OT: Max's 2nd Annual Best Albums Fanpost!

I did this last year, and got some good conversations regarding everyone's music tastes, so I figured let's do it again!

Here's last years' list and subsequent rabble: LINK

This year, I'll add YouTube links (that open in a new window) for a track from each artist that I can find from the favorites. I'll start from 20 and go to 1. Best songs are in no particular order, and I pick a random song to grab from YouTube, usually the single or a more accessible track.


Off we go!


20) Minus The Bear - OMNI (Rock, Indie, Pop)


Best tracks: My Time, Summer Angel, Excuses, Into The Mirror


19) JEFF The Brotherhood - Heavy Days (Rock, Jam)


Best tracks: Heavy Days, U Got The Look, Heavy Krishna, Bone Jams


18) Cotton Jones - Tall Hours In The Glow Stream (Indie, Alt. Country, Americana)


Best tracks: Sail Of The Silver Morning, Somehow To Keep It Going, Glorylight And Christie, Place At The End Of The Street


17) Phantogram - Eyelid Movies (Pop, Indie, Electronic)


Best tracks: Mouthful of Diamonds, When I'm Small, Turn It Off, As Far As I Can See


16) Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame (Rock, Indie, Alternative)


Best tracks: Stranger, Shadow People, Later, I Only Wear Blue

15) Growlers - Hot Tropics


Best tracks: Graveyard's Full, What It Is, Sea Lion Goth Blues, Badlands


14) Crime In Stereo - I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone (Rock, Punk, Alternative)


Best tracks: Drugwolf, Exit Halo, Odalisque, Republica


13) Pimp C - The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones (Rap, Hip Hop)


Best tracks: What Up, Dickies, Believe In Me, Colors


12) LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (Pop, Electronic, Indie)


Best tracks: Dance Yrself Clean, Drunk Girls, I Can Change, You Wanted a Hit


11) Misery Index - Heirs To Thievery (Death Metal, Hardcore, Punk)


Best tracks: Fed To The Wolves, The Carrion Call, The Iluminaught, The Spectator, The Seventh Cavalry

10) Sleigh Bells - Treats (Electronic, Pop, Indie)


Best tracks: Kids, Infinity Guitars, Run The Heart, Crown on the Ground, A/B Machines

9) Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (Alternative, Indie, Americana, Jam)


Best tracks: Sigh No More, The Cave, Winter Winds, Little Lion Man

8) Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This (Chill Wave, Electronic, Easy Listening)


Best tracks: Blessa, Minors, Thanks Vision, Talamak

7) The Black Keys - Brothers (Rock, Alternative)


Best tracks: Everlasting Light, Next Girl, Tighten Up, Howlin' For You, The Only One

6) Harlem - Hippies (Indie, Jam, Surf)


Best tracks: Someday Soon, Friendly Ghost, Be Your Baby, Gay Human Bones, Faces, Tila & I


5) Deftones - Diamond Eyes (Rock, Metal, Alternative)


Best tracks: Diamond Eyes, Royal, CMND/CTRL, Beauty School, Prince, Rocket Skates, 

4) Local Natives - Gorilla Manor (Indie, Rock, Afro Beat)


Best tracks: Wide Eyes, Sun Hands, World News, Shape Shifter, Camera Talk, Warning Sign (Talking Heads cover)

3) Avi Buffalo - Self Titled (Indie, Pop, Rock)


Best tracks: Truth Sets In, What's In It For?, Five Little Sluts, Summer Cum, One Last, Remember Last Time

2) Charlotte Gainsbourg - IRM (French Pop, Alternative)


Best tracks: Master's Hands, IRM, In The End, Heaven Can Wait, Me & Jane Doe, Trick Pony, Looking Glass Blues

1) Beach House - Teen Dream (Pop, Easy Listening, Rock)


Best tracks: Zebra, Silver Soul, Norway, Walk In The Park, Used To Be, 10 Mile Stereo, Take Care


There's my list. Obviously there were more than 20 good to great albums put out this year. These 20 just stuck out to me for one reason or another. Charlotte Gainsbourg for example, I got her album while in London, then found out she was playing in London a week later. Needless to say, I went and was blown away at how good she was.


Feel free to throw down some more recommendations, and keep the rabble going.

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