conradtao
Conrad Tao
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07.09.13 2013.5 11.22.12 Conrad's Top 50 Albums Of 2012
06.15.12 2012.5 03.23.12 2012 Q1: The Unsung (and The Less So)
03.19.12 Conrad Made An Album. 12.07.11 conrad presents 25 from 2011
06.11.11 The 2011 List You Probably Haven't Hear 05.01.11 Fuck Elitism.
01.19.11 Albums That Changed The Way I Listen 12.08.10 Conrad's 2010: Top 25 (with Description

conrad presents 25 from 2011

go forth and listen
25 azari & iii
azari & iii


two toronto revivalists and two queens team up to make sure disco house is still funky.
24pepepiano
king


the year's most gorgeously gooey, fuzzed-up, and blissfully chilled-out tapestry of sounds.
23dj diamond
flight muzik


without a four-on-the-floor pulse, dance music enters an exhilaratingly no-holds- barred state, and flight muzik happily exists in that undefined space, sounding at once both intensely claustrophobic and generously open-ended.
22 big k.r.i.t.
return of 4eva


a universe where "country shit" exists is a universe worth fighting for.
21pj harvey
let england shake


polly jean harvey's most overtly "political" and "english" album is a remarkably subtle listen, its sonic nuance allowing its blunter content to hit devastatingly hard.
20beyonce
4


she may not be able to pull off profundity, but that's why that voice exists -?to brilliantly sell sentiment in its pure, unadulteratedly cloying form.
19ssion
bent


brazenly shallow pop from a distinctly cracked motley crew of art-punks.
18rustie
glass swords


the most euphorically cheesy, shamelessly awesome sounds imaginable.
17telebossa
telebossa


beguiling bossa nova from brazil, initially lovely - "merely" so -?and ultimately a profoundly, inexplicably touching experience.
16sepalcure
sepalcure


thrilling, intoxicating evidence that american dubstep doesn't have to be fratty.
15james blake
james blake


the palpable negative space, the effortlessly elegant voice, the broken, glitchy melancholy of the entire affair, the beautifully colored harmonies -?it's hard to place just why this album clicks as stunningly as it does.
14bell
diamonite


you'd be forgiven for thinking that olga bell was just another indie ingenue, coy lyrics and all, but then you'd miss out on an album that, despite moments of sexual frustration and existential turmoil, is one of the most winning and engaging pop records of the year.
13panda bear
tomboy


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12kate bush
50 words for snow


an arresting and unwaveringly calm work by one of contemporary pop's most beguiling figures, not a masterpiece but something much more superbly intimate.
11faltydl
you stand uncertain


there may be nothing quite as good as "hip love" on it, but drew lustman's second full-length deals in lush grooves that, in their intoxicating mix of garage, tech house, and dubstep, sound like the echoing sighs of an emptying city.
10twin sister
in heaven


despite the occasional extroverted moment ("gene ciampi"), twin sister mostly operate in ostensibly static compositions that reveal their subtle beauties and charms over time, and produced one of the greatest distillations of pop's strengths released this year.
9sebastian
total


downright filthy at times but mostly just totally fucking life-affirming, total was validation for ed banger's existence, its compressed-to-shit beats and saws creating the most exhilarating kind of auditory overload.
8beth ditto
ep


it's no surprise that beth ditto made a dance-pop record; what's surprising is just how narcotically good it is.
7demdike stare
tryptych


a collection of ghostly soundscapes that call to mind haunted, empty spaces, breathtakingly beautiful despite its irrepressibly dark heart.
6the weeknd
house of balloons


these tunes burrowed themselves into my head; as i listened to them night after night, walking in rain-soaked city streets, i found myself captivated by just how deceptively gorgeous this dark, unsettling stuff was.
5bjork
biophilia


bjork took the discovery channel's didacticism and gave it a heart, confounding and winning us over, as is her way.
4los campesinos!
hello sadness


indie for my shameless fall out boy-loving heart, hello sadness was unabashedly sentimental in the best possible way, nostalgia for a generation too young to be properly nostalgic.
3deerhoof
deerhoof vs. evil


the third best example of pop deconstructionism released this year, deerhoof's most consistently likable effort, and a flat-out charming affair even when it was decidedly thorny.
2gang gang dance
eye contact


the second best example of pop deconstructionism released this year, and certainly the most polychromatic one.
1tune-yards
w h o k i l l


the best example of pop deconstructionism released this year, and the best thing i've heard all year, effortlessly melding predictable west coast social consciousness that reads as typical street poetry on paper with a sound that covers the globe without trying to, a truly unique record that posits that ebullience and awareness don't have to be enemies, that perhaps addressing our problems clears the path for - yep, i'm saying it - enlightenment.
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