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Since I Left You
To be honest, most albums that are classics to me take a long time to grow on me. This was not the case with The Avalanches? ?plunderphonics? masterpiece, Since I Left You. Immediately gripping, engaging, emotional, and danceable by all turns, the album, more than anything else, just covers so much ground. Nothing is missed. Made using only samples from other albums, the album?s 18 tracks seem to hit up such a huge range of emotions and feelings (what?s more, all of this disguised as a house party album) that I don?t think giving any other album the number one spot would be morally just. Did I mention it?s made only from samples?
My Beautiful Sinking Ship
Extremely sad and touching without being mopey, My Beautiful Sinking Ship is probably the best embodiment of that ?neglected lover? aesthetic that so many indie-pop artists pine for constantly. The album, though it has its standouts, has no low points throughout its 15 tracks. My favorites switch non-stop, but I?ll point to opener ?Heart and Hands? for an example of what the album does best: Sara Lov?s desperate voice, Dustin O?Halloran?s precisely eerie soundscapes, and feelings, feelings, feelings.
Many point to breakthrough Merriweather Post Pavilion as Animal Collective?s best moment (it?s damn close; scroll down and see why), but, for some reason, the childish (in a good way) and impulsive (in a good way) nature of their 2004 release Sung Tongs has always been my favorite. Perhaps it?s because it contains some of their best tunes, like ?Leaf House? and ?Who Could Win a Rabbit?. Or perhaps it?s because it has tracks that are calming in an indescribably ?organic? way, like ?The Softest Voice? and the 12-minute ?Visiting Friends?. Or maybe because the aptly titled short-and-sweet ?Sweet Road? is probably the best thing ever. Who knows. But, beyond the acoustic guitars and childish squeals, something deep, beautiful, and brilliant is here, and watching it unfold every time I listen is a delight.
As a collection of songs, Microcastle may not amount to much (with the exception of the brilliantly jammy ?Nothing Ever Happened?). But as an album, taken as a whole, Microcastle is so precisely chilling, so calculatedly nostalgic, that its emotional power cannot be denied. Listen to it, as a whole, and realize that you?re watching the birth and death of a soul. Frightening stuff, but also eye-opening.
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As opposed to Microcastle, little-known Texan duo?s Solace would appear to be pure sonics. And, in a way, it is. But the sonics lend themselves to the emotions, and soon, Solace feels less like the outcome of a few guitars and their effects pedals, and more like the soundtrack to the apocalypse. All tracks, especially the incandescent drones of ?Yugen?, stand out, but it?s the stunningly pretty closer ?Balfour Hollis? that seriously seals the deal.
It?s been two years, and already Person Pitch has a huge following of admirers and imitators (perhaps most important, Bradford Cox of Deerhunter). There?s a reason, too: Person Pitch feels unique, celebratory, and happy, but also capable of stunning beauty and hypnotic allure. Panda Bear?s singing and harmonies throughout are also excellent and Beach Boys-esque, allowing there to be a nostalgic value.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Strange that two AC-related albums end up right next to each other on this list, but let me just say that, at the time, this was the first album I had fallen in love with in a long, long time.
Perhaps the late-night album, Untrue also gave a huge shove to a genre that seemed derivative or even forced (dubstep). Hazy textures, sampled soul vocals, clattering industrial rhythms: the newest classic for the subway ride home.
I suppose the best thing about Soviet Kitsch is that it?s the kind of album I want to make, and also the kind I could fathom myself making. Armed with a piano, her extraordinary vocals, a string section, and a knack for writing great songs, Regina Spektor knocks it out of the park here, acting goofy, but also adding sadness to let the goofy breathe.
Madvillainy is a loose, freewheeling rap album. Composed of 22 very short tracks (hip-hop?s Bee Thousand, say), rapper MF Doom?s flow combined with producer Madlib?s organically-grown tracks are always easy-going and easy to enjoy, especially for many who aren?t quite accustomed to rap. Though Doom?s flow is lazy, it is by no means ?dumb?: he constantly throws out hilarious punchlines, awesome metaphors, and a clear handle on the English language. Madlib?s beats perfectly complement these rhymes, being old-fashioned, drum-and-bass-dependent mixes. A stoner classic.
Funeral are the anthems for a displaced generation. Overblown, fantastical, and utterly beautiful, these are songs that will be playing at the end of the world. The music is complicated, yet perfect for shouting at the top of your lungs.
Kid A, as so many have told, is the sound of total isolation. Radiohead were in a horrible spot in 2000, so much that they released an alienating, sorrowful, but ultimately beautiful record. Varying from freak-out electronic to string-and-acoustic epics to dance rhythms, Kid A was the sound of a band that didn?t know what to do, so they did everything. A great album, but let?s hope they never have to make it again.
Here?s a better mood: for the first time in almost a decade, Radiohead sounded like humans again, trying to make great music. And that they sure as hell did: from the tech-stomp of ?15 Step? to the calming and beautiful ?House of Cards?, In Rainbows is one of Radiohead?s best. Also, ?Weird Fishes/Arpeggi? may, may be their best song.
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Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Hey, so I have a flair for the epic. Another post-apocalyptic soundtrack here, this time built of ridiculously complicated arrangements of guitars, strings, horns, swells, feedback, samples; you name it. You can almost hear the bombs falling.
Viva La Vida
Ah, the summer of 2008. It felt like I was sort of coming out of my shell (especially musically), and this was the soundtrack. To me, free of one of the most annoying anti-hypes of the century, this is certainly something special. Built more off hazy sonics then the falsetto wail of frontman Chris Martin, it sounds beautiful. Half-track ?Reign of Love? is the best thing here, and certainly one of the best this whole decade. Overall, a mainstream band doing something rare these days: trying to become better.
|daft punk should also be on here. i just made fifteen but imagine it's sixteen and 'discovery' is right there with all these big boys|
|how old were you in 2000 alex?|
|awesome deions. |
|damn, if i was listening to this shit at 5 i'd probably be a baby einstein|
|im gonna get 3 like right now, mr robertson|
|lol your going to look back on this in 2015 and LULLLLLZ|
|descriptions are a semi-joke|
|i was hoping you hadn't had bombs dropped on you or experienced lonely starvation|
|lmao'd at your first comment klappy|
pretty cool list yo
|ok this is OFFICIAL now lol re-ordered and adding dumb writeups|
|when i said i was going to get 3, which is now 2, i lied, but i am actually in the process of getting 1 as we speak, so there! |
|dont have it yet what the gay|