Not To Disappear by Daughter
When listening to the album featured here at #17, a coworker of mine declared “this is what it would sound like if The National were fronted by a woman.” And wow if he wasn’t spot on. Daughter, from England, has been on Top 31 before, when their debut album, If You Leave, made it up to #11 in 2013. That was a fantastic album, and their sophomore album, Not To Disappear, is a continuation of that beginning.
Quiet, brooding, with strong drum lines and dark lyrics, the band makes you feel as though you’re sitting in a dimly lit and dank basement room, talking to a troubled friend in hushed tones about things only the closest of friends can talk about. The lead singer, Elena Tonra, has a voice that is just beyond clarity, causing you to lean in closer to hear her.
Definitely if you liked the band’s first album, you’ll like this, too. But even if you’ve not heard of Daughter before, this album is worth a listen. Seek it out.
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19. I Had a Dream That You Were Mine by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
20. ★ by David Bowie
21. Farewell, Starlite! by Francis and the Lights
22. This Unruly Mess I’ve Made by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
23. LNZNDRF by LNZNDRF
24. Puberty 2 by Mitski
25. Light Upon the Lake by Whitney
26. A Corpse Wired for Sound by Merchandise
27. Away by Okkervil River
28. case/lang/veirs by case/lang/veirs
29. Love Letter for Fire by Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop
30. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future by Underworld
31. Preoccupations by Preoccupations