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Old 12-01-2010, 11:33 PM   #31
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High Violet is far and away my number one album of the year. But I'm going to keep you in suspense as to the rest of the list.

Oh, and anyone who has not heard Love Remains by How to Dress Well should certainly do so before a compiling a year-end list.
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Will take that under advisement, sir.
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Oh, and anyone who has not heard Love Remains by How to Dress Well should certainly do so before a compiling a year-end list.
I really did not like it that much. God, it sounded like such a great idea on paper, but shitty production and indie soul (guh?) do not mix.
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I can understand that vantage point. I personally think that the hazy production gives it a lovely atmosphere, almost as though you heard it in a dream. It's very ethereal.
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If I do, Laz won't be the only one reppin' that Harlem LP.
I tried to like that. I listened to it three times before deciding it wasn't growing on me.
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Alright, I feel like this thread needs to be resurrected a bit, at least for discussion. I'm not close to done listening to records, many based on all of your recommendations, but here's my top ten at the moment:

1. The National - High Violet
2. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
3. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
4. The Black Keys - Brothers
5. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
6. Warpaint - The Fool
7. Beach House - Teen Dream
8. Sun Airway - Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier
9. Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
10. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:54 PM   #37
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I listened to The Suburbs again and it's a better LP than it is a collection of songs. I don't really mean that as a compliment. The songs are a bit too samey, and there aren't enough standouts. For an album with over 15 tracks, there should be more standouts (e.g. London Calling, Exile on Main Street).
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I listened to The Suburbs again and it's a better LP than it is a collection of songs. I don't really mean that as a compliment. The songs are a bit too samey, and there aren't enough standouts. For an album with over 15 tracks, there should be more standouts (e.g. London Calling, Exile on Main Street).
I generally feel the same, but "We Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II" are two of the best songs that I have heard in a long time. Regine completely steals the album on the latter, I think.

Just out of curiosity, what happened to the Shearwater album? The enthusiasm for it seems to have completely evaporated.
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Something about it just doesn't sit well with me. I really like a couple of songs (Black Eyes is one of the year's best songs), but the album as a whole just doesn't do it for me. I'm not sure what it is.
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I generally feel the same, but "We Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II" are two of the best songs that I have heard in a long time. Regine completely steals the album on the latter, I think.
Right. I didn't say there were any standouts, just not enough. I'd add Empty Room onto that list as well.

Sprawl II is far and away the best song on there. It's not even close.

What's with this band and penultimate tracks? The best song on each album (add Rebellion and No Cars Go to that list) is the second-to-last track.
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one of the very few records this year that i can't remember a single thing about, and i didn't enjoy it at all. not for me.

i agree with laz regarding The Suburbs.
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The Suburbs is hard for me to quantify. I'm not much of an Arcade Fire fan, but I liked it. But after the initial 10 listens in its first week of release, the only song on it that I could actively recall at will a month later was Rococo. And when I listen to it now, it all just melts together. But that doesn't stop me from actively liking it. Very strange.
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1. bring me the horizon - there is a hell, believe me i've seen it. there is a heaven, let's keep it a secret.
2. norma jean - meridional
3. the national - high violet
4. cloudkicker - beacons

those are the only albums this year i have consistently listened to straight through. iPods have turned me into an ADD song switcher, so an album has to be pretty amazing to keep my attention all the way to the end.

other good ones:
dimmu borgir - abrahadabra
foals - total life forever
haste the day - attack of the wolf king
kylesa - spiral shadow
the never setting suns - and now we're not alone
periphery - periphery
powerglove - saturday morning apocalypse
this or the apocalypse - haunt what's left
underworld - barking

not too impressed with the suburbs, though it does have some good tracks. quite disappointed by interpol's latest, but maybe i need to give it another chance.
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The Suburbs is hard for me to quantify. I'm not much of an Arcade Fire fan, but I liked it. But after the initial 10 listens in its first week of release, the only song on it that I could actively recall at will a month later was Rococo. And when I listen to it now, it all just melts together. But that doesn't stop me from actively liking it. Very strange.


I wish I could prevent myself from Rococo.

Worst song on the album for me. It's a fucking snooze.
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For all intents and purposes, Sprawl II is the real finale of the album, the emotional climax, and thematic closure... basically the last song. The reprise of The Suburbs feels like just that, a coda of sorts, not a conventional "last track," but a sort of latch back to the beginning of the album for the whole record's cyclical nature. Of course this is all kind of nonsense, because yes, Sprawl II is technically the penultimate track. So... true enough.

And I feel it's probably long enough now since this album's release that I can trust my gut which tells me it's my favorite album in at least several years.
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