Sunday, December 24, 2017

Best of the Year 2017: Song

"ELEMENT."
Kendrick Lamar

I know that "HUMBLE." gets all the attention, but "ELEMENT." is just as good and the music video is underrated.




"Hellhole"
No Joy

The dreamscape of No Joy's Creep EP are wonderful. You should check them out.


"Saturnalia"
Marilyn Manson

I overlooked this lyrical monster on the first few listens of Heaven Upside Down, but then I realized the sound and texture made it the best on the album.


"Second Sleep"
The New Pornographers

This is a glimpse of the future (listen to it with headphones).


"Creature Comfort"
Arcade Fire

A simple song about the vanity of suicide, but so sonically optimistic.


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Honorable Mention: "Love and Sex"
Prince and the Revolution

Though not recorded anywhere near 2017 (even though the beat seems new), this song finally saw the remastered release it deserved. What a jam!


Honorable Mention: "Other Ways to Get to the Same Place"
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Though lyricless, this masterful score moment for Ken Burns' Vietnam War draws a bleak landscape of mind and conflict. Man, that sentence sounded pretentious...

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