticking "This Love Isn't Crazy" at the very end of Dedicated. It works wonderfully as a closer.
Dedicated Side B wasn't as stacked as Emotion Side B, but I would like to shout out "Fake Mona Lisa" as being worthy of this list. It's only two minutes long, but it's a straight two-minute hook that I've played probably 100 times.
I've always ridden hard for "Final Straw"! Hell, even the one after that is pretty good when you ignore that one song Grey's Anatomy drove into the ground.
I'm disappointed in myself for not realizing she was on "Fire and the Thud", as a big fan of both Mosshart and "Humbug". I haven't seen The Kills since 2012, but watching her lurch across the stage is always mesmerizing. Would love to see The Dead Weather if they ever actually tour again.
So The National can't properly record together for the Stereogum covers compilation, but they can for Taylor Swift? Shots fired at the Gum.
I guess I’ll be the one to lobby for Color Theory, an album that dropped just pre-pandemic, and then it felt like time froze for the next 9 months. Round and around, round and around, circling that goddamn drain.
My local alt-rock station, which plays mostly Imagine Dragons and bands that sound just like Imagine Dragons, started playing Car Seat Headrest this year. That's how I knew Will fucked up.
I’m glad to see someone mention Austra. They fell off the map a bit for me after playing “Feel It Break” a ton in college, so their latest was a pleasant surprise.
I’m hoping The Ascension finally clicks with me the way Age of Adz did, where I see Sufjan perform those songs six years later among his next more acoustic album and think, “Whoa, these are actually pretty good.”
I'm team Twin Cinema all the way (and put late-career triumph Brill Bruisers at #3), but this is a solid runner-up and still sounds like lightning in a bottle. "Letter from an Occupant" is as perfect of a power-pop song as you can get.
The singles are obviously all-timers and frontload this album, so I feel like a lot of people ignore the really strong back half. On any other album, "In My Eyes" and "Get Myself Together" would be the catchiest things there and are absolutely infectious.
Should've called Arcade Fire, since 20% capacity was about what it looked like during the "Everything Now" tour.
Well, last week's SOTW rankings make sense now. But seriously, I enjoyed reading this a lot. That "Blackstar" shit is wild!