I have, again, proudly chosen a few songs that nobody else did. (And even one album: Karriem Riggins's Alone/Together.)
Here are the tracks that apparently nobody else in the universe dug like I did:
Lambchop, "Mr. Met":
Perfume Genius, "Dark Parts":
Japandroids, "Younger Us":
Four Tet, "Locked":
And wouldn't you know it? The Voice also saw it fit to publish a comment I penned. Here it is:
Channel Orange is a record that critics laud despite having a difficult time pigeonholing. In late December, I went to my local record store in Denver and was shocked to find the album in the rap section. It's probably an r&b effort, yes, and all of the bluster about Ocean's reinvention of the genre isn't all that over the top. From Pitchfork to People, it's the rare release the connects with a wide swath of the populace.