Now, 28 years later, "R2D4," as it has become universally known, is one of the magazine's most popular features footnote 1with forgotten masterpieces brought blinking into the light, hidden gems uncovered. It also reveals a lot about our writers' musical tastes.
One thing all of us at Stereophile have in common is that we have huge collections of recorded music, even if, among those collections, there seems to be little overlap. The only rules for this annual exercise are: 1 Don't choose anything you've chosen before; and 2 the records selected must be or have been in print and available in the US.
Note: If a recording listed here was previously reviewed in Stereophilewhether in "Record Reviews" or in a past edition of "Records to Die For," the volume and number of the pertinent issue s appear in parentheses at the end of the review. For example, a listing of " Vol. Submitted by Bogolu Haranath on January 17, - pm Deep listening Austin mentions. It's my favorite digital verson. All the discs in that set are great.
The set is very worthwhile, I feel. My only criticism of Jim's entry is that he failed to mention the "Wines To Die For" he was opening when he mentioned sipping!!! I can hear so far into the Count Basie, it's spookie. There are some studio sounds way way down inside that still make me look around for people when I listen in the dark. I think he was very early on the scene with clocking mods and such. This is a generalization, but I too hope SACD survives despite not caring for it much when it first came out.
Robert Schryer absolutely has his finger on the pulse of greatness with his Bruce Cockburn choice. Yes, even though the movie is only good, not great, I find myself watching Kingdom of Heaven over and over, simply because the score is so beautiful! This years are the last scrapings of bottom of the barrel.Search form Search. Show Munich More Reports. Records To Die For. Records to Die For It's 3am.
You're lying in bed. You pull back the covers, get up, and tiptoe out to your listening room. You see a bulge in his pocket; it could be a gun.
At his feet, leaning against your record shelf, is a cudgel. Oh, and it looks like he might have some infectious disease. You, of course, are in your PJs. You notice, at the top of the stack of records that he holds under his arm, that one record, the one you love the most, the one you can't live without. What's your favorite record?
It's a simple enough question, but one that dedicated music consumers never tire of asking each other. And so, every year, we ask the distinguished writing staff of this magazine to choose a pair of favorites and tell us a little of what seems so compelling about them. Music in any recorded format is fair game, the only restriction being that it must still be available, if only in the deep, dark recesses of the Internet.
Never in the history of our venerable "Records To Die For" feature has the word Die come to mean as much as it has in the past year. So to drive away any evil spirits that may be hovering over this year's R2D4 extravaganza, we may need to think of this installment more as "Records to Live For.
Are you trying to decide between high-resolution downloads and LP reissues? In the market for a hi-rez portable audio player? A zealot bravely fighting back in the Loudness Wars? Minds and tastes, too, can change.Because, despite what your stepdad says every time he has one too many IPAs, has been a sterling year for recorded music.
In many cases, the resurgent popularity and influence of techno in the past decade has brought with it a stiffening of the parameters that define it as a genre. Not so for Sam Barker. Listen to Utility by Barker on Spotify and Tidal. Utility by Barker on Amazon. What will get Vernon off the hook, however, is the combination of aching beauty and sprawling experimentation present in his body of work with Bon Iver.
Frighteningly, i,i is proof that he may not yet have even reached his peak. Listen to i,i by Bon Iver on Spotify and Tidal. The most surprising thing about Crush is that it took only five weeks to complete. But Crush is the product of a tour spent improvising a raucous opening for The xx, and feeds some of his original club energy back into a collection of still pensive and affecting electronic pieces. Crush by Floating Points on Amazon. Indeed, it is on another level to much of what has come before it generally.
Certainly there is little novel about a band or artists releasing more than one album in the space of a year, but rarely is our decision of which to include in an article such as this made so difficult. In some contrast to U. Two Hands by Big Thief on Amazon. For a record so entrenched in technology and algorithm, replicr, is quite remarkably alive. Software has more or less become a member of the group in its own right over the years, and it is sometimes the harnessing of it you hear on this record more so than the band being in full control of its output.
Listen to replicr, by 65daysofstatic on Spotify and Tidal. The National are another band who it had felt were at the top of their game, before they raised it higher in Listen to I Love You. It's A Fever Dream. I Love You. Thom Yorke has been thinking a lot about dreams: why we have them, their importance, their relation to a wider world seemingly intent on destroying itself. ANIMA is threaded with them, sleepwalking anxiously through its nine exquisite pieces that mark probably the most accomplished piece of work Yorke has completed outside of Radiohead.
There are as many synthesized textures as ever for your system to pull apart, and as many fractured rhythms attempting to trip it up. But this is not an exercise in mathematics, but one of dynamics, in drawing the story from vocal lines straining to be acknowledged. What Hi-Fi? Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer.
Listen to the What Hi-Fi? Listen to Two Hands by Big Thief on Spotify and Tidal Two Hands by Big Thief on Amazon replicr, by 65daysofstatic Image credit: 65daysofstatic For a record so entrenched in technology and algorithm, replicr, is quite remarkably alive. See all comments 3. Fear Inoculum by Tool? Also moves the game on in price.Once again, Jazz had a great year!
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Last year, it was all about the London Jazz Scene, with their experimental projects coming out in wave after wave. For my top 10, which are in no specific order, I added blurbs about each oneand for the rest again in no specific orderI included links to the albums.
I also added a playlist of the 25 best albums plus some more of my favorites. Check it out! His voice and phrasing are out of this world. Every album is like a trip to another dimension.
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A tour-de-force. When I watch movies, that guy is Denzel Washington. When I listen to Jazz, that guy is Chick Corea. Like a lot of recent Corea albums, he leans mostly on oldies but goodies from his past catalog and associations, but I never get enough because he makes them sound new every time. The sonics on this recording are insane—the interplay between the instruments captured with immediacy and emotion.
The songs utilize heavy synthesizers and chants to provide a solemn and spiritual soundscape. The sonics are outstanding as well; they did an excellent job of capturing the intimacy of the venue. Her voice is irresistible! As an Amazon Associate, Hifitrends. Thanks in advance for your help! You must be logged in to post a comment. Skip to content April 17, Search for:. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.Listening to these albums through high quality audio gear can be an horrific assault on the lugholes, which is why audiophiles seek out albums that have been mastered with a wider dynamic range.
And here are some of our favourites. Stream it at Spotify here. The third LP from London singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka showcases an artist on a spectacular upward trajectory. Buy Titanic Rising from Band Camp here. Harvest it most certainly is not. But here, presented in the concert context with jokey stage banter intact, those same songs and a couple of others take on a livelier, more vibrant tone — this is a party, not a wake for departed friends.
Few albums about death sound as vital and life-affirming as this one. Download Funeral Stream it on Spotify here. But you can tell every single note on A Deeper Understanding has been recorded and re-recorded until it sounds exactly right, with slightly more focus on shimmering synths than their previous records. Download A Deeper Understanding Download Damn. A genuine all-time classic. With a guest list that includes both Kenny Loggins of Top Gun soundtrack fame and Wiz Khalifa, you should press play on Drunk with your expectations left at the door.
Download Drunk Or stream it on Spotify here. The net effect is a modern wall of sound, at once hypnotic and chaotic, dreamy and thunderous, urgent and woozy. Download Loveless Not so Download Download A Moon Shaped Pool 24bit here.
All nine of its songs flow into one another and it ends with a reprise of its opening theme, all the better to tell the story of a Vietnam veteran who has come home from war to see his country in a new light. Gaye tackles poverty, drug addiction and even environmental issues not through angry political rants but from the point of a dismayed man who believes love — not more hatred and violence — is the answer.
As a recording the album exhibits a rare spaciousness, with each element able to be picked out clearly. Download What's Going On And this is one of them. That song is one of several covers performed by a band who appear to have consciously avoid picking their biggest hits for the acoustic treatment. Inalong with most Beatles albums, it was remastered and rereleasedand this version is considered the best in terms of audio quality. Stream Abbey Road on Spotify here.
There are landscapes conjured by this record, and they are vast. Download Bon Iver The tracks are arranged and recorded with a rare perfectionism Springfield ended up re-recording all her vocals in New York because she was unhappy with the Memphis takes and the songs hit a sweet spot between soul and pop that suggests Dusty was way ahead of her time.
While Untrue is not an album with any daylight in it, it's a long way from The Dark Side of the Moon.There's usually a way to choose not to get 'further communications' to avoid most of the marketing. Be careful with the wording though. If there's no way to opt out, consider whether you really want to enter.
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