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20Circa Survive
Blue Sky Noise


Favorite Tracks: Frozen Creek, Get Out. Circa took to a poppier sound on Blue Sky Noise, which made it a really fun listen at first, but it didn?t hold up well to multiple listens.
19The Roots
How I Got Over


Favorite Tracks: Walk Alone, Dear God 2.0. I love the full band sound, as well as the brave choices of guest artists, but ultimately the musical charisma outshines the vocal charisma.
18Big Boi
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty


Favorite Tracks: Hustle Blood, Shine Blockas. Big Boi brought an album full of inventive, original, and fun beats. I just couldn?t connect with most of his flow or lyrics.
17Ceremony
Rohnert Park


Favorite Tracks: Into The Wayside Part 1/Sick, The Pathos. Ceremony?s love-letter to 1984-era punk hardcore brought the entire genre into greater perspective for me.
16Rick Ross
Teflon Don


Favorite Tracks: Tears of Joy, Free Mason. Mostly great production with mostly great verses and choruses add up to a mostly great album from Rossay.
15The Ghost Inside
Returners


Favorite Tracks: Greater Distance, Chrono. The Ghost Inside haven?t reinvented their sound on Returners, but they have certainly improved it.
14Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


Favorite Tracks: Runaway, Gorgeous. Kanye?s Fantasy is full of huge singles that I wouldn?t mind hearing on the radio or at parties for years to come. Unfortunately there are a few duds that keep this album from being a ?beginning-to-end-er?.
13Ion Dissonance
Cursed


Favorite Tracks: This is the Last Time I Repeat Myself, You People Are Messed Up. Crushing. Pissed. Loud.
12My Epic
Yet


Favorite Tracks: Lower Still, Perfector Based on the bands they toured with and their name, I had always just assumed My Epic was just some crappy post-hardcore band. The fact that they are signed to Facedown didn?t exactly excite me either. I?m glad I listened anyways. If I hadn?t, I would?ve missed out on some of the best music from this vein of post-hardcore since Thrice?s Alchemy Index.
11 Trash Talk
Eyes & Nines


Favorite Tracks: Explode, Vultures. I love Trash Talk because I don?t feel any pressure from them to take them too seriously. They?re just some dudes playing fast and loud hardcore. They?re not trying to push the boundaries of the genre or change the world. They just want to let off some steam. And this makes Eyes and Nines an incredibly fun hardcore record.
10Envy
Recitation


Favorite Tracks: Rain Clouds Running in a Holy Night, Worn Heels and the Hands We Hold, A Breath Clad in Happiness. I had the good fortune of seeing Envy live this fall, and they absolutely blew me away. It doesn?t matter that all of their lyrics are in Japanese; their music exudes all the emotion you would need. And even though the lyrics are either spoken or screamed, it never sounds angry, or even sad for that matter. I could explain their sound on a more technical level, but that would ruin the pleasant surprise for those who haven?t heard it.
9Comeback Kid
Symptoms + Cures


Favorite Tracks: Crooked Floors, Get Alone. I?ve never been that big of a fan of punk-style singing, but after listening to this album I feel like I get it now; sometimes singing a chorus as loud as you can just makes sense. It?s just emotionally heavier that way. There is more singing in Symptoms + Cures than you can find in any other Comeback Kid record, but this still manages to be as hard-hitting as the rest of their discography.
8 Dangers
Messy, Isn't It?


Favorite Tracks: I?ll Clap When I?m Impressed, Opposable. I found this band this earlier this year and without listening to them much, I dismissed them as another by-the-numbers powerviolence band that wishes they were Ceremony. Then I heard Messy, Isn?t It? Not only is the music more unpredictable and interesting than any powerviolence band could be, but the lyrics are far more gripping and smart than you would expect from this genre. Messy is angry, heavy, disturbing, political, and always fascinating.
7Vampire Weekend
Contra


Favorite Tracks: Horchata, Cousins. So sickeningly catchy you?ll puke and then your stomach will be empty and you?ll hunger for more Vampire Weekend. Contra is definitely a step up from the self-titled instrumentally and melodically. Nearly every song has it?s own sound, but they all manage to sound like Vampire Weekend.
6 Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise


Favorite Tracks: God Willin? & The Creek Don?t Rise, Old Before Your Time. I love Ray Lamontagne?s voice. I love it so much that I wanna take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant. When you put that voice to work on some high-quality folk/country/blues songs, you have God Willin? & The Creek Don?t Rise. One of the brightest spots on the album is the title track, where a sparse drum beat and a mournful slide guitar line crawl along until Lamontagne?s smokey twang collides with them in one of my favorite choruses of the year.
5Band of Horses
Infinite Arms


Favorite Tracks: Way Back Home, Evening Kitchen. One of my favorite bands, now complete with ridiculous production. As if that wasn?t enough, Infinite Arms is also the most consistent effort from Band of Horses thus far, as well as their most varied and interesting.
4The Dillinger Escape Plan
Option Paralysis


Favorite Tracks: Farewell, Mona Lisa, Room Full of Eyes. It?s more Dillinger Escape Plan. And it?s as good as they?ve ever been. You don?t need to say anything more. You either get them or you don?t.
3Sufjan Stevens
The Age of Adz


Favorite Tracks: The Age of Adz, Vesuvius. When I heard Sufjan was coming out with a new album, I immediately preordered it without thinking twice. After completing the order, I saw two tracks from the album as well as an album description posted on his website. My heart sank as I learned it would be an electronic album. I?ve never been a huge fan of electronic music, whether it?s in interludes or in an entire album. I thought Sufjan was going to turn into a soulless Animal Collective clone, or worse, another Postal Service ripoff. But it turned out to be something much weirder than either of those things. The Age of Adz is probably the weirdest album I?ve ever heard. There are more sounds and intstruments in this beast than even the most seasoned stick-shaking veteran would? shake a stick at? But Sufjan makes it work. The album teeters on the brink of insanity (seriously, autotune and a hip hop beat), which perfectly reflects Sufjan?s mental state as evidenced by his lyrics. There is a compelling beauty in the Age of Adz?s melancholy melodies and eccentric bleeps and bloops that could?ve only come from Sufjan?s obviously disturbed mind.
2Underoath
Disambiguation


Favorite Tracks: In Division, My Deteriorating Decline. Disambiguation is easily the best Underoath album yet. As it turns out, Aaron Gillespie was holding UO back all along. The out-of-place, too-poppy choruses are gone, replaced with darker, moodier ones that leave songs feeling more cohesive and effective. New drummer Daniel Davison keeps up with the band in every regard. Personally I prefer Davison over Gillespie, because Davison isn?t afraid to play a beat with no frills when it is most effective. Ultimately this is the most cohesive, dark, heavy, progressive, and enjoyable album Underoath has made.
1The Tallest Man on Earth
The Wild Hunt


Favorite tracks: The Wild Hunt, Love is All. Everything about this album is perfect. Kristian Matsson croons his thoughtful, introspective lyrics in a Dylan-like tone over some of my favorite guitar work of all time. The Wild Hunt is immediately catchy, as well as deep and timeless. There?s not much else I can say. You just have to hear it.
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