Local Natives - Hummingbird

#15 – Local Natives – Hummingbird

(Frenchkiss Records)

Other accolades: #15 on Consequence of Sound, #30 on Paste, #40 on Amazon

Childish Gambino - Because The Internet

#14 – Childish Gambino – because the internet

(Glassnote)

The National - Trouble Will Find Me

#13 – The National – Trouble Will Find Me

(4AD)

For the first time in ten years Matt Berninger and his bandmates felt satisfied after touring on High Violet. Berninger said, “There wasn’t any sense of, ‘what now?’” and for good reason. With High Violet, The National found that perfectly characteristic sound. They found their rhythm. Subsequently, it’s no surprise that Trouble Will Find Me doesn’t sound daring sonically. With Trouble Will Find Me, it wasn’t about changing the formula, it was about honing their sound and affirming the band’s ability to remain relatable and brilliant – proving to the world that they knew how to give just enough hook to keep the listener from drowning in the sea of melancholy. It’s excellent.

Of course, Trouble Will Find Me isn’t High Violet 2.0. On Trouble Will Find Me, there is a complete, yet subtle change in tone. Where High Violet sounded relatively more forceful and occasionally angry, Trouble Will Find Me sounds confident and relaxed and explores a wider range of emotions. Both are great albums. If you ever decided to dive into The National’s catalog, expect self-reflection. It’s the ipecac of contemplation. -Rondeau 

Other accolades: #8 on Rolling Stone, #9 on Amazon, #9 on Consequence of Sound, #12 on Paste, #20 on NME, #27 on Stereogum

Palma Violets - 180

#12 – Palma Violets – 180

(Rough Trade Records)

Fitz and the Tantrums - More Than Just A Dream

#11 – Fitz and the Tantrums – More Than Just a Dream

(Elektra (NEK))

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