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2024 Album-A-Day: Week 15

Feel free to suggest other albums. I don't think my current list will last me to the end of the year. Also the playlist link.

April 8th: Rated R by Queens of the Stone Age

I've listened to Songs for the Deaf before, so it was natural that I would love this. It's brutal, punchy, but has a sense of humor about itself. "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" and "The Lost Art of Keeping A Secret" are a great opening one-two punch that tell you everything you need to know about this band. It doesn't have the same emotional resonance as Songs for the Deaf for me, but maybe I just need to spend more time with it. My favorites are "In The Fade," "Better Living Through Chemistry," and "I Think I Lost My Headache."

April 9th: Historian by Lucy Dacus

This was the beginning of a three-day excursion to further educate myself on the members of Boygenius, whose entire (very short) discography I have listened to before. I started with Lucy Dacus' Historian, which I liked, but didn't really love. It's possible that her songwriting doesn't connect with me the same way the other two do, but I wouldn't know that for sure until two days later. Still, I like songs such as "The Shell," "Nonbeliever," and "Body To Flame," those last two being in a very close race for my favorite on the album.

April 10th: Sprained Ankle by Julien Baker

Continuing this Boygenius mini-series, we have Julien Baker. Remember how I said I didn't really click with Historian? I did not have this problem with Sprained Ankle. Julien Baker has a gift for melody, and an amazing voice, both of which match the sparse guitar arrangements very well. My favorite songs include "Everybody Does," "Rejoice," and "Vessels." I'm sure to return to this one.

April 11th: Stranger in the Alps by Phoebe Bridgers

Rounding out the trilogy, we have Phoebe Bridgers' first album. I've listened to Punisher before, and I liked this one. This one isn't as oppressively dark as Punisher, but it still has the same dynamic contrast that made that album so great, with the generally muted tone making the louder moments stand out. "Funeral" is my favorite, and I also love "Motion Sickness," "Demi Moore," and "You Missed My Heart."

April 12th: Freedom of Choice by Devo

When a Devo album comes along, you must listen to it. This is, of course, the album that features their most famous single, "Whip It," which I didn't put on the playlist because that's against the rules. I've listened to Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! a few times, and really enjoyed it, and this is also great. It's more synthesizer-heavy that that album, but it still has offbeat and sardonic lyrics like on the title track and "Mr B.'s Ballroom." These songs are also very catchy, such as "Girl U Want," "Whip It" (obviously), and "Gates of Steel," which is my favorite non-"Whip It" song on the album.

April 13th: Double Nickels on the Dime by the Minutemen

This was an album that I added to the list because I recognized the title but didn't know the music. (There's a lot of those on this list.) This album is 43 mostly-under-two-minute songs, and many of them reminded me of Gang of Four, with songs like "Viet Nam" and "Nature Without Man" having dissonant guitar work and tight drum-and-bass grooves. It's an album that feels very suited to someone with ADHD like myself, given the brevity of the songs and the shift in tone. There's a straight-up country song on this album ("Corona"), as well as a song called "Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing," which is the kind of humor I tend to expect from post-punk acts. There's also a song called "June 16th" about Ulysses by James Joyce, which I'm reading right now, so I li

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