The Lack Long After: Pianos Become The Teeth’s Haunting Triumph

The Lack Long After chronicles the process of loss and despair with agonizing detail. It is driven by Kyle Durfey’s passionate vocal styling and lyricism as he explores the depths of the pain he experienced as he watched his father wither and eventually pass away at the age of 57. The album examines life, death, loss, coping, and recovery without an ounce of pretense or the veil of metaphor. It is direct, often uncomfortably so, in displaying the struggle of overcoming the crushing sorrow of losing a loved one. Hauntingly beautiful and incredibly real, this album sets a new standard for honesty in music.

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Attack on Memory: a Sugar Punk Masterpiece

Cloud Nothing’s Attack on Memory is an album that sets the standard for indie music in 2012. It is a triumph. If you read nothing else in this article, know that at 33 minutes long, this album is well worth your time.

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Future This – The Big Pink

The Big Pink’s Future This is a sea change, an unfortunate development musically but a positive one commercially. Their last album, A Brief History of Love, has an unmistakable and admitted extensiveness to it, a veritable noise and thematic experiment. And it works as an album, even without coherency. What one hears with Future This is a rejection of that inexplicable flavor in favor of more mainstream sounds. With Future This the Big Pink seem to have their future in mind, aiming to reach the more-stadium rock status of acts like Kings of Leon and Foster the People.

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undun – The Roots


undun is not Take Care. This album is not a self-centered confessional. It isn’t XXX. There’s no silliness to it. And it’s not Watch the Throne. It lacks the rich samples and grandiosity. It is instead a refreshingly different, soulful—a hip hop album that is at once a throwback to a simpler style and an expansion of that style, driven by strings, keys, and drums. It’s drastically different from most of what hip hop has become, but it seems to have a purity to its unparalleled sounds and lyricism. What you get with undun is an album that’s not for everyone, but that showcases a more beautiful side of hip hop.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Elite (10-1)

The Elite
This is the Elite. These are albums to not only buy but treasure for the wealth of musical excellence each has.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Keepers (25-11)

The Keepers
These are the albums that one ought to have in his or her collection. Multiple listens for these superb albums are a must.

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Five Anticipated Albums—2012

Kay Kay
2011 was a terrific year for Eric Harsh’s music taste. Great albums spanning all of his rather disparate favorite genres were released consistently throughout the year. The Dear Hunter’s Color Spectrum filled his need for ambitious progressive rock, while emotional punk bands La Dispute and Pianos Become The Teeth released truly great albums towards the year’s end. From post-rock to post-hardcore, 2011 was chock full of excellent music, and 2012 looks to be keeping pace. These five albums promise to continue last year’s trend and make 2012 another tremendous year for music.

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Echoes of Silence – The Weeknd

The Weeknd
How does The Weeknd’s latest mixtape stack up to the lush and (?!) gritty sound with which he has been wow-ing the indiespehere all year? The Airspace takes on Echoes of Silence.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Middle of the Pack (50-26)

The Middle of the Pack
These are some of the best albums of 2011. All of them are good and many aspired for greatness but fell short in some way. Nonetheless, they’re still great new records to pick up.

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Best Albums of 2011: The Honorable Mentions (80-51)


The Honorable Mentions to the epic countdown of the Best Albums of 2011.

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