Here are my first impressions of the latest releases from Jimmy Eat World, Empire of the Sun, The Digital Age, Norah Jones, Future of Forestry, and Owel.
It’s time to kick off my yearly obsession with counting things that it really makes no sense to put in order. More detailed write-ups on the full lengths albums that captivated me this year are to follow, but for now, here’s a haphazard list I’ve compiled of 100 songs that moved me this year… some physically, some emotionally, some both.
For those who’d like to follow along and listen to some of my picks, I’ve compiled a playlist (limited to one song per artist, because it’s crazy long enough already), that hits a lot of the year’s highlights, in roughly the order I came to discover them.
In Brief: Despite the embarrassing quirks that hold them back artistically, Empire of the Sun has crafted a consistent and enjoyable follow-up to their intriguing but highly flawed debut.
In Brief: Hook-heavy, nostalgic pop music that manages to be enjoyable despite its inherent goofiness. Your enjoyment of this album will probably be inversely proportional to how seriously you assume these two guys take themselves.