I got my patience and I'm making doPaak was unknown to me prior to Malibu (his fourth album). The music unfolds in a really wonderful way on this song: instruments dance in and out, embracing a few genres but never committed to anything specific. It's got a groove you can't lose.
I learned my lessons from the ancient roots
I choose to follow what the greatest do
19: Mary J. Blige "Thick Of It"
What a hell of a yearUm, fuck yes.
If I make it through hell and I come out alive I got nothing to fear
18: Kanye West/Rihanna/Swizz Beatz "Famous"
I loved you better than your own kin didI was surprised at how much The Life Of Pablo clicked with me. Kanye West makes some motherfucking music that I really like. He has for years. This song is as much about Swizz Beatz (who helped make "Ass On The Floor" the #33 single from 2010) and Rihanna (who, along with Kanye, was my #1 single for 2015) as Kanye. Rihanna's haunting vocals more than compensate for some pretty basic Kanye swagger/bragger lyrics. I’m indifferent on the Taylor Swift stuff, but it's worth remembering later.
From the very start
I don't blame you much for wanting to be free
17: Green Day "Still Breathing"
I'm like a soldier coming home for the first timeI was surprised at how much Revolution Radio clicked with me. Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers both put out really solid albums that don't break new ground for either band, but let them remind us all that they're still capable of making great music. It's entirely possible that a review of all these songs will yield some reflection on surviving the shittiness of 2016, but I'll leave that to y'all.
I dodged a bullet and I walked across a landmine
16: DNCE "Cake By The Ocean"
Talk to me, babyThis song has very little today with cake, which is a bit of a shame. I like cake. Obviously.
I’m going blind from this sweet sweet craving, whoa-oh
Let's lose our minds and go fucking crazy
15: The Head And The Heart "All We Ever Knew"
I know sometimes you get so caught in a dreamThis song sounds like unity to me. That's a weird thing to say, right? Especially in the context of the other shit I've been writing about these tracks. But it does.
But now it's time to wake up from this
It's time to make up for it
14: The Avalanches "Because I'm Me"
If she don't love me, what can I do?It's produced with the sonic equivalent of an Instagram retro filter, but just go with it. I'm sure the song's old school vibe can stand on its own, but with no way to confirm that, just go with it.
Just put on my best pair of shoes
Because I'm me
13: Electric Guest "Dear To Me"
But over time I come back and rememberElectric Guest seem to pop up on my radar every few years with such a distinctive sound (never the same as the last time). I need to give them some quality time, because it seems like there's some greatness to be discovered.
The only thing that I know
12: The Lumineers "Cleopatra"
But I was late for this, late for that, late for the love of my lifeThe Lumineers make great pop music with compelling rhythms. If they keep doing that, you'll keep seeing them on my lists.
And when I die alone, when I die alone, when I die I'll be on time
11: Radiohead "Burn The Witch"
This is a low flying panic attackFuck... we're at the dawn of the next Salem Witch Trials, aren't we?