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Old 12.20.2019, 11:24 PM   #34
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Another album I hadnít heard forever required no relistening: Heart of a Dog, which I played on a whim while Carola and I packed up a Florida motel room in early 2017, kept on to the end after we were done, and loved the one time Iíve played it since. Mount Eerieís A Crow Looked at Me is similar but darkeróa death album so bleak and concrete itís hard to get through even on the rare occasions when nothing else will do. Records like those two you love for their impact, not their fun quotient or use value. But love it nonetheless is. A giddier kind of love comes with my two most eccentric picks, which finished two and three on sheer playability: Mastís Thelonious Sphere Monk, a rockish instrumental survey of my favorite musician in any genre including Chuck Berry and the Dolls (though maybe not the Beatles) and the unheralded American Honey soundtrack, which makes a single living thing of Rae Sremmurd and the Raveonettes, E-40 and Steve Earle as the must-see Andrea Arnold flick itís attached to follows a troupe of young magazine-subscription hustlers across flyover country more humane than its taste in presidents might lead cineastes to believe.

Obviously thereís lots more to say a lot more about all 25 of these records. But the main thing is that, while this project was too much work, I was glad it gave me an excuse to replay more good albums than 25ó40 or so, Iíd guess. But now itís time for me to return to 2019, which this year-end like all year-ends will have me checking out a lot of overrated albums and a few finds from other peopleís premature best-ofs for a 2019 Deanís List I hope I finalize by late January. Sad to say, that Deanís List is unlikely to include anything else that will sneak into my decade list behind 17-year-old Billie Eilishís phenomenal fourth-place When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? No teenager I can recall has ever made such an impressive album, though I guess Elvisís Sun Sessions gets an asterisk, and who knows what will become of her? Sheís so young anyone who identifies dad has to worry, and some of her public pronouncements have been kind of dumb. I gave her debut an A in April, so the phalanx of my unofficial fan club my manager calls the grade grubbers will no doubt be wondering whether said debut is really what I foolishly decided half a century ago to designate an A plus. Guess it is. So it would seem is everything down to 10 here except Mount Eerie, even though it comes before the Tribe Called Quest effort I rashly awarded that grade in the wake of Donald Trumpís electoral coup. May that apparent inconsistency rankle the bowels of the anal until a Christmas Eve I hope is jolly for every one of you.

1. The Roots: How I Got Over (Def Jam)
2. Mast: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup)
3. American Honey(UME)
4. Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Darkroom/Interscope)
5. Noname: Room 25 (self-released)
6. Randy Newman: Dark Matter (Nonesuch)
7. Laurie Anderson: Heart of a Dog (Nonesuch)
8. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-a-Fella)
9. Mount Eerie: A Crow Looked at Me (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
10. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
11. Neil Young With Crazy Horse: Americana (Reprise)
12. The Uncluded: Hokey Fright (Rhymesayers)
13. Tierra Whack: Whack World (self-released)
14. Wussy: Attica! (Shake It)
15. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra (self-released)
16. Wussy: Funeral Dress II (Shake It)
17. M.I.A.: Maya (Deluxe Edition) (Interscope)
18. Tom Zť: Estudando a Bossa: Nordeste Plaza (Luaka Bop)
19. Rihanna: Anti (Deluxe Edition) (Westbury Road/Roc Nation)
20. Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran (Sham Palace)
21. The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions (Collected Works/Concord)
22. Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
23. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
24. Wussy: Strawberry (Shake It)
25. Das Racist: Relax (Greedhead)


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