This time of year, everyone (including us at LxL) are terribly obsessed with creating “end of the year lists”. Not only is it a fun topic of conversation and heated debate, but I also think it is appropriate because it is a good way to categorize eras of music. However, part of me always has a problem with the rush of the “end of year lists”. With the amount of music that comes our way in a year these days, it is hard not to miss a few things here and there. This is why last year I posted a LxListening reflecting on the songs of the year prior. For this year I am going to stick with the concept, but switch to albums. These are all albums that are now staples of mine. They have made my “go to” list of albums that will forever be tagged in my library as favorites, yet last year at this time, I’d hardly even listened to them (or in some cases, had not listened to them at all). In no particular order:
Death Grips – The Money Store
The fact that this album was not even on my radar last year is almost depressing to me. Since really discovering The Money Store this past spring, it has been a staple for me in many moods and atmospheres … especially ones that involve extreme thrashing of any kind.
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Bat for Lashes
The Haunted Man
Halloween is gone, but the Haunting remains. Well…at least The Haunted Man.
Natasha Khan, also known as British songstress Bat for Lashes, has a name better fit for a Bond Girl then a singer/songwriter, but the Pakistani-born songwriter’s music does have the allure and intrigue that comes with a Bond film. This past Tuesday, Bat for Lashes released her third album in The Haunted Man, with an album very much like its cover: odd, bold, revealing, and frankly naked (or at least more so than her last two ornate efforts).
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For this week’s Lxlistening, I wanted to highlight several tracks that have come out this year whose album we failed to review. Even though each album was noteworthy enough for me to go, “Hey guys, I’m gonna review this”, for some reason reviewing another album (or life in general) got in the way. Good or bad (mostly good), I hoped this week to give you a some brief feelings on the album as well as the chosen track. And yes, surprise surprise, my focus is mostly on strong female singers this week. But hey, even the only man on the list is attracted to dudes, so I have some semblance of a theme. Here we go.
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