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Nice! I can finally add to my “Christmas Music That Doesn’t Suck” Playlist — http://open.spotify.com/user/iancunningham92/playlist/6ymFENj9P0DoMgVLneo1Hu
John Mellencamp… we can still buy Johnny Cougar albums though, right?
How is this news? We still don’t even have a general time frame. Besides ” the band have lately been at work in New York’s Electric Lady studios, tracking their fifth album with producer Gus Oberg,” there’s nothing here we didn’t already know.
Also, an ex-girlfriend of mine loved Beirut so I think I’ll always hold that stigma… We’ve all been there.
“Most Commercial Album of the Year” isn’t an insult. It just makes me think back to last years clash between V.W. and The Black Keys on the Colbert Report and they were the most in your face group this year.
But I agree with your explanation, however there is no comparison between them and MGMT. Fountain of Wayne on the other hand… I can see it.
Beirut just seemed to be trying to forcing it in “The Rip Tide” – It didn’t seem like the writing process flowed as naturally for them as it has in the past. I should have probably categorized it as a Let-Down more than a bad album. For me, nothing will ever beat their 2007 Elephant Gun release with Transatlantique and Le Moribond and I guess in comparison that’s where I felt this one fell flat.
I love bands exploring new directions so I hope I don’t sound like one of “those guys,” Bon Iver’s new album and Vampire Weekends synth heavy Contra have been two of my favorite albums of the last few years. It’s not the baroque pop direction that put me off of the album. But if you enjoyed it, great! It just didn’t fit for me.
Definitely the best list Stereogum has posted so far. But Uncut – as much as I really enjoy the creativity in your list and the avoidance of a lot of mainstream trash (I’m looking at you Q), as good as Fatoumata Diawara is, I think you’d have a hard time arguing that her – and a few others on here – are really Top 50 material while leaving off groups such as Bon Iver.
Okay first off, I think we should be complimenting Bon Iver for breaking away from the completely acoustic style of For Emma, Forever Ago and trying something new. it might not be the best album of the year by any means but at least he should get some points for trying something new and not just staying confined to one specific sound. That would get boring.
And St. Vincent’s album was bad-ass. I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and just assume you got her confused with Miley Cyrus of something.
Here’s my guess at a more accurate Worst 10 Albums (If you don’t like it, I respect your opinion.)
10. Art Brut – Brilliant! Tragic!
9. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi: Not an “awful” album but for the hype that was built and being as it’s Danger Mouse, I’d call this this “Super 8″ equivalent of the year.
8. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto: This album isn’t good. You know it, I know it… Chris Martin knows it.
7. Daughtry – Break the Spell
6. Beirut – The Rip Tide
5. Lil Wayne – The Carter IV: I’d be attacking this one way before Drake’s album if I was you.
4. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
3. Björk – Biophilia
2. Nickelback – Here and Now: I can’t take your list seriously because this isn’t even on it.
1. Lou Reed & Metallica – Lulu: Awesome, you recognized the most obvious choice for worst album of the year, congratulations.
Not Bad Albums But Let-Downs (We’ll say it’s The Worst Album Honorable Mention):
*Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
*Foster the People – Torches: Winner of the Most Commercial Album of the Year Award
*Radiohead – The King of Limbs: I like it know but it only took about 6 months.
*The Strokes – Angles: Similar to Radiohead