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Well, I struggle enough to keep things brief on this blog without concocting massive lists. I think that 50 is too many. I enjoy checking out lists like this, but even I lose interest and perspective after a fashion. Still, there are a few recordings that did not quite make the cut, probably due to minor inconsistencies. I prefer not to dwell on the negative. Rather, I would like to recognize the strengths of these albums with the understanding that there was just a little something that kept them out of the top twenty.
TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light: I still struggle with this one. I would suggest this album without reservation, but, as stated above, it just barely got edged out of the top 20.
Battles – Gloss Drop: Battles moves on after the departure of Tyondai Braxton. It’s just not the same, but overall, it’s still an admirable effort.
Metric – Fantasies: This album produced what is probably my favorite single song of the year, the infectious Gimmie Sympathy. For good neo-New Wave power pop, make a stop here.
Lite – Illuminate/Turns Red: This collection of EPs also contains a couple of incredible singles that have kept me coming back. Special recognition goes to Lite for a mindblowing SXSW show.
The Budos Band – III: Another band with a great live show. If you like one of their songs, you will like all of them (which is sort of their downfall).
Daft Punk - TRON: Legacy Soundtrack: This one ended up in play from last year's Christmas list. It got better with age, but still couldn't quite crack the top 20.
I hope that you all have a safe and happy new year. I will be back in January to hit the reset button for the best albums of 2012! See you on the flip side.....