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Old 12-12-2011, 02:30 PM   #61
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It bothers me that the album is actually called Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Too much Bon Iver.
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SPIN's list has dropped:

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011 | SPIN.com

Not too many surprises, though the top 5 was unexpected (except for PJ Harvey).

Also, am I the only one who doesn't see the appeal of that Telekinesis record? It's on the top of so many lists, but I think it's average at best.
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Their praise of Nine Types of Light is a bit baffling. Good record, but far from perfect...

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I would take serious issue with the idea that Bon Iver is a tired retread of Emma.
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I'll take 67 for ma boys/gal, so long as they're getting up there!
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I love that Britney is on Spin's list. I think I saw her on another list, too. That's a rollicking pop album.

I really liked NPR's list - I found a few albums by people I'd never heard of, and based on the descriptions, checked them out. There was only one that made me add it to my Amazon wish list, but I liked reading about and then hearing artists I hadn't heard of.

I mean, I don't follow classical music, so of course I hadn't heard of their choices in that genre, but it was cool to hear about artists I hadn't heard about umpteen times already.

Edit: Spin's list also has Frank Ocean, a new name to me. I'm not sure I want to buy his album, but I did kind of dig it. Loved the quiet cover of Strawberry Swing (!!) that opened the album. There's a country artist on this list as well that was on NPR's, and he's a new name for me, too. Nifty.
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Yay for Spin being the first to mention how fantastic the Drive soundtrack is.
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Also, am I the only one who doesn't see the appeal of that Telekinesis record? It's on the top of so many lists, but I think it's average at best.
I haven't seen it on too many lists myself, but I agree that it doesn't deserve to top any of them. It's very energetic but generic indie rock that, if it were even 10 minutes longer would be tiring. I like it quite a bit, but there's nothing really worth celebrating there.

Ashley will disagree though. She thought that record was great.
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Ppmtrs also compared 21 to Blood on the Tracks.
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Their praise of Nine Types of Light is a bit baffling. Good record, but far from perfect...
That seems to be one that kind of fell under the radar this year. I really enjoy it every time that I hear it, but I don't really consider it one of the noteworthy albums of the year, either. That said, "Will Do" is probably among the top five songs of the year for me.
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Agreed, Will Do is awesome. I like 9 Types considerably more than the last album, but it's no Cookie Mountain (which was prob. my favorite album of 2006).
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Yay for Spin being the first to mention how fantastic the Drive soundtrack is.
"A Real Hero" would be extremely high on a best songs list. But I'm not even bothering.
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I've made my dislike of Nine Types of Light pretty clear, but I do want to say that Will Do is indeed awesome. The whole album just doesn't really have any defining characteristic, whereas the two before it felt very complete. It's kind of their HTDAAB.
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"A Real Hero" would be extremely high on a best songs list. But I'm not even bothering.
While I guess the song is a few years old, Nightcall is one of my favs this year. I've listened to it a ton. It, Real Hero, Under Your Spell, and Tick of the Clock have all gotten quite a few plays from me this year.

I'll definitely be picking that movie up on Blu-Ray.
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I've made my dislike of Nine Types of Light pretty clear, but I do want to say that Will Do is indeed awesome. The whole album just doesn't really have any defining characteristic, whereas the two before it felt very complete. It's kind of their HTDAAB.
Yeah, this. It's much less than the sum of its parts. Will Do's top five for me as well though, and Second Song rules.
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Surprised you guys, or anyone, could prefer the directionless mess of Dear Science to 9 Types of Light. That album is probably one of the biggest musical disappointments I've had in years.
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