Top Record for the Week of 1/13/15

I’m back, y’all. New years bring fresh starts, I guess. I got a bit behind last year, so we’ll see how long I can keep up this year. Anyways, I’m going to try and make a weekly review post every Friday for that week’s releases. I skipped last week, as there were only 2 releases that I found to check out (Ghost Culture’s “Ghost Culture” was my top pick, but scored below 4 albums in this week’s release). So, with no further ado, my first Record of the Week pick for 2015 is:

Panda Bear “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper”


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“Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” is the latest release from Noah Lennox, the creative leader of Animal Collective. Lennox’s efforts as Panda Bear are a little more accessible to a normal listener than most of his associated group’s releases. They’re full of relaxed, swirling textures and some solid beat-crafting. The lead single “Mr Noah” is getting a lot of play on indie radio, but I’m choosing a different track to share, the dreamy, lilting “Lonely Wanderer”

Score: 8.3
Recommended T
rack(s): “Mr. Noah”, “Come to Your Senses”, “Tropic of Cancer”, “Lonely Wanderer”

Other Top Releases for the Week of 1/13/15

Dawn Richard “Blackheart”

Score: 8.3
Recommended Track(s):
“Calypso”, “Billie Jean”

Mark Ronson “Uptown Special”


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Score:
8.2
Recommended Track(s): “Uptown Funk”, “Daffodils”

Justin Townes Earle “Absent Fathers”


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Score: 7.9
Recommended Track(s):
“Least I Got the Blues”

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith “Club Meds”

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Score: 7.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Vessel”, “Club Meds”

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