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Old 12-12-2010, 04:02 AM   #46
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Not only are all three the penultimate tracks, but they're all arguably the most anthemic songs on the album. And then the final songs are all downbeat and more somber, even if Suburbs II is rather slight and doesn't have the emotional resonance of the other two closer.

Overall the whole album is a great loose conceptual piece of writing and my criticism is perhaps on the shallower side in that I'm noting the absence of a moment-to-moment kind of pleasure from listening to the whole thing.
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:14 AM   #47
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You're right about the anthemic qualities as well. I'm extraordinarily fond of Suburbs II though. It's slight, sure in comparison to the other closers, but still sort of epically beautiful in the grand schema of the album. Especially, as it's been my go-to driving record for 5 months now or whatever, the lead-in right back to the start of the album with The Suburbs proper makes it all the sweeter to me. As for you criticism, I can completely see where that would occur given the form of the record, and design of most of the tracks, however it all works for me perfectly - that moment-to-moment pleasure you describe. I get it at least a few times within every song even. Grand emotional gestures of subtle proportions or something. Still having a hard time qualifying exactly how all the nuances of this album work for me. Happy to keep it spinning while I figure it out though.
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I can probably make a list at this point:

1. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
2. This is Happening - LCD Soundsystem
3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
4. Forgiveness Rock Record - Broken Social Scene
5. Romance is Boring - Los Campesinos!
6. Have One On Me - Joanna Newsom
7. Teen Dream - Beach House
8. High Violet - The National
9. The Social Network OST - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
10. The Age of Adz - Sufjan Stevens
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:33 AM   #49
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Just out of curiosity, what happened to the Shearwater album? The enthusiasm for it seems to have completely evaporated.
Still smitten with it over here, and I imagine it'll easily make my list. The instrumental album they put out recently is epically gorgeous too.
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Who will be running our usual year-end poll? I doubt the Deputy will be rounding up our lists.
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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.
This almost word for word, expect replace Black Eyes with Castaways

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Still smitten with it over here, and I imagine it'll easily make my list. The instrumental album they put out recently is epically gorgeous too.
...Yeah, I do still love it, but my enthusiasm just sort of died out when a lot of other great albums came out throughout the year. It was #1 on my list for a while but now it's #6.

And I would post my top ten, but I was waiting for the year end countup thingie, but I see LeMel beat me to mentioning it. Are we doing that this year or not?
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GAF's Top 20:

1. Speak Now - Taylor Swift
2. High Violet - The National
3. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
4. Heaven Is Whenever - The Hold Steady
5. True Love Cast Out All Evil - Roky Erickson/Okkervil River
6. The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monae
7. Together - The New Pornographers
8. Can't Be Tamed - Miley Cyrus
9. The Brutalist Bricks - Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
10. Contra - Vampire Weekend

11. My Twisted Black Fantasy - Kanye West
12. Messy Little Raindrops - Cheryl Cole
13. Fang Island - Fang Island
14. Mojo - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
15. Wu-Massacre - Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon The Chef
16. Astro Coast - Surfer Blood
17. American Slang - The Gaslight Anthem
18. False Priest - of Montreal
19. Body Talk - Robyn
20. Big Echo - The Morning Benders
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I'll run the year end poll if Impster's not doing it. I'll look up how Impy calculated it and just do that. It's the least I can do.
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5. Romance is Boring - Los Campesinos!
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10. Contra - Vampire Weekend

11. My Twisted Black Fantasy - Kanye West

Oh man you're asking for it around here.

VW just missed my Top 10, FWIW. IMO.


 
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Delicious.
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VW is my last ranked album of the year. By far the worst thing I've heard yet.
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Although I generally like Vampire Weekend, I can only think of Paul Simon when I hear them.
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I love how much people sometimes have to justify their personal likes and dislikes, as if anyone who disagrees with them must be wrong. I guess we all do that, but it still makes me laugh sometimes.
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Vampire Weekend's name is, sadly, not the worst thing about their band. Contra is much less irritating than their debut's twee ear-rape (ear rape + scarf), but it's pretty much just the debut with less retarded lyrics and more synths. I almost kind of enjoy it.
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