• The Delightful 65 of the 00's (Best Albums 2000-2014)

    23. Sep. 2014, 6:42 von thomas10
    1 Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light
    The black-and-white image of legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno that adorns the cover of The Crying Light, the third full-length by Antony and the Johnsons, seems to offer a view of a being enveloped in both ecstasy and agony -- or does it? The songs contained here offer something else: a glimpse of a universe beyond the pale of vision, seen only by the individual experiencing it. Neo-classical underpinnings are entwined lovingly with broken pop songs and secretive after-hours cabaret poems. Check the opener, "Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground". The piano and cello fall together as one slow dancer, alone in the spotlight, keeping memory as time: "In the garden, with my mother/I stole a flower/With my mother, in her power/I chose a flower/I saw six eyes glistening in my womb/I felt you calling me in the gloom/Rest assured your love is pure.... …
  • TOP 52 ALBUMS OF 2011

    8. Jan. 2012, 23:01 von Confessions87

    1YRON was born out of the notion of reviewing records exactly one year after their initial release date. This alternative to reviewing a record as and when it is released is an attempt to understand a record better within the context of its fairly recent absorption into mainstream or underground consciousness. For the past seven months 1YRON has focused on reviewing some of 2010's best records. With 2011 drawing to a close and with 2012 just around the corner, it's almost time to focus again on 2011's releases. Over the next year 1YRON will continue to review records on their first birthdays, the majority of which will feature in this list.

    There's never much sense or clarity when putting together end of year lists because individual opinion ultimately rules over structure and ordering in such instances. However, we all feel compelled to at least attempt them. As usual, 2011 was a brilliant year for music in a similar vein to 2010 and, as usual…
  • Great albums of 2011

    31. Dez. 2011, 20:39 von sabberworm

    Baaba KulkaBaaba Kulka

    Gaba Kulka has always been great for a surprise (remember her changing her name from Gabriela Kulka?), now she’s out to get me hooked on (and, thus, turn me into my brother, Thermoskanne) with this record full of Iron Maiden covers.

    Rating: ★★★★☆
    Best tracks
    To Tame a Landaces highProdigal SonChildren Of The Damned

    Tom WaitsBad as Me

    After having been completely overwhelmed with the quantity of material on his last two records, I was glad to see Waits back with a regular studio record. It does contain the usual mixture of melancholy and noise with songs erring on either side.

    Rating: ★★★½☆
    Best tracks
    Face to the HighwayTalking at the Same TimeGet Lost

    R.E.M.Collapse Into Now

    I’m a sucker for R.E.M.’s catchy tunes and ÜBerlin reminds me a lot of the ™ there like Imitation of Life. …
  • Top 10 of '11

    27. Dez. 2011, 0:20 von SpoonRiver

    I’m more predictable than I like to think.
    1. Thurston Moore – “Demolished Thoughts

    “There’s lots of secrets and lies in these songs that I probably won’t ever be able to talk about.” – Moore talking about "Demolished Thoughts"

    I’m a new Sonic Youth fan. Intimidated by its expansive catalog I’ve attempted to get into them a few times since college. But the last two years I’ve immersed myself with their music. I was struck by the anxiety and pain in the lyrics of Demolished Thoughts, reminiscent of Beck’s “Sea Change”... who produced "Demolished Thoughts". The arrangements are beautifully haunting and are as sparse as they are full. The album made much more sense later in the year when we found out about he and Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon were splitting after 20 some years. I was disappointed to think that waiting till now to get into Sonic Youth would cost me seeing them live… but…