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Old 07-01-2009, 03:31 PM   #21
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U2 - No Line on the Horizon
Alamaailman Vasarat - Huuro Kolkko
Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
Zu - Carboniferous
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:27 PM   #22
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So Impy, Dylan in bordertown coasting mode is better than the new Shuttlecock?

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Old 07-01-2009, 05:35 PM   #23
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Uh, yeah. It really is. The only song I really don't care for is "Life is Hard."
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I find it rather boring, considering the last few albums. Nothing I actually dislike (though I agree that Life is Hard is the weakes), but only a couple that sound particularly inspiring, whereas each of the last three have had half an album full of future classics each. Just because he makes it look easy doesn't prevent it from being a bit disappointing.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:17 PM   #25
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It's tough to say Together is better than the previous two, but those are two of the finest of his career. That doesn't keep it from being a nice album, although I'd probably put Two Suns above it if I could edit that post.

But I certainly find it better than No Net.
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Which was the Daniel Lanois Dylan album. That thing fucking rules my world. I always get two of his latter albums confused. Love and Theft and Time Out of Mind, yes? In either case both of those are stunning.
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Cockois did Time Out of Mind (and also Oh Mercy, if I remember correctly), not Love & Theft.
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Right, I knew he did one of those two. I always get their titles confused for some reason. Time Out Of Mind is one of my favorite Dylan albums.
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I prefer the Lanois-produced Oh Mercy, as Dylan's vocals are significantly smoother, and more importantly there's a couple upbeat songs to lighten the mood (throw in the songs cut from the album and it's even better), but both albums, as well as Love & Theft, are all masterpieces.

Modern Times was a bit of a step down, but its high points are as good as its predecessors. This new one, though, it's just really underwhelming to me. Compare it to Desire, which also had a similar southwestern flavor (substitute David Hidalgo's accordion on Together Through Life for Scarlet Rivera's fiddle), and it's not even close.
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I also must add as a strong contender for the end-year list The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists.
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If we're tossing disappointments in there, Regina Spektor's latest is so, so bad.
Biggest disappointment for me, easily

The ones I listened to and enjoyed enough to rank:


Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz *
The Horrors- Primary Colours*
U2 - No Line on the Horizon *
Pure Reason Revolution - Amor Vincit Omnia *
Passion Pit - Manners *
Metric - Fantasies *
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand *
Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years*
Dave Matthews Band - Big Whiskey and the Groo Grux King*
Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You*
Bob Dylan - Together Through Life*
Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career*
Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream *
Doves - Kingdom of Rust*
Antony & The Johnsons - The Crying Light *
Bell X1 - Blue Lights on the Runway *
Kelly Clarkson - All I Ever Wanted *
Bat For Lashes - Two Suns*
St. Vincent - Actor*
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast*
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i'm not seeing enough mention of the new Phoenix album. it's my favorite of the year.
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Old 07-04-2009, 01:49 PM   #33
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So far:

1. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
2. Manners by Passion Pit
3. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
4. No Line on the Horizon by U2
5. Actor by St. Vincent
6. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors
7. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
8. The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
9. Dark Was the Night by Various Artists
10. Incredibad by The Lonely Island

Still want to listen to the Doves, Here We Go Magic, Moby, Prince, Sonic Youth, Sunset Rubdown, Super Furry Animals, Wilco, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs albums.

Yeah, easily looking forward to the Flaming Lips double album.
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Manic Street Preachers - Journal for Plague Lovers
U2 - No Line on the Horizon
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
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TOP TEN OF THE YEAR SO FAR:



U2- No Line On The Horizon



Metric - Fantasies



Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!



Bat for Lashes - Two Suns



Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion



St. Vincent - Actor



The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love



Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe



Doves - Kingdom of Rust



Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR SO FAR:

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Sonic Youth - The Eternal
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
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PJ Harvey & John Parish - A Woman a Man Walked By
U2 - No Line on the Horizon
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You
Doves - Kingdom of Rust
Peaches - I Feel Cream
Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
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