Here it is, finally, my list of the best discs of the year…
15. Teenage Fanclub, Shadows
14.The Delta Mirror, Machines That Listen
The Delta Mirror, Going to Town
13. The Radio Dept, Clinging to a Scheme
12. Sleigh Bells, Treats
11. Chemical Brothers, Further
10. M.I.A., ///Y/
9. Belle and Sebastian, Write About Love
8. Shout Out Louds, Work
7. Underworld, Barking
6. Vampire Weekend, Contra
5. Goldfrapp, Head First
Solid pop tunes with an 80’s sensibility.
4. Scissor Sisters, Night Work
Never sexier and just what the disco doctor recommends.
3. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
Listening to this the other day, it truly does make sense from end to end. A little heavy towards the late half of the disc, but very good over all.
Arcade Fire, Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
2. Beach House, Teen Dream
Dreamy, beautiful, haunting.
1. LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening
Hands down, from start to finish, the best disc of the year. It’s smart, catchy, infectious.
And now, the Why? Awards…
Most boring disc, or Haven’t we heard this before? award:
Bad production and mediocre song writing. And we wonder why Carlos D. left the group.
It’s so bad that it’s funny award:
Liz Phair, Funstyle
She raps on it, and I think that should say it all.
Great song but worst title award:
Just bad. So bad, that Kele doesn’t even say it in the song. He has to spell it.
Overrated and full of shit award:
Just because. It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
Best reissue of the year- TIE:
The Cure, Disintegration
Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine
A great trip back to 1989