Savages - Adore Life: Feels oddly contrived.
Ra Ra Riot - Need Your Light: Undeniably dance-pop, but really good at being that.
Pears - Green Star: Something for everyone into punk/hardcore.
Parquet Courts - Human Performance: They are a modern day Talking Heads.
Nothing - Tired of Tomorrow: Good for what it is, just not for me right now.
Madder Rose - Hello June Fool: A best-of will suffice.
Madder Rose - Tragic Magic: Diminished returns.
Madder Rose - Panic On: No need to panic as it is more of the same.
Madder Rose - Bring It Down: Beautiful John is an unbelievably great song the rest of the album cannot match.
Korn - Korn: Thirty minutes too long, but not as bad as anticipated.
Killswitch Engage - Incarnate: Best album in nearly a decade.
Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Nights: Over-produced songs detract from its potential.
Into It. Over It. - Standards: Culmination of everything he has been working towards.
Hotel Year - It Never Goes Out: Glimpses of what they would become.
Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness: I just cannot get into it.
Face to Face - Face to Face: Really great street punk with pop sensibilities.
Deftones - Around the Fur: I should have listened to this long ago.
John Congleton and Nighty Nite - Until the Horror: I missing the pAper chAse.
David Bowie - Blackstar: When the dust settles, really curious to see its place in history.
Andrew Bird - Are You Serious: Really solid as always, but no Armchair.
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo: Between it and the demos, there is a good-possibly-great album here.
Weerd Science - Red Juliet Broadcast 3: Nothing to change anyone's mind.
Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered: At the top of his game.
Bl'ast - For Those Who've Graced The Fire: I really need to get into the older stuff.
Animal Collective - Painting With: It feels over-constructed.
World Be Free - The Anti-Circle: Like a melodic '80s hardcore classic.
Wingnut Dishwashers Union - Towards a World Without Dishwashers: Love most of the message, but delivery starting to wear thin.
Saul Williams - MartyrLoserKing: Always look forward to what he does, but never enamored with it.
Ramshackle Glory - Live The Dream: Not exactly polished, but certainly contains higher fidelity.
Johnny Hobo and Freight Trains - Chaos Infiltration Squad: Starting to grow on me.
Johnny Hobo and Freight Trains - Caught in Act of Not Being Awesome: Not exactly not awesome.
Johnny Hobo and Freight Trains - Anarchy Means I Hate You: Hate is a strong word.
Attickiss - Chasing Time: Not afraid to wear its influences on its sleeve.
Weerd Science - Red Light Juliet Broadcast 2: Stronger.
Weerd Science - Red Light Juliet: Worth a casual listen for Coheed fans, but not great on its own.
Laddio Bolocko - As If By Remote: Weirder yet.
Laddio Bolocko - In Real Time: Shorter and more traditional.
Get Up Kids - The EPs: Certainly worth listening to.
Laddio Bolocko - Strange Warnings: More jazz than post-rock, more avant garde than jazz, more post-rock than avant garde.
Kamasi Washington - The Epic: Not sure where to cut, because it all teeters on good-to-great, but there is probably an extra disc of material here.
They Might Be Giants - Why: Exactly.
Vince Staples - Summertime '06: Much better first half than second, but what a first half!
Reggie And The Full Effect - X-Mas Mini EP: Feels like not enough and too much at the same time.
Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free: Always weird when critics finally catch up to a great thing.
Free - Demo: Glad they are back, even if under a different name.
Dwarfstarr - Agnus: Atlanta-based rock band not afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve.
Baroness - Purple: So glad they did not hang it up.
Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think: I can see why it ended up on so many lists, but I need more time.
Magic Circle - Journey Blind: Not as good as debut, but would be hard to do anyway.
Foo Fighters - Saint Cecilia: I guess it will hold me over until a new LP.
Coldplay - A Head Full Of Dreams: Oh how far down they have come.
Burn - Last Great Sea: Too short.
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.
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