Shake the Shudder by !!!
While the band at #26, Portugal. The Man, have some odd punctuation in their name, the band here at #16 has a totally unpronounceable punctuation-only name. !!! are an electronic dance band currently living in NYC. Before you proceed, I’ll make it slightly easier for you to read this post: the band calls themselves “Chk Chk Chk”. So you can call into your local DJ and request them without feeling dumb.
!!! have been around for the better part of two decades, but they haven’t been on my radar since their awesome album Myth Takes came out in 2007. This year’s Shake the Shudder is the band’s seventh album, and it slays. Even though there’s only men in the band, the vocals on more than one of these songs are provided by an unnamed woman. It makes for a more well-rounded experience than past !!! albums. Go ahead and hit play on the video above, for the opening track “The One 2” and you’ll see. The album carries on nicely from there, but I dare you to not get up and dance around after a few songs.
We’re cresting the mid-way point of the Top 31. Things are heating up, and I can’t wait to share the remaining 15 albums!
17. La La Land (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Justin Hurwitz / Pasek and Paul
18. The Underside of Power by Algiers
19. What Now by Sylvan Esso
20. 50 Song Memoir by The Magnetic Fields
21. Plunge by Fever Ray
22. DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
23. Capacity by Big Thief
24. The Tourist by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
25. CCFX EP by CCFX
26. Woodstock by Portugal. The Man
27. MASSEDUCTION by St. Vincent
28. On the Spot by Hot 8 Brass Band
29. A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs
30. Planetarium by Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, & James McAlister
31. A Moment Apart by Odesza