It’s that time of year again! This year brought us several astoundingly brilliant releases (especially my #1-5), a shockingly pleasant surprise from a formerly disliked artist (#18?!?) and even more shocking disappointments from formerly beloved ones (Charlie XCX, Foxygen, Leela James, Lia Ices, Gerard Way). Here are the 20 albums I enjoyed most this year. Click the album titles for my original reviews. And you can listen to the albums in this Spotify playlist.
Turns out the first single from St. Vincent’s self-titled release was very representative of the album’s overall sound. “Digital Witness” is the stand out track and one of my favorite songs of the year so far, but tracks like the opener “Rattlesnake” and “Regret” share the same kind of dissonant, off kilter, futuristic art-rock style. It’s perhaps the most cohesive collection by Annie Clark’s alter ego so far. After “Digital Witness,” my favorite track is the trippy “Prince Johnny.” You can download a free, legal mp3 of “Birth in Reverse” by signing up for the mailing list on St. Vincent’s Official Site.