Saturday, November 26, 2011

Outtakes 2011: Critical Acclaim

It's Day Two of the Tip of Your Tongue, Top of My Lungs year-end extravaganza!  100 Songs for 2011 will be available December 5.  Until then, we're taking a daily look at five good songs that didn't make the cut.  Today's theme:  Critical Acclaim.

It's easy to be taken in by a well-written positive review.  When Pitchfork anoints the next "It" band, it feels like a personal shortcoming if I don't see the greatness.  Still, with these five, I have to admit that I just see "good," not "great."

James Blake - "The Wilhelm Scream"

Pitchfork Says:  9.0

Lana Del Rey - "Video Games"

For the love of God, won't someone write an essay about the cultural significance of Lana Del Rey?

Washed Out - "Amor Fati"

Pitchfork Says:  8.3

Real Estate - "It's Real"

Pitchfork Says:  8.7

The War on Drugs - "Come to the City"

Pitchfork Says:  8.3

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