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Old 12-16-2015, 09:13 AM   #61
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So, is the Jim O'Rourke album good? It's not available for streaming, and it's pretty expensive. Just wondering whether to order it.
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Carrie & Lowell got fucking dudded by the fork
That placement wasn't bad - I was expecting #40 or something based on the phrasing of your post.

There is no possible universe, though, where that Jamie XX album is better than Carrie & Lowell.
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:12 PM   #63
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Sorry to interrupt, but am i the only one who still hasn't gotten the appeal of To Pimp A Butterfly?
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I will be curious to see how this poll turns out - I'd be surprised if it didn't come down to Kendrick and Sufjan. I think there is merit to the argument that Kendrick right now is capturing a certain Afro-centric, disaffected zeitgeist in a way that no one else in music is, but for me Carrie & Lowell is the stronger of the two because of how nakedly honest it is. It's beautiful but also unsettling, like you're spying on someone you greatly respect but still can't look away. It's a very brave album in that sense.

Whereas I think the response of a lot of us indie-types to Kendrick was to nod our heads in polite agreement concerning his politics, which is almost exactly what the Pitchfork capsule did as well. I feel like Kendrick maybe was trying to be incendiary but actually was expressing a lot of sentiment that people who read the New York Times were already aware of and in agreement with. I don't know.
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Nobody mentioning Failure's comeback album? oh come on, that one was really good.
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So, is the Jim O'Rourke album good? It's not available for streaming, and it's pretty expensive. Just wondering whether to order it.
100% yes. It holds strong appeal for me as a fan of folk, as well as jazz/rock fusion.

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There is no possible universe, though, where that Jamie XX album is better than Carrie & Lowell.
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Carrie & Lowell is the stronger of the two because of how nakedly honest it is. It's beautiful but also unsettling, like you're spying on someone you greatly respect but still can't look away. It's a very brave album in that sense.
I actively dislike the characterization of TPAB as a soulless political screed with no personal revelation, because what has led it to connect with me so closely despite racial boundaries are the very startling glimpses of Kendrick as he really is today; successful but still haunted by depression and self-doubt. It absolutely is a naked, vulnerable album. More so than any he's ever made.



I met a little boy that resembled my features
Nappy afro, gap in his smile
Hand me down sneakers bounced through the crowd
Run a number on man and woman that crossed him
Sun beamin' on his beady beads exhausted
Tossin' footballs with his ashy black ankles
Breakin' new laws, mama passed on home trainin'
He looked at me and said, "Kendrick you do know my language
You just forgot because of what public schools had painted
Oh, I forgot, 'Don't Kill My Vibe', that's right, you're famous
I used to watch on Channel 5, TV was taken
But never mind you're here right now don't you mistake it
It's just a new trip, take a glimpse at your family's ancestor
Make a new list, of everything you thought was progress
And that was bullshit, I mean your life is full of turmoil
Spoiled by fantasies of who you are, I feel bad for you
I can attempt to enlighten you without frightenin' you
If you resist, I'll back off quick, go catch a flight or two
But if you pick destiny over rest in peace then be an advocate
Tell your homies especially to come back home"

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I actively dislike the characterization of TPAB as a soulless political screed with no personal revelation
Not sure if this directed at me, but "soulless" is one of the last terms I would use to describe TPAB. It is brimming with life despite the harrowing subject matter.

IMO the feeling of the record, though, is incredibly expansive and very much feels like a big political statement. There's nothing wrong with that at all. I would just argue that the reflective moments are still about wider issues of African-American identity and what it means to associate oneself in that way despite having escaped a lot of the related economic problems.
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Not sure if this directed at me, but "soulless" is one of the last terms I would use to describe TPAB. It is brimming with life despite the harrowing subject matter.

IMO the feeling of the record, though, is incredibly expansive and very much feels like a big political statement. There's nothing wrong with that at all. I would just argue that the reflective moments are still about wider issues of African-American identity and what it means to associate oneself in that way despite having escaped a lot of the related economic problems.

No, no. Not addressed at you at all. It's just the go-to mode of dismissing the album at this point and is unfortunately being highlighted over many of the album's more relatable aspects by Pitchfork and, inevitably, the Grammys.
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I appreciate both the lyrics and the passion behind Kendrick's album. But as with the last album, I'm not a huge fan of his voice/delivery. Not a deal-breaker, by any means, but it prevents me from propelling it higher on my list.

Anyway, I should get this over with:

1. Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear 15 pts
2. Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool 14 pts
3. Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion 12 pts
4. Jamie xx - In Colour 9 pts
5. New Order -Music Complete 7 pts
6. Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love 7 pts
7. Songhoy Blues - Music In Exile 7 pts
8. Grimes - Art Crimes 6 pts
9. Veruca Salt - Ghost Notes 6 pts
10. Blur - The Magic Whip 4 pts
11. Kamasi Washington - The Epic 4 pts
12. My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall 4 pts
13. Peaches - Rub 3 pts
14. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly 1 pt
15. Madonna - Rebel Heart 1 pt
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8. Grimes - Art Crimes 6 pts
What?
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Good list, laz.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:03 PM   #72
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Oh, right. Lists. I have one of those.

1. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly (15)
2. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (12)
3. Viet Cong - Viet Cong (11)
4. Susanne Sundfør - Ten Love Songs (11)
5. Julia Holter - Have You in My Wilderness (9)
6. Kamasi Washington - The Epic (8)
7. Deerhunter - Fading Frontier (7)
8. Beach House - Depression Cherry (5)
9. Royal Headache - High (5)
10. Tame Impala - Currents (4)
11. The Apartments - No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal (4)
12. Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (3)
13. Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion (3)
14. Torres - Sprinter (2)
15. Pinkshinyultrablast - Everything Else Matters (1)
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:32 PM   #74
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should I be ashamed by the fact that I probably only listened to couple of albums that came out this year? like i cant even clearly count.
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:41 PM   #75
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I'm glad you included this one. It'll be even higher on my list. It's one of the overlooked albums of the year.
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