Wavves - V: An improvement over an already-great Afraid of Heights.
Pentimento - I, No Longer: Barely noticeable from their early days.
Joanna Newsom - Divers: One of the most compelling voices in music.
Mountain Man - Rumination: Progressing towards a bigger sound.
Modern Baseball - The Perfect Cast: A little teaser to more.
Libertines - Anthems for Doomed Youth: No longer lightning in a bottle.
Front Bottoms - Back on Top: More of exactly the things to love about them.
Foundation - Turncoat: Sad to see them go.
Craig Finn - Faith in the Future: Odd production choices become a distraction.
Dylan, Bob - Bootleg, Vol 12: 18 discs of fly-on-the-wall greatness is worth listening to.
Dungen - Allas Sak: Ta Det Lungt was such a triumph I will have to pretend this album does not exist.
The Decemberists - florasongs: Need more.
Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land: Such consistency begins to lose its impact.
Black Breath - Slaves Beyond Death: A step forward towards mixed outcomes.
Adele - 25: A few great singles, but not as consistent as 19 or 21.
Neil Young - The Monsanto Years: Love (most of) the message, but the delivery is better-than-mediocre.
Worriers - Imaginary Life: Chorus-less and fantastic.
Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven: Great pop-punk.
Wire - Wire: Settling into the complacency. Or finding themselves in textures.
Wilco - Star Wars: Might be my favorite of theirs.
Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues: I struggle with blues after Robert Johnson.
Weatherbox - Flies In All Directions: Not enough to bring me back for more.
Wavves X Cloud Nothings - No Life For Me: Sonic Youth an obvious inspiration for a compelling-enough collaboration.
Various - Ramallah/Sinners And Saints: More from each, please.
Various - Ciao My Shining Star: Come for the stars, stay for the songs. Frank Turner steals the show.
Various - Curse Of The Seven Jackals: E6 diehards only.
Titus Andronicus - The Most Lamentable Tragedy: Album of the year.
Coheed And Cambria - The Color Before The Sun: Concept or not, when the songs are there the songs are there. The songs are there.
Tame Impala - Currents: Too much dance rock for me.
Tallest Man on Earth - Dark Bird Is Home: Can we get yearly, or monthly, releases?
Slayer - Reign in Blood: Not as good as I was hoping for.
Royal Trux - Accelerator: Meh, but the hype will have me revisit.
Jeff Rosenstock - We Cool: Much more cohesive and listenable.
Jeff Rosenstock - I Look Like Shit: Do you like Reggie? Meet Jeff.
Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks: Classical I can get behind.
Ike Reilly - Born On Fire: Sounds like he is having so much fun.
Refused - Freedom: Still do not get the adoration.
H2O - Use Your Voice: Still killing it after all these years.
Coheed and Cambria - Color Before the Sun: Concept or not, I like it.
Ratatat - Magnifique: Consistently challenging my perceptions of electronic music.
Punchline - Action: Adequate pop-punk.
Public Image Limited - The the World Needs Now: is for more people to listen to Public Image Limited.
Prince - Purple Rain: Off the bucket list, but not likely to revisit often.
Pianos Become the Teeth - Keep You: Softer than anticipated, based on their live show.
Charlie Parker - The Greatest Recording in Modern Jazz: The history of jazz is filled with hyperbole and this is not exception.
Owel - Owel: I get a strong Sigur Ros vibe.
Old Canes - Feral Harmonic: Slight disappointment from debut.
Old Canes - Early Morning Hymns: Simple, compelling acoustic album.
Obituary - The End Complete: Should not have listened right after the greatness of Neurosis. Will revisit later.
Neurosis - Through Silver in Blood: Masters of their craft of metal.
My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall: It is all starting to sound the same.
Kacey Musgraves - Pageant Material: Delves into the cheesy a few too many times.
Mumford And Sons - Wilder Mind: Not exactly Dylan going electric, but certainly a changing of the guard.
Muffs - Muffs: Pretty good, if not cliche, punk album.
Mountain Man - Two: Great continuation from their debut.
Mountain Goats - Beat the Champ: Great return to (almost) form.
Microwave - Stovall: Biggest surprise from this year's Wrecking Ball. CD lives up to the live show.
Masters of Reality - Sunrise on the Sufferbus: Unnecessary hard rock that offers nothing new.
La Dispute - Somewhere at the Bottom...: The anxiety in the vocals make it worth listening to.
Ka - Day swith Dr. Len Yo: Might be my favorite hip-hop from this year.
Jump, Little Children - Between Dim & Dark: More dull than dim.
Jazz June - After the Earthquake: More indie rock than anything else they have done.
Jazz June - Scars to Prove It: Nice little bounce back.
Jazz June - Better Off WIthout Air: Embracing the jazzier side of things.
Jazz June - The Medicine: Evolutionary, but not always in a good way.
Jazz June - Boom, Motion, Music: Their most Texas Is The Reason-esque album.
Jazz June - Breakdance Suburbia: Punkier Talking Heads.
The I.L.Y.s - I've Always Been Good at True Love: Death Grips it is not, but good enough it is.
Hop Along - Painted Shut: Inevitable comparisons to Rilo Kiley are not fair but welcome.
Home Blitz - Foremost & Fair: Lo-fi garage rock that is not yet compelling enough.
Ghostface Killah - 12 Reason to Die II: Album after album, Ghostface proves his one of the all-time greats.
Gangstagrass - Rappalachia/Broken Hearts: Great concept, hard to execute, mixed results.
Dr. Dre - Compton: Expectations can play tricks on objectivity.
Mac Demarco - Another One/Some Other Ones: Not as good as Salad Days, but would be hard to follow-up anyway.
Defeater - Abandoned: More of what you expect from them.
Ceremony - The L-Shaped Man: Someone has been listening to a lot of Joy Division. And I like it.
Fucked Up - Year of the Hare: Music is better when they are around.
Ben Folds - So There: Lyrically, this is still @benfolds. Musically, this is Mr. Benjamin S. Folds.
Death - N.E.W.: Not quite the cash grab I was anticipating, but a far cry from their unearthed tracks.
The Dear Hunger - Act IV Rebirth in Reprise: Coheed, Say Anything, and Pink Floyd come together in a fascinating way.
Davenport Cabinet - Risks in Magic: Always solid classic rock-inspired songs.
Camper Van Beethoven - New Roman Times: Such a weird collection of songs.
California X - Nights in the Dark: Perfect album for the soundtrack of a day spent in an airport.
Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic: Continuing to push themselves forward without losing a step.
Belle and Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance: A bit too dance-heavy for me.
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister: So much better than their last few which were already good.
Anvil - Metal on Metal: Made great after watching the documentary.
Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color: An excellent step forward from their debut.
Generators - Generators: Atlanta hip-hop duo poised to do bigger and better things.
Desaparecidos - Payola: Excellent follow-up, tremendous live show. Hope they stick around.
Cave-In - White Silence: Much better album than Perfect Pitch Black.
Cave-In - Perfect Pitch Black: Not my favorite release.
Against Me! - 23 Live Sex Acts: Overproduced, but listenable.
454 Big Block - Save Me From Myself: Much improved.
454 Big Block - Your Jesus: The mid-90s hardcore scene was an interesting place.
Neil Young - Storytone: The busier versions are surprisingly light and more compelling.
Youngbloods - Elephant Mountain: Good, but not essential, folk/rock from the '60s.
You Blew It! - Keep Doing What You're Doing: Yes, please do.
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes: Hope get got that out of his system.
Wesley Wolfe - Numbskull: Solid singer/songwriter that I look forward to more of.
Wild Man Fischer - An Evening with: Merry go, merry go round.
White Lung - Deep Fantasy: Nothing revolutionary or essential.
Jack White - Lazaretto: More so than Blunderbuss, Lazaretto feels like a continuation of the White Stripes.
Weezer - Pinkerton: Not the biggest fan, but if there were an album to return to, this is it.
Weezer - Weezer (Green): I want more pop or more punk, but cannot get behind the middle ground it settles into.
Ween - The Mollusk: Still cannot get into it.
Ween - Chocolate and Cheese: No, sir, I do not like it.
Gerard Way - Hesitant Alien: If not for the pedigree, likely would not give it a second thought.
Wavves - King of the Beach: Should be a repeat for days to come.
Watsky - All You Can Do: Not the best showcase for new fans, but hard to deny the talent.
War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream: Feels like an essential album from a time long ago.
Violent Sons - Nothing as it Seems: Sean Murphy has one of those voices I will follow forever.
Velvet Underground - VU: Essential demos and odds-and-ends.
Velvet Underground - Loaded: Hits is what was asked for and what was delivered.
Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground: Quieter, introspective, still excellent.
Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat: How is this not as big as it needs to be?
Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground and Nico: Five stars indeed.
Various - Whiplash: So good.
Various - Broadsheet Music- Year in Review: New (to me) Broken Social Scene is enough.
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There Yet: Indie folk that blends into the crowd.
TVOTR - Seeds: More intensity, almost as catchy, but lacks a Wolf Like Me.
TS and the Past Haunts - Cool Butt in French: I love Travis, but his post-Piebald stuff has been lacking.
Title Fight - Hyperview: Clear progression for the band, and I am thankful to be along for the ride.
Thank You Scientist - Maps of Non-Existent Places: Was hoping for more give their live show.
Test of Time - A Place Beyond: Great, borderline formulaic, hardcore.
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down: Easy comparison the Original Pirate Material, but it drags towards the end.
T. Rex - Electric Warrior: You know the song, just not who it is. And then you wish you had known all along.
Swans - To Be King: Continues to push my musical tastes in directions I did not foresee.
Sun Kil Moon - Benji: Dense yet sparse. This is him at his best.
Suicide - Suicide: Punk in spirit if not aesthetics.
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell: A return to form that oozes sadness.
Spires That in the Sunset Rise - Curse the Traced Bird: Always searching for great post-rock leads to comparisons of GY!BE.
St. Vincent - St. Vincent: Atop many end-of-year lists for a damn good reason.
Spoon - They Want My Soul: Spoon is the band I never remember I missed.
Speech Debelle - Speech Therapy: Refreshing, innovative hip-hop that needs more recognition.
Sonic's Rendezvous Band - City Slang/Sweet Nothing: This band needs more attention.
Sonic Avenues - Mistakes: No mistakes here, fun pop/rock album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Monument to an Elegy: Short (for them), restrainted (for them), but effective rock album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania: The moment i realized the parallels in career between them and Saves the Day.
Smashing Pumpkins - Adore: Not nearly as bad as anticipated. In fact, quite a good album.
Smashing Pumpkins - Gish: Why have I slept on this album so long?
Sleater-Kinney - No Cities To Love: Cannot wait to listen to this again.
Shellac - Dude Incredible: Extremely engaging post-punk/math rock akin to modern Mission of Burma.
Run The Jewels - 2: Easily the best hip-hop album of last year. Unbelievable they could top their debut, but they did.
She & Him - Classics: More of what you have come to expect.
Ty Segall - Manipulator: I want to like this, but struggling to get through each song.
Seam - The Problem With Me: What an absolutely great album.
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman Soundtrack: Pretty good on its own, but wish the sequence were drastically different.
Josh Rouse - Nashville: Pleasant enough, but would be disservice to only listen to once.
Rough Francis - Maximum Soul Power: Evokes none of those adjectives.
Rotting Out - This Is Just A Life: Black Flag meets Over My Dead Body.
Perfect Pussy - Say Yes to Love: Brash, loud, angry, fun. Yes.
Rotting Out - The Wrong Way: Less Bane worship, more awesome.
Rotting Out - Street Prowl: Something captivating about Walter's delivery.
The Roots - ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin: Disappointing.
Roll The Tanks - Broke 'til Midnight: Great contemporaries of modern Against Me!.
Davis Rogan - The Real Davis: I will miss you, Treme.
Rodan - Fifteen Quiet Years: Worth having, but Rusty deserves to be in the rotation.
Rodan - Rusty: Very obvious Slint successor.
Right Away, Great Captain: Bitter End/Eventually Home/Church Of The Good Thief: Andy Hull starting to grow on me.
Buddy Rich - Mercy, Mercy - Drumming more prominent, but still needs to be louder.
Buddy Rich - The New One!: Wish the drumming was more prominent and louder in the mix.
Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy: Always have a special place for O.
Restorations - LP3: This should have been on more "Best Of" lists last year.
Resist - We Want Our World Back: No Ten Yard Fight, but as close as we might get.
Ratking - So It Goes: Good modern hip-hop.
Rancid - And Out Come The Wolves: A great continuation of Operation Ivy with a bit more Clash.
Rachel's - Selenography: Their best work.
Pure Hell - Noise Addiction: Certainly not as good as Death, but maybe just as important.
The Progress - Merit: Miss Piebald? Listen to this.
Prawn - Kingfisher: Triumphant addition to the emo revival.
Pixies - Pixies: For completists only.
Pixies - Trompe le Monde: All good things come to and end.
Pixies - Bossanova: Slightly-less-than a masterpiece.
Pixies - Doolittle: Masterpiece.
Pixies - Surfer Rosa/Come On Pilgrim: Mostly good indie rock.
Pink Floyd - The Endless River: Feels like a cash grab.
Tom Petty - Hypnotic Eye: Lost some of the charm from the past few albums.
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal: Start to buy into the hype.
Parkay Quarts - Content Nausea: Like a hip-hop mixtape, this collection a testing ground.
Owen - I Do Perceive: Singer-songwriter is a tough sell for me.
Ought - More Than Any Other Day: Owes much to the Talking Heads.
Open Mike Eagle - Dark Comedy: Alternative hip-hop that is worth listening to but not obsessing over.
Only Crime - To The Nines/Virulence/Pursuance: Hard to tell where one ends and begins from melodic hardcore supergroup.
One Small Step for Landmines - Whale EP: Closest thing to early Saves the Day.
Of Montreal - Aureate Gloom: More solid weirdness.
O'Brother - Garden Window: Post-rock? Alternative metal? Not sure, but I want to know more.
New Found Glory - Resurrection: Not going to change anyone's opinion about them.
New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River: Loved the documentary, but the songs just do not do it for me.
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