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Year End Lists – Staff

50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain [Official Site] // [Spotify] // [Facebook] Despite its title, Drew Lustman’s follow-up to 2009’s Love Is A Liability is anything but; it’s an album built upon an almost obsessive dedication, one that sees itself rising far above his debut LP because this time Drew […]

When the powers-that-be at SSC (that’s “Sputnik Staff Central” for those out of the loop) almost ruled that all staff were to place their year-end lists on the blog this year, I quivered at the thought. It usually takes me about 15 minutes to center one picture, so could you imagine 25 or 40 of […]

Can I just skip the token introduction about how we’ve made it another year? I mean, shit, am I the only one who WASN’T in that fucking New Year’s Eve movie? If I know our readership (and trust me, with all the reported posts I’ve had to moderate this year and spam I’ve had to […]

Every music critic likes to imagine, even if only subconsciously, that their year-end wrap-up will have some neat tale or trend that encapsulates the year in a couple of easy paragraphs. Unfortunately, the nearest one I could find is that two of the year’s best albums both had ‘England’ in the title and wrote about […]

I guess it’s that time of year again. The time of year where I relentlessly put off things like studying and finals to somehow narrow down all that I’ve listened to in 2011 to a coherent 25 albums, which proves to be a near-impossible task every time. Yet, knowing that I’m almost certainly going to […]

If there was a year where music met the digital, it was 2011. It was the year where the persona encompassed the artist to the point where it mattered more than the music. The obsession over identity explains the rise of Odd Future, the polarizing Lana Del Rey, Kreayshawn, and countless other hyped artists. Though […]

Happy December! I’m sorry for the TL;DR length of this. I guess I rambled a lot. And secondly, I apologise for the quality, which might be the result of a late 5 hour rush through this. It has been a very good year. All of these are lovely Sputnik 4.5s, I would say. Unless they’re […]

Earlier this year, the world was meant to end. You’ll probably recall that it didn’t, but on looking around, you could probably just about be forgiven for keeping the champagne on ice; it’s not exactly pretty out there. With that in mind, there is obviously no room any more for miserable or downtrodden music. Forget […]

(25) Kevin Devine – Between the Concrete and Clouds Between The Concrete and Clouds is perhaps Devine’s calmest album, but it is also his fullest instrumentally. Lush atmospheres complement Devine’s sensitive crooning like we have never heard before, and his lyricism here is brilliant enough to stand alongside former tour mates Jesse Lacey and Andy […]

EPs & Honorable Mentions | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me [Myspace] // [Review] As much as year-end lists are basically a conglomeration of everything said about an album over a twelve-month period, it would be criminal not to repeat once more the artistic merits of Joanna Newsom. […]

EPs & Honorable Mentions | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 30. Letlive – Fake History [Myspace] // [Review] As 2010 grilled our patience for new Glassjaw material from crispy to charred, we got a record from California’s Letlive that was arguably just as good as anything the former ever released. Fake History might not have Everything […]

EPs & Honorable Mentions | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 50. Anberlin – Dark is the Way, Light is a Place [Myspace] // [Review] It has come to the point where we can safely proclaim that Floridian quintet Anberlin could not record a bad album if they tried. Their fifth LP, Dark Is the Way, Light […]

EPs & Honorable Mentions | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 Noteworthy EPs Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites [Myspace] // [Review] From First to Last to simply first, Sonny Moore’s debut as an electro fiend with a penchant for wicked bass drops and unintelligible Auto-Tune somehow worked, in its own messy way. Skrillex will never […]

1. Dredg – El Cielo 2. Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute 3. Gospel – The Moon Is a Dead World 4. Thrice – The Illusion of Safety 5. Kayo Dot – Choirs of the Eye 6. Deftones – White Pony 7. Circle Takes the Square – As the Roots Undo 8. Kidcrash – Jokes 9. […]

100-76 | 75-51 | 50-31 | 30-11 | 10-1 10. The Microphones – The Glow, Pt. 2 [Myspace] // [Review] The Microphones are about as lo-fi as lo-fi music gets. Listening through their discography, you would imagine most of the recordings were completed in the attic of a log cabin, and that certainly may be […]

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