Time to start the year-end album countdown. Like my friend who cuts his off on 10/1, I do the same since it's kinda hard to know an album for a month or less and try to rate it with its context for the year. That means a lot is missing because it'll turn up next year. So albums like Joanne, Sting, Bruno, The Weeknd, Metallica to name a few won't appear until 2017... same with Solange which came out at the deadline but I literally just started listening to.
On with the show.
Pet Shop Boys - Super
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Yea. River Lea I still can listen to. I admit I haven't played the album since probably Feb... never want to hear Hello or Send My Love again, and Send My Love was originally my fave off the album and then it got played to death.
Their fourth self-titled album arrives at roughly the 7-8 year pace (1994-2001-2008-2016) that their s/t's come out in. Much better than the majority of the 2000s work but still a comedown from the heights of "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" which was their best album since Pinkerton in 1996 But there's no complaints with the album, it just feels comfortable compared to how their last album was them atoning for a streak of albums that damaged their credibility and respect.
After two decent albums, I feel like the third album has been a nice logical step forward artistically especially since he's beginning to craft actual songs and not just musical vignettes expanded into longer tracks.
Somewhat of a surprise given it was barely a year since "Star Wars", this album hails from the same sessions but was largely the antithesis... while Star Wars was Wilco rocking harder than ever before, this album shows their mellower and mature side. Solid album from a band who is still slaying 20 years in.
For their fourth go-round with Rick Rubin, they move behind their tried and true folk sound (they were doing their thing a decade before anyone heard of Mumford And Sons or The Lumineers) and started incorporating electronic sounds and other styles in their music. Not as good as their best work but a step ahead of their previous "Magpie And The Dandelion" which I felt was a rushjob after the success of "The Carpenter".
After working with Rick Rubin since the early 90s, the Chili Peppers felt to be running out of steam with their previous album from 2011. Here they team with Danger Mouse who breathes new life into a band many thought were a spent force. You hear a renewed energy here and I think they haven't been this good in 20 years.
I remember hearing their first record a bit in 2013-2014 and liking it, to me this album is where they really came into their own and found their way. Not the first band to ape a lot of the styles of the 90s but few do it better, and the lead singer is great.