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Two great songs from this album: Neither Here Nor There and Red
9. Beach House – Bloom
Two great songs from this album: Myth and Lazuli
Lots of good songs on this one – though my love of this album began to fade over the year (a little too bubble-gum-pop-ish). Obviously Little Talks is the breakout hit from this album. Other good ones: King and Lionheart, Dirty Paws, and Love Love Love
7. Passion Pit – Gossamer
Not a bad sophomore effort from one of my favorite bands. A few great songs. A few really bad trying-to-recreate-Sleepyhead songs. The best songs: Where We Belong, Take a Walk, and Cry Like a Ghost.
Loved this album when it came out. But the sameness of the songs made me return less and less to it over the year. But overall a great chill sound and album. Top songs: Lay Your Cards Out, I See My Mother, Dark Star
5. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
I’ve loved Ellie Goulding for a few years now – her first album Lights is definitely worth listening to. But I think this album is even better than her first with great songs from top to bottom. Best Songs: Hanging On and Anything Could Happen
4. Purity Ring – Shrines
Some GREAT songs on this album although there are some misses as well. Great songs you NEED in your life: Obedear, Belispeak, Amenamy, Fireshrine
Yeasayer is probably my favorite band. If you’ve never listened to them, you have to check out their best songs. They’re a band that I rarely buy their entire album because they always have a handful of very strange artsy songs that are painful to listen to. But the top 5 songs on their album are all AMAZING. Listen to these: Fingers Never Bleed, Damaged Goods, Henrietta, Longevity, Demon Road
2. Grizzly Bear – Shields
Such a good album including my favorite song of the year- Half Gate. Beautiful vocals and gorgeous music. Amazing songs: Half Gate, Speak in Rounds, A Simple Answer, Yet Again, Sleeping Ute.
1. Geographer – Myth
A beautiful album. Cello + Falsetto vocals + synth beats. Every single song is amazing. The best of the best songs: The Boulder, Vesijärvi, Kaleidoscope, Kites
Who did I miss?? What were your favorite albums of the year?