The great Chicago music podcast “Sound Opinions” had a really good baseball themed episode about music “Grand Slams”, where a band released four excellent albums in a row. While we won’t rip them off directly, since it’s the basketball playoffs, 2/3rds of LxL is in Chicago, and MJ won 2 three-peats, we thought we would give to you the best three-peats to start a career, or the top ten artists who started their career with three great-to-perfect albums. Not to mention Vampire Weekend just released their third and best album, making them a wonderful candidate for this three-peat list. So here we go.
10. TV On the Radio
The Albums: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, Return to Cookie Mountain, Dear Science
In my opinion, the Brooklyn noise-rockers got severely underrated at 10. TV On The Radio released three of the best albums of the aughts, albums that howled, swooned, burned, and celebrated in front of their apocalyptic sound.
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Never Trust a Happy Song
It has been just over one month since Grouplove released there debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, and finally, I am on board. The 2010 self-titled EP was given to me a while ago, but every once in a while, in these modern times of unyielding amounts of music coming at you in every direction, an EP or an album can get overlooked on an iPod that is flooded with a plethora of other new music, whether or not that music is more or less superior. Luckily NPR, as per usual (just to avoid any political offenses, I am referring to NPR Music. I don’t want to make a whole “thing” out of this) … as I was saying, NPR, as per usual had my back and prompted a quick listen to Grouplove when they were featured on their wonderful Tiny Desk Concerts podcast. They had also written a little blip about Grouplove, mentioning comparisons between lead singer Christian Zucconi and Kurt Cobain. No more time was wasted from here. I immediately immersed myself in Grouplove. And no, that last statement was not a Tobias Funke quote, it’s just what happened dammit. After watching the ‘cast, I quickly flipped on that EP, then immediately got my hands on the very album I am writing about today, the aptly named, Never Trust a Happy Song.
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