Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
I know it's only the middle of November but there really isn't anything on my radar preventing me from busting this out already.
My top five albums of 2012:
5. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
The sophomore effort from Sleigh Bells is more of the same with a bit more piss and vinegar tossed in for good measure...if you like your guitars loud and your singers hot, this record is perfect for you.
4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Just clean, crisp, soulful indie rock with callbacks to some of America's best songwriters but from a fresh perspective.
3. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
This is R&B reinvented and on K2. So trippy, so good...best taken with enhancements.
2. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
This is the band's best work since the 1997 magnum opus, Ladies & Gentlemen, We're Floating in Space. More epic wall of drugs songs about love, loss, death, and life...all while being extremely life-affirming...strange no?
1. Macklemore x Ryan Lewis - The Heist
Get my 100% impression on the above to the left...just know that this is the best album released this year.
Fun Fact #1 - RATM's S/T debut turned 20 this year....YIKES.
p.s. - we'll have copies of the 2cd/1dvd combo of RATM XX for you online for free in a few days....hang tight.
34 Hours Fistful of Steel Free