It was the sound of a band enjoying themselves, striving to push forward. Tracks featured familiar analogue synths, Spanish guitar and bizarre samples, but the album also contained his most moving work yet. In the face. It took Hookworms just over a year. The songs were more nuanced and dynamic, the machinelike production lent an atmosphere of unease, and frontman Joe Casey cemented his reputation as a brilliantly acerbic lyricist.
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Every year has its share of tragedies and darkness, but has felt particularly tough. On global, national, and community levels, death, devastation, and darkness have plagued the nightly news in a particularly frustrating and seemingly senseless way. Perhaps that feeling is amplified by the omnipresence of technology that has made each and every pain felt by a larger audience and then replayed on an endless loop. Some tried to power through by holding a mirror up to the minutiae, others tried to find a new path, and each approach showed its strengths. In fact, many of the albums come from typically underrepresented voices, lending a particularly inclusive and dynamic feel to the redemptive efforts. So, as we wrap up the music portion of our Annual Report with the film coverage coming at you next week , we look to offer a helping hand in picking through the thousands of albums released this year, leading you to the powerful, triumphant essentials. Despite the never-ending bad news, these albums will give us a powerful way to remember a rough year and offer some sense of hope for the future. Listen: Spotify Rdio. Buy: Amazon. It creeps with a brooding sense of revenge.
The Billboard. Although there were dozens more we would have liked to include, the following 10 full-lengths were on repeat the most, and will hold up long after is in the books. Behold: the 10 indispensable albums of the year. And see our list of the 10 best songs here. Guest spots from Raekwon and Danny Brown impress, but not as much as Gibbs, on his most cohesive project to date. Aphex Twin , Syro. Thirteen years after Richard D. Lykke Li , I Never Learn. Bleachers , Strange Desire. From the moment Jack Antonoff announced his new solo project in early , the Fun.
For additional information about bands formed, reformed, disbanded, or on hiatus, for deaths of musicians, and for links to musical awards, see in music. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article. This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.