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Old 12-14-2011, 09:31 AM   #141
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I don't know - my sense is that King of Limbs is the album that is fashionable to hate this year. I'm not saying that people's criticisms here are illegitimate, but Pitchfork has a tendency to disown certain artists whose cultural cache they perceive as falling and doggedly support others whom they feel to be the rise. Frankly, if Super Bass is a better song than Lotus Flower, I might as well just stop listening to music.

There also seems to be a growing appreciation for the grandiose and bombastic in music criticism - note the almost universal acclaim for My Beautiful Stereotypical Fantasy last year and the fact that M83 will likely be this year's top album on Pitchfork. That sort of tendency allows people to interpret something like King of Limbs as "slight" rather than subtle and delicate.
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Frankly, if Super Bass is a better song than Lotus Flower, I might as well just stop listening to music.
Uh, it's seriously way better. Don't stop listening to music. Listen to "Super Bass"

I liked the new Radiohead album about as much as In Rainbows. I think the new one's underrated by the same amount that In Rainbows was overrated. Had they been released in an opposite manner, I think people would be raving about King and bemoaning In Rainbows.

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I gotta say, I think the FORK! setting up their own Spotify list with all the songs from their Top 100 is a really cool idea. I'll bet a bunch of other sites jump on that train, and I've got the list set up right now and am going to listen to some of the tracks that I hadn't yet heard.

Before today, I'd probably heard only around 25 of their top 100.
Have you ever heard of Spotirama? Lots of end of year 2011 playlists, taken from different sites/magazines.
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Have you ever heard of Spotirama? Lots of end of year 2011 playlists, taken from different sites/magazines.
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going back to the Spotify discussion....

if you have the mobile app, also download SMP (search my playlists) app. you can search user and public playlists. also found NME's top 50 playlist as well as many other publications. when you click "Play" on the SMP app, it automatically opens Spotify and prompts you to add the playlist.

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That is really, really surprising.

In other news, that California song by EMA blows. #comeatmeB&C
The whole damn album is dope as hell.

And so is Codex, Bloom, Separator, and Give Up The Ghost. Fuck Pitchfork in the face.
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Haha, "blows" was probably a bit strong. Certainly overrated though.
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I don't like it much either, particularly since the opening lines are crazily similar to a Rogue Wave song with the exact same title from 5 or 6 years ago.
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I don't know - my sense is that King of Limbs is the album that is fashionable to hate this year. I'm not saying that people's criticisms here are illegitimate, but Pitchfork has a tendency to disown certain artists whose cultural cache they perceive as falling and doggedly support others whom they feel to be the rise. Frankly, if Super Bass is a better song than Lotus Flower, I might as well just stop listening to music.

There also seems to be a growing appreciation for the grandiose and bombastic in music criticism - note the almost universal acclaim for My Beautiful Stereotypical Fantasy last year and the fact that M83 will likely be this year's top album on Pitchfork. That sort of tendency allows people to interpret something like King of Limbs as "slight" rather than subtle and delicate.
Even though I know I've already said this many times, please allow me to once again mention that King of Limbs is one of my top 20 fav. albums this year, and probably my most listened to album this year. That said, it's probably my least favorite Radiohead album.
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That said, it's probably my least favorite Radiohead album.
You like it less than Pablo Honey? I guess I like PH less than most fans.
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You like it less than Pablo Honey? I guess I like PH less than most fans.
Haha, I probably like Pablo Honey more than most fans. I don't think it's nearly as bad as some seem to, I just think it's weak for a Radiohead album.
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I like KOL more than HTTT, Pablo Honey and maybe Amnesiac although that depends on my mood. I don't begrudge the album for being weaker than In Lameblows, The Bends, Kid A and motherfucking OK Computer.
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I like KOL more than HTTT, Pablo Honey and maybe Amnesiac although that depends on my mood. I don't begrudge the album for being weaker than In Lameblows, The Bends, Kid A and motherfucking OK Computer.
Pretty much my thoughts except I like HTTT more than King of Limbs.
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1. Bjork - Biophilia
2. Radiohead - King of Limbs
3. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
4. Wilco - The Whole Love
5. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
6. Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
7. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
8. Panda Bear - Tomboy
9. Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness
10. Lady GaGa - Born This Way

Granted I haven't heard as much this year as I'd have liked to, but I still really love this whole batch and more.
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p4k's Honourable Mentions and 50-21 are up.

I've seen that Fucked Up album on nearly every list I've looked at.

I really, really like this Yuck album.
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Listening to the Kendrick Lamar record since it's the only one from the first half of the Pitchfork 50 that I hadn't heard yet. Solid hip hop album, very melodic and he has a great flow.

Very happy that Katy B made the list. Pop record of the year, perhaps.

The Caretaker is something everyone should hear (and I really loved Leyland Kirby's Eager To Tear Apart The Stars which was also released this year), but I can't help but feel that since so much of it is relying on dusty old recordings that it's hard to consider it a "new" album although it's certainly a very unique project.
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I really recommend this tune if you haven't heard it

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I really, really like this Yuck album.
Seconded. It's one of those albums that I can always listen to. Just a very good record.
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Pretty sure that's the first time I've seen Junior Boys ref'd in B&C. Play on, Cobblerino.
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Last Exit was a damn good record. Haven't heard the new one yet.
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