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Did I get it right? http://drownedinsound.com/news/4145205-half-year-half-dozen--six-recommended-albums-of-2012
Good piece though, and it has forced me into listening to the couple I've not heard before. Midway through the Chromatics record (first listen feeling; fuck me, it's a bit 80s, but nice vocals and production...)
Was pretty sure you'd have Blondes in there as you gave it a 10?
Still not really feeling the Liars or Walkmen love myself. Feel both bands last records were possibly better. But I have only listened to them both about 4 times each so far.
Thought a hip hop record may have snuck in there (Death Grips, Killer Mike, El-P)?
The only other ones that I recall provoking such a debate have been that Burial EP, Actress and Polica.
I was tempted to included Actress but I find the album kinda hollow. Polica was in the debut album list too. Tempted to do an EPs list so I can big up Burial and Halls.
Must have missed that debut album list. Shall check it out!
or here for those wot missed it http://drownedinsound.com/news/4145190-half-year-half-dozen--six-recommended-debut-albums
which makes it up to 12
After Serpents came up on a Spotify radio channel. How the on earth I let that slip me by I'll never know. A beautiful beautiful record.
I didn't really get SOSB when I tried earlier in the year and am yet to hear Chromatics but have a feeling it wont be for me.
Can't fault you on Liars or Errors, both stunning records.
So all in a nice mix of stuff and pretty representative of the boards taste.
you might have put Twin Shadow somewhere there (replacing Chromatics for example, hehe) but could be for the end of year list then?
Shame to admit, haven't listened to Liars yet. I'll try it tonight.
I made it a half year list, and shoulda maybe made that clear that it was Jan-June releases, so no Twin Shadow, and I wanna live with it more (tho I like it more with every listen)
it would have been something like that. :)
gotta be sure to not to leave a window open for the pedants :-)
I like the mission statement and wholeheartedly agree with where you're trying to go with the website. I like the multiple choice of tracks to try in their different formats too and visually it looks great.
The top 6 isn't entirely to my taste but that's why I come here - to be taken out of my comfort zone and challenged with something new. Sometimes it works to spectacular effect (Chromatics) and sometimes I have to shrug and say 6 plays of Errors...I don't think I'm going to like it. I'll try Sharon Van Etten again....
(Not that anyone cares and I should have replied in the right thread but my top 6 would have to include Death Grips, Django Django, Killer Mike and Grimes in it).
as there is a lot of love from the community and people I trust, but I don't GET those albums at all, and people often read anything penned by me as my opinion. Plus I do fear tokenistically throwing in a hip-hop/rap record, when there isn't the real depth of editorial there, opens DiS up to a can of worms of not knowing our shit. Of course, we do have Kyle's excellent Champion Sound column, so maybe it wouldn't be quite so clueless-indie-kids-do-hip-hop http://drownedinsound.com/users/Kyle_/articles
I like tracks on the Grimes album, but the record seems like someone doing cool bmx tricks, that get a bit boring when you see all the run-ups and the same thing over and over again.
Right, I know you've thought long and hard about the album reviews / lack of editorial interference subject matter and I respect and understand your view. However, the only time I come across DiS on other sites is on album review aggregator sites like Metacritic, Any Decent Music etc. Most of the time I think yeah, DiS got that right but sometimes I see a score and I think that's not what DiS thinks (the editor, contributors, community etc) and it's down to the individual reviewer. But I'm sure the casual non-Dis observer doesn't know that and judges the website based on the score / review / stance. I think people expect a magazine or site to have an official view on things.
Plus what you mentioned above you seem torn between representing records in an article from the point of view of the editor of the site, the community as a whole and yourself personally.
Sorry man, I don't mean to be challenging, but I do feel a hell of a lot better for getting that off my chest. Subject:done.to.death.
I guess that list was half me with a little bit of a 'yeah, i agree with you lot' concession... really, these kindsa lists are for the more casual reader who doesn't have much time and just wants a quick hit of new releases to check out.
I guess I should care more about other people...
Liars' WIXIW reminds me a lot of Wild Beasts' Two Dancers, thinking back a few years. Initially disorienting, disturbing in a way; but with a labyrinthine quality that causes you to delve further in than you thought you would till the maze and the space blend into one inescapable place.
Really pleased to see Errors on the list; it's one of those albums that could so easily be forgotten about come the end-of-years due to how early it surfaced, but I would urge anyone who owns the album and hasn't yet fallen for its charms to keep at it.
Much has already been written about Chromatics' effort this year so I won't add much but suffice to say I haven't listened to it in a while but it still haunts me. And goddamn if that isn't still the best Neil Young cover ever.
I recently picked up John Talabot's fIN, after a few tracks on youtube kept mysteriously getting replayed... and I think it could be a serious contender. Not heard a classic Deep House record this good in a long time. Closest comparison would be the Moderat album from a couple of years ago, minus some of the less appealing vocalists that marred that otherwise stellar release.
it's i the debut album round-up.
glad you concur.
Liars, I always feel like getting into them when a new album comes around but none of them have clicked with me yet. Maybe this one will when I get a chance.
DJ Rashad – TEKLIFE Vol.1: Welcome To The Chi [Lit City Trax]
LHF – Keepers of the Light [Keysound]
Shackleton – Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs [Woe To The Septic Heart]
Actress – R.I.P [Honest Jon’s]
Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse – MM/KM [The Trilogy Tapes]
Bass Clef – Reeling Skullways [Punch Drunk]
Henny Moan – The Coming Thaw [CDr]
Dean Blunt – The Narcissist II [CDr]
Nick Edwards – Plekzationz [Editions Mego]
Jahilyya Fields – Unicursal Hexagram [L.I.E.S.]
They're my faves so far.
But why did you stop the DISgest monthly feature? I quite liked the idea.