Here's a short list of artists I've been listening to over the last week or so. Click for additional stats on what else I like lately.

On the upstairs porch, at the Mansion on Judges Hill, Austin, TX, 11/9/07. Lonestar beer is the local swill, and is comparable to a Pabst, Stroh's, etc.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Year-End: Best Songs

So far, LCD Soundsystem's "All My Friends" has claimed the coveted indie-site crowns, winning best song on Pitchfork's poll, as well as Stylus (may the latter site rest in peace). I have to agree with both -- "All My Friends" is the best song I've heard all year, hands down. Click play to the right, and listen.

This could perhaps be the only "Song of the Year" candidate to ever feature a single piano chord throughout. Most critics concentrate on the lyrics, and they are incredible, but I found the piano to be the most noticeable component. At first the consistency of the instrument is quite bothersome. Forty-five seconds in you wonder if it will ever stop. By the end, you've accepted it and actually grown to love the way the piano leads the charge in to the climactic final verses.

Elsewhere, Slate is all over M.I.A.. Hell, Christgau loves the whole album. Is it that good? I really didn't love her first record and so I naturally overlooked this one. The first disc was a little sophomoric and immature in terms of musical ideas (not so much lyrically). It reminded me of Licensed to Ill in that respect.


Comments on "Year-End: Best Songs"


Blogger Rob said ... (12/18/2007 6:52 PM) : 

The M.I.A. album is not that good. Definitely has its moments. But it's kind of a mess sonically and the rapping is only so-so. It is a classic rap-for-rock-fans album because it is weird and has a backstory. I miss the playfulness of the first M.I.A. record.


Blogger Management said ... (12/19/2007 9:12 AM) : 

"Classic rap-for-rock-fans", love it. It's true, and pretty much fits Christgau to a T I suppose.

More than any other year, I feel left out of Top 10s. Most of my favorite records -- Field Music, Apples In Stereo, Besnard Lakes... list coming eventually -- didn't make the cut.

This year it seems like top-rated records like LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., Animal Collective, Battles, and The National made it on the merit of a few great songs, instead of a great full-length.

Lil Wayne's Da Drought 3 seems to be getting some major love. I might have to check it out. Looking forward to your list for this year.


Blogger Rob said ... (1/04/2008 4:13 PM) : 

Qll the end-of-year love for "All My Friends" prompted me to listen to it all the way through, and I have come to really love it, too. I had no relationship with LCD Soundsystem before and I doubt he will ever become my favorite artist. But that song sure is some kind of epic masterpiece.


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