Welcome back to part two of our annual music wrap-up. Today we award the Platinum LPs, given for superior achievement. (If you missed part one, click here to review the Gold LP winners, updated to include three inadvertent omissions.) These appear in no particular order.
The Birthday Massacre: Walking with Strangers
Toronto’s The Birthday Massacre are a study in contradictions. While sometimes labeled a “goth revival” act (and it’s true that you’ll hear all kinds of ‘80s post-punk and goth influences), there’s something very contemporary, even forward-looking, about their sound, which manages to be appropriately dark and bright to the point of chirpy. Hard, yet, achingly beautiful. Thematically discomforting, yet not remotely nihilistic. And so on. (More…)