Hello fans of music, mirth and flesh-pink coloured websites (I know who you are, I know where you visit after you leave, I look at the analytics you weirdos), welcome to our round-up of all the best albums released this week that aren't Faith No More's new record
. Including condensed opinion pieces where I discuss new music by Hot Chip, Brandon Flowers, Paul Weller and other more interesting artists, before going off on startlingly wild tangents where I expose my various personal grudges held against anyone I've randomly antagonised throughout my week. Sound good? Great. Let's begin...
It will probably surprise you to hear that I’m big enough to admit when I'm wrong. In my round-up of last week's new album releases
I gave Purity Ring's second album Another Eternity
a fairly poor review, claiming that it was a mediocre, homogenous lump of chart-friendly EDM, with little of their debut's twisted, glitchy beats or fairytale darkness. Now as i write this five days later, I have something to admit… I was wrong. Another Eternity
is actually brilliant.
It’s the first instalment of a semi-regular feature where I listen to a new song by a band or artist who I’ve said terrible things about in the past and review it. The only difference here is that I’ve put all my preconceptions of the band or artist in a little drawstring bag labelled ‘bag of prejudices’ and have locked it forever in a drawer marked ‘drawer of prejudices’ so that absolutely no poisonous thoughts can invade my brain and colour my opinion during the listening process.
This week: Mumford and Sons - Believe
You name me a band or an artist and I'll find you a publicity photo of them taken while they lean against a wall.
I'm not convinced that Method Man fully understands how Twitter works.
At Popdin it’s our duty to recommend you brilliant new music in the most concise, hopefully entertaining way possible, however nothing quite gets Popdin’s verbal engine running than a truly shitty album. Here are the ‘highlights’ from a year of spite.
As absurd as the idea is, here are 20 albums from 2014 ranked in order of which is the bestest. I toyed with not ranking them at all and just presenting an alphabetical list of brilliant albums of the year, but the idea seemed weirdly patrician, as if I lacked any kind of joy or sense of humour and believed myself to be superior to those who see the process of end-of-year list-making as a harmless bit of fun. Well I don’t want to be that wanker, so here you go...
Here it is gang, you can all stop trying to figure out for yourselves what music to listen to now, I’ve done all the hard work for you. These are the top 20 songs of 2014 according to Popdin, whose ego has inflated to weird, unjustified expanses in little over a year.
For the sake of pop culture completism and that thorny little necessity called democracy, here are the Popdin staff-writers’ favourite albums of 2014.
Posted by The Ape
at 07:53 on 02 Dec 2014
The Ape sent me his list of favourite albums of 2014 with a note saying "I know where all the intelligent monkeys are. They're angry at what you said about Pink Floyd, they have automatic weapons and they've been drinking all day". I assumed this was a threat so I thought I'd better publish his list just in case. You can tell The Ape is a proper music journalist because he tells you the record label of each album in square brackets next to the title, plus you've never heard of half the bands he's talking about and there's an ever present threat of physical violence. [CR]