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Post by Edre Peraza » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:15 pm

I know it is very early but Post Malone’s new album Hollywood’s Bleeding is a great album. The poppier side of the album may scare away many listeners and there is no doubt this album is mainstream. But as usual, Post Malone bends genres on his songs. His debut, Stoney, had a lot of genre bending but Hollywood’s Bleeding takes that concept and executes it better. And Beerbongs & Bentleys is less diverse but the quality is more consistent. Hollywood’s Bleeding is the best of both worlds. His song with Ozzy is likely my favorite song of the year. Even if critics don’t like the album, Post seemed to have a great time making it, I had a great time listening to it, and in the end it was an enjoyable listen.
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Moonbeam wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:47 am
...Haven't heard any Xiu Xiu albums aside from Fabulous Muscles, which I like. Seeing it so high on your list makes me want to dig in, for sure!
Wish I liked their new album as much as notbrianeno seems to. It's pretty good but it won't likely make my EoY. Despite how I feel about it, I do think Xiu Xiu are going through their best album run since their mid-00s Fabulous Muscles era. Whether you enjoy their new album or not, you should also check out 2017's Forget and their 2016 Twin Peaks cover album too.

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No words about the new Blanck Mass album, where are my fellow World Eater fans ?
It's solid release and is very worthy of Power's oeuvre. I do prefer World Eater and more controversially Dumb Flesh but Animated Violence Mild definetly wasn't a letdown.

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Post by notbrianeno » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:12 pm

Moonbeam wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:47 am
notbrianeno wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:57 pm
Essential
Lana Del Rey | Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Xiu Xiu | Girl With Basket of Fruit
Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising
Jai Paul | Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
Beyoncé | Homecoming: The Live Album
Glad to see you like Jai Paul as much as I do! Haven't heard any Xiu Xiu albums aside from Fabulous Muscles, which I like. Seeing it so high on your list makes me want to dig in, for sure!
A bitter, licorice lozenge of an album (similar to EXORCISM in that regard), but one that I treasure. Get ready for lots of absurdist, gory Francis Bacon-inspired lyrics and gnostic/pagan imagery about reclaiming battered feminine and queer bodies
Current AOTY 2019: Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising
Current SOTY 2019: Weyes Blood | "Movies"

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Post by Moonbeam » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:31 pm

:o :o :o :o :o

A 6-disc super deluxe 1999 is on its way in November!

https://funkatopia.com/funk-news/1999-deluxe-reissue/

:o :o :o :o :o

Get hyped!
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Post by Edre Peraza » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:48 pm

After a few listens I can say that Post Malone dominates my taste for this year with his album Hollywood’s Bleeding. Also I have grown a bit tired of Lil Nas X now.

1. Post Malone - Hollywood’s Bleeding

2. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

3. Tyla Yaweh - Heart Full of Rage

4. Young Thug - So Much Fun

5. Bad Religion - Age Of Unreason

6. Lil Nas X - 7 EP

7. The Raconteurs - Help Me Stranger

8. Thom Yorke - ANIMA

9. Juice WRLD - Death Race For Love

10. Chase Atlantic - PHASES
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Post by Edre Peraza » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:57 pm

acroamor wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:04 am
and possibly... Mr. West?

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22. Lil Nas X - 7 EP
It is nice to see someone else appreciating Lil Nas X. Also I hope the new Kanye album will make my list.
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Post by Jackson » Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:54 pm

Today is probably my favorite day of the year so far for new album releases, with new Men I Trust, Jenny Hval, and Charli XCX all coming out. I've heard enough singles from all three to know I'll like them -- can't wait to dig in!

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Post by jade.palooka » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:26 pm

I share your joy, Jackson!

[The Practice Of Love] is like actually moving particles in my hirnrinde now

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jade.palooka wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:26 pm
I share your joy, Jackson!

[The Practice Of Love] is like actually moving particles in my hirnrinde now
It really is great. It will probably soon become my favorite Jenny Hval album.

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Post by Jirin » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:19 pm

NFR seems like the big divisive album this year.

To me it’s as lyrically vapid as dance pop but without the balancing benefit of being able to dance.

Like she’s trying super hard to make these deep statements about male/female relationships and it’s only highlighting the cliche shallowness.

And she always sounds like she just woke up and hasn’t had her coffee yet.

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Post by Jackson » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:39 pm

Jackson wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 5:54 pm
Today is probably my favorite day of the year so far for new album releases, with new Men I Trust, Jenny Hval, and Charli XCX all coming out. I've heard enough singles from all three to know I'll like them -- can't wait to dig in!
Thoughts on these three albums:

Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love: This is my favorite Jenny Hval album by quite a bit, and an AOTY contender. The mix of her usual ethereal avant garde style with house and disco beats is a brilliant match, and the production sounds quite a bit crisper and more expensive than anything she's done previously. Highly recommended for fans of Weyes Blood and Julia Holter, and it's a perfect entry into Hval's work for anyone who hasn't heard her before.

Charli XCX - Charli: It's difficult to evaluate the album as nearly half of the songs were available as singles for varying amounts of time before its release. It's definitely worth a list given the ridiculous amount of talented collaborators (Sky Ferreira, Christine and the Queens, Clairo, Troye Sivian, Kim Petras) and the presence of outstanding singles like Gone and 1999, but the mix of more commercial tracks like those with experimental PCMusic-produced tracks like Click and Shake It makes the album more of a grab bag than a cohesive body of work like Pop 2. There was a great 10-song tracklist somewhere in these 15 songs, but this isn't quite it, though it'll still be an EOY player for me.

Men I Trust - Oncle Jazz: This is an impressive self-released album that'll almost certainly please anyone who likes the band's singles. Like Charli, this album features many songs that have previously been released, though those songs appear to have been remixed or rerecorded to better fit this album's downtempo, chilled out style. It won't be for everybody, but those who like the band's dreamy vibe will find a lot to like.

Now on to the JPEGMAFIA and Alex G releases that also came out last Friday!

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Post by Nassim » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:41 pm

If you like 90s Chemical Brothers albums, I really recommend the Octo Octa album.

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Post by Rocky Raccoon » Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:24 pm

Haven't been super impressed with music this year, but some albums that have earned repeat listens on my headphones include:

Billie Eilish
Sleater-Kinney
Deerhunter
Lizzo
Vampire Weekend
Jenny Lewis
Stella Donnelly
Julia Jacklin
Sharon Van Ettan
The Hold Steady
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Post by Live in Phoenix » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:52 am

Moonbeam wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:31 pm
:o :o :o :o :o

A 6-disc super deluxe 1999 is on its way in November!
Moonbeam, what do you think of this rarities lineup?

Disc: 3
1. Feel U Up
2. Irresistible Bitch
3. Money Don't Grow On Trees
4. Vagina
5. Rearrange
6. Bold Generation
7. Colleen
8. International Lover (Take 1) [Live In Studio]
9. Turn It Up
10. You're All I Want
11. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
12. If It'll Make U Happy
13. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? (Take 2)

Disc: 4
1. Possessed (1982 Version)
2. Delirious (Full-Length)
3. Purple Music
4. Yah, You Know
5. Moonbeam Levels (2019 Remaster)
6. No Call U
7. Can't Stop This Feeling I Got
8. Do Yourself A Favor
9. Don't Let Him Fool Ya
10. Teacher, Teacher
11. Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (Tour Demo)

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Post by Nick » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:35 pm

The upcoming month is looking great for new music. One last burst of greatness before the decade ends?

Here's what I'm looking forward to through the end of October...

Kanye West- Jesus Is King- September 27th
Sturgill Simpson- Sound & Fury- September 27th

Angel Olsen- All Mirrors- October 4th
Danny Brown- U Know What I’m Sayin?- October 4th
Wilco- Ode to Joy- October 4th

Big Thief- Two Hands- October 11th

FKA Twigs- Magdalene- October 25th
Swans- Leaving Meaning- October 25th

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Post by luvulongTIM » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:52 am

Well let’s not forget the 70s most acclaimed record came out in December of ‘79 so there’s still hope. Keep the faith all.
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Post by Matski » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:44 am

Any upcoming releases planned for this December? :D

To be serious, London's Calling is good example of why publications should hold off releasing their lists so early. Rushed EoD lists (like Gorilla vs. Bear's) could have at least waited until the end of January. Most readers wouldn't have minded waiting.

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Post by Moonbeam » Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:47 am

Live in Phoenix wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:52 am
Moonbeam wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:31 pm
:o :o :o :o :o

A 6-disc super deluxe 1999 is on its way in November!
Moonbeam, what do you think of this rarities lineup?

Disc: 3
1. Feel U Up
2. Irresistible Bitch
3. Money Don't Grow On Trees
4. Vagina
5. Rearrange
6. Bold Generation
7. Colleen
8. International Lover (Take 1) [Live In Studio]
9. Turn It Up
10. You're All I Want
11. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
12. If It'll Make U Happy
13. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore? (Take 2)

Disc: 4
1. Possessed (1982 Version)
2. Delirious (Full-Length)
3. Purple Music
4. Yah, You Know
5. Moonbeam Levels (2019 Remaster)
6. No Call U
7. Can't Stop This Feeling I Got
8. Do Yourself A Favor
9. Don't Let Him Fool Ya
10. Teacher, Teacher
11. Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (Tour Demo)
From what I know, it would be enough to be better than any other Prince album outside of 1999. 1982 was his year!

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Post by Jackson » Tue Sep 24, 2019 2:44 pm

Matski wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:44 am
Any upcoming releases planned for this December? :D

To be serious, London's Calling is good example of why publications should hold off releasing their lists so early. Rushed EoD lists (like Gorilla vs. Bear's) could have at least waited until the end of January. Most readers wouldn't have minded waiting.
Yeah, as much as I enjoy Gorilla vs Bear's recommendations, I see no reason why they couldn't wait until the end of the year. If an album they love is released in the last three months of 2019, are they really going to remember to include it in their best of the 2020s list? That said, the list's early timing didn't stop them from including two 2019 albums - Jai Paul and Lana Del Ray - in their top six.

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Post by acroamor » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:39 am

Don't know if anyone's posted, but Chromatics surprise-dropped a new album, and it's not the long-anticipated Dear Tommy, it's called Closer to Grey. About to listen to it right after the new Angel Olsen. Also, between those two and the new Sturgill Simpson, it makes me laugh at critics already releasing end of decade lists.

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Post by PlasticRam » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:23 am

What do you think of the new Sturgill Simpson album? I have to listen to it sometime.
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Post by acroamor » Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:47 am

PlasticRam wrote:
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:23 am
What do you think of the new Sturgill Simpson album? I have to listen to it sometime.
Synthier than anything he's done thus far, but oh my god it is wonderful. A balls to the wall rock album, ZZ Top borne again. Very excited to see the tie-in anime film on Netflix as well.

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Post by Jirin » Thu Oct 03, 2019 1:34 pm

So, if Jesus is King, and Kanye is 50% more influential than Jesus, Kanye must equal 3/2 of a King.

Which means Kings must throw 2/3 of an SNL tantrum.

New Wilco getting good reviews.

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Post by Future Critic » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:35 pm

Future Critic wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:47 pm
Nick wrote:
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:29 pm
The new Lana Del Rey album is...

1) really, really good
2) probably going to be the critics’ pick for AOTY
As a longtime fan of LDR, I'm glad to see her finally getting her due. And it's a great album with a lot of standout songs, but I don't feel like she's the sure thing for AOTY yet. To me, it seems like a three way race between LDR, Big Thief and Billie Eilish.
And just like that, it looks like she's been passed by Nick Cave and possibly Angel Olsen, too!

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Post by Cold Butterfly » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:47 pm

My current unranked list of albums which i've enjoyed the most so far this year -

Solange - When I Get Home
Ariana Grande - thank u, next
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin
Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
Jay Som - Anak Ko
Moodymann - Sinner: KDJ-48
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
Mike Krol - Power Chords
Tyler, The Creator - IGOR
Mannequin Pussy - Patience
Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel
(Sandy) Alex G - House Of Sugar
Tropical Fuck Storm - Braindrops
Charli XCX - Charli
Quelle Chris - Guns
Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken
Jerkcurb - Air Con Edan
Blood Orange - Angel’s Pulse
Little Simz - GREY Area
CHAI - PUNK
Jai Paul - Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
Erika de Casier - Essentials
KALLITECHNIS - CHROMATIC
Tony Molina - Songs From San Mateo County
Mike - Tears Of Joy
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Post by JohnnyBGoode » Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:28 pm

Time for an update:

1. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
3. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
4. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
5. Hatchie – Keepsake
6. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
7. The National - I Am Easy To Find
8. Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz
9. Bill Callahan – Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
10. Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride
11. Wilco – Ode to Joy
12. Chromatics – Closer To Grey
13. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
14. Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaires Club
15. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs
16. Jay Som – Anak Ko
17. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
18. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
19. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
20. (Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar

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Post by mileswide » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:19 pm

Just found out The Comet Is Coming released an EP last week (going to listen to that now), they've got a second full-length album for this year coming out 18th October and Sons of Kemet are touring from December! Shabaka Hutchings must be at a loose end...
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Post by acroamor » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:13 pm

New Top 12:

1. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
2. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
3. Lady Lamb - Even in the Tremor
4. William Tyler - Goes West
5. Sturgill Simpson - Sound and Fury
6. Jay Som - Anak Ko
7. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
8. Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
9. The National - I Am Easy to Find
10. FIDLAR - Almost Free
11. Faye Webster - Atlanta Millionaire's Club
12. Flying Lotus - Flamagra

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Post by prosecutorgodot » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:46 am

From my listening over the past three months:

1. Prince - Originals
Prince is simply the best comfort food. Put it on and you know you're going to get everything you want out of music.

2. Hobo Johnson - The Fall of Hobo Johnson
I really enjoyed this one. This guy manages to fuse folk, emo and hip-hop all in one package, all while having a very relatable personality.

3. Highwomen - Highwomen
Might be my token country album of the year, but whatever, this was very good music in general. Reminded me of ABBA (always a good thing, coming from me), with the excellent vocal harmonies, lyrical metaphors, and solid-as-steel songwriting.

4. Charli XCX - Charli
To me, this is the artistic peak (so far) of Charli's career. This is where Charli nails the midpoint between the catchiness and straightforwardness of Top 40 pop, and the adventure and experimentation of PC Music's glitchy, pitchy electronics. Beyond that, I am wowed by the unshakeable consistency of the songwriting here. I thought the Billie Eilish album was consistent, but this album takes consistency to the next level. Charli is the Teen Dream of 2019. So why isn't this the #1? It's because all of the songs are Strong 7's - nothing less, nothing more. None of them pull out of that very-good level to anything I would really hear on its own, save for maybe "Gone" or "1999." Also, I'm not a huge fan (though I finally "get" it) of her signature autotuned vocals.

5. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
This is the 2019 album that everyone can get behind. The lyrics are there for the lyric-heads, the pop sensibility is there for the pop-heads, the experimentation is there for that crowd, and a cool sound is there for the vibers.

6. Xiu Xiu - Girl With Basket of Fruit
I was waffling over this one, but I finally put it on here because I really enjoyed this one throughout, which is weird because Xiu Xiu's previous batch of new songs Forget was one of my least favorites of that year. I think it has to do with Jamie changing up his vocals. It also has to do with the insane banging beats on this new album. This album could climb up my list in the future.

Honorable Mentions:
Blu & Oh No - A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Night
Good rhymes, and very good beats. Listening to this, you really feel like you're on the dark streets, and your T-shirt is sticking to your back because it's so hot.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Good rhymes, good beats, but the album dulled on me after first listen.

Danny Brown - Uknowhatimsayin¿
Danny is just a very solid artist, even when it feels like a more casual, less intense experience. This is comparable to DAMN. in a sense.

Various Artists - Kankyou Ongaku: 1980-1990 [compilation]
If you like ambient music, you cannot skip this one. This is great.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rat's Nest
Solid thrash metal album.

Little Simz - Grey Area
Good stuff. There were a couple anime references, nice.

Goddang, since it hasn't been available on streaming, I still haven't heard that Slauson Malone!

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Post by letmeintomyzone » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:04 pm

prosecutorgodot wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:46 am
From my listening over the past three months:

1. Prince - Originals
Prince is simply the best comfort food. Put it on and you know you're going to get everything you want out of music.

2. Hobo Johnson - The Fall of Hobo Johnson
I really enjoyed this one. This guy manages to fuse folk, emo and hip-hop all in one package, all while having a very relatable personality.

3. Highwomen - Highwomen
Might be my token country album of the year, but whatever, this was very good music in general. Reminded me of ABBA (always a good thing, coming from me), with the excellent vocal harmonies, lyrical metaphors, and solid-as-steel songwriting.

4. Charli XCX - Charli
To me, this is the artistic peak (so far) of Charli's career. This is where Charli nails the midpoint between the catchiness and straightforwardness of Top 40 pop, and the adventure and experimentation of PC Music's glitchy, pitchy electronics. Beyond that, I am wowed by the unshakeable consistency of the songwriting here. I thought the Billie Eilish album was consistent, but this album takes consistency to the next level. Charli is the Teen Dream of 2019. So why isn't this the #1? It's because all of the songs are Strong 7's - nothing less, nothing more. None of them pull out of that very-good level to anything I would really hear on its own, save for maybe "Gone" or "1999." Also, I'm not a huge fan (though I finally "get" it) of her signature autotuned vocals.

5. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
This is the 2019 album that everyone can get behind. The lyrics are there for the lyric-heads, the pop sensibility is there for the pop-heads, the experimentation is there for that crowd, and a cool sound is there for the vibers.

6. Xiu Xiu - Girl With Basket of Fruit
I was waffling over this one, but I finally put it on here because I really enjoyed this one throughout, which is weird because Xiu Xiu's previous batch of new songs Forget was one of my least favorites of that year. I think it has to do with Jamie changing up his vocals. It also has to do with the insane banging beats on this new album. This album could climb up my list in the future.

Honorable Mentions:
Blu & Oh No - A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Night
Good rhymes, and very good beats. Listening to this, you really feel like you're on the dark streets, and your T-shirt is sticking to your back because it's so hot.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Good rhymes, good beats, but the album dulled on me after first listen.

Danny Brown - Uknowhatimsayin¿
Danny is just a very solid artist, even when it feels like a more casual, less intense experience. This is comparable to DAMN. in a sense.

Various Artists - Kankyou Ongaku: 1980-1990 [compilation]
If you like ambient music, you cannot skip this one. This is great.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rat's Nest
Solid thrash metal album.

Little Simz - Grey Area
Good stuff. There were a couple anime references, nice.

Goddang, since it hasn't been available on streaming, I still haven't heard that Slauson Malone!
Fantano's secret AOTY list?

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Post by prosecutorgodot » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:43 pm

letmeintomyzone wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:04 pm
prosecutorgodot wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:46 am
From my listening over the past three months:

1. Prince - Originals
Prince is simply the best comfort food. Put it on and you know you're going to get everything you want out of music.

2. Hobo Johnson - The Fall of Hobo Johnson
I really enjoyed this one. This guy manages to fuse folk, emo and hip-hop all in one package, all while having a very relatable personality.

3. Highwomen - Highwomen
Might be my token country album of the year, but whatever, this was very good music in general. Reminded me of ABBA (always a good thing, coming from me), with the excellent vocal harmonies, lyrical metaphors, and solid-as-steel songwriting.

4. Charli XCX - Charli
To me, this is the artistic peak (so far) of Charli's career. This is where Charli nails the midpoint between the catchiness and straightforwardness of Top 40 pop, and the adventure and experimentation of PC Music's glitchy, pitchy electronics. Beyond that, I am wowed by the unshakeable consistency of the songwriting here. I thought the Billie Eilish album was consistent, but this album takes consistency to the next level. Charli is the Teen Dream of 2019. So why isn't this the #1? It's because all of the songs are Strong 7's - nothing less, nothing more. None of them pull out of that very-good level to anything I would really hear on its own, save for maybe "Gone" or "1999." Also, I'm not a huge fan (though I finally "get" it) of her signature autotuned vocals.

5. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
This is the 2019 album that everyone can get behind. The lyrics are there for the lyric-heads, the pop sensibility is there for the pop-heads, the experimentation is there for that crowd, and a cool sound is there for the vibers.

6. Xiu Xiu - Girl With Basket of Fruit
I was waffling over this one, but I finally put it on here because I really enjoyed this one throughout, which is weird because Xiu Xiu's previous batch of new songs Forget was one of my least favorites of that year. I think it has to do with Jamie changing up his vocals. It also has to do with the insane banging beats on this new album. This album could climb up my list in the future.

Honorable Mentions:
Blu & Oh No - A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Night
Good rhymes, and very good beats. Listening to this, you really feel like you're on the dark streets, and your T-shirt is sticking to your back because it's so hot.

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Good rhymes, good beats, but the album dulled on me after first listen.

Danny Brown - Uknowhatimsayin¿
Danny is just a very solid artist, even when it feels like a more casual, less intense experience. This is comparable to DAMN. in a sense.

Various Artists - Kankyou Ongaku: 1980-1990 [compilation]
If you like ambient music, you cannot skip this one. This is great.

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Infest the Rat's Nest
Solid thrash metal album.

Little Simz - Grey Area
Good stuff. There were a couple anime references, nice.

Goddang, since it hasn't been available on streaming, I still haven't heard that Slauson Malone!
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Yes I am a huge fantanohead, but it's not blind love -- it's just that his taste and mine are very similar. I've tried stuff from this forum, and it's a lot more hit-and-miss. The only thing he likes that I am perplexed about is the post-punk stuff (and the hardcore/death metal stuff, but that's only because I've been too afraid to dive too deep).

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Post by bootsy » Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:00 am

prosecutorgodot wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:46 am
From my listening over the past three months:



5. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
This is the 2019 album that everyone can get behind. The lyrics are there for the lyric-heads, the pop sensibility is there for the pop-heads, the experimentation is there for that crowd, and a cool sound is there for the vibers.


I still don't get the love of this album. I've listened to it twice and it's just blah. I always give albums a chance by listening to it more often. Maybe something will grab me but not yet.

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Post by acr0320 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:40 pm

1) Lana del Rey - NFR!
2) Tyler, the Creator - Igor
3) Brockhampton - Ginger
4) Santana - Africa Speaks
5) The National - I Am Easy to Find
6) Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
7) Freddie Gibbs - Bandana
8) Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where do we Go
9) Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin?
10) Tool - Fear Inoculum
11) Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
12) Sharon Van Etten - Remind me Tomorrow
13) Denzel Curry - Zuu
14) Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
15) Sleater Kinney - The Center Won't Hold
16) Ariana Grande - thank u, next
17) James Blake - Assume Form
18) Solange - When I Get Home
19) Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
20) L'Orange, Jeremiah Jae - Complicate Your Life With Violence

Honorable Mentions: Young Enough, On the Line, Cuz I Love You, Charli, UFOF, The Highwomen

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Re: Albums of 2019

Post by Cold Butterfly » Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:00 pm

bootsy wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:00 am
prosecutorgodot wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:46 am
From my listening over the past three months:



5. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
This is the 2019 album that everyone can get behind. The lyrics are there for the lyric-heads, the pop sensibility is there for the pop-heads, the experimentation is there for that crowd, and a cool sound is there for the vibers.


I still don't get the love of this album. I've listened to it twice and it's just blah. I always give albums a chance by listening to it more often. Maybe something will grab me but not yet.
Yeah IGOR has worn down on me ever since I first listened to it, back when it first came out in May. Like it’s a good album and all, but from recent listening i’m not too impressed by it anymore. It’s still a consistent set of songs, just not as imaginative as I first believed it to be. A lot of people around me are also beginning to share the same view as well (my friend went as far as to call IGOR “”There’s A Riot Goin On” for emo white kids” the other day!).
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Post by Jirin » Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:38 pm

In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights is the most the Pornos have sounded like 2000-2005 since Twin Cinema.

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Post by Jirin » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:34 pm

Updated list:
1. The National - I Am Easy To Find
2. Nick Cave - Ghosteen
3. KARYYN - The Quanta Series
4. Little Simz - GREY Area
5. Holly Herndon - PROTO
6. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
7. Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken
8. Elena Setien - Another Kind of Revolution
9. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
10. Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold
11. Saint Abdullah - Mechanical Flirtations
12. Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited
13. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
14. Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes
15. Stef Chura - Midnight
16. Kate Tempest - The Book Of Traps And Lessons
17. Flying Lotus - Flamagra
18. The New Pornographers - In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights
19. Katie Toupin - Magnetic Moves
20. You Tell Me - You Tell Me
21. Stealing Sheep - Big Wows
22. American Football - American Football
23. Pere Ubu - The Long Goodbye
24. Ty Segall - First Taste
25. Vampire Weekend - Father Of The Bride
26. Skepta - Ignorance Is Bliss
27. Fennesz - Agora
28. Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - De Facto
29. Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
30. The Comet Is Coming - Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery

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Post by Rob » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:35 am

Jirin wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:34 pm
29. Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Great album, but I'm sure it was released in June 2018.

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Post by Edre Peraza » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:34 pm

Cold Butterfly wrote:
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:00 pm
bootsy wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:00 am
prosecutorgodot wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:46 am
From my listening over the past three months:



5. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
This is the 2019 album that everyone can get behind. The lyrics are there for the lyric-heads, the pop sensibility is there for the pop-heads, the experimentation is there for that crowd, and a cool sound is there for the vibers.


I still don't get the love of this album. I've listened to it twice and it's just blah. I always give albums a chance by listening to it more often. Maybe something will grab me but not yet.
Yeah IGOR has worn down on me ever since I first listened to it, back when it first came out in May. Like it’s a good album and all, but from recent listening i’m not too impressed by it anymore. It’s still a consistent set of songs, just not as imaginative as I first believed it to be. A lot of people around me are also beginning to share the same view as well (my friend went as far as to call IGOR “”There’s A Riot Goin On” for emo white kids” the other day!).
I agree. I’m not a huge Tyler fan to begin with but in terms of my taste I would rather listen to the new Juice WRLD album than it. It isn’t bad but it is just bland and typical Tyler.
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Post by Jirin » Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:59 pm

Rob wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:35 am
Jirin wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:34 pm
29. Kadhja Bonet - Childqueen
Great album, but I'm sure it was released in June 2018.
I forgot my ranking program still had a few 2018 late discoveries in it. :)

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Post by Jirin » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:46 am

Is Igor more typical Tyler than Goblin? Those are the two albums I’ve heard and they’re so different I have no idea what his normal is.

Are there any big releases planned in December? I’d like to start my year end tournament at the start of December but I’m worried something will get left out that will belong in my decade tournament next year.

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Post by granit » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:30 am

Top 10 (so far)

01 - The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
02 - Desperate Journalist – In Search of the Miraculous
03 - Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
04 - Black Mountain - Destroyer
05 - Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
06 - The Twilight Sad - It Won/T Be Like This All the Time
07 - Angel Olsen – All Mirrors
08 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
09 - Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited
10 - Hatchie – Keepsake

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Re: Albums of 2019

Post by Rob » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:23 am

Jirin wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:46 am

Are there any big releases planned in December?
I have every reason to believe that Limp Bizkit are going to pull a Beyoncé and release their long-awaited, long-delayed Stampede of the Disco Elephants somewhere around Christmas, so stay tuned!

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Post by Cold Butterfly » Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:39 am

Jirin wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:46 am
Is Igor more typical Tyler than Goblin? Those are the two albums I’ve heard and they’re so different I have no idea what his normal is.
I’d say that has more to do with Tyler’s “evolution” or what not. In the beginning of his career, with Bastards and Goblin, his music was defined by a horrorcore style which was similar in a way to early Eminem. Today’s Tyler is a neo soul aficionado who takes chances and expands his sound with each release. I’d say that Wolf, Cherry Bomb and Flower Boy were really the crossroads between “old Tyler” and the more experimental stuff he’s putting out today - in hindsight, listening to those albums, you can hear the changing sounds in each release, as well as him moving away from the aggressive style he was known for at the beginning of his career.
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Post by Jackson » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:30 am

I haven't had enough time to listen to most of these, but October seems like it was one of the more loaded album release months in recent memory. I liked / am interested in hearing these:
Nick Cave
Angel Olsen
Swans
Anna Meredith
Big Thief
Chromatics
Floating Points
Lightning Bolt
Richard Dawson
Michael Kiwanuka
Caroline Polachek

Surprised there aren't more people talking about some of these!

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Post by sonofsamiam » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:59 pm

Jackson wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:30 am
I haven't had enough time to listen to most of these, but October seems like it was one of the more loaded album release months in recent memory. I liked / am interested in hearing these:
Nick Cave
Angel Olsen
Swans
Anna Meredith
Big Thief
Chromatics
Floating Points
Lightning Bolt
Richard Dawson
Michael Kiwanuka
Caroline Polachek

Surprised there aren't more people talking about some of these!
Yeah, it's already been a super-stacked year, and October put it over the top. I've been actively keeping up with new releases more than ever, so here are my current impressions of the above, where applicable...

Nick Cave - I know that Ghosteen has been a bit divisive (at least outside of critics' circles), but I do think this may be his masterpiece. This album gets to me emotionally like few others ever have, and I think the fact I'm a father has something very much to do with this. At times it connects in ways I would not prefer, but it is consistently both compelling and beautiful.

Angel Olsen - I have not been as big a fan of her prior releases, but this one stands out to me (I'm a sucker for orchestration, so no surprise I guess). That said, the first two tracks, which are outstanding, tower above the rest. Still a very good album.

Swans - Another strong album, and their best since To Be Kind, though not quite to that level and certainly not at the level of The Seer. The more mellow vibe is absolutely fine, though this is an album where the highlights really stand out from the rest (at least so far).

Anna Meredith - Freaking great, even better than Varmints, a huge colorful maximalist sugar rush. I do think there was a lost opportunity here, as she is also an exceptional classical composer, and getting a version of Five Telegrams (debuted at Prmos in 2018 but not available on a recording), which is one of the best compositions of the 21st century IMO, might have made this album of the year. That said, it's solidly Top 10.

Big Thief - Good, and "Not" is maybe my favorite of theirs, but Big Thief doesn't connect with me as much as they do with many others. I'd give this a 7, just like UFOF.

Chromatics - Have not heard it yet, though Chromatics are like Big Thief to me - a solid band that I respect, but I rarely go out of my way to listen to.

Floating Points - Really like it, though not as much as their prior LP. I need to give it more listens though.

Lightning Bolt - Maybe their second-best album after Wonderful Rainbow, and definitely their most fun. Just ridiculous in the best ways, and I was not expecting something this good from them at this point.

Richard Dawson - I struggle with Richard Dawson, he's extremely talented obviously, and all the attributes should add up to something I love, but he has not yet clicked. Will need to give it another couple spins.

Michael Kiwanuka - Have not heard the whole record yet. There are tracks I LOVE by him, but I've found an entire album of his can be a bit much. We shall see.

Caroline Polachek - Really have enjoyed the singles, particularly "Door", and again need more time with the album as a whole.


I also need to vouch for Matana Roberts' 4th COIN COIN record, Memphis. It's mind-blowing and harrowing, definitely the jazz album of the year, and for me a close second in her discography. Not necessarily for the faint of heart, but inching into my Top 3 this year. Speaking of which, here's my current Top 30, still morphing as we go.

1 | Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds | Ghosteen
2 | Weyes Blood | Titanic Rising
3 | Matana Roberts | Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis
4 | John Luther Adams | Become Desert [Seattle Symphony / Ludovic Morlot]
5 | Anna Meredith | FIBS
6 | Jenny Hval | The Practice of Love
7 | Holly Herndon | PROTO
8 | Sunn O))) | Life Metal
9 | Black Midi | Schlagenheim
10 | Kaija Saariaho | Circle Map, Graal théâtre, Vers toi qui es si loin & Neiges [Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Clément Mao-Takacs]
11 | Swans | Leaving Meaning.
12 | Yugen Blakrock | Anima Mysterium
13 | Sharon Van Etten | Remind Me Tomorrow
14 | Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble | Where Future Unfolds
15 | The Comet Is Coming | Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
16 | Jaimie Branch | FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise
17 | Moor Mother | Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes
18 | Jenny Wilson | TRAUMA
19 | The Art Ensemble of Chicago | We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
20 | Lightning Bolt | Sonic Citadel
21 | Billy Woods and Kenny Segal | Hiding Places
22 | Flying Lotus | Flamagra
23 | Glenn Branca | The Third Ascension
24 | Angel Olsen | All Mirrors
25 | Esa-Pekka Salonen | Cello Concerto [Los Angeles Philharmonic / Yo Yo Ma]
26 | Jamila Woods | Legacy! Legacy!
27 | Caterina Barbieri | Ecsatic Computation
28 | clipping. | There Existed an Addiction to Blood
29 | Ben Lamar Gay | East of the Ryan
30 | Kelly Moran | Origin EP

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Post by Jirin » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:51 pm

The new Kiwanuka album is really good, instant top ten.

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Post by bootsy » Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:59 pm

Jirin wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:51 pm
The new Kiwanuka album is really good, instant top ten.
Yeah I briefly listened to it and liked it as well. Soul to the ears for sure.

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Post by PlasticRam » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:46 pm

Kanye West - Jesus Is King 9.8
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell! 9.1

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated 8.8
Aurora - A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) 8.1
Tyler, the Creator - Igor 8.0
Santana - Africa Speaks 8.0
Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury 8.0
Taylor Swift - Lover 7.9
Jenny Lewis - On the Line 7.9
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising 7.9
Aleksi Perälä - Sunshine 3 7.9
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors 7.8
Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride 7.8
2 Chainz - Rap or Go to the League 7.8
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow 7.8
Young Thug - So Much Fun 7.8
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love 7.8
Chance the Rapper - The Big Day 7.7
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Rainford 7.7
Mac DeMarco - Here Comes the Cowboy 7.7
American Football - American Football [LP3] 7.7
Cate le Bon - Reward 7.7
Future - Save Me 7.6
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka 7.5
Deerhunter - Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? 7.5
The National - I Am Easy to Find 7.5
Bon Iver - i,i 7.4
Xiu Xiu - Girl with Basket of Fruit 7.1
Kim Gordon - No Home Record 7.0
Africa Express - Egoli 7.0
YNW Melly - We All Shine 6.9
James Blake - Assume Form 6.8
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? 6.8
Little Simz - Grey Area 6.7
Thom Yorke - ANIMA 6.7
Freddie Gibbs / Madlib - Bandana 6.7
M83 - DSVII 6.6
Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next 6.5
Solange - When I Get Home 6.5
Earl Sweatshirt - Feet of Clay 6.5
Big Thief - U.F.O.F. 6.4
Fontaines D.C. - Dogrel 6.3
Floating Points - Crush 6.2
Future - The WIZRD 6.1
Big Thief - Two Hands 6.0
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Post by Jackson » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:06 pm

Jackson wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:30 am
Nick Cave
Angel Olsen
Swans
Anna Meredith
Big Thief
Chromatics
Floating Points
Lightning Bolt
Richard Dawson
Michael Kiwanuka
Caroline Polachek
Revisiting this list:
Nick Cave - Obviously this is very high quality music, but I'm struggling to connect with it the way sonofsam describes above. It is very similar in tone and style to Skeleton Tree, but lacks the knockout punch of that album ("I Need You") and doesn't show much variety over its very lengthy runtime. I need to spend more time with it, but wasn't as blown away as I would've liked after the first two listens.

Angel Olsen - For whatever reason, I've never made an effort to get into her work, but I think I'll start after this album. The orchestration on some of these tracks reminds me of some great albums from the 70s.

Swans - Their run of albums earlier this decade of My Father... / The Seer / To Be Kind was legendary, and is among my favorite ever for any individual artist. 2016's The Glowing Man didn't do much for me, but I wouldn't really call it a disappointment; after five hours of incredible music on their prior three albums, what more did I really want from Swans? This new album, with a reformed lineup, doesn't even really try to recapture their past glory, as indicated by being the first Swans work in a while with a sub-two hour run time. This album is content to be lower-key gothic folk, and seems almost like a Michael Gira solo album. The music is still really good, and I have a feeling it'll be a grower. The track Sunfucker (what a title!) is an immediate standout. I do wish he had made better use of Anna von Hausswolff as a collaborator. Her album last year, particularly "The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra", provided some of the same thrills as peak-era Swans, but she's under-utilized on the tracks she appears on here.

Anna Meredith - This is likely to be my favorite out of any of these albums. I love the maximalist style, this album is so playful at times it feels almost childlike (in a good way). The song Paramour, which I enjoyed as a single release a few months ago, has really grown on me and will be one of my top tracks this year.

Caroline Polachek - Excellent work, one of my favorite female pop albums in recent years. Door, Hit Me Where it Hurts, and the title track Pang are all standouts.

Still spending more time on the other albums mentioned above, but it's all very good work.

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Post by Nick » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:00 am

There are almost no albums left to be released this year that I'm interested in (the only one on my "to listen" list is the new Coldplay album, and a Coldplay album in 2019 probably isn't gonna be top 10 AOTY material, let's be real here).

So here's everything I've heard so far:

Great:

1. Weyes Blood- Titanic Rising
2. Lana Del Rey- Norman Fucking Rockwell!
3. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib- Bandana
4. Jai Paul- Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)

Very Good:

5. Angel Olsen- All Mirrors
6. Vampire Weekend- Father of the Bride
7. Purple Mountains- Purple Mountains
8. Danny Brown- U Know What I'm Sayin?
9. The National- I Am Easy to Find
10. Bon Iver- i,i
11. Sharon Van Etten- Remind Me Tomorrow
12. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds- Ghosteen
13. Solange- When I Get Home
14. Charly Bliss- Young Enough
15. Chromatics- Closer to Grey
16. The Comet Is Coming- Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
17. Beyoncé- Homecoming: The Live Album
18. Fontaines D.C.- Dogrel
19. Mannequin Pussy- Patience
20. Lizzo- Cuz I Love You
21. Big Thief- U.F.O.F.
22. Big Thief- Two Hands
23. Malibu Ken- Malibu Ken

Good:

24. Billie Eilish- When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
25. Carly Rae Jepsen- Dedicated
26. Charli XCX- Charli
27. Cate Le Bon- Reward
28. Swans- Leaving Meaning
29. FKA Twigs- Magdalene
30. Mount Eerie / Julie Doiron- Lost Wisdom pt. 2
31. Flying Lotus- Flamagra
32. Thom Yorke- Anima
33. Tyler, the Creator- Igor
34. Sturgill Simpson- Sound & Fury
35. Bruce Springsteen- Western Stars
36. Wilco- Ode to Joy
37. Charly Bliss- Supermoon (EP)
38. Hatchie- Keepsake
39. Sunn O)))- Life Metal
40. black midi- Schlagenheim
41. Little Simz- Grey Area
42. Better Oblivion Community Center- Better Oblivion Community Center
43. Weyes Blood- Rough Trade Session (EP)
44. Earl Sweatshirt- Feet of Clay (EP)

Decent:

45. Kanye West- Jesus Is King
46. JPEGMAFIA- All My Heroes Are Cornballs
47. Lower Dens- The Competition
48. Ariana Grande- Thank U, Next
49. M83- DSVII
50. CHAI- PUNK
51. Helado Negro- This Is How You Smile
52. Slowthai- Nothing Great About Britain
53. Sleater-Kinney- The Center Won't Hold
54. Jamila Woods- Legacy! Legacy!
55. Deerhunter- Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
56. Four Tet- Anna Painting (EP)
57. Kevin Abstract- ARIZONA baby (EP)
58. James Blake- Assume Form
59. Panda Bear- Buoys
60. Toro y Moi- Outer Peace

Poor:

61. Xiu Xiu- Girl with Basket of Fruit

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