The best albums, songs and most popular downloads of March 2012.
THE BEST ALBUMS
Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour / Golden Mile
From our review: The more I let the nuances of this stunning EP trickle through my porous heart, the more holes it heals. Stark requiems rarely sound this triumphant though.
(Listen on Spotify)
Stream: “Golden Mile”
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
From our review: awE naturalE is a pride-infused, soulful space journey that demands as much hip shaking as it does poetry analysis. On “naturalE”, Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons proclaim themselves the “queens of the stoned age”. Long may they rein. (Listen on Spotify)
The Men – Open Your Heart
From our review: The Men’s virtuosic treatment of post-punk hardcore has exponentially expanded. Open Your Heart is a hardcore album with a pure heart.
(Listen on Spotify)
Key Tracks: “Open Your Heart,” “Candy”
Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
From our review: Nothing on Wrecking Ball is particularly new or experimental. Bruce Springsteen is beyond having to prove his artistic bona fides. Wrecking Ball is exactly what it needs to be: a mostly great Springsteen record, and a reminder of former glories that’s glorious too. (Listen on Spotify)
Video: “We Take Care of Our Own”
The Shins – Port of Morrow
From our review: Port of Morrow is the fourth and most potent Shins album. These songs are nearly all chorus, big and upfront where his first two records were twisty and plucky. (Listen on Spotify)
Video: “Simple Song”
THE TOP DOWNLOADS
Lana Del Rey x Notorious B.I.G. – Born Ready To Die
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Azealia Banks – “Fuck Up The Fun” f/ Diplo
Paris Jones – “Take Care” (Drake Trill Alternative)
Pop Etc (the morning benders) – Mixtape
WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Albums we’re anticipating for April: Willis Earl Beal’s Acousmatic Sorcery (4/3), Bear In Heaven’s I Love You, It’s Cool (4/3), Alabama Shakes’ Boys & Girls (4/10), Moonface’s Heartbreaking Bravery (4/17) and Jack White’s solo debut, Blunderbuss (4/27).