Top Record for the Week of 1/20/15

I think there are a couple moderately acclaimed records I haven’t gotten through this week (big week for releases), but I got through 8 this week, I think, and 3 of my top 4 records so far this year are in this week’s releases. Also, my spreadsheet where I had saved my notes messed up, so I lost my recommended tracks, so I’ll be guessing at those. This week’s Album of the Week pick is:

Sleater-Kinney “No Cities to Love”

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“No Cities to Love” marks the Riot Girl icons’ first new record since 2005’s the Woods. The girls pummel through 10 tracks of leftist and feminist angst. And while there are a few songs on the record that kinda sound like something a band from Carrie’s show Portlandia would play, the album as a whole manages to deliver the punch that a Sleater-Kinney always has. It pounds your brain and delivers all the angst and attitude you can fit into a ten track record.

Score: 8.6
Recommended Track(s):
“Bury Our Friends”, “Price Tag”, “No Cities to Love”

Sleater-Kinney “Bury Our Friends”

Other Top Releases for the Week:

Viet Cong “Viet Cong”

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Score: 8.5
Recommended Track(s):
“Newspaper Spoons”, “March of Progress”

Belle & Sebastian “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance”

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Score: 8.0
Recommended Track(s):
“the Party Line”, “the Everlasting Muse”

BC Camplight “How to Die in the North”

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Score: 7.8
Recommended Track(s):
“You Should’ve Gone to School”

Decemberists “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World”

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Score: 7.4
Recommended Track(s):
“Calvary Captain”, “Make You Better”


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