This week I listened to the Sound Opinions episode where they did their mid-year thing, so I guess why not, I can offer mine. This all can change a lot between now and December of course but just for fun.
10. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
Haven't really listened to it much yet but it seems pleasant enough.
9. Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972
8. Adele, 21
7. Brad Paisley, This is Country Music
6. Beyonce, 4
5. Beastie Boys, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
4. Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What
What a nice surprise! Really sincere and pretty and catchy. Kind of laid back and genuine, comfortable in its own skin.
3. Lil B, I'm Gay (I'm Happy)
2. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
1. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
Telling an English story, interpolating found melodies. Very slept-on album in my opinion, perhaps because critics all want a primal scream from Polly Jean all the time. But this is a pretty, complete sort of record, and I've been surprised by how many times I have gone back to it.
Radiohead, King of Limbs
I get that Radiohead is trying to get away from album-as-event, but this is pretty slight.
Tyler, the Creator, Goblin
I can see why Odd Future's punk/teenager rap thing seems interesting to a lot of people, and it was to me too for a couple of weeks. But really, this record is mostly bad and weirdly (or maybe, given its teenagerishness, not weirdly) self-serious. Yes, I know there are punchlines. That's not what I mean. Tyler has a good sound but he really needs to develop a sense of irony.
I am going to try to do singles tomorrow.