Ago 3 2015, 17:54 di S4EEDR3ZA
Ago 19 2011, 1:40 di Alfa-BetaAlthough this comes a little bit late, I have finally chosen the albums which, in my opinion, are the best of this last year. Having come to this point, I would like to express my gratitude to the last.fm users' collaborations at the time of making a provisional Top 10.
I'm also not putting this in a “traditionally inverse” form, since I think that the best albums deserve also to be given all attention from the start, and not at last, as it's done usually.
An important note: this classification is not made on a basis of whether an album released by an artist or a band in 2010 is worse or better than his/her/its previous works, but in comparison to the other albums released in 2010.
I have also tried to be as much impartial as possible in relationship to the different styles and genres, since I qualified these albums depending on how good they are, without giving privileges to one or another genre.
So, without more delay, here is my Top 10:
1 - High Violet by The National
Feb 7 2011, 22:47 di fm014Ahoy again,
now last week was really interesting when it comes to music. That’s because my new office situation allows me to scrobble more than I thought. ^^
Last week in covers: (less this week)
> Michael Giacchino : I was recently revisiting the gorgeous Alias Soundtrack (title reference). I guess that must be one of the first tv shows that made me realize how great a spy score can be. ^^
Most played artists:
> P!nk : Since I watched her last DVD it was clear to me that I should consider to be a huge fan of that singer. She really has unique trademarks that make her special. She’s like a one man Queen band. ;-)
> Arcade Fire : This indie band was on my list for a long time and I finally begin to get to know their sound.
> Darren Hayes : A former cheesy pop singer that turned into a serious electronic artist.
Gen 12 2011, 15:36 di dandyboy73The Dandy awards ceremony kicks of with album of the year:
Penny Sparkle by Blonde Redhead
An enthralling album from start to finish. Reminded me a lot of old-school 4AD (think Cocteau Twins or This Mortal Coil; yes it's that good), with a beautiful melancholy that seemed to suit just as well in late summer as it did in midwinter. My Plants Are Dead is my personal favourite, but it really feels like a proper 'mood' album, in the vein of, say Disintegration, ( ) or Victorialand.
Honourable mentions go to:
High Violet by The National
In any other year would have been a dead cert. I only have the last three albums, but tracks like the steely Little Faith, the jolly and downbeat at the same time Anyone's Ghost and the towering Afraid of Everyone must rank amongst the bands finest, even taking into account previous wonders such as Mistaken for Strangers or Squalor Victoria.
Gen 11 2011, 2:57 di pecusitaLet's be honest here, 2011 has had a really terrible start. From animals dying mysteriously all over the place to a politician getting shot over the weekend. What the hell 2011?! Why won't you let us recover mentally from beating ourselves up about all those unresolved resolutions we made in 2009 and completely forgot about until it was November 2010? It's like we are moving in slow motion through a montage of an end-of-humanity disaster movie. We still have 710 days to go for that, so let's relax for a moment here and talk about something incredibly mundane like my music stats.
Ever since I joined last.fm, I've kept an end of the year journal highlighting my most played music. I thought about combining everything in one single entry, from albums, songs, EPs and concerts to 2009's lost albums, but it seemed too long. So, this is a look back at the full albums, to start things off.
Looking back at 2010 I will say that it was a very pop oriented year for my ears. …
Gen 2 2011, 13:34 di keport
Nov 12 2010, 9:05 di M-isfits
Ago 15 2010, 19:11 di SamwiiiseWhen I first heard about it, I was quite surprised by my own lack of enthusiasm for The Suburbs, the newest release by Arcade Fire. Although I never really got into Funeral, Neon Bible was my favourite album for a long, long time after I discovered it. However, I eventually played it to death and got... Well, a little bit tired of it, and now I haven't properly listened to anything by them for quite some time, and generally find myself skipping over their work when it comes up. One can only wonder if this third offering can change my mind and help me rediscover my lost love of epic Canadian melodrama.
Track 1 - The Suburbs
Huh, let the hoedown begin. Very...country and western, that was unexpected. I'm finding it a little hard to make out the lyrics here, it would've been nice if they'd been put a little higher in the mix, considering how important lyrics have always been to the Arcade Fire experience. And considering how long this track is, there's no real change of pace or...anything, really, to maintain your interest. …
Ago 9 2010, 21:08 di felghenArcade Fire - Funeral:
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) 10/10
Neighborhood #2 (Laika) 9/10
Une Annee Sans Lumiere 9/10
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) 10/10
Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) 9/10
Crown of Love 9/10
Wake Up 10/10
Rebellion (Lies) 10/10
In the Backseat 9/10
Total for the album: 9,40*/10
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible:
Black Mirror 8/10
Keep the Car Running 10/10
Neon Bible 10/10
Black Wave/Bad Vibrations 8/10
Ocean of Noise 9/10
The Well and the Lighthouse 8/10
(Antichrist Television Blues) 8/10
No Cars Go 9/10
My Body Is a Cage 8/10
Total for the album: 8,63*/10
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs:
The Suburbs 10/10
Ready to Start 9/10
Modern Man 8/10
Empty Room 6/10
Ago 3 2010, 13:16 di dandyboy73July was a funny one, though going on what I mostly listened to it might not seem that way. Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse had popped up on my radar earlier in the year around the time of the sad death of Mark Linkous, but I just started finding myself drawn to it more in the last few weeks (coincidentally when it was finally given a commercial release). Like Closer, it's one of those albums that carries extra weight owing to what happened after it was recorded. The deaths not just of Linkous, but also of Vic Chesnutt hang heavy over some of the tracks, though with the vast array of special guests in here there is a lot of light and shade: Iggy's romp through Pain (feat. Iggy Pop) is a delight, the swirling and distortedly dreamy Everytime I'm With You (feat. Jason Lytle) makes you wish Grandaddy had one more album in them, and Revenge (feat. Wayne Coyne) features Mr Coyne's most moving vocal to date. However, the real kudos must be saved for the climactic pairing…