2017 Year in Review: Favorite Albums


This has been a challenging year in music as there have been few things that have jumped out at me as being all-time classics, much less favorites for 2017.  To add to the struggle a lot of artists that I’ve counted on to produce great music put out new albums this year including Beck, Björk, Blitzen Trapper, Flaming Lips, Gorrillaz, The New Pornographers, Shamir, St. Vincent, and The xx.  What should’ve been a bumper crop of music was dissapointing, and while I would not say that any of these artists’ albums were bad, I believe that could have done better.  I don’t know, maybe I’m missing the great music of 2017, and if that is the case please direct to me to those great tunes ASAP.

Nevertheless, her are six albums from 2017 that I loved, with links to the original reviews.  Check them out!

ArtistRun the Jewels 
AlbumRun the Jewels 3  

ArtistAustra
Album:  Future Politics

ArtistPeter Mulvey
AlbumAre You Listening 

Artists:  Fleet Foxes
Album: Crack-Up 

ArtistAlgiers
AlbumThe Underside of Power 

ArtistDowntown Boys
AlbumCost of Living 

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Album of the Week: Crack-Up by Fleet Foxes


Artists:  Fleet Foxes
Album: Crack-Up
Release Date: 16 June 2017
Favorite Tracks: “I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar,” “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” and “Fool’s Errand”
Thoughts:  After a six-year absence, Seattle’s Fleet Foxes return with this brilliant collection of new tunes.  The gorgeous harmonies expected from Fleet Foxes are still here.  There’s also a lot of experimentation in crafting the songs, many of which are suites of songs that shift dramatically in tone, but not only enough to be disarming not to to annoy.  The lyrics are dense and full of allusions, so much so that songwriter Robin Pecknold annotated the songs on Genius, but  I find myself content letting the music wash over me.  Crack-Up may not be everyone, but I find it the lovely end product of pushing folk rock to its limits.

Rating: ****

Ten Favorite Songs of 2011


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2011.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I originally covered 2011 with a Year in Review post.

Bite of My Soul – The Fleshtones

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Cruel – St. Vincent

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Eleven –  Thao & Mirah

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Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

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No Banker Left Behind –  Ry Cooder

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Romance – Wild Flag

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Santa Fe – Beirut 

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Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine 

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Up Up Up – The Givers

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We Are Young – fun. feat. Janelle Monáe

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And three songs from 2011 worth an honorable mention:

Bizness –  tUnE-yArDs

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Midnight City–  M83

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Turn It On – Waines 

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Ten Favorite Songs of 2008


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2008.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Bag of Hammers – Thao Nguyen

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Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa – Vampire Weekend

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Furr – Blitzen Trapper

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Growl – Tanya Tagaq

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In the Night – Basia Bulat

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White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes

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You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds Five w/ Regina Spektor

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Sleepyhead – Passion Pit

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S.E.X.Y.R.O.B.O.T – The Pinker Tones

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Why Do You Let Me Stay Here – She & Him

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And my song of shame for 2008: Rime of the Hip Hop Mariners – Captain Dan & The Scurvy Crew

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What did you rock out to in 2008?  Let me know in the comments!

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