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Old 01-04-2014, 10:22 PM   #526
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OH SNAP!

Reflektor. Not so much because it is a good album, but because the album title sounds like the name of a villian from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.
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Best Albums:

1. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze (15)
2. My Bloody Valentine - m b v (13)
3. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (11)
4. Arcade Fire - Reflektor (9)
5. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady (8)
6. Queens Of The Stone Age - ...like Clockwork (7)
7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (7)
8. Haim - Days Are Gone (6)
9. Cut Copy - Free Your Mind (5)
10. Throwing Muses - Purgatory / Paradise (5)
11. St. Lucia - When The Night (5)
12. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium (4)
13. Sigur Rós - Kveikur (2)
14. Cults - Static (2)
15. Mazes - Ores & Minerals (1)

Honorable Mentions:

Yo La Tengo - Fade
Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen
Richard Thompson - Electric
Foals - Holy Fire
Johnny Marr - The Messenger
Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Wire - Change Becomes Us
Deerhunter - Monomania
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of The City
Washed Out - Paracosm
Julia Holter - Loud City Song
Mazzy Star - Seasons Of Your Day

Best Ep:

Wild Nothing - Empty Estate

Best Live Album

Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door

Most Disappointing Album:

Yuck - Glow & Behold
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Most Disappointing Album:

Yuck - Glow & Behold
This album initially left me a little flat, but it's grown on me, especially the middle of the album. On the whole it's not as good as the debut but I think "Rebirth" is their best track.

I'll post my list soon.
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Alright, here we go. A big sprawling version with reviews is here for anybody who gives a shit. From following this thread I get the feeling I'm throwing away most of my votes on albums without many or any other votes, but oh well. I just haven't really connected with or been interested in a whole lot of what's dominated year-end lists.

Favourite albums:

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob (15)
Marnie - Crystal World (14)
No Joy - Wait to Pleasure (11)
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe (11)
The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law (7)
Russian Circles - Memorial (7)
The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am Not Afraid to Die - Whenever, If Ever (6)
Esben and the Witch - Wash the Sins Not Only the Face (6)
God Is an Astronaut - Origins (6)
Young Galaxy - Ultramarine (4)
Blue Hawaii - Untogether (3)
Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting (3)
Snow Ghosts - A Small Murmuration (3)
Trick Mammoth - Floristry (2)
Washed Out - Paracosm (2)

Favourite EP: Little Daylight - Tunnel Vision, which would've been #5 on the above list with 10 points if EPs were counted.

Honourable mentions, alphabetical order:
The Appleseed Cast - Illumination Ritual
Au Revoir Simone - Move in Spectrums
bvdub - A Careful Ecstacy
Deafheaven - Sunbather
Fallulah - Escapism
Frankie Rose - Herein Wild
KEN mode - Entrench
Kokomo - Kokomo
Long Distance Calling - The Flood Inside
Moving Mountains - Moving Mountains
Ms Mr - Secondhand Rapture
The Naked and Famous - In Rolling Waves
Pity Sex - Feast of Love
Postiljonen - Skyer
The Prophet Hens - Popular People Do Popular People
The Shaking Sensations - Start Stop Worrying
Sigur Ros - Kveikur
Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time
Small Black - Limits of Desire
Soror Dolorosa - No More Heroes
Yuck - Glow & Behold

Favourite songs (one per artist), loosely ranked:
The World Is... - Getting Sodas
Tegan and Sara - Love They Say
Marnie - Sugarland
Little Daylight - Restart
Young Galaxy - New Summer
The Chills - Molten Gold
Chvrches - Tether
Modern Life Is War - Health, Wealth, and Peace
The Joy Formidable - This Ladder Is Ours
No Joy - Slug Night
Yuck - Rebirth
Washed Out - All I Know
Esben and the Witch - Deathwaltz
Moving Mountains - Eastern Leaves
Fallulah - Mares

Favourite album from 2012 that I didn't hear until 2013: 2:54 - 2:54

Favourite album from pre-2012 that I didn't hear until 2013: Ladytron - Witching Hour
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Oh shit, I didn't even know about that modern life is war album.
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Alright, here we go. A big sprawling version with reviews is here for anybody who gives a shit. From following this thread I get the feeling I'm throwing away most of my votes on albums without many or any other votes, but oh well. I just haven't really connected with or been interested in a whole lot of what's dominated year-end lists.
Over half of your albums already had votes.
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I only got a chance to listen to this once before the year ended, but I liked it a lot.
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Why are EPs not counted? It makes no sense. Your favourite records are your favourite records.
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Because not everything pressed/released/uploaded this year is equally applicable for album of the year. Especially if it's not an album.
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Oh shit, I didn't even know about that modern life is war album.
I was quite surprised to find they'd reformed - and that they still have the passion and intensity of the past.

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Over half of your albums already had votes.
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I only got a chance to listen to this once before the year ended, but I liked it a lot.


Such a well-structured album. The end of "Getting Sodas" kills me every time.

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Why are EPs not counted? It makes no sense. Your favourite records are your favourite records.
Yeah I tend to find format distinctions in this digital age fairly irrelevant, especially when so many EPs are just as long or longer than albums in some genres. But I also see the logic behind just keeping it to albums - and excluding Tunnel Vision did make it easier for me to distribute points!
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Well exactly. Flaming Lips' Peace Sword is longer than Run the Jewels. It seems a bit pedantic and arbitrary given this is just a collaborative list from a few friends on a random internet forum.
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Comparing a 15 minute collection of songs to a 70 minute collection of songs is just stupid. Sure, you could specify "album-length" EPs so it would make for a logical comparison, but it's not like a collection of songs a band threw together to clear out their vault while on tour qualifies as an album anyway. If you look at the RYM EP charts for the year, it's clear that most of the bands aren't releasing them to compete with their LPs.

There are exceptions, like Peace Sword and River Dealer. Completely original work for one purpose. But Sigur Ros, Grizzly Bear and Thee Oh Sees' releases shouldn't count as albums. Where and how do you draw the line?
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Comparing a 15 minute collection of songs to a 70 minute collection of songs is just stupid. Sure, you could specify "album-length" EPs so it would be a fair comparison, but it's not like a collection of songs a band threw together to clear out their vault while on tour qualifies as an album anyway.

But hey, at least it would make it easier to listen to 15 "albums" in a year.
I think you're unfairly exaggerating here. I'm just looking at my list from 2012 and some of the EPs there are longer than White Lung's (excellent) nineteen minute long album.

Oh, and one of those EPs "[thrown] together to clear out their vault while on tour" happens to be the best release the band in question ever put out - Put Your Sad Down by School of Seven Bells. Damn that title track is great.
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I edited my last post to include examples. I just don't agree that LPs and EPs serve the same purpose to artists.
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I edited my last post to include examples. I just don't agree that LPs and EPs serve the same purpose to artists.
Too slow Traviud.

I do agree that the line is hard to draw though. The purpose of EPs can vary from genre to genre - some genres definitely place more importance on EPs (and singles) than others, as the RYM charts also show, and the normal length of an EP or an album will change a lot between genres. It does, however, seem to me that EPs sometimes unfairly get maligned, especially when for some bands - usually young bands building a reputation - an EP can be a very significant artistic statement, as important as an album.
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