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Postby leomedar » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:05 am

heppolo wrote:I'd personally put Saint Etienne above Gorillaz, the latter had a relatively disappointing album not up to their own standards.
I like some Saint Ettienne songs more, but as a whole Humanz is better imo. Has more songs I enjoy and a darkest feeling around it that gives it more relistening status.
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10. J-Ax and Fedez feat. Stash, Levante - Assenzio
Italian pop-rap. I always enjoy some italian music around. Nice pre-chorus.

9. Rozalén - La Puerta Violeta
Beautiful song, her voice is really nice, I like how she plays with it.

8. CNCO - Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)
Guilty pleasure. Perfect to dance and have fun!

7. J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente
DOPE. REally catchy and addictive.

6. Mon Laferte feat. Juanes - Amárrame
Chilean artists are really captivating me, with their originality and artistry.

5. Maluma - Felices Los 4
One of my kid's favourite of the year, I cannot help but love it.

4. Shakira feat. Maluma - Chantaje
Shakira is one of the best artists imo. She really deliver great tracks one after the other. And my kid also loves this.

3. GOLD MEDAL: Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee - Despacito
Hot. Addictive. Overplayed. Guess wahat... My kid loves it.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Juana Molina - Cosoco
I went to see her life and it was one of the best moments of the year. Her siren voice is so beautiful and her music original and free.

1. GOLD MEDAL: Café Tacuba - Futuro
Cafe Tacuba at their best. Great song and video.

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6. Joaquin Sabina - Lo Niego Todo
His lyrics and singing style, like he is telling you a story, is great. A good comeback. Highlights: Quien Mas Quien Menos, No Tan Deprisa, Lo Niego Todo, Canción De Primavera

5. J-Ax and Fedez - Comunisti col Rolex
Some cool italian rap songs, and J-Ax character is very likeable. Highlights: Senza Pagare (feat. T-Pain), Assenzio (feat. Stash & Levante), Comunisti col Rolex, Il Giorno E La Notte (feat. Giusy Ferreri), Mileno Intorno, Vorrei Ma Non Posto, Piccole Cose (feat. Alessandra Amoroso)

4. Shakira - El Dorado
Latin Pop at their best, Shakira knows how to do it, highlights: Me Enamore, Nada, Chantaje (feat. Maluma), Amarillo, Perro Fiel (feat. Nicky Jam), Trap (feat. Maluma), Coconut Tree, La Bicicleta (feat. Carlos Vives), Deja Vu (feat. Prince Royce), Toneladas

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Café Tacuba - Jei Beibi
They released one of the best albums of their career. Highlights: 1-2-3, Matando, Enamorada, Futuro, Resolana de Luna, Que No, Disolviéndonos

2. SILVER MEDAL: Mon Laferte - La Trenza
Chilean cumbia, with nice melodies and fun rhythm. Highlights: Pa' Donde Se Fue, Que Si, Ana, Amarrame (feat. Juanes), Yo Te Qui, Primaveral, Flaco

1. GOLD MEDAL; Juana Molina - Halo
Paraguaya opens up the album and you will never be the same. Highlights: Paraguaya, Sin Dones, In The Lassa, Cosoco, A00 B01, Estalactitas
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10. Killers - The Man
The Killers delivered a quite good song here, and Brandon's vocals are on point.

9. Arcade Fire - Everything Now
Great song, makes me dance and jump and fool around and love that,

8. Ride - Charm Assault
I discovered Ride some time ago thanks to navi and this new song was a very good one.

7. Feist - Pleasure
Edgier song by Feist. A welcome effort.

6. Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still
Quite cool. But then it was overplayed and all around and ki nd of lost its magic.

5. Metallica - Atlas, Rise!
After seeing them live in Lollapalloza Argentina 2017 I thought I was going to award them with all the glory. Time went by and they are my number 5. Still love this.

4. Father John Misty - Total Entertainment Forever
Interesting song and video. I paid more attention to this after seeing stevyy was heavily promoting it, and liked it a lot.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Tori Amos - Up The Creek
Tori delivered one of her most caring albums of the last decade, and this song summarizes her albu, Great song. Glad she proved me she can still deliver quality music.

2. SILVER MEDAL: xx - Say Something Loving
Voices embracing a song. Beautiful.

1. GOLD MEDAL: Royal Blood - I Only Lie When I Love You
A great example when the sophomore effort exceeds the first one. Great!!!

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6. Spoon - Hot Thoughts
A good and solid effort but not completely impressive. Highlights: Hot Thoughts, WhisperI'lllistentohearit, Do I Have To Talk ou Into It, First Caress, Can I Sit Next To You, I Ain't The One

5. Dispatch - America, Location 12
Interesting rock songs. Highlights: Be Gone, Only The Wild Ones, Curse+Crush, Paitned Yellow Lines, Skin The Rabbit, Rice Water, Windylike, Ghost Town

4. Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
They allways seem to me to be more of a single band than an album band. The album closer, HAve all songs... is just perfect. Highlights: Wonderful Wonderful, The Man, Rut, Life to Come, Some Kind of Love, Have All The Songs Been Written?

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark?
Great sophomore effort. Glad they could deliver again. Highlights: How Did We Get So Dark?, Lights Out, I Only Lie When I Love You, She's Creeping, Don't Tell, Hole In Your Heart.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Metallica - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Power!!! I missed them, and it is great to revisit them today again. Highlights: Hardwired, Atlas Rise!, Now Taht We're Dead, Moth Into Flame, ManUNKind, Murder One, When A Blind Man Cries.

1. GOLD MEDAL Tori Amos - Native Invader
Reindeer opens up the album and you already know Tori is delivering one of her classic sounds. I was so happy when I finally dive into this album and realized she was putting there er best version again. Highlights: Reindeer King, Wings, Broken Arrow, Cloud Riders, Up The Creek, Breakaway, Wildwood, Chocolate Song, Bang, Climb, Bats, Mary's Eyes
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10. Kip Moore - More Girls Like You
Easy listening and radio friendly track.

9. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - Speak To A Girl
The royal couple delivers a nice tune, not ambitious, not completely original but cute.

8. Alison Krauss - Losing You
Her voice is magical, the song is simple and good.

7. Miranda Lambert - Tin Man
Quite nice ballad, smooth and nice lyrics.

6. Tyler Childers - Whitehouse Road
Veery promising song and album!

5. Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - Hope The High Road
Another competitive bunch in which one early favourite falls early. Jason delivered a very good album and this song is really outstanding.

4. Rodney Crowell feat. Rosanne Cash & John Paul White - It Ain't Over Yet
The guitar. the style, the collaboration, so many good points in this song.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Midland - Drinkin' Problem
A really good discovery this year. A mix of a classic sound and a brand new fresh track.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Little Big Town - Happy People
Everybody praises Better Man but this is the true gem imo. Uplifting song.

1. GOLD MEDAL: Chris Stapleton - Broken Halos
Soooo good. His voice is amazing. Such a good track.

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6. Blue Rodeo - 1000 Arms
A very classic sound, it really captures the escence of so many classic country songs in the production and arrangements. Highlights: Hard To Remember, I Can't Hide This Anymore, Jimmy Fall Down, Long Hard Life, Superstar.

5. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
An ambitious album with cool highlights: Runnin' Just In Case, Highway Vagabond, Ugly Lights, You Wouldn't Know Me, Getaway Driver, Vice, Smoking Jacket, Use My Heart, Tin Man, Good Ol Days, Things That Break, Well-Rested, Keeper of The Flame, Dear Old Sun, I've Got Wheels

4. Tyler Childers - Purgatory
Interesting ride: I Swear To God, Feathered Indians, Whithouse Road, Purgatory, Universal Sound, Lady May

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Chris Stapleton - From A Room: Volume 1
Broken Halo is just the begining... Other highlights: Last Thing I Needed..., Second One To Know, Up To No Good Livin', Either Way, Without Your Love, Them Stems

2. SILVER MEDAL: Little Big Town - The Breaker
Happy People opens their last effort that is, imo, their more strong and cohesive album of their career. Lost in California, Free, Drivin' Around, We Went To The Beach, Better Man, Rollin', Don't Die Young Don't Get Old, Beat Up Bible, When Someone Stops Loving You, The Breaker. Almost gold!

1. GOLD MEDAL: Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
Last of My Kind starts a fantastic ride, with some extraordinary songs such as Tupelo, White Man's World, If We Were Vampires, Anxiety and Hope The high Road. At points with the production I felt I was listening to Elliott Smith.
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Postby heppolo » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:38 am

Chris is the multi-medalist, deservingly so.
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10. Jidenna feat. Nana Kwabena - The Let Out
First album, promising start.

9. Vince Staples - Big Fish
Slight touches of electronic sound from Vince's second album.

8. J Cole - Change
'My intuition is telling me they'll be better days'. It has a 90s vibe around it that I like, it is more about the rhymes and then the rhythm than just beats.

7. Common feat. Stevie Wonder - Black America Again
Powerful lyrics.

6. A Tribe Called Quest - We The People
Amazing song, I was sure I would award this with simething throughtout the year but eventually I decided not to, but def this is a highlight of the year, so intense, it starts at a very high point.

5. Tkay Maidza - Simulation
Addictive! Impossible no to dance with this.

4. Jay-Z - The Story of OJ
Poor Jay, Grammies left him emptyhanded I am doing the same... I think this is amongst his best songs.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
Dope beats and video. He keeps pushing up his game.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid - 1-800-273-8255
Touching. Beautiful song, not only because of the theme but how they told the story, and the video helps. Very good.

1. GOLD MEDAL: French Montana feat. Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Probably in a surprising turns of events I am awarding this the Gold medal. Bop in its maximum expression. So so so so good and addictive.

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6. Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory
Highlights: Big Fish, 745, Yeah Right, SAMO, Party People, BagBak,

5. Jay-Z - 4:44
One of his best efforts. OJ is the big highlight.

4. Tkay Maidza - Tkay
Fun. Less is good. Highlights: Always Been, Carry On (feat. Killer Mike), Simulation, Monochrome, Follow Me, CAstle In The Sky, Drumsticks No Guns, You Want, At Least I Know

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
Big league. Good album. DNA. ELEMENT. LOYALTY. HUMBLE. LUST. XXX.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Common - Black America Again
Good effort, Common always deliver good music. Intense listening. Highlights: Home (feat. Bilal), Black America Again (feat. Stevie Wonder), Love Star (feat. Marsha Ambrosious & PJ), Red Wine (feat. Syd & Elena), The Day Women Took Over (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid), Rain (feat. John Legend), Letter To The Free (feat. Bilal)

1. GOLD MEDAL: A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
The first part is flawless, the second part is weaker but still good. I really dig this, fresh and different from all the trap that is around, brave. Highlights: The Space Program, We The People..., Solid Wall Of Sound, Dis Generation, Kids..., Melatonin, Enough!, Black Spasmodic, Ego
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10. Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming
In 2016 Starboy competed in the Pop category, but IFIC feels more urban. A smooth tune.

9. Kevin Abstract - Empty
Almost rap. I feel that its becoming harder every year to differentiate genres, they tend to merge. It's a good thing, still I keep on separating them. A good video.

8. Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis - Get You
Sensual R&B. Promising act.

7. Lizzo - Coconut Oil
Another almost rap song. Another cool represetnation of contemporary R&B.

6. Khalid - Young, Dumb & Broke
I was obsessed about this. But my itensity slowed down. Still think he is one of the best new artists of the year.

5. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Bruno delivers the bop of the year imo. The song is outstanding.

4. Childish Gambino - Redbone
Amazing song. Deserved a medal but the other three are better to my ears.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano
Touching. The video is so simple but so powerful at the same time. So glad he delivered the best piano ballad of the year.

2. SILVER MEDAL: SZA - Drew Barrymore
Antoher hot representation of 2018 R&B. Really good step foward by SZA.

1. GOLD MEDAL: Leela James - Don't Want You Back
Leela's voice is captivating, In between so many hot contemporary tracks, this beautiful classier sound takes the gold.

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6. Sampha - Process
A very interesting set of songs. Needs to polish his stle a little more but very good. Highlights: Plastic 100°C, Blood On Me, No One Knows Me Like The Piano, Reverse Faults, Under

5. Khalid - American Teen
Pop-R&B, solid. Highlights: American Teen, Yound Dumb & Broke, Another Sad Love Song, Saved, 8TEEN, Hopeless, Winter, Therapy, Shot Down

4. Kevin Abstract - American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story
A cool sequence of songs, promising. Highlights: Empty, Seventeen, Tattoo, Yellow, Runner, Miserable America, American Boyfriend.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: SZA - Ctrl
The album starts very high, with Supermodel, Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott), Doves in the Wild (feat. Kendrick Lamar), Drew Barrimore, Prom, The Weekend and Go Gina. Then goes itno a little samey-land with Normal Girl and 20 Something to highlight.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Leela James - Did It For Love
Flawless selection of songs. Highlights: Hard For Me, Don't Want You Back, I Remember, Good To Love You (feat. Dave Hollister), There 4 U, This Day Is For You, All Over Again, Our Love

1. GOLD MEDAL: Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
A very solid collection of songs. Many R&B lovers should be digging this but they prefer to be haters just because Bruno put this out. Highlights: 24K Magic, Chunky, That's What I Like, Versace On The Floor, Straight Up & Down, Finesse, Too Good To Say Goodbye.
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10. Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches
A very cool southern sound, with some country vibes. Solid.

9. Simple Minds feat. KT Tunstall - Promised You A Miracle
A very KT Tunstall song, it should hav eben her feat Simple Minds. Good groove.

8. John Mayer - Still Feel Like Your Man
Strange video but really cool song.

7. Sheryl Crow - Halfway There
Sheryl bringing back her best version. Well, not still her best but a very nice improvement.

6. Rolling Stones - Ride 'Em On Down
Great video. A very good album, many blues nominees this year, I am in that mood.

5. Melissa Etheridge - Respect Yourself
Another blues album making the cut. Great track.

4. Chuck Berry - Big Boys
So good! Classic Rock&Roll, the one you keep dancing non stop.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Ryan Adams - Do You Still Love Me?
Ryan is hard to descipher. He puts out great albums and tracks and then 1989 Revisited. This time he delivers a fantastic rock song, addictive.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Dan Auerbach - King Of A One Horse Town
70s vibes. Very strong song that could have won this but I preferred the unexpected win here.

1. GOLD MEDAL: Karen Elson - Call Your Name
So beautiful. A nice surprise this year to run across this.

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6. Chuck Berry - Chuck
Great last album by Chuck, leaving this world through the big exit gate. Highlights: Wonderful Woman, Big Boys, You Go To My Head, Lady B. Good, She Still Loves You, Jamaica Moon.

5. Ray Davies - Americana
Almost country, deep tracks. Highlights: Americana, The Deal, Message From The Road, A Place In Your Heart, Rock'N'Roll Cowboys, I've Heard That Beat Before, A Long Drive Home From Tarzana

4. John Mellencamp - Sad Clowns & Hillbillies
First half of the album is sublime. Good for a roadtrip, almost a country album. Highlights: Mobile Blue, Battle of Angels, Grandview (feat. Martina McBride), Indigo Sunset (feat. Carlene Carter), What Kind Of Man Am I (feat. Carlene Carter), All Night Talk Radio.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Ryan Adams - Prisoner
Pop Rock, nice lyrics and melodies. Solid body of work. Highlights: Do You Still Love Me?, Prisoner, Doomsday, Haunted House, Shiver And Shake, To Be Without You, Anything I Say To You Now, Breakdown, Outbound Train, Tightrope

2. SILVER MEDAL: Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
How good to deliver such an album so into their career. A very welcome album. highlights: Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue And Lonesome, I Gotta Go, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You

1. GOLD MEDAL: Dan Auerbach - Waiting on a Song
Outstanding from start to finish, no low point. A beautiful collection of songs.
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Postby heppolo » Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:33 am

Dan Auerbach - Waiting on a Song

Nice one. Dan's really excelled this time at songwriting.
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Postby leomedar » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:28 pm

heppolo wrote:Dan Auerbach - Waiting on a Song

Nice one. Dan's really excelled this time at songwriting.
Glad you like it! It is a very good album.
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10. Robbie Williams - Love My Life
Cheesy but lovin' it.

9. Imagine Dragons - Thunder
Addictive tune, my kid adores it and so do I. It was a grower, when it was released I was not so in love.

8. Nelly Furtado - Pipe Dreams
It's sad to see her decay in the music scene. Big Boobs really damaged her imo. This is good, smooth and embracing.

7. Norah Jones - Flipside
Cool, like the colors in the video. Norah consistenly delivers.

6. Allie X - Paper Love
Another addcitive tune. Promising move for Allie!

5. Harry Styles - Sign Of The Times
Surprising great song from Harry. I don't see this as rock so I went with my feeling and classified it as pop. Some songs, like Kiwi, are rocker, this is pop imo. A very good pop song.

4. Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
This song was overplayed. A LOT. The song is good and distinctive. It starts and you instantly know it is Ed, and that is a great achievement.

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Lady GaGa - Million Reasons
A song full of heart, this album has many gems. I was never a big fan of GaGa, but I am becoming one. She is really a beautiful soul.

2. SILVER MEDAL: Lorde - Green Light
Hot. The video is very good. The lyrics are great. She is great.

1. GOLD MEDAL: Haim - Want You Back
Excellent song, Lyrics + music + video, great equation.

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6. Harry Styles - Harry Styles
A great first half that loses speed in the second half. Highlights: Meet Me In The Halfway, Sign of the Times, Carolina, Two Ghosts, Sweet Creature.

5. Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
Passionate set of songs. Highlights: It's Just Us Now, Lightning Turns, I Can't Stand You Anymore, I can Only Stare, Unlimited Dark Paths, Baptism By Fire, Hyper Dark

4. Norah Jones - Day Breaks
Effortless album. Too safe at moments but always welcome to hear some sweet Norah. Highlight: Burn, Tragedy, Flipside, It's A Wonderful Time For Love, Don't Be Denied, Once I Had A Laugh, Carry On

3. BRONZE MEDAL: Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa
Very promising debut for Dua, she managed to exit the one-hit-wonder label. It is very good pop album. Highlights: Genesis, Lost In Your Light (feat. Miguel), Hotter Than Hell, Be The One, IDGAF, Blow Your Mind (Mwah), New Rules, Begging, Homesick

2. SILVER MEDAL: Lady Gaga - Joanne
When GaGa is not trying to outdo herself, to push the limit farther than needed, she proves to be a great songrwrter and musician. Good for her. Highlights: Joanne, Perfect Illusion, Million Reasons, Sinner's Prayer, Hey Girl (feat. Florence Welch)

1. GOLD MEDAL: Lorde - Melodrama
Outstanding sophomore effort. It is always glad when an artist release a second album that improve the first one. I have only hope for her in a future. Highlights: Green Light, Sober, Homemade Dynamite, The Louvre, Liability, Hard Feelings/Loveless, Sober II (Melodrama), Writer In The Dark, Supercut, Perfect Places
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Postby heppolo » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:07 am

For me personally, ''Melodrama'' felt a little bit underwhelming, lacklustre. I am fine with it now, but the critical hype was like Lorde made an AOTY.
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Postby leomedar » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:49 pm

With Lorde I let time pass and I checked the album some months after it was released. I had no big expectations as I was not a big fan of her first album, so critics were not a factor in my case. I was pleasantly surprised and I do think it is AOTY material. I have a lot of respect for sophomore albums after a first very intense and successful era, and this one is, imo, a very solid and coherent effort, experimenting a little and being intense but at the same time more loose.
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Postby heppolo » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:52 pm

^I feel like ''Melodrama'' is a solid record, but there is nothing new. Here's a sobby ballad, here's a relatively relatable pop banger as a lead single, this and that.
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