Sucré – Loner EP: Please just let me go at my own speed.

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Artist: Sucré
Album: Loner EP
Year: 2014
Grade: A-

In Brief: A tasty little EP that packs a lot of different moods and sounds into a mere 15 minutes of music. If you like the symphonic and/or beat-driven side of indie pop, give it a listen.

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The Best of 2011: 100-Odd Helpless, Shivering Souls Sing the Hollow Cashmere Blues

2011 was truly an exceptional year for music. It just took me the better part of the year to realize it. Most years, I’m lucky to stumble across at least four albums deserving of the five-star rating that I seem to award more and more rarely these days. But this year, in addition to the four or five that I knew I had to give instant A’s, there were several more albums that persuaded me to bump them up from a carefully considered B at the last minute as I reviewed them and realized how well thought-out even some of their lesser songs were. Now almost my entire Top 10 is comprised of A-grade material. I’m stoked about that. What has been a year full of personal turmoil, possible the most emotionally difficult of my life so far, will at least contain a lot of beauty and grace when I look back upon it years from now, and a lot of that will be due to the music I fondly remember for helping me to make my way through it all.

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