Next up on My 10 Favorite Albums of the Year In No Particular Order That Won’t Include Kendrick Lamar Because That’s Too Obvious List GO!

Next up on My 10 Favorite Albums of the Year In No Particular Order That Won’t Include Kendrick Lamar Because That’s Too Obvious List GO!

Today – 2 albums that went in different directions as the year went on.

 

 

Father John Misty
I Love You, Honeybear

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Another one I missed early. I just never got Father John….so, I never gave the album any sort of shot. Then, I saw him at Hangout and it was one of my favorite shows of the year. Gave the album another shot, and I can’t believe how much I love it. Self-Deprecating + irony x satire = my favorite combination for songs/movies/etc. about romance (see Allen, Woody). If I was ranking these from 1-10 I would have a hard time not putting this in my top 2 of the year. It is glorious on every level.

 

 

Jamie XX
In Colour

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This one I struggle with. As much as I love this album as it’s own piece, I have a very difficult time not liking it less after seeing the live show at Bonnaroo. Is that fair? I don’t know…but when this came out I honestly kept saying out loud that I was “shocked” he did something so great on his own. It was on repeat for weeks at a time. As great as every song on this album is, when it’s performed live it was a mess. A boring, bass-dropping mess. Maybe I’m too old for rave shows – the intricacies and moodiness of this album was lost under the tent. Had I never seen the show, I would be telling you this is the album of the year because track to track this is as solid of a piece of work than I ever expected from him and feels like the culmination of every piece of work he’s done the last 10 years.