Zoran's ALBUMS top 20 of 2016 - #2

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Postby king_oxymoron » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:54 am

Love the Grande album, agreed it's her first record which is brilliant start to finish!
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Postby MrRager » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:06 pm

Nice for Tegan and Sara! Hang On To The Night has also become one of my favorites.

Arianas is also good.

I need to listen to Lady Wood!
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Postby Tansike » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:19 pm

Very glad to see "Dangerous Woman" on your list, great record! :D
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:04 pm

Ok, I came back from my vacation and I have time to start again! :D

#12 Solange - A Seat at the Table
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I tried to keep myself busy
I ran around in circles
Think I made myself dizzy
I slept it away, I sexed it away
I read it away
Away


The surpise of the year for me was Solange Knowles' third studio album. I always liked her and have been following her since 2007, but this new record really brought her to another level in my eyes. A Seat at the Table is an introspective concept album that delves into themes like social acceptance for black people and self-acceptance. It's a spacious record, filled with many interludes that give it a cohesive flow, in a way that recalls Janet Jackson's albums like Rhythm Nation 1814, janet. and The Velvet Rope. She finally sounds like an artist that has found her own direction, free from the lumbering shadow of a certain sister.

Must listen: Weary, Cranes in the Sky, Don't You Wait, Don't Touch My Hair, Borderline, Don't Wish Me Well

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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:05 pm

Thank you for your comments guys :D
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Postby Carbon » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:07 pm

lovely album, and I love the lyrics you highlighted. Cranes in the Sky is a work of art
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:57 pm

Low 8-)

I dig Jenny & James, some I need to hear. Cranes In the Sky was a highlight when I had a listen through the Solange album. Happy New btw. :D
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:26 pm

#11 Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
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No I won't get heavy
No don't get heavy
Keep it light and
Keep it moving
I am doing
No harm
As my world
Comes crashing down


A Moon Shaped Pool was Radiohead's long-awaited return, and it did not disappoint. If anything, it proved that they still got it in them. With this album, Radiohead showed a kind of simplicity that was refreshing to hear after two decades of endless experimentation. The songs are straightforward but dense in meaning, some of them being a total kick in the guts. It is no surprise that the up-to-that-point unreleased studio version of True Love Waits finally found its place in this album: the song, reworked numerous times over the year to fit in their discography, finally found its place in this record in the form of a heartbreaking piano song.

Must listen: Daydreaming, Decks Dark, Ful Stop, Glass Eyes, Present Tense, True Love Waits

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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:58 pm

#10 Frank Ocean - Blonde
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That's the way everyday goes
Every time we've no control
If the sky is pink and white
If the ground is black and yellow


For years, it looked like Frank Ocean was taking the piss out of his public, teasing music and endlessly delaying an album called Boys Don't Cry. This sentiment of being fooled was kept alive by the release of the Endless mixtape/album/whatever and the first single of the proper album (Blonde), Nikes, some days later. The track starts with a heavily autotuned voice that lasts for some minutes, before Frank finally enters the album with his own voice (singing "We'll let you guys prophesy", perhaps ironically), which sounds like a statement of his being finally in the hic et nunc of his music, again. Blonde is a radically different album compared to his debut: instead of its predecessor's grandeur, the listener is welcomed into a deeply introspective world. Ocean is relaxed and confident but also agoraphobic: the album sounds as if he were looking down on the world from his window, with a detached but penetrating stare. His storytelling abilities now serve the purpose of recounting the world seen through the medium of his eyes, and his inner world as well. After years of elusiveness, Ocean is finally revealing himself (at least, in his music).

Must listen: Nikes, Pink + White, Self Control, Nights, Facebook Story, White Ferrari, Siegfried

[no video to be found, cause the good sis put out all the visuals as an Apple Music exclusive :roll: ]
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:50 pm

#9 Angel Olsen - My Woman
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My watch is blurry when I look down at my hands
I'm just another, alive with impossible plans
I turn the lights low but we both know where we are
And when it's over, what becomes of your pure heart?


This album was my last revelation of 2016, and the fact that it managed to land comfortably in the top 10 in less than one month of plays speaks volume. Angel Olsen delivered a perfect album with songs that range from the catchy, in-your-face 3 minutes-long rock song (Shut Up Kiss Me) to beautiful art-rock impressionist extravaganzas that almost reach 8 minutes in length (Sister, Woman), while keeping everything coherent. It is a devastatingly beautiful record, but also empowering at the same time: it feels like Olsen knows every range of the emotional spectrum, and most of all, she knows how to express it, describe it and convey it to the listener in the most straightforward way.

Must listen: Intern, Never Be Mine, Shut Up Kiss Me, Not Gonna Kill You, Sister, Those Were the Days, Woman

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Postby Tansike » Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:58 pm

Frank's album was very disappointing for me, as i expected something much better following the hype he had... :oops:
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:07 pm

Tansike wrote:Frank's album was very disappointing for me, as i expected something much better following the hype he had... :oops:
You ain't one massive R&B lover tho, are you? Lol
I think it's much better than his debut, tbh!
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:33 pm

#8 Britney Spears - Glory
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J'oublie le monde, quand tu fais
Fais-mois l'amour, mon l'amour
Comme une, coupure électrique


Now THIS was the kind of return I wanted (but did not expect) from Miss Spears. Glory is indeed a glorious pop album, undoubtedly her best since Blackout. It is simply Britney at her best: not only did she deliver the catchy tunes, but a lot of songs are also quirky, original and out-of-the-box in the same vein of the ones from Blackout and In The Zone. They mix different genres, sometimes even different languages, and take unexpected twists and turns. And above all, Britney seems to be confident and enjoying herself while singing, which had not happened in a good while. Not everything is on the same level, but when the album hits, it hits hard.

Must listen: Make Me... (feat. G-Eazy), Private Show, Man on the Moon, Just Luv Me, Do You Wanna Come Over?, Slumber Party, Hard to Forget Ya, Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes), If I'm Dancing, Coupure Électrique, Mood Ring

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Postby Carbon » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:18 am

I tried that Angel song and it sounds like something I would love, but I kinda don't :( it's nice, but didn't really hit me.

Can't comment on Glory aside from the horrifying fact that you named Make Me as a must listen.
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:16 pm

#7 ANOHNI - Hopelessness
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Daddy! Daddy!
Watch me in my hotel room
Watch my outline as I move from city to city
Watch me watching pornography
Watch me talking to my friends and my family


The wait for this album was long (it was announced in early 2015 and released in May 2016), but totally worth it. The artist formerly known as Antony Egarthy from Antony & the Johnson came back under a new name and with a new style: gone are the live instruments, replaced by waves of synths, and an apocaliptic sound accompanied by dramatic lyrics about the state of the world. However, the pop melodies of many songs help Anohni not to sound too preachy. The tone is mostly set on a I-you relationship: the lyrical I is not always Antony herself; it also takes the shape of different characters, like war victims, the Earth, the listener. It's a total reinvention that does not sound like a side-project at all, but more like a new beginning.

Must listen: Drone Bomb Me, Watch Me, Execution, I Don't Love You Anymore, Violent Men, Why Did You Separate Me from the Earth?, Crisis, Hopelessness

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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:17 pm

Carbon wrote:I tried that Angel song and it sounds like something I would love, but I kinda don't :( it's nice, but didn't really hit me.

Can't comment on Glory aside from the horrifying fact that you named Make Me as a must listen.
Too bad, I really thought you'd like it! :(
And smh at your Make Me comment, repent urself gurl!
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:10 pm

#6 Beyoncé - Lemonade
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I don't know when love became elusive. What I know is no one I know has it.
My father's arms around my mother's neck. Fruit too ripe to eat.
I think of lovers as trees...
...growing to and from one another.
Searching for the same light.


Queen Bey's sixth studio album, Lemonade, arguably the most critically-acclaimed album of the year, came out with no singles in advance to support it just like its predecessor. It's clear that Knowles is tired of the usual ways of the music industry, and wants to concentrate on the quality of the album itself, which is conceived as a work of art. This time not only did the album come packaged with videos for every song: the videos right now are an entire film that tells the story of a relationship falling to pieces because of the man's cheating, and then coming back together again after an act of forgiveness and reconciliaton. Meanwhile, a different, more socio-political storyline unravels: that of the black American girl, as evident in songs like Formation, Freedom, or in the brilliant poem that accompanies the music in the film. It might not be Bey's best effort (that title still belongs to the BEYONCÉ album, in my opinion), but it's certainly her most ambitious one, and another step closer to becoming a legend.

Must listen: Pray You Catch Me, Hold Up, Don't Hurt Yourself (feat. Jack White), Sorry, Daddy Lessons, Love Drought, All Night, Formation

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Postby Tansike » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:33 pm

Nice to see "Glory". Definitely a good pop album :)

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Tansike wrote:Frank's album was very disappointing for me, as i expected something much better following the hype he had... :oops:
You ain't one massive R&B lover tho, are you? Lol
I think it's much better than his debut, tbh!
No, that's probably also a reason why i'm not the biggest fan of the album.
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:15 pm

#5 Rihanna - ANTi
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Let me cover your shit in glitter
I could make it gold


ANTi was Rihanna's first very own personal statement in album form. The exhausting wait and the delirious roll-out were thankfully worth it, giving us Rihanna's best album ever (along with Rated R). On ANTi, she is not afraid of taking risks, and most of all, of doing just what she enjoys: the album completely ditches any kind of pop grandeur, in favour of R&B and hip-hop tunes, sometimes tailor-made for radio, sometimes experimental but still in an accessible way. She is as badass as ever, and for the first time she really manages to convey her true persona in her music. If the huge success of the album and its singles is anything to go by, she showed that by going against the rules one can still manage to rewrite the rules of the whole game, at least as far as mainstream music is concerned.

Must listen: Consideration (feat. RZA), James Joint, Work (feat. Drake), Desperado, Woo, Needed Me, Love on the Brain, Higher, Close to You, Pose, Sex with Me

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Postby Erotica » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:18 pm

Glory is great
I am not trying to seduce you... Would you like me to seduce you? Is that what you're trying to tell me?
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Postby MrRager » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:24 pm

Anti and LEMONADE are decent.

#8 - I dont know her...
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Postby KokoCollino » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:42 pm

When I listened to "Lady Wood" it didn't bother me so I guess I need to listen to it more :lol:

I really LOVE some songs on "Art Angels" <3

I wish I was able to listen to that many albums as you :(

"Into You" is the hook-up bop of my year.

I like you ragazzo <3
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Postby ArmyOfMe » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:38 pm

#4 Shura - Nothing's Real
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Don’t go looking at me as if I know
Can’t work out what you mean
I’ve got emotions of my own
A tidal wave of feelings to ride


Great pop music is often about catching the right sound, the right lyrics, the right ad-libs at the right time, and Shura's debut album is indeed full of those moments of brilliance: the last minute of Kidz 'n' Stuff, where the melody takes a turn and transforms, gradually becoming the instrumental for the following track (Indecision); the drums at the beginning of What's It Gonna Be?; some striking lyrics like on songs like What Happened to Us? or Tongue Tied, coupled with a melancholic voice capable of being brutally heartbreaking. It's nothing short of a great debut, catchy but idiosyncratic at the same time, establishing Shura not only as a singer but also as a brilliant songwriter with a great sensibility for turning emotions into the little gems that are her songs.

Must listen: What's It Gonna Be?, Touch, Kidz 'n' Stuff, Indecision, What Happened to Us?, Tongue Tied, White Light

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Postby ArmyOfMe » Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:40 pm

Erotica wrote:Glory is great
It really is :D

MrRager wrote:Anti and LEMONADE are decent.

#8 - I dont know her...
Gurl....

KokoCollino wrote:When I listened to "Lady Wood" it didn't bother me so I guess I need to listen to it more :lol:

I really LOVE some songs on "Art Angels" <3

I wish I was able to listen to that many albums as you :(

"Into You" is the hook-up bop of my year.

I like you ragazzo <3
Und ich mag dich sehr :D
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Postby KokoCollino » Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:40 pm

^ OMG baby :cry:

Didn't expect "Glory" to smash THAT hard here!

Shura is awesome. I think you are the reason why I discovered her :D
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