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« on: December 14, 2014, 06:14:37 pm »
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Let's do this, Atlas.

Here's the consensus thus far, courtesy of Album of the Year.

1.     The War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream   
2.   St. Vincent - St. Vincent   
3.   FKA Twigs - LP1   
4.   Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2   
5.   Aphex Twin - Syro   
6.   Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire for No Witness   
7.   Caribou - Our Love   
8.   Sharon Van Etten - Are We There   
9.   Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence   
10.   Taylor Swift - 1989   
11.   Sun Kil Moon - Benji   
12.   Flying Lotus - You're Dead!   
13.   Future Islands - Singles   
14.   Todd Terje - It's Album Time   
15.   Beck - Morning Phase   
16.   Mac DeMarco - Salad Days   
17.   Swans - To Be Kind   
18.   Perfume Genius - Too Bright   
19.   Spoon - They Want My Soul   
20.   Jenny Lewis - The Voyager   
21.   Jack White - Lazaretto   
22.   Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - PiŮata   
23.   The Bug - Angels and Devils   
24.   Jessie Ware - Tough Love   
25.   Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots   

A pretty solid year IMO. I'm actually inclined to agree with the "consensus" choice thus far - The War on Drugs album is fairly easily my favourite thing I've heard all year and I'm glad to see they're getting some recognition. I'd probably put the SVE record at #2 although I'm also happy that it's rated highly.

Where I have to fairly violently disagree is on that St. Vincent eponymous album, which I loathed. I liked Actor a lot, and enjoyed Strange Mercy, but overexposure to David Byrne has clearly ruined her. Considering it's self-titled it's a shame that it comes off like a tedious affectation. And the less said about people apparently preferring a Taylor Swift album to Benji the better.

What are your submissions?
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2014, 06:48:22 pm »
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Well, my submissions will be laughed at obviously but, as the kids are saying, "ayy lmao"

1. Issues - Issues
2. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties - We Don't Have Each Other
3. SycAmour - Indulgence: A Saga Of Lights
4. Ice Nine Kills - The Predators Become The Prey
5. La Dispute - Rooms Of The House
6. Chiodos - Devil
7. Bayside - Cult
8. One Year Later - Life Between The Lies
9. Volumes - No Sleep
10. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
11. Kublai Khan - Balancing Survival And Happiness
12. Code Orange - I Am King
13. Adventurer - Adventurer
14. Aversions Crown - Tyrant
15. Gideon - Calloused
16. Architects - Lost Forever//Lost Together
17. I, The Breather - Life Reaper
18. Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
19. Stolas - Allomaternal
20. Hail The Sun - Wake
21. Comeback Kid - Die Knowing
22. Chelsea Grin - Ashes To Ashes
23. Miss May I - Rise of the Lion
24. Tigers Jaw - Charmer
25. Vanna - Void
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2014, 07:16:13 pm »
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notable mentions: Death From Above 1979's The Physical World, Warpaint's s/t sophomore release, Big K.R.I.T.'s Cadillactica, Tinashe's Aquarius, Banks's Goddess, and Alt-J's This Is All Yours.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2014, 08:29:19 pm »
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2013 was a sick year for albums - kacey musgraves, Brandy clark, Holly Williams all with perfect releases. Patty griffin too. And most importantly, my favorite Southeastern by Jason Isbell. George Straits final mainstream release was fantastic. Still listen to the carper family album. Jake bugg, amanda shires and Sarah Jarosz were pretty elite off the top of my head. Ashley Monroe and Charlie Worsham had excellent albums too.

2014 leaves me with Sturgill Simpson for Metamodern Sounds I guess. His 2013 release was just as good yet behind all those i mentioned above. Karen Jonas and Irene Kelly with solid releases though. Miranda lambert and dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw on the mainstream side. And still, i left out 5-6 2013 mainstream albums that matched at least mcgraw's quality. Honestly, weak year for music.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2014, 08:37:29 pm »
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Warpaint's s/t sophomore release, [/i].
Sturgill Simpson for Metamodern Sounds

Both excellent choices that I should have included.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2014, 09:39:28 pm »
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1. DAYS BEFORE RODEO
2. other music
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« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2014, 10:03:16 pm »
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Currently in the process of making my 2014 favorite album list. Albums I've liked that I haven't seen mentioned:

Under Color of Official Right - Protomartyr
Popular Problems - Leonard Cohen
Down To Earth - Flight Facilities
Pom Pom - Ariel Pink
Rips - Ex Hex
Everything Will Be Alright In The End - Weezer
Sunbathing Animal - Parquet Courts
Songs of Innocence - U2 ... (ducks)
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2014, 10:07:07 pm »
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2014, 10:16:31 pm »
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I'm not sure whether I'm being serious or not, but I've listened to Mouth Sounds and Mouth Silence too many times not to give them serious consideration in any year-end ranking. I mean, if Taylor Swift makes the cut, whether ironically or with complete sincerity, then why not?

Otherwise, most of my choices are included on the Album of the Year list: The War on Drugs, Todd Terje, Future Islands, Cloud Nothings (as an honorable mention).

On the other hand, any list that includes Morning Phase is immediately suspect. I don't particularly like FKA Twigs, either, and Salad Days made me want to drink bleach.

In any case, I have a lot of catching up to do once I've finished my exams, as usual. I've only listened to about half of the albums that have been mentioned here, and that's not even counting the My Chemical Snowman-type stuff on R2D2's list.
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« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2014, 10:26:03 pm »
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Well, my submissions will be laughed at obviously but, as the kids are saying, "ayy lmao"

1. Issues - Issues
2. Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties - We Don't Have Each Other
3. SycAmour - Indulgence: A Saga Of Lights
4. Ice Nine Kills - The Predators Become The Prey
5. La Dispute - Rooms Of The House
6. Chiodos - Devil
7. Bayside - Cult
8. One Year Later - Life Between The Lies
9. Volumes - No Sleep
10. Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
11. Kublai Khan - Balancing Survival And Happiness
12. Code Orange - I Am King
13. Adventurer - Adventurer
14. Aversions Crown - Tyrant
15. Gideon - Calloused
16. Architects - Lost Forever//Lost Together
17. I, The Breather - Life Reaper
18. Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
19. Stolas - Allomaternal
20. Hail The Sun - Wake
21. Comeback Kid - Die Knowing
22. Chelsea Grin - Ashes To Ashes
23. Miss May I - Rise of the Lion
24. Tigers Jaw - Charmer
25. Vanna - Void
I will only say that you and I literally have the opposite taste in music.  I listened to 15 seconds of an Issues song.  Angsty, whiney, nobody understands me and my rather insignificant, everyday problems.... I had to stop before I simultaneously cried, laughed, and threw up.

Like I said... Different tastes.  I certainly dont place my taste in music higher than yours... But I have...  Issues... With your #1 selection
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2014, 10:49:11 pm »
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I really don't know. I'd rank 1989 a lot higher than, uh, probably the vast majority of other posters, but not at the top. Popular Problems is an interesting choice--'Almost Like the Blues' alone probably puts it in the top ten for me--but I'm not sure that would be my number one either.
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2014, 11:36:11 pm »
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I don't really keep up with new music much, but I liked Coldplay's new album a lot. U2's new album was a disappointment.
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« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2014, 06:18:07 am »
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I will only say that you and I literally have the opposite taste in music.  I listened to 15 seconds of an Issues song.  Angsty, whiney, nobody understands me and my rather insignificant, everyday problems.... I had to stop before I simultaneously cried, laughed, and threw up.

Like I said... Different tastes.  I certainly dont place my taste in music higher than yours... But I have...  Issues... With your #1 selection

Before I saw your username, I thought this post was from BRTD and I was encouraged...but then I remembered that I have BRTD on ignore and that he would never be this nice to me about my music taste.

Still, at least you were respectful about it. That's what it's all about.
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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2014, 07:20:34 am »
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This was kind of a boring year for records IMO. A lot of those albums that were listed were pretty good but certainly don't represent the best work produced most of those artists.
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« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2014, 09:17:01 am »
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1989 by Taylor Swift.
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2014, 02:14:36 pm »
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In no particular order, my favorite albums for 2014.

Sun Kil Moon Benji
Justin Townes Earle Single Mothers
Sharon Van Etten Are We There
Drive by Truckers English Oceans
Run the Jewels 2
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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2014, 06:31:14 pm »
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It's embarrassing how much I seem to have checked out of what's new.  I don't think I've really kept up with more than a couple artists since 2010 or so.  I guess, given my usual pattern I'll end up unearthing a whole bunch of now-current stuff in 2020 or so.

With that in mind, Spoon's They Want My Soul wins this year pretty much by default.
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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2014, 06:43:43 pm »
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I'm assuming you're not a fan of David Byrne, oakvale
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« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2014, 06:57:08 pm »
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Platinum was probably the best country album of the year, for whatever that's worth. Apart from that, I agree with smilo that it was generally a weak year in the genre.
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« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2014, 10:04:04 pm »
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This was a pretty boring year for records IMO. A lot of those albums that were listed were pretty good but certainly don't represent the best work produced most of those artists.
Music quality has really dropped over the last 5 or so years.
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