A?’s Picks for 2019 EP and Album(s) of the Year

So, seeing as how it’s now January 3rd, 2020, it’s safe to say there’s no new music coming out in 2019… does that logic seem sound to you? I think so…

… which means I have to stop procrastinating, and make a damn decision…

So, here are my thoughts about my picks for “Album of the Year” and “EP of the Year”…

“EP of the Year” was an easier decision to make… there was one clear answer, in my mind (Although, “Cruisin’,” by Slap Happy was a definite strong contender).

The “Album of the Year” category, however, was much more difficult. The quality of the music that’s been released in the last year has been unbelievable. Our State of Colorado has produced a year’s worth of music that will likely be played frequently until my dying day! After very careful contemplation, I whittled the contenders down to three. From there, I just couldn’t find it in me to declare a definitive winner.

So, I’m pulling a “Wild Card,” and declaring a three-way tie for “Album of the Year”… deal with it.

I’ll start with the aforementioned clear winner of “EP of the Year.”

This year’s winner is…

Sorry Sweetheart – “It Looks Like Fun”!

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This album had me hooked from the first time I listened to it! It has everything I like… great lyrics, strong energy, emotional honesty, diversity in sound, extreme dance-ability, a unique over-all experience, an audio performance that makes you want the live experience, and, of course, horns (Frankly, I’m a TOTAL sucker for brass and sax).

You can find it here:

https://www.deezer.com/us/album/102443482?autoplay=true

Now, onto the hard part… the three-way tie…

This year’s “Albums of the Year” are (Alphabetically, by band)…

Cheap Perfume – “Burn It Down”

Filthy Hearts – “Beyond Repair”

People Corrupting People – “Busy Beaver”

Cheap Perfume – “Burn It Down”

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As a fan of their first album, “Nailed It,” I had high expectations for this album; all of which were met or exceeded! This album is a high-energy journey into feminism and modern culture, set in their entirely original presentation and delivery!

Get it here: https://cheapperfume.bandcamp.com/album/burn-it-down

Filthy Hearts – “Beyond Repair”

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All around, this album has everything I look for (except horns… this pick is horn-free; as is Cheap Perfume). This album is a beautiful portrait of a restless soul. It perfectly expresses some of the most difficult thoughts and emotions that hold their grip on a quiet person with a loud mind. The naked emotional honesty expressed in songs like “Hiding Behind the Volume” and “Seasons” is chilling.

Get it here: https://filthyhearts.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-repair

People Corrupting People – “Busy Beaver”

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For some strange reason, PCP just has a way of cranking out tons and tons of great shit! Every year, there seems to be an EP (or more) that make it into the list of contenders, because every year, they put something out that meets my high quality standards in the music and performances that hold my attention for repeat listening; which, honestly, is probably the biggest factor in my decisions: “What do I see myself listening to on a regular basis for the foreseeable future?”

… and this album certainly meets that criteria. Like the other albums in this year’s picks, it has everything I look for, as well as a fun cover of a great Paul Simon song! (I admit it… I like Paul Simon… I don’t even care if that costs me any cred… he’s fucking awesome!)

Get it at http://www.pcpsux.com

In closing…

Like I said before, this year offered up some of the best music EVER! If 2019 was an indicator of what 2020 will bring, sign me the fuck up! But be warned… 2019 set a pretty high bar, but I think that 2020 has the potential to surpass even my high standards…

Y’all should take that as a challenge… the gauntlet has been thrown down… make 2020 an EVEN BETTER year for local music!

-A?

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