Normally it gets to be about May or June and we think, "Oh crap. We haven't heard a single new album yet this year." And frankly, a lot of time the early-year releases aren't that inspiring. But more likely, it's a function of the fact that A) albums are so damned expensive and B) who the hell has time to go to a record store? Certainly not us. Besides, the record stores in Fort Collins are a fucking joke.
Enter Amazon.com's $5 album deals.
Now we're ready. We're ready to make album compilation lists at the drop of a hat. Check it.
We're not ready to rank any of these albums just yet. But these are our favorites thus far.
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, vs. Children. Our favorite album lyrically of the year. The sparse constructions of the songs are a perfect match for the characters described.
Metric, Fantasies. Super-catchy. Metric goes glam.
St. Vincent, Actor. This album honestly had a leg up due to our previously divulged affection for St. Vincent. Regardless, this album is superb and might very well end up - ..... oh wait, we said we weren't going to rank anything.
Mirah, (A)spera. It's about time Mirah released another album. C'mon Miracle - one of our favorites - was released five years ago. It does not disappoint.
Phoenix. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
Feel free to let us know what we've missed (note: we did not miss the Decemberists. Seriously, kill me with a fork).
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "You Were Alone"