Albums of the Decade

surprised nobody else has mentioned it - it’s easily top five for me, always knew you were sound denza

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Thought you might be a fan of this too :slightly_smiling_face:

The whole record is just so evocative, isn’t it? Totally agree that David is a big standout! Always well up by the time You Stop Making Sense comes on…

Thought I’d do 10 (in no particular order):

Bjork - Vulnicura (2015)
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (2011)
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (2015)
David Bowie - Blackstar (2016)
Colleen - A Flame My Love, A Frequency (2017)
Jasmine Guffond - Traced (2017)
Julia Holter - Loud City Song (2013)
Jenny Hval & Susanna - Meshes of Voice (2014)
Mica Levi - Under the Skin OST (2014)
Sarah Davachi - Let Night Come On Bells End The Day (2018)

Tbh not sure if that really is my favourite albums of the last decade but it seems a decent representation as a first cut.


Love this list. Few I don’t know that will check out now - cheers! :upside_down_face:

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Lucky Shiner - good shout. Thought that was 2009, just made it through. Gold Panda never really took off the way I expected it to. Outperformed by Bonobo in the long term, I guess

No analysis of this decade will be complete without acknowledging Lil B who is the reason for lots of music today.

I think iLoveMakonnen has also had a rough ride

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Because he’s released 50% of the decade’s songs?


05 fuck em is the best 6 hours of music a person could want


my plan is to wait until the Decade is over with to know, so I don’t anticipate posting my full list until at least December or even January/February.

But instead, here’s a list I did when the Decade was Half Over in 2015 (of course it would look a little different now)

Typhoon - White Lighter (2013)
The Family Crest - Beneath the Brine (2014)
Major Parkinson - Twilight Cinema (2014)
Forest Park - Forest Park [EP] (2012)
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (2013)
Bend Sinister - Small Fame (2012)
Mutemath - Odd Soul (2011)
The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum (2011)
Anathema - Weather Systems (2012)
22 - Flux (2010)
The Reign of Kindo - Play With Fire (2013)
Arch / Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance (2011)
Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz (2010)
Gatherer - So Be It (2012)
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (2013)
The Red Paintings - The Revolution is Never Coming (2013)
3 - The Ghost You Gave to Me (2011)
Jazzkamikaze - Supersonic Revolutions (2010)
Foals - Total Life Forever (2010)
Cloud Cult - Lightchasers (2010)
East of the Wall - The Apologist (2011)
Vuvuzela - Hollow Choir (2012)
Brice Plays Drums - Man the Animal Cannon (2012)
Anathema - We’re Here Because We’re Here (2010)
Fjokra - Thoughtsteps [EP] (2014)
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid (2010)
Lehto and Wright - Children’s Songs (2010)
Kimbra - Vows (2011)
Pepe Deluxe - Queen of the Wave (2012)
Hotel of the Laughing Tree - Terror and Everything After (2011)
The River Empires - The River Empires (Epilogue) (2010)

Without overthinking this, my long list of 20 personal favourites / most enjoyed albums would look something like this (no particular order)

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires…
The National - High Violet
Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree
Robyn - Body Talk
Yo La Tengo - Fade
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
Mitski - Puberty 2
Lorde - Melodrama
Taylor Swift - 1989
Martha - Blisters in the Pit of my Heart
Young Fathers - White Men are Black Men Too
Field Music - Open Here
The Divine Comedy - Bang Goes the Knighthood
Sufjan - Carrie & Lowell
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
Mogwai - Hardcore…
Godspeed YBE… - Alllelujah…
Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

There were definitely a few years mid decade where I was less up on new releases and there’s a few things in the list I’ve only got into more recently despite being a few years old that benefit from being more front of mind now, and likely some things I’ve forgotten or loved at the time but haven’t gone back to.

In no particular order

The Icarus Line - Slave Vows
The Icarus Line - All Things Under Heaven
The Twilight Sad - NWTBHANWTL
Low - Ones & Sixes
Girl Band - HHWJ
Rolo Tomassi - TWD&LWBI
Rolo Tomassi - Grievances
These New Puritans - Hidden
Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams
Fucked Up - David Comes to Life
Ought - Sun Coming Down
Ought - More Than Any Other Day
Converge - AWLWLB
Converge - The Dusk In Us
Suede - Night Thoughts
Future Of The Left - HTSYBIAA
Future Of The Left - The Peace and Truce of


Meilyr Jones - 2013 is going in my list. Just love that album.

Great decade!

abysskiss - Adrianne Lenker (2018)
Apocalypse, Girl - Jenny Hval (2015)
Big Black Coat - Junior Boys (2016)
Causers of This - Toro Y Moi (2010)
Clinging to a Scheme - The Radio Dept. (2010)
Compro - Skee Mask (2018)
Deep in the Iris - Braids (2015)
Devotion - Tirzah (2018)
Halcyon Digest - Deerhunter (2010)
Honey - Robyn (2018)
I’m All Ears - Let’s Eat Grandma (2018)
Immunity - Jon Hopkins (2013)
Is Survived By - Touché Amoré (2013)
Kaputt - Destroyer (2011)
Kill for Love - Chromatics (2012)
kin - iamamiwhoami (2012)
Kokoro - El Perro del Mar (2016)
Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones) - Jai Paul (2019)
Loud City Song - Julia Holter (2013)
Me - Empress Of (2015)
Nepenthe - Julianna Barwick (2013)
Plowing Into the Field of Love - Iceage (2014)
Plunge - Fever Ray (2017)
Pull My Hair Back - Jessy Lanza (2013)
Put Your Back N 2 It - Perfume Genius (2012)
Rheia - Oathbreaker (2016)
Ritual Union - Little Dragon (2011)
Ruins - Grouper (2014)
Shaking the Habitual - The Knife (2013)
Sunbather - Deafheaven (2013)
Telefone - Noname (2016)
The ArchAndroid - Janelle Monáe (2010)
The Idler Wheel… - Fiona Apple (2012)
The Money Store - Death Grips (2012)
U.F.O.F. - Big Thief (2019)
Untogether - Blue Hawaii (2013)
Vapor City - Machinedrum (2013)
Visions - Grimes (2012)
Vulnicura - Björk (2015)
Wildflower - The Avalanches (2016)


I feel really sorry for the suede album on that list. Feel sure it’s going to get picked on by all its tougher /harder list mates

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I have seen the odd eraser/elastic band lobbed in their direction… TTS and Low are the main culprits… funny you’d think it would be one of the rougher lads but there you go


This is why I like having mp3s tagged and organised and spreadsheets of records. I am finding some artists have several releases I can’t pick between but I almost want to honour somehow, some who also have releases in the 00s. Currently on a binge of

Every Time I Die
Future of the Left

to make an informed decision. Best bit about making lists this.

Loud city song over HYIMW???

Both great records, I guess it’s down to a time and place thing. I could have listed another 40!

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That was one of the better ones tbf.


It’s a little too soon, so it’s not in order and will probably change, but here’s twenty artists and multiple albums…

A Winged Victory for the Sullen - AWVFTS
Daniel Schmidt - In My Arms, Many Flowers
Destroyer - Kaputt
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Grouper - Ruins
Ian William Craig - A Turn of Breath / Centres
Joanna Newsom - Divers
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Simultonality
Julia Holter - Ekstasis / HYIMW
Kara-Lis Coverdale - Grafts
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Low - Double Negative
Mark McGuire - Living With Yourself
Mount Eerie - Crow / Clear Moon + Ocean Roar
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Rafael Anton Irisarri - The Shameless Years / The North Bend / Midnight Colours
Sarah Davachi - Let Night Come On Bells End the Day
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972 (fuck da haterz :wink::heart_eyes:)