Tag Archives: Albums – 2012

Betty Who – “Somebody Loves You”

If I say “Lose the sawtooth synths, please,” the track wouldn’t summon the “1984″ sound as well. If I asked, “Can we show some personality?” the Everywoman normality of its sentiments and lived-in adult quality of her voice (think Alison … Continue reading

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It’s a bad religion

Last night’s Frank Ocean performance at the Grammys didn’t surprise: a clumsy song performed by an off-pitch singer. I’m with Ned: It took, say, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs until their third album for me to think they were more than … Continue reading

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For the last time…

Pazz and Jop ballot sent. Herewith, my favorite albums of 2012: 1. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream 2. Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears 3. Jessie Ware – Devotion 4. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music 5. Jens Lekman – I Know What … Continue reading

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2012 – #10-#12

10. Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne Not their best since 1993: Finisterre is a rival, as I learned replaying both last weekend. A modest summa, embellished with the sparkliest of modern dance filigrees. Forty year olds … Continue reading

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Rolling and trolling: Ke$ha

After enjoying Ke$ha’s Warrior for the last week as a not particularly burdensome or welcome bit of ephemerality, I had nothing to say until I read Jonathan Bogart‘s essay severed from its rebarbative headline (in the subhead, we’re told, she … Continue reading

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This much is true: Solange Knowles

My favorite track on Solange Knowles’ True EP registers as pure aural pleasure: spare drums and bass, synth squiggles worthy of Bernie Worrell, ominous piano chords, and the singer oh-oh-oh’ed as frog chorus. It’s called “Don’t Let Me Down,” and … Continue reading

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It’s November 2012

Barring sudden inclusions, this looks my top twenty. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream Jessie Ware – Devotion Dwight Yoakam – 3 Pears Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t Kellie Pickler – 100 Proof Fiona … Continue reading

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