Welcome to the longest running monthly episodic thread in Drowned In Sound history. This thread is now in its 10th year. I clearly have nothing better to do than to count up your favourite albums each month for a decade now
VOTE FOR YOUR TOP FIVE ALBUMS!!
Vote for your favourite five albums. Make your selections clear please as it makes tallying up the scores easier. If you list a whole bunch of albums without making your selections clear I’ll take the first five mentioned as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. No joint positions please. Sorry to be a pedant.
Your album of the month will get five points, 2nd placed album four points, 3rd placed album three points, 4th placed album two points and 5th one point. If you name only one album I’ll give that five points. If you name two albums I’ll score them with five and four points etc. You get the message.
1. the Golden Dregs - On Grace & Dignity
2. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
3. Robert Forster - The Candle And The Flame
4. The Go! Team - Get Up Sequences Part Two
5. Lisa O’Neill or Paramore
A pretty good month. Really enjoyed the Golden Dregs and Yo La Tengo albums. They’re joint top but will put YLT second as they’re the bigger band and will put the underdog first.
I hadn’t heard the Golden Dregs before this release. Some brilliant tunes on that album and a style that would appeal to fans of The Magnetic Fields and Bill Callahan (I hate Bill Callahan). Enjoyed his gig at Rough Trade East albeit just him and a guitar. There’s some lovely arrangements on the album and tempted to see him at Village Underground although not sure how that venue would work for his style of music.
I’ve a slightly odd relationship with Yo La Tengo. Loved them hugely during the late 90s and early 00s. …Heart Beating As One is a massive album for me. Easily in my top 50 or maybe top 20 best albums ever and played it endlessly on the Walkman on the way to work and back in the late 90s but their subsequent albums never quite clicked for me whereas I really like Painful and Electr-o-pura. Seen them quite a few times over the years but inevitably want their older stuff on the setlists. The new one is brilliant and my mate put it perfectly saying it has a lovely familiarity to it like putting on your favourite Autumn Sweater.
I’m glad a 65 year old Robert Forster is still making great albums. My only personal problem is that due to a clash I can’t make his London date. Would loved to have seen these songs played live.
The Go! Team still fun as ever and undecided over who to put 5th currently. Hadn’t heard of Irish folk singer Lisa O’Neill before but liking it and the Paramore album at the moment is a slight let down compared to their previous stuff although I know their not going to do another with a similar feel to their self titled album from 2013.
Always a lot of great recommendations from you guys about albums that I’ve missed or overlooked. Not sure what else is out tomorrow except so I’ll see what you guys come up with.
Please forgive any shameless bumps of this thread during the week. I’ll keep this thread open until Sunday 5th March and so you’ll have over a week to listen to tomorrow’s releases if there’s anything out before choosing.
Vote now!! (Or later in the week) but make your choices clear please.