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War on Drugs?
They've scored plenty of albums higher this year.
Number 1 was held vacant for Kanye's new album, but after much heated debate, they've decided they can't give it to him if he doesn't release it.
It won't be AOTY and even if it was, its a good album whys it depressing?
Just the predictability of Pitchfork.
I'll rescind this post in the unlikely event of it not being AOTY.
this thing I just made up.
by the fact that UKIP will win an overall majority in the 2015 general election?
not sure if that's a good or bad thing.
as they can say how it gets better over time, you discover something new on each listen. Either that or some obscure record, or some crappy hip hop record they pretend is amazing.
Then they can remind us all of their embarrassing "feud", again.
though War on Drugs and Sun Kil Moon battling it out for AOTY accolades on many sites is just plain baffling. Indie has finally embraced the soft rock they pretended they weren't.
It makes Dire Straits sound like Fugazi.
Sun Kil Moon's Benji is a singular and utterly brilliant record. No-one else has ever written songs like those.
Everyone else seems to be falling over themselves to give it AOTY, and P4K like to be seen as trendsetters.
Sun Kil Moon seems like a more likely prospect, I hope they don't though because it's fucking boring. Run the Jewels is probably the other main contender. Swans will be really high up but not first.
My outsider pick is Real Estate - they seems to really rate Atlas (quite rightly as it's a brilliant album) and definitely the kind of band where P4K can play the 'gradual evolution to greatness' card and then be the ones to anoint them. See also Parquet Courts.
Todd Terje and Ariel Pink as outsider picks
The real question is what will be the highest rated album to not even get an Honourable Mention (following Twin Shadow and The Field in recent years) - Pallbearer maybe, or that Eno/Hyde album.
can also see Ex Hex and Hundred Waters being forgotten completely
Most critics/fans acknowledge them for what they are - a good indie pop band... Pitchfork seems to have decided they're one of the most vital bands of the decade, despite no evidence or real traction among listeners/critics to back it up.
Not hating on them at all, they're a solid band with three good records, but Pitchfork's lofty opinion of them is a bit weird, especially when they've converged so closely with the mainstream consensus on their lists/reviews in general.
so I'm definitely making improvements in my life. Even then I waited till it was actually announced so you my fella have a way to go.
9.2 - Swans, Sun Kil Moon
9.0 - Run the Jewels, Burial (EP)*
8.8 - Ariel Pink, Grouper, FKA Twigs, How to Dress Well, The War on Drugs, Real Estate, Beyonce*
8.7 - Aphex Twin, Todd Terje, Cloud Nothings
8.6 - Caribou, Pallbearer, Spoon, White Lung, Parquet Courts, Perfect Pussy, St Vincent
8.5 - Vince Staples (EP), Iceage, Perfume Genius, Brian Eno/Karl Hyde, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Ben Frost, Hyperdub 10.1, Mac DeMarco
8.4 - Andy Stott, Arca, Pharmakon, Ex Hex, Lykke Li, Ought
8.3 - Clark, Flying Lotus, Hundred Waters, Angel Olsen
*OK so this is 2013 but as it was too late for their list last year they'll probably bend their rules to include it this year
even their fans don't think that
What the hell is it that people see in this band? They're basically Mumfords with keyboards instead of banjos. They're not even good in a "just good pop" kinda way, its just an insanely average indie pop album. Mark Kozelek was right.
I thought it was quite nice in a bland, unthreatening way. Every time I see it in the top 5 of another AOTY list I hate it a bit more.
I think a certain type of critic responds to a record that pretends to be alternative (ie the stuff they know they're meant to like) but sounds like dull, middle of the road dad rock (the stuff they actually like).
it's good though I preferred their last album. But the more I see people here huffing with outrage over it the more I warm to it.
I just cannot understand anyone genuinely thinking it is the best. most interesting, exciting or notable record released in 2014 (which has been full of interesting, exciting and notable records)
and I say this as someone who really liked their previous album. Amazed that it has an audience outside Uncut/Mojo readers. The fact that it's getting top 10 AOTY status almost across the board is utterly mystifying. It's like punk never 'appened.
Feel like I'm about to make a right prat out of myself but w/e. It's far and away my favourite album of this year. It has struck an incredibly personal chord with me and helped me to overcome and understand a personal crisis. A lot of it is in the beautifully open lyrics but it's clearly painstaking assembly has buried countless lovely things within it sonically. This stuff is all kind of subjective though, eh? I would suggest that despite what you may find to be some unnecessarily overt references to not very cool/subjectively unsavoury stuff that the last two tracks might yield a bit of an explanation as to the appeal.
The fabulous grantland article might help to unlock it for some and if not it is a great piece of journalism.
The grantland one is good too though.
There's really no need! It's only the music we like. Tbh I think it probably just came out at the right time for me, could totally see someone thinking "it's just a dire straits album". Certainly less adventurous than slave ambient which I think is what people get from it here? Idk just the way he sings the songs really resonates with me.
why do people think pitchfork is so damn important? Who cares what they think?
Except in as much that AOTY lists in 'influential' places (and Pitchfork is influential, whether you like it or not) do effect what music gets listened to, both now and probably in the future. It's natural to want the music you think is valuable to get that extra attention.
I won't be losing any sleep over it if they disagree with me though.
amazed people still care. I still read it, there are scattered worthwhile records in their reviews, but it's a massive chore.
On their daily reviews but really there's seemingly so many bizzarro agendas formulating their output that yeah, it's more work sussing out what'll be worth it than I can be arsed with. The hotelier review was great though.
this year i've been getting into all sorts of ambient drone noise pounding future war nonsense but you know what, i fucking love me some war on drugs, had that album on constantly for weeks, finton_stack nails it
i mean i've thought pitchfork is crap for years now but looking at that list of BNMs it's just so uninspiring.
I don't really listen to new music anymore and I always feel like i'm missing out but if it's all as crap as that then maybe i'll find it kinda liberating.
so all new 'boring music' developments need to have happened since then
I get recommendations from people whose taste I've always really admired, and it just all sounds really dull to me. I haven't heard anything this year that's excited me even a bit really. First year that's ever happened.
The War on Drugs album is my favourite album of this year. Everyone went gaga for Kaputt by Destroyer (my favourite album of that year) but this one is cool to hate? ok
I have loved Mark Kozelek for years and I'm utterly baffled by why Benji has got better reviews than anything else he's done in the last 10 years.
This has been a strange year
Otherwise Kasabian would be the obvious choice for AOTY
their name suggests so much more, but am always disappointed when I listen to them/