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Neek's 2010s Cram List

It's fuckin time boyos, figured I get this going a while before my 2019 one so I could get a head start. So here's the thing. It's been a long 10 years, and I've barely heard anything before 2017 (around when I started listening to music seriously). Throw me classics I've missed, your all time faves, and keep it to three recs for now, capeesh? Below are some examples why not
1Swans
The Seer


neek (2012)

4.4
Holy hell. This is one dense beast of a record. While I didn't find it as sickening or hellish as some others, the discordant sounds and impressive scope were undeniably unsettling, though I found them to resolve into a more hopeful place in the second half of the record. But this was so so much more moving than Soundtracks in my opinion (my only other experience with them), with far more dense, melodic, and affecting tunes that, while massive, still had intense emotion and purpose throughout. I see why this gets so much praise 'round these parts. To Be Kind is next...

Favorites: "Avatar" "The Seer" "Apostate"
Least Favorite: "93 Ave. B Blues"
2The National
High Violet


neek (2010)

4.1
So I understand that my issue of Matt Berninger's vocals acting as a small block to me fully enjoying this band is not a common one, but goddamn can it be. It seems to drown out the gorgeous, deep instrumentals at many turns, and rarely do the melodies have enough of a catchiness or immediacy to them that make me want to jam these songs again and again. And yet, I give it a 4.1. Here's the thing, this is an album that should so easily be a 4.5 for me, but these all hold it back. Even the b-sides and live cuts on the expanded edition carry the performances that could've made this fly, but here, ever so slightly, things just feel so held back at times. It's a great but frustrating listen. Maybe it'll grow in time.
Favorites: "Afraid of Everyone" "England"
Least Favorites: "Anyone's Ghost" "Sorrow"
3Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience


neek (2013)
4Death Grips
The Money Store


neek (2012)
5Sharon Van Etten
Are We There


neek (2014)
6Deafheaven
Sunbather


neek (2013)
7Memoryhouse
The Years


budgie (2010)

3.9
This was simply a pleasant experience. While I'm not sure how much I'll remember of it in the future, its hazy atmospheres and calming guitar lines were just the thing I needed in the moment. Some tracks stood out over others, but overall this was a solid dream pop EP that admittedly could've used lot more originality to become decade-end worthy.

Favorite: "Lately"
Least Favorite: "Modern Normal"
8Pinkshinyultrablast
Everything Else Matters


budgie (2015)
9Lantlos
Melting Sun


budgie (2014)
10Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargeld
Still Smiling


Papa Universe (2013)

4.2
In typical Papa fashion, something wholly accessible but daring, yet rendered almost inept with one important factor--this time again, the vocals. Why they decided to pair such extravagant and moving instrumental passives with monotonous moaning in foreign languages and often undercut and made redundant a great many of these tunes. However, it all works far, far more often than not, especially in a pair of closing tracks that put the pieces together to finally deliver the emotional (rather than intellectual) blow the album so desperately needed to seal the deal. This was an excellent rec.

Favorites: "A Quiet Life" "Defenestrazoni"
Least Favorite: "Axolotl"
11Hail Spirit Noir
Mayhem In Blue


Papa Universe (2016)
12King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Nonagon Infinity


Papa Universe (2016)
13Julia Holter
Loud City Song


granitenotebook (2013)

4.0
I feel like it'll take me a couple years to fully grasp the beauty of this album, but what I heard here was really great. I wasn't blown away by the opener (still amn't), but as the album slowly unfurls itself like a flower, I have to say I was incredibly charmed by it's strangely serene yet eclectic nature. I definitely preferred this to her latest release, and it makes me curious to check the album in between!

Favorites: "Hello Stranger" "Maxim's II"
Least Favorite: "World"
14Oneohtrix Point Never
R Plus Seven


granitenotebook (2013)
15Sophie
Product


granitenotebook (2015)
16Trophy Scars
Holy Vacants


dmathias52 (2014)

4.4
Yeah this album was something else. I didn't really know what to expect here, but I was not let down by the ecstatic array of hardcore, alt, gospel, and blues rock influences coming at me from all sides. It's one thing to create some massive bangers that jump from one genre to the next, but to do so with such consistency and then still deliver the emotional wallop of that one-two punch of a closer? That's just magic.

Favorite: "Everything Disappearing/Nyctophobia"
Least Favorite: "Vertigo"
17Jason Isbell
Southeastern


dmathias52 (2013)
18Hey Rosetta!
Seeds


dmathias52 (2011)
19The Smith Street Band
No One Gets Lost Anymore


SlothcoreSam (2011)

3.6
While I resisted its charms for a while, I eventually grew into a peaceful liking of this album. While its pop-punk (I know it's not pop-punk) leanings bothered me a tad, overall I felt that it came from a genuine place and that even if not all the tracks did it for me, overall it was filled with fun tunes and a solid variety for its genre. A few tracks stood out far more than others and I wouldn't say I was blown away, but it was a pleasant listen nonetheless.

Favourite: "Sigourney Weaver"
Least Favourite: "My Little Sinking Ship"
20Jonsi
Go


SlothcoreSam (2010)
21The Hotelier
Home, Like NoPlace Is There


SlothcoreSam (2014)

4.0
This was far more of a straightforward emo release than The World Is a Beautiful Place, and while this relative plainness (I do feel they could've switched up the sound a bit more) did a bit of harm, I really enjoyed the way this album sequesters itself in that "Home" and delivers emotional stories that hit harder than you'd expect. There's a great dynamic between softer and louder moments here that only detracts in moments like "Life in Drag," but adds great power to tracks like the biggest highlight and closer "Dendron." Overall this was a big win and I could see why someone would like it even more than I!

Favorites: "Dendron" "An Introduction to the Album" "Among the Wildflowers"
Least Favorites: "Life in Drag" "Housebroken"
22Bomb the Music Industry!
Vacation


Rowan5215 (2011)

3.6
Two punky albums in a row?? I made a mistake jamming this and Smith Street back-to-back, but I did have quite a bit of fun with 'em. This one was far more anarchic and all over the place, and I still haven't fallen for Rosenstock as a vocalist, but this was a pretty convincing pop-punk argument that, even with all its faults and sickeningly sweet choruses ("Everyone That Loves You" and "Why, Oh Why, Oh Why (Oh Oh Oh)") was a good time overall, and it certainly lays the groundwork for his solo work in the future which I'd say I enjoy quite a bit more.

Favorite: "Campaign for a Better Weekend" (This track kicked ass tho)
Least Favorite: "Everyone That Loves You"
23John K. Samson
Winter Wheat


Rowan5215 (2016)
24Keaton Henson
Birthdays


Rowan5215 (2013)
25Baroness
Yellow and Green


Kompys2000 (2012)

3.9
I definitely dug the aggressive mix of stoner rock and metal influences with a touch of folk here, though the farther it went along I became a bit tired by songs that felt like only choruses, and some uninspired at times, grunge-y vocal stylings. Overall though this was a really great album, especially the more progressive-sounding back half of Yellow, even if the entire thing could've used more thinning.

Favorites: "Twinkler" "Cocainium" "Back Where I Belong"
Least Favorites: "Take My Bones Away" "Board Up the House"
26Good Ghost Bill
Holler.


Kompys2000 (2011)
27The Flaming Lips
The Terror


Kompys2000 (2013)
28Erra
Augment


SteakByrnes (2013)

3.2
I'm not gonna pretend that I enjoyed this album, but I will say that there was an inherent charm to its blend of poppy/proggy metalcore aesthetics, but after a couple songs worth it got old fast. As technical and admirable as it was at times, every song felt completely un-unique from the rest, each tracking the same amount of untrackable riffs, screeching choruses, and brutal growls. There wasn't a song here that I actively disliked, quite the opposite actually, but when you smash them all together you got some quite less than the sum of its solid parts.

Favorites: "Alpha Seed" "Ultraviolet"
Least Favorite: "Prometheus"
29A Lot Like Birds
No Place


SteakByrnes (2013)
30Dream On Dreamer
Loveless


SteakByrnes (2013)
31Fair to Midland
Arrows and Anchors


Dewinged (2011)

4.2
I wasn't sure how much I had liked this until it was over, when I looked over my song ratings and saw a bunch of 8s and 8.5s with no dips in quality. I think that's the best thing about this, no matter how eclectic the sounds are and crazy the instrumentation can be, it's extremely consistent. The closer especially was excellent, and it's about time that I took a dive into some modern prog, so I appreciate the rec. Good shit Dewi (;

Favorite: "The Greener Grass"
Least Favorites: "Rikki Tikki Tavi" "Whisky & Ritalin" (i guess, these are both great)
32Fink
Perfect Darkness


Dewinged (2011)
33Temples
Sun Structures


Dewinged (2014)
34Mark Eitzel
Hey Mr Ferryman


DoofDoof (2017)
35John Grant
Queen Of Denmark


DoofDoof (2010)
36Cass McCombs
Wit's End


DoofDoof (2011)
37Suis La Lune
Riala


Lucman (2012)
38Brian Fallon
Sleepwalkers


Lucman (2018)
39Destroyer
Poison Season


Lucman (2015)
40Norma Jean
Polar Similar


tyman128 (2016)
41Attalus
Into the Sea


tyman128 (2015)
42Deftones
Diamond Eyes


tyman128 (2010)
43Kairon IRSE!
Ujubasajuba


bgillesp (2014)
44Son Lux
Remedy


bgillesp (2017)
45Trampled By Turtles
Palomino


bgillesp (2010)
46Joanna Newsom
Have One on Me


fogza (2010)
47Arcade Fire
The Suburbs


fogza (2010)
48Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine


fogza (2016)
49Cult of Luna and Julie Christmas
Mariner


Bedex (2016)
50Grouper
Ruins


Bedex (2014)
51Clever Girl
No Drum And Bass in the Jazz Room


Bedex (2010)
52Titus Andronicus
The Monitor


SowingSeason (2010)
53The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


SowingSeason (2011)
54Joanna Newsom
Divers


SowingSeason (2014)
55The Menzingers
On the Impossible Past


ButtBoy (2012)
56We Lost the Sea
Departure Songs


BlazinBlitzer (2015)
57Blood Command
Cult Drugs


BlazinBlitzer (2017)
58Earthside
A Dream In Static


BlazinBlitzer (2015)
59Women
Public Strain


luci (2010)
60Japandroids
Celebration Rock


luci (2012)
61Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...


luci (2012)
62Boom Boom Satellites
To The Loveless


Uzumaki (2010)
63Nostalghia
Chrysalis


Uzumaki (2014)
64O'Brother
Endless Light


Uzumaki (2016)
65Nightwish
Endless Forms Most Beautiful


Divaman (2015)
66Foster the People
Torches


Divaman (2011)
67Bayside
Vacancy


Divaman (2016)
68Kayo Dot
Plastic House on Base of Sky


AnimalsAsSummit (2016)
69Destroyer
Kaputt


AnimalsAsSummit (2011)
70Black Barrel
Last Frontier


AnimalsAsSummit (2018)
71Hopsin
Pound Syndrome


sixdegrees (2015)
72Hypno5e
Alba - Les Hombres Errantes


Kaiwaz (2018)
73My Purest Heart For You
Tragic End


temptationFruit (2017)
74Uneven Structure
Februus


temptationFruit (2014)
75Mount Eerie
Clear Moon


temptationFruit (2012)
76Goldfrapp
Tales Of Us


JohnnyoftheWell (2013)
77The Gathering
Disclosure


JohnnyoftheWell (2012)
78Ichiko Aoba
QP


JohnnyoftheWell (In place of 0 (2013))
79Kitty
Miami Garden Club


theYearis1999 (2017)
80Count to Altek
Imodius Forms: Millenium Flux


theYearis1999 (2017)
81Boris
New Album


theYearis1999 (2011)
82Sun Kil Moon
Benji


BlushfulHippocrene (2014)
83AJJ
Knife Man


BlushfulHippocrene (2011)
84Xenia Rubinos
Magic Trix


BlushfulHippocrene (2013)
85Icarus The Owl
Icarus The Owl


GreyShadow (2014)
86PJ Harvey
Let England Shake


neek (2011)
87Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition


neek (2016)
88Swans
To Be Kind


neek (2014)

4.7
Holy shit. I guess I'm in the camp that liked this even better than The Seer, which I loved in of itself. This turned up the dark a few notches but also the melody, crafting some massive, almost bluesy numbers which never felt too long despite their massive girth. I thought this was an even more moving and interesting experience than The Seer, although I'll say the one problem this has in comparison is that it's a bit top heavy, the first half would be almost a flat 5/5, but a few of the latter compositions don't really add much to the table (especially once "Oxygen" is done). Still, I could see this becoming a 5 in due time, especially if I keep giving this a few listens.

Favorites: "Just a Little Boy (For Chester Burnett)" "A Little God in My Hands"
Least Favorite: "To Be Kind"
89Beach House
Teen Dream


neek (2010)
90Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest


neek (2010)
91LCD Soundsystem
This Is Happening


neek (2010)
92Grimes
Visions


neek (2012)
93Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City


neek (2013)
94Melt-Banana
Fetch


neek (2013)
95Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2


neek (2014)
96St. Vincent
Strange Mercy


neek (2011)
97Flying Lotus
You're Dead!


neek (2014)
98Drake
Take Care


neek (2011)
99Chance the Rapper
Acid Rap


neek (2013)
100The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Whenever, If Ever


neek (2013)

4.3
I've been meaning to listen to these guys for literal years (since high school at the least), and man they did not disappoint. While I'm still new to the emo genre, these guys' knack for leaning into progressive, highly emotional soundscapes just kicks me in the gut, and I haven't been able to stop listening to the closer here. Sure some moments hit harder than others, but otherwise this is a lean, mean, feeling machine.

Favorites: "Getting Sodas" "Low Light Assembly" "Heartbeat in the Brain"
Least Favorite: "The Layers of Skin We Drag Around"
101Florence and the Machine
Ceremonials


neek (2011)
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