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    That's not ALL I listen to.
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

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    Thanks muchly, guys! Steve, given how often our tastes intersect I'm definitely looking forward to what you put up here. If Mitski's not on it we may have to throw down...

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    Oh, she's there. Don't worry about that.
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    Perky, I'm happy to see Leonard Cohen and PJ Harvey in your top albums - they're in mine too. I know a lot of folks here didn't like PJ's latest effort (it was nominated for this year's Beekeeper award) so it's good to see it on your list.

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    I'll be honest, I think a lot of the backlash to PJ's album was rooted in how uncomfortable it is for us to actually confront issues of global poverty (ANOHNI's album too). There was so much dialogue around "oh my god, who does this rich white woman think she is? what does she know about poverty in Kosovo?" that sounded like shooting the messenger rather than actually engaging with the fact that these are hard questions that don't have answers. Instead of addressing PJ's content, a lot of the critique centered around PJ's privilege. But we need to be uncomfortable about global poverty. We can't just ignore it because the right messenger hasn't asked us about it yet.

    (I also don't understand how people can prefer Stories from the City on a musical level to The Hope Six Demolition Project but that's neither here nor there, I know I'm in a minority regarding SFTC.)

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    Yeah, I'm not saying that's where all of the dislike is coming from, just IMO a rather large portion of the backlash seemed to be less about the music and more about "how dare PJ Harvey talk about this issue which doesn't affect her".

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    Women are the worst, honestly. What with their opinions and all.

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    Right on target, Perky. It's not my favorite PJ album, but the shit she got for being privileged was pure, undiluted bullshit. Especially since she CONFRONTED her privilege, quite obviously.
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    I didn't dislike the album because she wrote it from a privileged perspective. I wasn't into it because it felt surface-level, empty, and had nothing musically gripping. However, I'm anxious to see her in May because I've heard the songs take on a different life in a live setting.

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    Surface level and empty ----> 100% agree. That is really my problem with Hope Six. Clunky lyrics and it's simply not as deep as it wants to be. It's sorta like when Madonna sings "Holiday" in one breath, then talks about Creating Art and Being An Artist in the next. But I digress. I like it musically a whole lot, though. And I love, unabashedly love, The Orange Monkey, lyrics and all.

    SFTC, SFTS is my least favorite PJ Harvey album. I listened to it front to back times infinity when it came out... but it has not stood the test of time for me. I find it boring as hell now.

    The true under appreciated gem of her catalog is Uh Huh Her, which is just about a perfect album in my opinion. I love everything about it.

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    David Bowie: Blackstar
    Kate Bush: Before The Dawn
    Roisin Murphy: Take Her Up To Monto

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    1. Palmistry - Pagan
    2. Britney Spears - Glory
    3. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
    4. Wild Beasts - Boy King
    5. Tinashe - Nightride
    6. Zayn - Mind of Mine
    7. Banks - The Altar
    8. AlunaGeorge - I Remember
    9. Tricky - Skilled Mechanics
    10. Against Me! - Shape Shift with Me
    11. Anthony & The Mountain - I Felt Tall and Full of Blood
    12. Keaton Henson - Kindly Now
    13. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    14. The Weeknd - Starboy
    15. Sia - This Is Acting
    16. Rihanna - Anti
    17. Lydia Loveless - Real
    18. Tove Lo - Lady Wood
    19. Julie Ruin - Hit Reset
    20. How To Dress Well - Care
    21. Tegan & Sara - Love You To Death
    22. Carly Rae Jepsen - B-Sides
    23. Mykki Blanco - Mykki
    24. case/lang/veirs
    25. Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere
    26. Nick Jonas - Last Year Was Complicated
    27. Eleanor Friedberger - New View
    28. Charli XCX/SOPHIE - Vroom Vroom
    29. Rebecca & Fiona - Party Hard
    30. Cruel Youth - 30mg
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    01 David Bowie - Blackstar
    02 M.I.A. - AIM
    03 Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
    04 Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION: Side B
    05 Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
    06 The Avalanches - Wildflower
    07 Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
    08 Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
    09 Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
    10 Garbage - Strange Little Birds

    Honorable Mentions:

    Gwen Stefani - This Is What the Truth Feels Like
    Frank Ocean - Blonde
    Beyonce - Lemonade
    School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
    Nine Inch Nails - Not the Actual Events
    Santigold - 99¢

    And for the first time a list of albums that let me down.

    Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
    Animal Collective - Painting With
    M83 - Junk
    Bat for Lashes - The Bride
    PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
    Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)
    Justice - Woman
    The Weeknd - Starboy

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    I never posted my 2016 list! Better late than never ...

    1. Beyoncé--Lemonade
    2. David Bowie--Blackstar
    3. Frank Ocean--Blonde
    4. Solange--A Seat at the Table
    5. Martha Wainwright--Goodnight City
    6. case/lang/veirs--case/lang/veirs
    7. Gallant--Ology
    8. Mitski--Puberty 2
    9. Blood Orange--Freetown Sound
    10. Rihanna--ANTI

    2017 has been a better year for music for me. I like by 2016 top 10, but I should have a top 15 for 2017.

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    album of the year: black marble - it's immaterial

    take a nostalgic trip back to the eighties with the latest evolution of coldwave featuring heavy reverb on male vox over intricate synth-laden tracks.

    whereas black marble's critically-acclaimed debut album a different arrangement is fully drenched in its grimy east coast sound, it's immaterial sees frontman chris stewart move to the west coast and as such the music is a marriage of light and dark. shimmering synths radiate over the hazy summer pop of "golden heart" and "a million billion stars" is a sparse dirge looking for the light at the end of the tunnel.

    while the eighties are still alive in many ways, it generally comes off as an afterthought with a lazy production choice. in this love letter to the decade, the music speaks for itself in its authenticity. from the frantic strung out ambience of instrumental opener "interdiction" to synths dripping like rain in modern classic closing track "collene," which would sound right at home in a john hughes movie, every second comes from the heart on this retro sonic voyage. buckle up and enjoy the ride.

    best tracks: golden heart, iron lung, woods

    and the rest of the best:

    poliça - united crushers
    sales - sales
    navvi - omni
    nite jewel - liquid cool
    beverly - the blue swell
    hydrogen sea - in dreams
    puro instinct - autodrama
    roosevelt - roosevelt
    porches - pool
    Last edited by stoneforest; 12-05-2017 at 10:16 PM.

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