Jeremy Fisette

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12.09.15 No Shade in the Shadow of the Top 3012.20.14 My Favorite Singles Of 2014
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06.26.12 2012: First Half01.14.12 Albums I'm Looking Forward To In 2012
11.29.11 19 Favorite Albums Of The Year04.09.11 Kate Bush
11.04.10 My Top Of 201010.14.10 5 Recent Stunners
05.11.10 Best Of The Year So Far04.02.10 Best New Purchases
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No Shade in the Shadow of the Top 30

My 30 favorite albums of the year! With descriptions on the top 10. Yeah yeah. HONORABLE MENTION: Holly Herndon's beguiling 'Platform' which I didn't always enjoy but was always impressed by, somewhat incongruously.
30Hop Along
Painted Shut

FAV TRACK: Happy to See Me
29The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home

FAV TRACK: Dark Bird is Home
28The Decemberists
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

FAV TRACK: Make You Better
27Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
Never Were The Way She Was

FAV TRACK: With the Dark Hug of Time
26Anna Von Hausswolff
The Miraculous

FAV TRACK: Come Wander with Me / Deliverance
Ones and Sixes

Fantastic Planet

FAV TRACK: Pulse Point
23Lightning Bolt
Fantasy Empire

FAV TRACK: Dream Genie
22Florence and the Machine
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

FAV TRACK: Queen of Peace
21Meg Baird
Don't Weigh Down the Light

FAV TRACK: Past Houses
20Youth Lagoon
Savage Hills Ballroom

FAV TRACK: Highway Patrol Stun Gun


FAV TRACK: Softcore
17Lower Dens
Escape from Evil

16Chelsea Wolfe

FAV TRACK: Iron Moon
15Belle and Sebastian
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

FAV TRACK: Enter Sylvia Plath
Pagans In Vegas

FAV TARCK: Fortunes.
13Jose Gonzalez
Vestiges and Claws

FAV TRACK: Leaf Off/The Cave
12Laura Marling
Short Movie

Deep In The Iris

FAV TRACK: Miniskirt
10Lianne La Havas

La Havas improved on her already very good debut album with Blood, a set of soulful, jazz-influenced rock pop, replete with a few folky detours. La Havas has one of the best voices in modern pop music by far, and hearing her belt out funky tunes like “Midnight,” slinky numbers like “Green & Gold,” or out-and-out bangers like “Grow,” is just such a treat. I am thankful for this record. FAV TRACK: Grow.
No Cities to Love

It’s just so damn good to have these ladies back in our lives. There isn’t much I can even say here. This is a kickass rock record, tight and taut, with the same great melodies and virtuosic guitars we’ve come to expect. Just all around solid as fuck. Rock on, SK. FAV TRACK: No Cities to Love.

Torres’ debut was a record I quite enjoyed, but it isn’t really that much of a statement. Sprinter is a statement. This is a fierce, gnarly record with catchy songs and impassioned singing. Songs like “Strange Hellos” and the title track explode, while the more pensive cuts like “New Skin” and (especially) “A Proper Polish Welcome” provide a beautiful counterpoint. I’d bet Torres has even more in her yet. FAV TRACK: New Skin.
Poison Season

I never want to like a Destroyer record as much as I do. I’m not even sure what rationale I have for that, but it’s true. At first listen, I’m like, “Ok that was fine.” But even as soon as the second listen, it’s hook-line-and-sinker. This might be my favorite Destroyer record since Your Blues, with its slow sensuousness and thoughtful song craft. Destroyer is so consistent it’s hard to pin what exactly makes this record better than others, but it just is, ok? FAV TRACK: Girl in a Sling.
6Roisin Murphy
Hairless Toys

This is the most criminally overlooked record of the year. Minimalist disco with indelible grooves and Murphy’s beautiful, sultry voice. It took a long time for her to return, and while this is certainly not as catchy or colorful as her past work, it is definitely a welcome addition to her strong catalog. FAV TRACK: Uninvited Guest.
Art Angels

I feel crazy for putting a Grimes record here, but I have to. I’ve never been a Grimes non-fan, but I never got as wowed by her as everyone seemed to. This time around, I was hesitant, but I quickly grew to love the brash, fun, poppy, bubblegum-and-cyanide update on her sound. Stripping much of the reverb, we’re left with a very catchy, very well-made record. This is Grimes’ real breakthrough, “Oblivion” be damned. FAV TRACK: Kill V. Maim

Another heartbreaker, here. Breakup albums can so easily go maudlin, or at the very least run-of-the-mill. Leave it to Björk to basically reinvent the wheel. This is by some sort of margin her most challenging work yet, both in the intense, seasick strings and beats that never go where you expect them to, and her personal, heartsick lyrics. It acts as a dark cousin to Vespertine, and it’s interesting to see her go from the global (Volta and Biophilia) back to the personal with such velocity, but I welcome it. FAV TRACK: Stonemilker.
3Joanna Newsom

Anyone who knows me probably thought I would put this at #1 almost by default, but #3 is nothing to gawk at either. Newsom remains my favorite songwriter, and while Divers might not be her best work, it still packs a dazzling punch. Jumping every which way through time and space, Newsom weaves intricate, fiercely intelligent stories with layers of harp, keys, strings, and even a Marxophone. We waited five years for this, but it was well worth it. FAV TRACK: Divers.
2Julia Holter
Have You In My Wilderness

There’s a moment in the middle of “Sea Calls Me Home” where Julia Holter stops short of giving us the expected chorus – it builds right up to the precipice, but doesn’t jump. Instead, we get a lovely whistling coda. All right, nice enough, but the chorus is about to come – three, two, one – ah! Nope! We’re foiled again, this time by a luscious sax. This is indicative of why this is Holter’s best work yet, and there are a myriad of other examples scattered throughout. Impeccable production and songwriting, and just so goddamn pretty. FAV TRACK: Betsy on the Roof.
1Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell

I knew this record was a Great Record the first time I heard it, but I don’t think it clicked into #1 status for me until after I saw Stevens perform live on his Carrie & Lowell tour. It forced me to look the man singing these desperate, sorrowful songs right in the face, which gave me an even sharper perspective on the album proper. It may be quiet and slow, but this is a profound, wise, nearly perfect piece of work. Nothing moved me more this year. FAV TRACK: The Only Thing.
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