I’m going to start this review of the past year and my vision for the coming year in pop music by acknowledging that it’s flawed and biased in the same exact way all these reviews and look backs being posted on every site on the interwebs is flawed and biased. That is to say it likely won’t reflect the year as a whole as the developments in recent months, weeks, days will inevitably exude a stronger influence over my views than those of the beginning of the year. Hell, I forgot Odd Future (featured above) was even a part of this year. They were a HUGE part.
But I’m not the only one there. I haven’t read a yearlong retrospective that has them in it yet. We’re all susceptible to the same prejudices. Whatever I heard last is the most important and reflects the year as whole seems to hold a lot of sway over a lot of writers. That being said, let’s get on with it: (more…)