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Old 12-07-2010, 06:55 PM   #31
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I loved Junior....a lot. I really over-hyped Senior for myself, I suppose, but the disappointment here was quite intense.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:58 PM   #32
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I really liked the two before it. Still liked Junior, just not as much as either of those. It's weird how sometimes a slight disappointment from a band you really like seems far worse than a major disappointment from a band you're only a casual fan of.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:06 PM   #33
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I still have only heard Junior and Senior. I get so caught up in trying to listen to everything that has ever come out, ever, that I sometimes miss truly discovering the bands I already like .
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:09 PM   #34
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Thank fucking christ at least one of these lists wasn't too scared to admit that Taylor is writing circles around people twice her age and released one of the albums of the year. She isn't reinventing the wheel, but fuck me if that LP isn't filled with just straight up great pop songs.
The issue is more that these outlets have their heads too far up their asses to bother with Speak Now.

Good album, I still prefer Fearless. Wouldn't be in my top 50, not that anyone would read it to notice.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:09 PM   #35
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I still have only heard Junior and Senior. I get so caught up in trying to listen to everything that has ever come out, ever, that I sometimes miss truly discovering the bands I already like .
Haha, I know how that can go. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the first two when you get to hear them, both are good stuff!
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:11 PM   #36
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Haha, I know how that can go. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the first two when you get to hear them, both are good stuff!
I get a little [Insert Current Year Here] intensive during the month of December, but I do need to make time for those releases.

Speaking of which, Jesus, I just hit 120 albums for this year.
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I need to try to re-listen to a lot of things I've purchased this year, but haven't heard as much as I'd like as well. Friggin' December.
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Old 12-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #38
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Good hell, I've only heard Candy Shoppe by Emeralds, and absolutely love it. It's like a weird mixture of Four Tet and M83. Hopefully it's not the only good thing on the album, as I have a music boner now.
Did you ever listen to Oneohtrix Point Never or any of those bands? James Ferraro/Skaters? Similar, but hardly identical, approaches on the OPN stuff and Does It Look Like I'm Here?. Mark McGuire (real name?) releases solo records away from Emeralds, and while he releases way too fucking many for any of them to be stone-cold classics, he definitely has an ample supply of stunning songs scattered across dozens of sides of wax and too many cassettes to count. I did like Tidings/Amethyst Waves from front to back, though.

Anyway, I really, truly feel that this is one of the best songs of the year. I had tears in my eyes, the first time through! I don't know if that's necessarily high praise/not creepy, but there you go.

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I find myself trying to play catch-up right now as well. This year, however, hunting down these albums has definitely been worth it. It's been an excellent year for music.
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How many 5 star albums have you heard this year? This is Happening is my only one, and Somebody's Calling Me almost drags off a few decimal points.
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i remember really enjoying the new Here We Go Magic album. if you haven't heard it, i highly suggest it.
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I think the only 5 I gave out was to Winter of Mixed Drinks and that's not even my #1 for the year
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i remember really enjoying the new Here We Go Magic album. if you haven't heard it, i highly suggest it.
Much better than their first, but still not great, IMO.
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I think the only 5 I gave out was to Winter of Mixed Drinks and that's not even my #1 for the year
oooh. while it probably wouldn't make my top 10, i do now have the urge to listen to this again. i really liked this album.
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