Albums of the Decade

I have a lot of thoughts about this but, its too soon at the moment.

I have a vague idea of a top ten but, bits change every few weeks.

I still haven’t listened to the Skeleton Tree. Everyone seems to think its great.

Obviously I need to to give it a shot!

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Funny decade for me as I spent half of it married and am spending second half divorced/separated so there’s a lot of before and after in my mind. Also some stuff I loved back then (for example war on drugs) I’d never listen to again now. So basically so far it’s albums by:

Swans
Protomartyr
Actress
Then all that amazing body of work from Andy Stott, demdike stare, actress, Raime
Always Godflesh. ALWAYS them
Blanck Mass
Daughters
Idles
Girl Band

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Crazy how underappreciated this album is

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Even though I’ve hated everything he’s done since with such a passion Benji probably deserves to be in this conversation.

Also the Mount Eerie album A Crow Looked at Me and I Never Learn by Lykke Li.

Basically all the cheerful, upbeat ones.

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You’re probably right. Definitely in my top 10 at least.

All these lists need more Blonde.

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Will take some time to formulate a whole list, but feel like Home, Like Noplace Is There (The Hotelier) has been omitted (presumably in error) so far

In rough order,

1 Kanye MBDTF
2 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
3 Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
4 Arcade Fire – Suburbs
5 WOD – Lost in a Dream
6 SKM – Benji
7 Four Tet – There Is Love In You
8 Caribou – Swim
9 Bon Iver – s/t
10 Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
11 St Vincent – s/t
12 Damien Jurado - Visions of us on the land
13 Slowdive – s/t
14 Lykke Li – So sad, so sexy
15 LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
16 Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Just Sit & Think…
17 Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down
18 Beyoncé - Lemonade
19 Destroyer – Kaputt
20 Tame Impala – Lonerism

4:44, Syro and 1989 all bubbling under, but can’t think what I’d dislodge.

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I know it’s a tough subject and many will disagree but Swans should be included. Just my take.

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Jesus! Caribou - Swim was this decade. I’m going to have to get a spreadsheet out.

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Think I did a list for the mid point of the decade and have been shuffling albums around in a ‘Top 100’ spreadsheet since then. Think my top 10 is pretty much locked in but will see what the rest of the year brings.

  1. The Icarus Line - Slave Vows
  2. David Bowie - Blackstar
  3. The Icarus Line - All Things Under Heaven

Then in no particular order…

Nick Cave - Skeleton tree
FKA Twigs - LP1
Wild Beasts - Smother
Vera Sola - Shades
Strange U - LP#4080
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
Dexys - One Day I’m Going To Soar
Flying Lotus - You’re Dead!
EL-P - Cancer For Cure
Suede - The Blue Hour
Manics - Futurology
Gnod - Chaudelande
Gnod - Infinity Machines

I think I’ve got my top 3 maybe 4 down. After that it’s carnage. Just made A vague list from albums on my phone with a quick scroll through. I’m already up to 31.

Yeah I’d expect that to be prominent.

Think it’s safe to say ‘Blackstar’ is going to end up on top.

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I think as an aggregate you are right I would be suprised if most put it as number 1 think it will be top by virtue of everyone putting into their lists somewhere

Or maybe To Pimp A Butterfly its between those 2

To Pimp A Butterfly is clearly the best album of this decade tho. Just is.

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I think TPAB or MBDTF.

Hard to argue against it being the most decade defining album I reckon.