I pretty much wrote Sky off after her "big" song, "Everything is Embarrassing" was a mild, electro-pop pretender to the throne. But Pat gave me the heads-up on this album, and it is a welcome about-face, if 80's pop with a grunge underbelly perks your fancy. The Rolling Stone, in an unsurprisingly lukewarm review (too bad it's not a new John "Five Star" Cougar album) panned it as sounding like a re-imagining of The Breakfast Club, which does not sound like an insult to me. It sounds like what the whole sweeping, M83-generation is aiming for. And this hits home. The three-song run of 24 Hours, Nobody Asked Me (If I Was Okay), and I Blame Myself is my favorite of the year.
Honorable Mensch: Aloe Blacc- "The Man"