Friday, November 27, 2009

Ten Year Itch

Finally we can make a list of the best albums of the decade. I've started this gigantic task today, and narrowed it down to 34 so far. The Northern Portrait album will probably have to be included too, but this is what I've got at the moment. What are the rules then? Albums only, no singles compilations or similar, and no more than one album per artist/band.

1. The Clientele - The Violet Hour
2. Camera Obscura - Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi
3. The Fairways - Is Everything All Right?
4. Belle & Sebastian - Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
5. The Lucksmiths - Why That Doesn't Surprise Me
6. Vivian Girls - s/t
7. Pants Yell! - Alison Statton
8. The Relict - Tomorrow Is Again
9. Pipas - Chunnel Autumnal
10. The Saturday People - s/t
11. The Aislers Set - The Last Match
12. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - s/t
13. Lovejoy - Song In the Key of...
14. Language of Flowers - Songs About You
15. The Motifs - Away
16. Niza - Canciones de Temoporada
17. Louis Philippe - An Unknown Spring
18. The Wave Pictures - Instant Coffee Baby
19. Pocketbooks - Flight Paths
20. The Lodger - Life Is Sweet
21. The Airfields - Up All Night
22. Cats On Fire - Our Temperance Movement
23. Butcher Boy - Profit In Your Poetry
24. The Mantles - s/t
25. God Help the Girl - s/t
26. Slipslide - The World Can Wait
27. The Young Tradition - Northern Drive
28. Christmas Island - Blackout Summer
29. The Autumn Leaves - Long Lost Friend
30. Liechtenstein - Survival Strategies In a Modern World
31. Laura Watling - Early Morning Walk
32. The Zebras - Worry a Lot
33. Lovedance - Result
34. Afternoon Naps - Parade

This needs plenty of analysis, and there might be glaring omissions that you're welcome to help me with. Right now I can say: no real surprises in the top 5, and definitely top-heavy towards 2009. Maybe most of the recent albums will fall away when we come back to this in another 10 year time? Hm. I will let you know how I progress with this.


brogues said...

That Mantles lp is a stonker! Cheers for the tip a few weeks back. "Don't Lie" sounded great at King Tut's last night!

Anders said...

I've been trying to make one of these lists as well. (Or rather, I did a week or two ago, but then I gave up.) It was VERY similar to this! I would say that Realists by Comet Gain definitely should be in there. And Je Suis Animal. And Yo La Tengo. And Crystal Stilts. ETC!

And: Hey, Brogues, nice DJing at the Pastels gig the other night! Mantles included. At one point I thought you might have tuned into my radio-station-thing.

jb said...

You missed Bruce Springsteen

among others

he made 3 great LPs this decade

which is more than I can say about some people

String Bean Jen said...

Aw, why no more than one album by one band/artist? It's often the ones who have been around for more than a few years that release more than one brilliant album (only sometimes though!).

This is a fantastic list anyway. I agree with a lot of it and there are still some bands or albums on there that I'd like to here.

Arthur said...

La casa azul "tan simple como el amor" has been one the records I've been listening the most through the years. I'd propably pick another elefant record for this list and that one would be "serpentina"

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