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Silverbolt was among the Autobots who happened upon the remains of a facsimile construct of Prime, torn to shreds after a staged solo mission the later had taken on in Decepticon territory. A funeral was held for the Autobots' fallen leader, attended by all. At least, until Optimus spontaneously reappeared on Earth standing atop his headstone, and the whole matter was quickly forgotten. Optimus Prime sent Silverbolt and the Aerialbots to back up Bumblebee as he investigated possible Decepticon activity at the unveiling of Power Station Alpha.

They arrived just in time to see Bumblebee being blown away by the G. Joe team guarding the power station and combined into Superion in an attempt to retrieve Bumblebee's body. Blood on the Tracks Upon learning that Optimus Prime had died in battle while the Aerialbots were on their mission, Superion immediately disengaged and returned to the Ark. Power Struggle Silverbolt was one of the several Autobots who watched on as Ratchet futilely tried to repair Optimus Prime's body.

Once the Autobot leader was declared irreparable, the Autobots held a funeral service for their leader, and launched his remains into space. Funeral for a Friend! Later, the Autobots united with both G. Silverbolt and the Aerialbots entered the battle and once more formed Superion, this time to defeat Devastator. All Fall Down! They would battle Menasor again at a Blackrock plant, and this time the fusion worked so well everyone found out the others' weaknesses and neuroses.

Horrified at his fear of heights being found out, Silverbolt drove Superion into a vicious, brutal fury. Perchance to Dream. Following this, Silverbolt and the other Aerialbots would come under Jetfire 's command to investigate enemy activity in a small East Coast town. Little did the group suspect that Jetfire had been tasked with undermining them throughout the mission in order to test their psychological limits.

Early on, Skydive and Air Raid teased Silverbolt over his displacement as team leader, unaware on how deep their words cut. Silverbolt became convinced that he was going to be stripped of his rank permanently. Decepticon signatures were detected in short order, but any hope of forming an organized battle plan was dashed when Slingshot rushed a surprise attack.

Silverbolt grumpily urged the others to join in, knowing full well that their teammate would find himself out of his depth if allowed to charge in alone. The Autobots were met with Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp siphoning electricity into energon cubes. The Decepticons' cache was detonated by a stray shot, and both Thundercracker and Skywarp managed to escape.

Desperate to prove his worth, Silverbolt pushed himself to catch Starscream before Jetfire could. He got more than he bargained for, as Starscream shot Jetfire down, sending him into the nearby waters. Silverbolt was forced to call upon the other Aerialbots to combine into Superion, but the combiner proved as destructive and slow-witted as ever, and his target escaped.

Despite the mission ending on a sour note, Jetfire gave the Aerialbots a positive review, having been unconscious during Superion's poor showing. The Return of the Transformers. Silverbolt eventually admitted his acrophobia to his fellow Autobots, but found support where he had expected ridicule.

With his comrades assisting him, he eventually managed to overcome his fear of heights. The Magnificent Six! After the death of Optimus Prime, Silverbolt was among several Autobots gathered to determine who would next lead their forces. The meeting was interrupted by the Dinobot Grimlockwho demanded that command was handed to him. The other Autobots dismissed him at first, but when Grimlock proved himself a worthy leader against Trypticonthey reevaluated their opinion of the Dinobot.

After Trypticon was driven off, Silverbolt and the rest of the Autobots voted Grimlock to take command. King of the Hill! As Grimlock took over the Autobots, Silverbolt and the other Aerialbots took an extended leave of absence from the war, since the Dinobot commander focused Autobot resources on repairing their fallen comrades and prepping the Ark to become spaceworthy again. The Autobot craft launched into orbit in pursuit of Blasterwho had been partaking in overtly mutinous behavior.

Though the Autobots managed to capture Blaster's spaceshipwithin it they only found a quartet of small human children and a stuffed bear. In order to draw out his real target, Grimlock put the humans on trial, a procession which Silverbolt attended.

He was visibly displeased when Grimlock sentenced the kids to death for aiding Blaster, though thankfully this was all a ruse on Grimlock's end to draw Blaster into the open. Silverbolt disembarked with the rest of the Earth-bound Autobots from the Ark onto Earth's moonwhere he and the other Autobots witnessed a battle for leadership between Grimlock and Blaster.

This was a moment of opportunity for Ratbat 's Decepticons, who attacked Silverbolt and the others on the moon's surface. Though the Decepticons struck a devastating first blow, Blaster and Grimlock managed to temporarily put aside their differences in order to lead their troops together. Though many Autobots were severely damaged, the Decepticons were successfully pushed into a Impregnable - Apart (Cassette).

When an battle between Getaway and Quake resulted in a human getting critically injured, a life-support system was put together to keep the injured party alive. But when Throttle stole the power cell needed to power said system, Silverbolt sent out Fireflight and Skydive to chase him down and retrieve the battery. The two Aerialbots botched the mission, with DreadwingThrottle's vehicle, winding up on the ocean floor along with the thief's loot.

A team headed by Optimus was forced to take on the arduous task of heading underwater, and battle the Seacons to retrieve the power cell before the human in their care succumbed to his injuries. Upon their success, Silverbolt flew over to their location and gave them a lift back to dry land. Dreadwing Down! He didn't get much of a chance to battle the villain, as he was blasted out of the sky upon his initial approach, resulting in his death.

Dark Star Silverbolt was kept in stasis aboard the Ark with the other Underbase casualties and a resurrected Optimus Prime considered reviving Silverbolt with a fragment of the Matrix, before ultimately deciding to give the gift of life to the planet Earth instead. The Greatest Gift of All! After obtaining Nucleon from Hydrus 4Grimlock indiscriminately pumped the restorative substance through the Ark's life support chambers, reviving Silverbolt along with other fallen Autobots.

Silverbolt and the others were immediately shoved into battle against Unicron. On the Edge of Extinction! Following Unicron's defeat, it was discovered that Cybertron had only avoided being devoured to crumble apart anyways; Primus's consciousness had been sundered during the battle, and without it, Cybertron was losing its cohesion. Silverbolt attended a meeting where it was decided that the now allied Autobots and Decepticons would evacuate the planet.

The Decepticons, having quickly given up on the alliance, tried to strand the Autobots on Cybertron as it self-destructed, but Grimlock had hidden away a small fleet of Decepticon warships. Silverbolt, suffering Prowl's impatient badgering, piloted one of the warships to Klo for a last stand against the Decepticons. The Last Autobot? Unfortunately, the Autobots stumbled into an ambush as soon as they made landfall. Silverbolt was among the many casualties of this battle, his battered-up corpse seen littering the battlefield afterwards.

He was presumably resurrected by the Last Autobotwho arrived alongside a revived Optimus Prime to turn the tide and send the Decepticons running off into exile. End of the Road! Kept in inactive rest after his destruction at the hands of Starscream, Silverbolt was revived by Galvatron when the future Decepticon infiltrated the Ark and attempted to reprogram several Autobots into working for him, using their darker impulses as a focus.

Galvatron succeeded in reactivating Silverbolt and several others, but failed to command their loyalty, and they turned his own mind bug technology against him. Perchance to Dream When Optimus Prime took the Ark out into space shortly thereafter, leaving Grimlock in charge of Autobot activity on Earth, Silverbolt joined the new Earthforce in opposing the remaining Decepticon factions, led by Megatron and Shockwave. Although Grimlock had promised Optimus Prime that he would show restraint on Earth, Silverbolt was present at the first meeting of the Earthforce where their leader literally threw the rule book out of the window.

Once upon a Time Perhaps at Silverbolt's request, the other Aerialbots were also revived in short order, and joined Earthforce as well. When Wheeljack's new defense grid for the Earthbase went awry, Silverbolt assembled the Aerialbots to fly air support for Prowl as he attempted to re-enter the base and shut down the system from the inside. The House that Wheeljack Built!

Sometime later, Silverbolt and the Aerialbots were operating as Superion when Bombshell zapped them with a cerebro-shellcausing the super-robot to rampage through the countryside. A human named Irwin Spoon eventually managed to climb inside and remove the shell from Superion's cerebral circuitry. Inside Story! Optimus selected six of his finest warriors, Silverbolt among them, to travel to the Acid Wastes and investigate the ruins of the Underbase located there.

With Unicron approaching their homeworld, Optimus hoped to use the Underbase's connection to Cybertron's core as a substitute for the Creation Matrix in battling the evil planet. Though Silverbolt was eager to do his part, JazzProwlSunstreakerInfernoand Wheeljack made excuses not to go. Frustrated over this apparent show of cowardice, Optimus sent them all along despite their objections.

As they traveled through StanixSilverbolt found himself needing to prod along his hesitant companions. However, all attempts to move them forward failed once they reached Yuss. Silverbolt puzzled out that the others had lived through a traumatic experience in the town, but was accosted by a swarm of mutated mechs before he could inquire the subject. The leader of the mutants revealed himself to be Megadeaththe Decepticon responsible for the others' past trauma.

Silverbolt was knocked out and the group was taken captive. When he awoke, Silverbolt found that the others' disposition had yet to improve. In an attempt to shock them out of their self-pity and despair, he mocked his compatriots, calling them "the Autobots' resident losers. When they had finally managed to escape, they crippled Megadeath and left him to die.

Regrettably, they failed to disarm the Neutronic bombs that went on to transform the area into the Acid Wastes and mutate its inhabitants. Silverbolt convinced his comrades that they were stronger than they thought, and the group's confidence slowly returned. While Silverbolt freed the mutant mechs from Megadeath's psychological control and guided them out of the area, Prowl and the others sought to excise their demons by confronting their torturer. After his task was done, Silverbolt returned to witness his teammates' battle, fearing they would break the Autobot code if left unsupervised.

The Autobots stopped short of delivering a killing blow, but Megadeath committed suicide instead of allowing himself to face justice for his war crimes. Having found closure, the Autobots continued on with their mission, and reached the former site of the Underbase with their new wards in tow. Silverbolt was part of the Autobot force who travelled to Hydrus Four to rescue the Dinobots.

Along with his fellow Aerialbots, Air Raid and Skydivehe performed a bombing run on the Decepticon-held medcenter where they were trying to revive Megatron. After receiving reports from Sky Lynx that strange goings-on were happening around the planet of JunkRodiums Prime sent the Silverbolt and the Aerialbots to investigate.

Encountering a Quintesson Cruiser above the planet, they formed Superion, who fired his jets at the ship's force fields. The resultant explosion not only damaged the Quintesson craft but also knocked Superion unconscious.

He was recovered by Sky Lynx, who returned him to Cybertron for repairs. After the defeat of Bludgeon and his Decepticons on Klothe Autobots split into smaller combat units throughout the universe. Once Optimus Prime and Grimlock learned of the threat posed by the second generation Cybertronian armythough, the Autobot forces reconsolidated under their command. Slingshot and the other Aerialbots were first seen after the Autobots had retreated to an asteroid sanctuary for retraining.

They were, um, outsmarted by Hot Rod during the war games, and led into a Dinobot ambush. The Power and the Glory. Later, when Grimlock decided to countermand Prime's orders and come to his aid against the Decepticons on Earth, Silverbolt was part of the rescue team he assembled.

The Gathering Darkness Optimus recuperated from his injuries for a few days afterwards, only for Megatron to burst into the medical bay following a brief off-world absence. Silverbot rushed to Optimus's aid, only to find that Megatron had come to forge an alliance. Optimus accepted, but the Autobots were soon called to the planet Ethos to repel invaders, a conflict Megatron refused to involve himself in.

Tales of Earth Part Five The Autobots found the culprit behind the invasion once more to be Jhiaxus 's army, and Silverbolt helped in staving off an impeding genocide. The Autobots found themselves outmatched, but managed a victory when Megatron decided to have the Decepticons join the fray after all. Silverbolt was also involved in the major offensive against the Cybertronians at Autobase Earth. Total War! Deciding that there was no more room for rogue heroics among the Autobot ranks after he had been given command of Cybertron, Prowl traveled to Azure alongside Silverbolt and Ironhide to reel Grimlock back into the Autobot forces.

The trio tracked down Slag and Sludge and arranged through them a meeting with their leader. This meeting wound up being cut short by a distress call from Earth, and Grimlock agreed to accompany the Autobots aboard the Graviton to respond to it. Grimlock's profile in Club magazine During their journey, the Graviton was pulled into the Primax After being shot down by the Talonthe Autobots adopted organic alternate modes to survive the ambient Energon radiationwith Silverbolt taking the form of an eagle.

Shattered Time After discovering that three stasis pods were missing from the ship, the Autobots went in search of them, only to find Megatron had found them first.

Silverbolt, Ironhide and Prowl were bombarded by the newly activated Autojetterand it was only the arrival of Depth Charge and the recovery of Ultra Magnus that saved them. Shattered Expectations. The Autobots retreated across a rock bridge, and watched as Magnus faced off against Megatron, dealing their foe a temporary defeat. Back at the GravitonDepth Charge gave the "Maximals" more of an explanation regarding his presence. Shattered Paths When they located their missing energy purifier, the Maximals went out to fetch it.

Despite the new ability of Ironhide, Prowl, and Silverbolt to merge into Magnabossthey were trounced by God Neptune. Shattered Hope Returning to the ship, the Maximals fueled up before joining Depth Charge, who had located the Matrix he was seeking. The Maximals kept a security system occupied long enough for Magnus to retrieve the Matrix in question, however a short time later they were confronted by Megatron piloting a giant mech. Shattered Balance Silverbolt again took part in merging into Magnaboss, but the combiner was soundly defeated by Megatron's Gigastorm Armor.

The Maximals were moments later pulled into a dimensional rift created by Ultra Magnus. Shattered Destiny. Silverbolt and his comrades arrived on modern-era negative-polarity Cybertron, where the Cliffjumper of their reality brought them up to speed. Falling into Place After being retrofitted with technological alt modes again by Needlenose and SpinisterSilverbolt traveled to positive-Earth to bolster the forces against the evil Ultra Magnus and his Terminus Blade.

Following the infusion of Nucleon into his systems, Silverbolt blacked out during a hypersonic burn and shot away into space, only being saved by Sky Lynx 's fast reactions. Natural Selection, Part One. Once Grimlock had returned from Nebulos with technology developed by the resurrected Scorponoknew bodies were constructed for Silverbolt, Blaster, Inferno and Huffer and they were kept in the maxi-malady secure unit known as " The Garage " for testing, though Silverbolt and the others railed against this inactivity.

Soon enough, Blaster hacked into Soundwave 's communications grid, alerting the Neo-Decepticon commander to the recuperating Autobots' interference and the Mayhem Attack Squad were dispatched to eliminate them.

They defended themselves admirably, though Silverbolt was wounded by Carnivac 's napalm during the battle, only being saved by Inferno's quick reactions. Having proved themselves, they rejoined the Autobots proper. Destiny, Part Two. Reunited with the rest of the Aerialbots, Silverbolt was sent on a mission to investigate a Neo-Decepticon threat but Prowl called them back before they encountered any resistance.

Destiny, Part Three Soon afterwards, Bludgeon 's Warworld attacked Cybertron and Silverbolt, along with pretty much every other flying Autobot, was deployed in response. Destiny, Part Four This massed attack proved to be a feint to distract the Warworld from the Wreckerswho successfully boarded and neutralised the Decepticon mothership.

Destiny, Part Five Once Rodimus Prime had sealed off their universe from the multiverse to defeat the Matrix entity, all surviving Cybertronians were rendered mortal, presumably including Silverbolt, who eventually died of old age. Silverbolt was created on Cybertron, where Vector Sigma first ignited the spark of life within him.

Silverbolt, and the rest of the Aerialbots were nearly convinced to join the Decepticons upon their initial alliance with the Autobots. Silverbolt was capable of stripping electrons from air particles as he flew, and then discharging the build of energy as a weapon.

Happening upon Bruticus and Menasor teaming-up to take on Defensor, the Aerialbots combined into Superion to even the odds. Bruticus fell early in the battle, prompting the Aerialbots to separate and give chase to Starscream while Defensor took over the fight with Menasor. The Special Teams. When an Autobot salvage expedition was unexpectedly ambushed by Decepticons, Ultra Magnus became concerned that the Cons had developed a new form of surveillance.

Silverbolt suggested his men perform a full scan of the area for any spy installation. The Aerialbots were unable to locate any sites on the ground, but a ghost of a radar contact at high altitude caught their attention. Forming Superion, they flew as high as possible and confirmed that something was out there in the upper atmosphere.

Galvatron's Air Attack. Silverbolt and his fellow Aerialbots became one of the first Autobot " Special Teams " several million years ago, adopting the process used to create Devastator in order to become Superion. The unchecked destructive power of these super-robots was eventually recognized by the Autobot and Decepticon factions, however. By the time of the Dark Agesthe Crisis Intervention Accord had been ratified, strictly forbidding Special Teams from operating together on any given faction, in order to prevent these titans from tearing the planet apart.

War Within: The Dark Ages. Although they were apparently not part of the Ark's original crew, Silverbolt and the Aerialbots somehow arrived on Earth and were part of Optimus Prime's unit in the s.

The war on the human homeworld raged until when the Decepticons were finally defeated, and in the following year, the Ark II was constructed to take the Transformers home. However, the ship was sabotaged by the rogue engineer-turned arms dealer Adam Rook, known as Lazarusand General Robert Hallowho planned on reprogramming the Transformers into the service of the United States military.

Cybertron Is in Grave Danger, Part 1 As the fighting continued, the Aerialbots battled Abominus as Superion and later separated to trade blaster fire with the Stunticons.

The warring only came to an end once Scorponok 's bombs blew up Vector Sigma and annihilated the planet. Cybertron Is in Grave Danger, Part 2. Silverbolt was stationed at Autobot City when a volcano erupted in Peruthreatening a nearby town.

Ultra Magnus sent out the Protectobots and Trainbotsbut they ran into trouble with the Headmasters and Predacons. Silverbolt pleaded with Ultra Magnus to send his men in as reinforcements, but Magnus was worried about leaving the base unguarded by sending out too many of his troops.

As Ultra Magnus wracked his brain trying to deal with the problem, the Autobot Headmasters had time to fly from Athenia. The Dormant Volcano Mysteriously Erupts. When a giant carnivorous plant attacked San Francisco, Ultra Magnus dispatched Silverbolt and the Aerialbots to combat it. Although they made frequent bombing runs on the organism, the Aerialbots were unable to stop it.

Only the arrival of Fortress and his powerful giant Transtector brought an end to the creature's rampage. Head On!! Fortress Maximus Silverbolt and the Aerialbots were part of a strike team that flew to the moon to disrupt Scorponok's gathering of Decepticons.

They immediately formed Superion upon entering the battle. Return of the Immortal Emperor. He lent his energies to the Headmasters' Head Formation to revitalize Fortress Maximus at the critical moment. The Final Showdown on Earth Part 2. As part of Superion, Silverbolt was stationed at Scramble City while it was under reconstruction after an attack from Metrotitan. In the s, Silverbolt and the Aerialbots deployed from Metroplex to put a stop to the Stunticons' latest bout of mischief.

This led to a battle in which Superion was seized by Grand Scourge but saved by Broadsideallowing the Aerialbots to escape. They went on to accompany Broadside to the Legends World and help him defeat Thrustwho then started living with them on Broadside's giant transtector.

Bonus Edition Vol. They hosted their annual barbecue party on his city mode together with their old friend, King Hassanwith Silverbolt being in charge of cooking.

Energon BBQ Today! Bonus Edition Metroplex. Inthe Autobots chose to support the Selectors in their revolution against their human creators and masters.

As a result, Silverbolt and the Aerialbots abandoned their friend Jamal in the Middle East to reunite with the Autobot forces. Volcanicus comic 2. When the Protectobots confronted Menasor at a baseball stadium, Silverbolt and the Aerialbots arrived as back-up.

They formed Superion to engage Menasor and Bruticus. After Defensor was injured, Superion targeted the Decepticon combiners' legs, shaking them loose and giving the smaller Protectobots a chance to link up with the Decepticon gestalts and override control of their bodies. Super Robot Lifeform Transformers 5 After the Autobots discovered a utopia island paradise, it was besieged by Megatron and the Constructiconswho wanted to build an impregnable fortress.

Kenji radioed for help, and Optimus Prime sent Silverbolt and the Aerialbots to the rescue. As Superion, they fought off Devastator and Trypticonusing their smarts to outthink the evil warriors. Super Robot Lifeform Transformers 6. InGalvatron kidnapped Doctor Dalton of Eran to utilize his skills and improve the Decepticons' combiner technology. Silverbolt and the Aerialbots joined the Protectobots in assaulting Trypticon, in hopes of rescuing the hostage scientist.

Silverbolt and his team formed Superion for a first strike, but the Decepticon combiners countered with their deployment modes, launching the Stunticon and Combaticon troops with enough force to tear Superion apart.

The Protectobots stood guard over Hot Spot as he performed battlefield triage on the Aerialbots in his repair bay mode, bringing them back online. Silverbolt then transformed into launcher mode and unleashed the Aerialbots in their own scramble attack, blinding Menasor and Bruticus long enough for the Autobots to escape safely with Dalton.

The Great Transformer War 1. The Decepticons, up to their usual tricks, threatened to plunder Earth's resources. Silverbolt asked Optimus Prime to allow his Aerialbots to deal with the Stunticons, currently attacking a power plant. Optimus was hesitant, as the other Autobots pointed out that the Aerialbots were too young and inexperienced to go out into the field for such daunting a task. Silverbolt pleaded his case, stating that the Stunticons were the Aerialbots' bitter rivals. After briefly contemplating the situation, Optimus allowed Silverbolt and his team to deal with the threat.

The two teams met, and quickly combined into their gestalt forms to do battle. Though Superion was initially crippled by the Omega Wave Cannona new weapon controlled by the Decepticons, Superion held his own until the Autobots dispatched enough reinforcements to send the Decepticons fleeing. Full Throttle Scramble Power! Thanks to his previous connection to the Creation MatrixBuster Witwicky began experiencing dreams and visions of new Transformers, beginning with an etching of Superion he made without even being consciously aware of it.

Devastation Derby! Silverbolt's coming was then foretold in a Matrix-induced vision shared between Optimus Prime and Buster. Second Generation! In this prophetic vision, the par witnessed the Aerialbots coming to the Protectobots' aid to defend the Pullen Power Plant from the Combaticons and the Stunticons.

All four teams merged into their gestalt forms throughout the clash. The Aerialbots were then created when Bumblebee filmed Devastator 's combining sequence. While the Aerialbots were being tested, Prime ordered them to stop the Decepticon assault on the Hoover Dam. The fight went well, but Dirge used his super-sonic ability to bring out a Transformer's deepest fear; it warped Silverbolt's fear of heights ironic for an Aerialbot and forced him to land.

The Aerialbots prevailed in the fight, however, and as the Decepticons fled, Silverbolt combined them all to form Superiontrying to stop a Decepticon drill from absorbing all of the Hoover Dam's electricity. Superion's reflex was to strike out and kill the human who held Megatron in his gun form, but Silverbolt mentally stepped in and prevented him from doing so.

He forced the Aerialbots to disassemble. The human fired Megatron's gun at the drill, winning the day for the Autobots. Aerialbots over America! Nonetheless, Silverbolt's mind was wiped along with his fellow Aerialbots shortly afterwards, due to Optimus Prime's dissatisfaction with the mission. Optimus then gave them life once more with the Creation Matrix, hoping their second activation would yield better results.

Later, when Skids was transporting the human Donny Finkleberg on a scouting mission, they came under fire from the Stunticons. Silverbolt and the Aerialbots were sent to do battle with the new enemy team. Both combiners fused, creating Menasor and Superion. The fanatical robot-hating Josie Belleralso known as Circuit Breaker, fired upon Superion during the clash, crippling him heavily and leaving Menasor the victor.

Heavy Traffic! Silverbolt and the Aerialbots, left unconscious in the battle's aftermath, were captured by Circuit Breaker and the government's anti-robot militia, Triple-I. As these humans' prisoners, the Aerialbots' bodies were disassembled for study, while their faces were mounted on Circuit Breaker's wall as trophies. They were only released, along with several other Autobot captives, after Circuit Breaker was forced to elicit their aid by combining them into a giant mechanical suit to defeat the Battlechargers.

Decepticon Graffiti! The Autobots several failures during one of Optimus's recent absences convinced the Autobot leader to fake his own death, in order to teach his soldiers how to survive without him. Silverbolt was among the Autobots who happened upon the remains of a facsimile construct of Prime, torn to shreds after a staged solo mission the later had taken on in Decepticon territory. A funeral was held for the Autobots' fallen leader, attended by all.

At least, until Optimus spontaneously reappeared on Earth standing atop his headstone, and the whole matter was quickly forgotten. Optimus Prime sent Silverbolt and the Aerialbots to back up Bumblebee as he investigated possible Decepticon activity at the unveiling of Power Station Alpha.

They arrived just in time to see Bumblebee being blown away by the G. Joe team guarding the power station and combined into Superion in an attempt to retrieve Bumblebee's body. Blood on the Tracks Upon learning that Optimus Prime had died in battle while the Aerialbots were on their mission, Superion immediately disengaged and returned to the Ark.

Power Struggle Silverbolt was one of the several Autobots who watched on as Ratchet futilely tried to repair Optimus Prime's body. Once the Autobot leader was declared irreparable, the Autobots held a funeral service for their leader, and launched his remains into space.

Funeral for a Friend! Later, the Autobots united with both G. Silverbolt and the Aerialbots entered the battle and once more formed Superion, this time to defeat Devastator. All Fall Down!

They would battle Menasor again at a Blackrock plant, and this time the fusion worked so well everyone found out the others' weaknesses and neuroses. Horrified at his fear of heights being found out, Silverbolt drove Superion into a vicious, brutal fury.

Perchance to Dream. Following this, Silverbolt and the other Aerialbots would come under Jetfire 's command to investigate enemy activity in a small East Coast town. Little did the group suspect that Jetfire had been tasked with undermining them throughout the mission in order to test their psychological limits. Early on, Skydive and Air Raid teased Silverbolt over his displacement as team leader, unaware on how deep their words cut.

Silverbolt became convinced that he was going to be stripped of his rank permanently. Decepticon signatures were detected in short order, but any hope of forming an organized battle plan was dashed when Slingshot rushed a surprise attack.

Silverbolt grumpily urged the others to join in, knowing full well Impregnable - Apart (Cassette) their teammate would find himself out of his depth if allowed to charge in alone.

The Autobots were met with Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp siphoning electricity into energon cubes. The Decepticons' cache was detonated by a stray shot, and both Thundercracker and Skywarp managed to escape.

Desperate to prove his worth, Silverbolt pushed himself to catch Starscream before Jetfire could. He got more than he bargained for, as Starscream shot Jetfire down, sending him into the nearby waters. Silverbolt was forced to call upon the other Aerialbots to combine into Superion, but the combiner proved as destructive and slow-witted as ever, and his target escaped.

Despite the mission ending on a sour note, Jetfire gave the Aerialbots a positive review, having been unconscious during Superion's poor showing. The Return of the Transformers. Silverbolt eventually admitted his acrophobia to his fellow Autobots, but found support where he had expected ridicule. With his comrades assisting him, he eventually managed to overcome his fear of heights. The Magnificent Six! After the death of Optimus Prime, Silverbolt was among several Autobots gathered to determine who would next lead their forces.

The meeting was interrupted by the Dinobot Grimlockwho demanded that command was handed to him. The other Autobots dismissed him at first, but when Grimlock proved himself a worthy leader against Trypticonthey reevaluated their opinion of the Dinobot. After Trypticon was driven off, Silverbolt and the rest of the Autobots voted Grimlock to take command. King of the Hill! As Grimlock took over the Autobots, Silverbolt and the other Aerialbots took an extended leave of absence from the war, since the Dinobot commander focused Autobot resources on repairing their fallen comrades and prepping the Ark to become spaceworthy again.

The Autobot craft launched into orbit in pursuit of Blasterwho had been partaking in overtly mutinous behavior. Though the Autobots managed to capture Blaster's spaceshipwithin it they only found a quartet of small human children and a stuffed bear. In order to draw out his real target, Grimlock put the humans on trial, a procession which Silverbolt attended. He was visibly displeased when Grimlock sentenced the kids to death for aiding Blaster, though thankfully this was all a ruse on Grimlock's end to draw Blaster into the open.

Silverbolt disembarked with the rest of the Earth-bound Autobots from the Ark onto Earth's moonwhere he and the other Autobots witnessed a battle for leadership between Grimlock and Blaster. This was a moment of opportunity for Ratbat 's Decepticons, who attacked Silverbolt and the others on the moon's surface. Though the Decepticons struck a devastating first blow, Blaster and Grimlock managed to temporarily put aside their differences in order to lead their troops together.

Though many Autobots were severely damaged, the Decepticons were successfully pushed into a retreat. When an battle between Getaway and Quake resulted in a human getting critically injured, a life-support system was put together to keep the injured party alive.

But when Throttle stole the power cell needed to power said system, Silverbolt sent out Fireflight and Skydive to chase him down and retrieve the battery. The two Aerialbots botched the mission, with DreadwingThrottle's vehicle, winding up on the ocean floor along with the thief's loot. A team headed by Optimus was forced to take on the arduous task of heading underwater, and battle the Seacons to retrieve the power cell before the human in their care succumbed to his injuries.

Upon their success, Silverbolt flew over to their location and gave them a lift back to dry land. Dreadwing Down! He didn't get much of a chance to battle the villain, as he was blasted out of the sky upon his initial approach, resulting in his death.

Dark Star Silverbolt was kept in stasis aboard the Ark with the other Underbase casualties and a resurrected Optimus Prime considered reviving Silverbolt with a fragment of the Matrix, before ultimately deciding to give the gift of life to the planet Earth instead. The Greatest Gift of All! After obtaining Nucleon from Hydrus 4Grimlock indiscriminately pumped the restorative substance through the Ark's life support chambers, reviving Silverbolt along with other fallen Autobots.

Silverbolt and the others were immediately shoved into battle against Unicron. On the Edge of Extinction! Following Unicron's defeat, it was discovered that Cybertron had only avoided being devoured to crumble apart anyways; Primus's consciousness had been sundered during the battle, and without it, Cybertron was losing its cohesion. Silverbolt attended a meeting where it was decided that the now allied Autobots and Decepticons would evacuate the planet.

The Decepticons, having quickly given up on the alliance, tried to strand the Autobots on Cybertron as it self-destructed, but Grimlock had hidden away a small fleet of Decepticon warships. Silverbolt, suffering Prowl's impatient badgering, piloted one of the warships to Klo for a last stand against the Decepticons. The Last Autobot? Unfortunately, the Autobots stumbled into an ambush as soon as they made landfall. Silverbolt was among the many casualties of this battle, his battered-up corpse seen littering the battlefield afterwards.

He was presumably resurrected by the Last Autobotwho arrived alongside a revived Optimus Prime to turn the tide and send the Decepticons running off into exile. End of the Road! Kept in inactive rest after his destruction at the hands of Starscream, Silverbolt was revived by Galvatron when the future Decepticon infiltrated the Ark and attempted to reprogram several Autobots into working for him, using their darker impulses as a focus.

Galvatron succeeded in reactivating Silverbolt and several others, but failed to command their loyalty, and they turned his own mind bug technology against him.

Perchance to Dream When Optimus Prime took the Ark out into space shortly thereafter, leaving Grimlock in charge of Autobot activity on Earth, Silverbolt joined the new Earthforce in opposing the remaining Decepticon factions, led by Megatron and Shockwave.

Although Grimlock had promised Optimus Prime that he would show restraint on Earth, Silverbolt was present at the first meeting of the Earthforce where their leader literally threw the rule book out of the window. Once upon a Time Perhaps at Silverbolt's request, the other Aerialbots were also revived in short order, and joined Earthforce as well.

When Wheeljack's new defense grid for the Earthbase went awry, Silverbolt assembled the Aerialbots to fly air support for Prowl as he attempted to re-enter the base and shut down the system from the inside.

The House that Wheeljack Built! Sometime later, Silverbolt and the Aerialbots were operating as Superion when Bombshell zapped them with a cerebro-shellcausing the super-robot to rampage through the countryside. A human named Irwin Spoon eventually managed to climb inside and remove the shell from Superion's cerebral circuitry.

Inside Story! Optimus selected six of his finest warriors, Silverbolt among them, to travel to the Acid Wastes and investigate the ruins of the Underbase located there. With Unicron approaching their homeworld, Optimus hoped to use the Underbase's connection to Cybertron's core as a substitute for the Creation Matrix in battling the evil planet.

Though Silverbolt was eager to do his part, JazzProwlSunstreakerInfernoand Wheeljack made excuses not to go. Frustrated over this apparent show of cowardice, Optimus sent them all along despite their objections. As they traveled through StanixSilverbolt found himself needing to prod along his hesitant companions.

However, all attempts to move them forward failed once they reached Yuss. Silverbolt puzzled out that the others had lived through a traumatic experience in the town, but was accosted by a swarm of mutated mechs before he could inquire the subject. The leader of the mutants revealed himself to be Megadeaththe Decepticon responsible for the others' past trauma. Silverbolt was knocked out and the group was taken captive. When he awoke, Silverbolt found that the others' disposition had yet to improve.

In an attempt to shock them out of their self-pity and despair, he mocked his compatriots, calling them "the Autobots' resident losers. It could have left one dead and the other in prison.

Vincent, flash by in sharply lurid images: horsehair whips, dirty policemen, suitcases of cash. But she used the incident as lighter fluid for apoplectic guitar shredding and dark tales of complicated power dynamics, whether between a dominant and submissive, a police officer and a civilian, or a parent and a child.

Vincent album to date. Alternately paranoid, introspective, and tongue-in-cheek, he glides over production by Wheezy and London on Da Track. Although the release was attended by some high-profile drama the name was an obvious, if inscrutable, subliminal aimed at his former idol Lil WayneThug sounds inordinately focused, easily out-rapping guests like T. Charged with a constant feeling of discovery, it offers no real hierarchy of sound, as the well-oiled polyrhythmic parts clatter, woosh, and glitch together with balletic ease.

Black Origami sounds like real life, like industrialization collapsing and recalibrating, generative and alive. You start off as this blank sheet of paper, this innocent thing. And then life starts bending and folding, bending and folding. Before he entered the hibernation that was supposed to be his grand exit, LCD Soundsystem lifted up every last commandment James Murphy believed in: Get newly baptized under the disco ball, change who you are if it helps someone fall in love with you, never make a hit, take one last shot at your critics, then leave the stage forever.

This final album from the band—the story went—was full of stakes and climaxes and last-goodbyes. Visionsher third record, glints with the excitement of a newly unlocked talent and the thrill of wielding it. Its songs are twisted flashes of pop melodies laid over frothy techno pulses, where something vaguely sinister underlines the sweetness of the vocals.

The album operates by its own unconventional timekeeping—many tracks are over four minutes, many others under two—and in its own unfamiliar yet accessible space.

Instead, these disembodied voices and half-recognizable sounds suggested only a kind of vague, inchoate melancholy—the sadness of dead media, a gesture of mourning for a past whose outline was already fading from memory.

Hopelessness is a tremendous, terrifying reflection on the perils of drone warfare, our digital panopticon, the continued degradation of the planet Earth, and patriarchal violence. In these horrifying, beautiful songs, ANOHNI presses crisis to flesh—and as this decade wore on, they became more and more relevant. Throughout Hopelessnessthese become powerful symbols of American carnage. Hopelessness crystalised the environmentalist pop ANOHNI had made for years with Antony and the Johnsons into piercingly sharp, graceful protest songs for our present and future dystopias.

And like true performance artists, siblings Karin and Olaf Dreijer knew that the legitimacy of their message hinged on their willingness to obliterate themselves. Even coming from a group that had, over the previous decade, forsaken neon-bright indie-pop for black-light techno-goth and impenetrable operatic dronescapesShaking the Habitual marked yet another radical act of self-negation.

The shadowy electro provocateurs were reborn as an animalistic, post-apocalyptic industrial act making an ungodly clang from presumably short-circuiting synths and burnt-out oil drums bashed by human bones.

In retrospect, the album functioned as a punishing boot-camp drill to prepare us for the difficult conversations, legislative battles, and bad-faith disinformation wars that rage today. Pause for a moment to remember Decemberand think of the people you knew who were alive then, now gone. The older you are, the more names will come to mind.

And the next 10 years will bring more names still—possibly many more. Death is real. But inside the minutiae are truths that exist independently of Elverum. His story starts to feel like yours. Within the span of one month inA Tribe Called Quest fans went from never expecting music from the group again to mourning Phife Dawg to preparing themselves for a new album. Beyond all of this, the album momentarily returned Phife Dawg to us, his voice showing no rust despite the years. Despite the desires of her label, Sky Ferreira refused to be molded into the next coy pop princess.

As a result, her debut album was locked in purgatory for years, until she put her own modeling Impregnable - Apart (Cassette) toward financing it. Throughout it, she owns her emotional complexities, moving coolly from optimism to frustration to a Lynchian brooding that the director himself later put to good use.

Working alongside producers including Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, she fashions these raw sentiments into sparkly synth-pop and grungy, kohl-lined gems. Night Time, My Time is testament to the power of singing for oneself. Then, now, and forever, love makes people go a little crazy.

Throughout Return of the Ankhher only proper album of this decade, she offers up conflicting desires with the unfiltered realness of a drunk dial. She pines for a long-distance love with lusty teenage angst.

She laughs about fucking around on a besotten boyfriend. The first thing Lemonade delivers is wrath: Infidelity has ruptured not just marriage but a whole life. But then everything builds to something more profound, more complete: a prayer about how love can fracture the self.

Lemonade feels like an exercise in dissonance, the act of holding two warring ideas in your head and in your heart: You can love someone but also hate them, adore your father and also resent him, want to cry and twerk at the same time. It exalts the mundane as profoundly spiritual: being black, being a woman, feeling confused, feeling grief, trying to forgive, feeling sexual.

In all those, together, is the healing. But instead, Charli began to construct her own little weird pop utopia from the ground up, turning to the squelchy, hyper-synthetic sounds of producers like A. Throughout, she solidifies her mastery of the strange, wonderful new pop world she continues to build.

About halfway through ApocalypseBill Callahan describes a scene in which a man, sitting alone in a boat, fires a flare gun into the sky. As the flare rises, the man can see everything. When it comes back down, it sets his boat on fire. The boat goes down—the man, too, in all his contradictions. If anything, the mood is one of lightness, of calm, of finally being released from the illusory responsibilities of being all the things the man thought he was.

Coming after more than a dozen albums, Apocalypse feels like an ascendance: His voice is lower, his music more rustic but more psychedelic, too. The stone-faced man who seems to know all, and in denim, no less. Then again, so is life. David Bowie was sometimes accused of being calculating, and that trait served him triumphantly when it came to stage-managing his exit as an artist.

From its daring music to its perfect title, from its stunning artwork to its startling videos, Blackstar was a magnificent farewell to his audience. Unlike his preceding album The Next DayBlackstar betrays zero concern for radio play or other worldly metrics of success. The title track is one of the strangest and strongest things Bowie ever made. Melding classic flamenco techniques with trap and the stylistic instincts of the Instagram generation was postmodern, to say the least.

A lesser musician might not have weathered the criticisms—she still seems to be figuring it out—but El Mal Querer was one of the most exquisite albums of the decade. By lateDev Hynes had established himself as the go-to vibey songwriter of the moment.

His tracks with Solange and Sky Ferreira established a new sound in pop, merging slinky guitar with full-on lamentation and heartbreak. These bummer jams, spiked with extra catchy catharsis, succeeded because they felt realbut Hynes had yet to fully capitalize on his talents as a solo artist. That changed with Cupid Deluxe. After Cupid DeluxeHynes further opened his sound: His subsequent albums are deeper, more complex, and more adventurous.

But they never sounded as undeniably funky. But the song, like Staples himself, is not interesting primarily as an exercise in social chaos. Instead, U. Precise in imagery but hazy in structure, the songs evoke places and moments the way Vernon remembers them: unreliably and romantically. People get mixed up with the landscapes: He whisper-sings about bones and nature in the same breath, painting images of a human frame breaking the curvatures of the sea. She turned in 72 songs for this project; 12 made the cut of the standard release.

She gave us more key changes than we ever thought we needed. And she blew with a late-anthropocene gusto, quivering and shaking around words, interpreting by the syllable. After the majestic ballads and clear-eyed heartache of her third album, Bury Me at Makeout CreekMitski returned with a louder and gnarlier indie-rock record rife with distortion and thrashing guitar riffs. Hurt still radiates from its pores, but so does the sound of struggle.

Here, Mitski is experiencing a second coming-of-age, a metamorphosis from young woman into adult. She is grappling with how the world sees her and who she wants to be in it. As always, Mitski is tremendously talented at working through her feelings, but on Puberty 2the exhilaration comes not from catharsis, but from marinating in emotional conflict.

On their fifth album, Deerhunter linger in the dark recesses of the mind. FKA twigs is already so fully developed as an artist that her voice—wispy, breathy, disarmingly operatic—can sometimes be overshadowed by her astonishing performances.

LP1her first full-length, alluded to the expansive visionary she'd soon become, twisting her nimble voice over a textured palette of glitchy beats and sweeping synths.

LP1 often sounds mournful, upended by her propensity for minor keys, and a notion of sexuality that was widely ascribed to its songs that may not have been explicitly about sex. This interpretation may have been partly because of how twigs carries herself—a generously candid musician and sinewy dancer—but is also attributable to the complex ways she delves into such topics as autonomy, aloneness, and sensuality in a holistic sense.

Lead single "Two Weeks" may have been a break-up song lyrically, but the way she dives into it—vocal cadences interplaying with triple-time bass—elevates it into something like a triumphant prose poem to herself.

Released in a crowded year for British experimental electronics, twigs' sense of drama pushed the landscape of heady dancefloor tracks into a blissfully corporeal space. But after branching off from the collective, he grew into the role of jazz poet, with an expanded circle of Impregnable - Apart (Cassette) influencing him. Here, Earl digs deep, heals, and completely comes into his own. Now the folkier corners of indie rock are filled with auteur singer-songwriters who are trying to be both timeless and out of time, intimate-seeming yet often fleshed out by a smoky full band, angsty like punk and sad like old country.

Spurred by a breakup but ultimately about much more, Burn Your Fire for No Witness is self-help by way of total emotional whiplash.

A lesser singer would have delivered the line with more earnest hope, but Olsen knows that lurking behind every step forward is a dark night of the soul waiting to strike. Hearing In Colour feels like listening to the dissection of a heartbeat—skittering anxieties mirrored in the snares, the warm glow of love reflected in steel drums, camaraderie sampled via musical voices of the past. She sings with pathos in every creak of her voice, catharsis in every sigh.

It took her a long time to release CTRL —derailed by label politics, three totally different versions existed before this one emerged. Because of that, maybe, the album is such an accurate soundscape of the false starts, rough drafts, and dashed expectations of growing out of your twenties.

A noted fan of story songs, Musgraves knows that sometimes, the story is as simple as how flowers look on the walk to the bar. Dan Bejar made a masterpiece out of a comedown, a glassy-eyed look at a world starting to collapse. Underneath the listless arrangements, Bejar settles into his bon vivant character. Nero fiddled; Bejar chilled. Beach House are nothing if not devoted to a mood. On their first two records, that atmosphere was one of lo-fi wistfulness, but on Teen Dreamthe Baltimore duo amplified their dream pop to the logical next step: grandiose, sweeping songs that are more My Bloody Valentine than Mazzy Star.

It has all the jaggedness of something stitched together by hand but none of the attendant imperfections. It moans and whimpers and bludgeons and exhales, all in perfect time.

You can practically hear Double Cup sweat. Norman Fucking Rockwell! In between, she takes on wide-lens topics—climate change, gun violence, depression, death—with effortless cool. She even manages to seamlessly fit in a Sublime cover.

Her indelible pop melodies are strung together with the grace of a tragic ballet. Lana worked on the record with Jack Antonoff, a producer known for encouraging pop artists to indulge their most theatrical, bombastic sides. Somehow, despite all of these harrowing details, you can play good kid, m. It is a morality play that resists easy lessons, a sermon that embraces pleasure.

Every autobiographical rap album that came after it walks in part in its footsteps. It makes his personal history feel almost allegorical, and even more powerful for it. As that gurgly, disorienting sound pulses and convulses for 15 seconds, it feels like a laser is cutting a hole through spacetime.

Kanye emerges from this portal as confident as ever, but he sounds angrier, uglier. His rapping is crude and labored; the rhymes are vulgar and the images are incendiary. Soul—the fulcrum of his past music, in design and affect—is supplanted by bitter, horny electricity. It feels as if Skynet sent a Terminator back in time exclusively to hip-thrust and shout obscenities in the town square. Inthe theater of Kanye scorching his public image was already a familiar show, but Yeezus felt like a plot twist because of its intensity.

From the writing to the producing to the mixing, Kanye and his corps of writers and producers insist on provocation. Stripped down by executive producer Rick Rubin, the sound bed is just as bristling: the low-end hits like a tsunami, verses spazz into glitchy screams, wormholes to the chipmunk soul of Old Kanye materialize then blip out, digital effects swirl and explode like fireworks. The house, industrial, and drill influences he draws from are brandished as weapons but put to use as tools, sanding all this rage into music that is as slick as it is prickly.

New Kanye, same old grandiose vision. What do you do when your debut albuma goth-pop account of life as Impregnable - Apart (Cassette) teenage outsider in suburban New Zealand, turns you into a global superstar and generational icon at the age of 16, paving the way for a new wave of awkwardself-conscious pop disruptors to follow in your footsteps? You capture heartbreak, hedonism, and the perils of fame with pointillistic detail. You eviscerate your ex and celebrate new love with enough gut-punching lines to launch a thousand Tumblr posts.

You perform in a wedding dress on Saturday Night Live. You review onion rings on a secret Instagram account. You wait for the rest of the world to catch up. Take Care went weirder, longer, deeper. The new bangers are for everyone, so the classics become more intimate. Close the doors, pop on your headphones. This is him talking to you now. She took risks and freed herself from mainstream pop expectations, cementing herself as a risk-taking, boundary-breaking godhead.

Every left turn is delivered with her inimitable attitude and empowerment; every shrugged decision leads to a fascinating new journey. Grimes is a producer, a provocateur, a punk—and, yes, a pop star. His legacy on the former was secured when he delivered one album to Def Jam and sold another immediately to Apple. But the album that accompanied that letter, Channel Orange, was not crafted to echo what ended up becoming a major cultural moment.

The act of inhabiting someone you are not is inherent to the queer experience; after all, pretending to be straight is nothing if not the assumption of a persona. Channel Orangeabove all, suggests the work of a profound empath, and in the seven years since its release, Ocean has shown himself to be nothing if not that.

But he always feels right on time. InRobyn rebooted. Five years after founding her own label and securing the artistic freedom she never had as a bubblegum-pop teen icon, the Swedish singer announced an ambitious plan to release three mini-albums in one year, recording and touring simultaneously Impregnable - Apart (Cassette) fund her efforts. The gamble paid off: Body Talk, the compilation of those releases, distills love, loneliness, and dancefloor euphoria into electro-pop perfection.

Its legacy transcends just being a stellar record: Body Talk is the mark of a singular artist claiming her future. Body Talk reintroduces Robyn as an innovator and a powerhouse, as well as a woman with complexities to celebrate. A current of self-assuredness runs beneath Body Talk, even in its loneliest moments.

Modern Vampires of the City was the moment when Vampire Weekend stopped knowing everything. Rostam Batmanglijnow working with producer Ariel Rechtshaidcrafted his most sentimental, stirring music yet. Every artist hopes to capture the zeitgeist, to make the right record at the right time. Yet only a handful can claim to have given voice to a movement, as Solange did with A Seat at the Table. At once deeply personal and unapologetically political, the album offers an honest reflection on race and identity in America in the twilight of the Obama era.

The album itself is a dance between this dichotomy, one black Americans know all too well: between pain and beauty and what happens when one is informed by the other.

Lamar invites us to Compton to watch him sermonize from his front porch while jazz, funk, and soul bands rove through, providing the melodies to his experimental beats. TPAB was released in the spring ofthree years after Trayvon Martin was gunned down, and over a year after Michael Brown and Eric Garner were murdered; Lamar knew that pain and knew, too, that more was to come.

But with this album, he steeled us against the future and gave us not just anthems but prayers. Born in a period of strife amid self-imposed exile, during a near-mythic island summit of rap superfriends in Hawaii, MBDTF is an exercise in God-level debauchery. It is at turns baroque and symphonic, with song-length Auto-Tuned codas, posse-cut performances that redefined the form, and an immense phantasmagoria of light and sound that threatens to overshadow its A-list cameos.

But instead of apologizing, Kanye conjured a warped, all-encompassing vision of excess, a toast to the assholes, a battle cry for fellow monsters. It was a huge risk that proved not just redemptive but deifying.

To Ocean, the car is an Americana icon of certain ideals: freedom that turns solipsistic and reckless; materialism we worship as artistry; barrel-chested masculinity, queered on backroads. Above all, transience. Frank Ocean is the hinge artist of our time, the true voice of a generation because he takes long silences. Elusive and independent, he weaves from genre to genre, sometimes shifting gears to obliterate category altogether, as he cruises past the conventions the culture still fears to let go.

On Blondethe languid guitar of surf rock coexists with soft doo-wop melodies; Frank the rapper—who is heady and occasionally, knowingly vulgar—coincides with Frank the singer, who is plaintive and longing. The slight touches of distortion on Blonde call attention to impermanence, the trap of artifice, and, distantly, death. But Ocean is never sanctimonious; the whole point of existence is that a dark musing on morality can—and should—be interrupted by soft flesh, a sticky plant, a designer shirt.

Live a little. Live too much. The year crystallized the political disaster right under the surface. People theorized that we needed anthems to get us through the dark night.

Big choruses, hooks as wide as highway signs, regular percussion that could gird us from chaos. But our mood was languorous; jingoism was the problem in the first place. We wanted the blurred, the softened, the existential. Blonde is one synonym for American. By Pitchfork. By Jayson Greene. By Simon Reynolds.

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