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03.25.14 Amazing Songs.03.24.14 Recent Listens

Amazing Songs.
1Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I

Stella: This song is absolutely gorgeous. It would seem that the samples would detract from the delicateness of the melody, but they only add to the incredible atmosphere. The track builds slowly, creating a subtle and expansive musical soundscape which only becomes more absorbing as the track progresses. Not one uninteresting moment.

Tortoise: The jazzy percussion on this track is fervent and persistent, brilliantly executed too.
3Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb

Everything Went Numb: Starting the album off with a bang, this is a raucous and massively energetic song, a sign for things to come. Excellent opener, great horn line (but I didn't need to tell you that).
None So Vile

Crown Of Horns: Another brilliant album opener; the sample from the Exorcist is a great use of sampling, and from there the song explodes into a fit of screeching guitars, lightning speed drums, and of course, amazing vocals from Lord Worm. His scream is notable at the beginning of the track.
5Boards Of Canada
Music Has The Right To Children

Roygbiv: Amongst the intricate soundscape and intense imagery evoked by the rest of the album, Roygbiv seems juvenile and simple. Its defined melody and brisk pace are unusual to the album, making it somewhat of an outcast. Individual, melodic, warm and pure, Roygbiv is one of the best Boards of Canada songs.
6The Dillinger Escape Plan
Ire Works

Milk Lizard: Continuing The Dillinger Escape Plan's departure from the avante-garde, cacophonous nature of their debut, Milk Lizard has a post-hardcore vibe to it, accentuated with an unusual playful horn line.
7Bruce Springsteen
Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Darkness On The Edge Of Town: Bruce Springsteen has always had a knack for writing exciting, catchy, and downright fun tunes. Darkness On The Edge Of Town is quieter and less majestic than much of his work, much like the album itself, which you would think would make it an underwhelming closer. Quite the opposite; Darkness On The Edge Of Town is an immensely satisfying ending to one of the greatest albums ever.
White Pony

Elite: Somewhat of an oddball for Deftones, Elite lacks the dynamic contrast between verse and chorus which is prevalent on much of the album. Instead, Elite is loud from the start, and never lets up.
New Surrender

The Resistance: Heavier than much of their work, yet still instantly satisfying.
10Off Minor
The Heat Death Of The Universe

The Transient: The lyrics.
Young Team

Yes! I Am A Long Way From Home: Cautious, sunny and pretty, this opening track is excellent.
12Run The Jewels
Run The Jewels

Banana Clipper: El-P's production is of course fantastic, and the infectious beat and solid verses from both El-P and Killer Mike are great. One of the best on the album.
13Cloud Nothings
Attack On Memory

Stay Useless: One of the catchiest songs I've ever heard. Somewhat generic, yet enthusiastic
Double Nickels On The Dime

Corona: Complete with twangy guitars and lyrics about a beer, this highlight from their double album sounds like in came out in the 50's. Oddly enticing.
15Frank Sinatra
In The Wee Small Hours

In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning: Of course there are beautiful swelling strings, and Sinatra's voice is as good as ever. A pretty little melody.
16Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience

Pusher Love Girl: Beginning with the same Sinatra string section, it quickly morphs into an eight-minute singalong. Extremely catchy and one of the highlights from the album.
17Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

The Shrine/An Argument: Another 8 minute epic. There a lot of awesome parts to this song, all transcending time. Their brand of folk on this song is original yet classic.
18Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...

Hot Knife: Rolling percussion and multiple tracks of Fiona Apple singing different lines throughout. Brilliant.
19The Chemical Brothers
Dig Your Own Hole

Block Rockin' Beats: The trademark massive beats from this duo.
Surgical Steel

Thrasher's Abbatoir: It's always shocking and amazing when a band comes back after a long period of inactivity and make an album just as good as their previous material. Carcass managed to do it last year, and the second track from it, Thrasher's Abbatoir is fast, vile, and brilliant. You would expect nothing less from Carcass.
21Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

Lily, Rosemary, & The Jack Of Hearts: One of Bob Dylan's most engrossing and complex lyrical essays off one of his best albums.
22Massive Attack
Blue Lines

Unfinished Sympathy: This song is an absolute classic and one of the greatest of all time. Shara Nelson's passionate vocals are wonderful.
23 Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique

The Sounds Of Science: The bouncy, playful rhythm of the first half is unusual and great. The second half boldly samples The Beatles, but somehow manages to pull it off.
24Beach House
Teen Dream

Walk In The Park: Beach House's trademark swirling indie-pop sound is in full force here. Victoria Legrand's unique voice sounds great too. The highlight is the uplifting, gorgeous chorus.
25Sufjan Stevens

Casimir Pulaski Day: Placed after the bombast of the stellar single Chicago, Casimir Pulaski is repetitive and simple. And beautiful. Stevens' voice fits the track very well.
26At The Gates
Slaughter Of The Soul

Slaughter of The Soul: Fast, melodic and intense, Slaughter Of The Soul is one of the best tracks on a landmark in melodic death metal.
27Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am...

A Certain Romance: A fantastic closer and most likely the best song on the album. A Certain Romance is a fitting, massive closer.

Latch: Sam Smith's vocals are a great touch. A wonderful dance track, hugely infectious.
The Argument

Cashout: Starting with a great angular guitar riff, Cashout is odd and surprisingly calm, feeling like its about to burst at any minute.
30Laura Stevenson

Renee: An absolutely gorgeous opener to one of the best albums in the past 10 years.
31The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers

Roadrunner: By far the most well known Modern Lovers song for a reason. Unrelenting and innovative for its time, Roadrunner embodies the feeling of Boston in the seventies with mainly only using 2 chords.
32Talking Heads
Fear Of Music

Life During Wartime: Its brilliantly catchy riff is clearly the foundation of the song, and it's really all it needs. The chorus is immensely catchy. One of their best.
Forever Changes

You Set The Scene: A gorgeous, epic closer, which goes through a number of changes without ever settling on a melody. Each part is beautiful in its own right, making it one of the best songs of the 60s.
34The Avalanches
Since I Left You

Frontier Psychiatrist: Always entertaining and weird.
35Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

Pharaoh's Dance: At 20 minutes long, Pharaoh's Dance is completely original, dissonant, and always compelling.
36Neil Young

Out On The Weekend: Slow and country-tinged, Out On The Weekend is one of the best Neil Young songs. It's not complex or completely original, but it thrives on its melody alone.
37Nick Drake
Pink Moon

Place To Be: Like many of the songs on Pink Moon, Place To Be is over before you know it. It's only two minutes, but it has beautiful lyrics and the sleepy, gorgeous guitar tone that is the highlight of the album.
38Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral

Hurt: One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Heartbreakingly depressing and the best closer ever.
39Jeff Buckley

Last Goodbye: Buckley's vocals are fantastic as usual, and the song lacks traditional structure, instead moving along as it grows in intensity. One of the best on the album.
40Nils Frahm

Says: The epic second track on spaces. Starting out with a repetitive synth line, Says gradually turns into a massive, amazing tune.
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