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    James' Albums of the Decade

    Top 50 albums of the decade. Humour me dickheads this took ages. I'll do 5 albums at a time over the next couple of weeks or something and I may or may not write a sentence about each one.

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    50. Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2 (2018)

    I can’t think of many recent albums that are this evocative and it’s a real shame this is the last of his work. Widely scoffed at because of the “tortured genius” trope ascribed to him and because he had "crybaby" tattooed on his face, but he was a good kid and a wrote some great rap songs.



    49. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)

    I’ll be reasonably surprised if she hasn’t achieved superstar status at the end of the next decade. This is a brilliantly weird pop album that’s really easy to listen to on repeat indefinitely.



    48. Male Gaze – King Leer (2016)

    Loads of fun. Post-punk tunes buried under a layer of fuzz and the vocals sound a bit like Ian Curtis. Loads of memorable guitar bits on this.



    47. La Roux – Trouble in Paradise (2014)


    This was my album of the year at the time which was something I had not expected. The whole thing is just catchy as fuck. Go listen.



    46. Hot Chip – In Our Heads (2012)

    The worst thing I can say about Hot Chip is that their albums are sometimes a bit of a hodge-podge. In Our Heads has none of that and all of things I love about Hot Chip. Irresistibly catchy hooks and immaculately smooth synth/guitar noises. “Flutes” man, what a song.


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    I like Sit Down as much as the next person but there's no way they did 50 albums this decade.

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    ilomilo on the Billie Eilish album is a gem that doesn't get any credit.

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    Billie Eilish is 18 now so we can blow our muck over her kid pics.

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    You're spot on about In Our Heads. My housemate was adamant it was their best, but I steadfastly refused to accept it until he insisted I revisit it. It is without doubt their most complete work.

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    I'm all in for this mate, top work. Love an end of year/decade list. And Male Gaze is already something that was never on my radar and sounds right up my alley.

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    You have fucking terrible taste

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    Taste is a weird thing. My Spotify year thing came up the other day and my most listened to song this year is 'Tuesday Morning' by the Pogues. To my ear it is the note perfect pop song, however I have never encountered it in any context other than me digging to the bottom of Pogues playlists so I reckon I may be the only person in human history (since it was recorded) to have that opinion.

    Similarly if you made me listen to James's number 49 'on repeat indefinitely' I would kill you, your pets and exhume your grandma before the end of the fourth play.

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    I'll take up arms with you Jim. I hate that whispering cunt.

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    Okay it's all subjective and terrible is harsh. James, you have the taste of a basic teenage girl.

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    We talking about songs based on Whispering?


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    Loved that song back in the day but now it annoys me.

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    My album of this decade is Big Thief - Masterpiece. Amazing emotion in it. The follow up wasn't as good but they never are.

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    Benjamin Clementine's At Least For Now.

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    Lorde appearing on a lot of lists. Should I be checking that out?

    Also NME have two 1975 albums in the top 20 LMAO.

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    I've barely listened to a new album in years. I quite liked the first Royal Blood one and it seems there have been two Foo Fighters albums since the last I heard so I should probably give them a go.

    I just have one massive Spotify playlist that has basically every song I've ever liked on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    My album of this decade is Big Thief - Masterpiece. Amazing emotion in it. The follow up wasn't as good but they never are.
    Mary off of the second album is easily one of the most beautiful tracks this millennium.

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic View Post
    Lorde appearing on a lot of lists. Should I be checking that out?

    Also NME have two 1975 albums in the top 20 LMAO.
    Melodrama is a legitimately great album.

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    Reading with interest. I didn't think I had actually listened and enjoyed 50 full new albums this decade, but going through my list, it seems I've got exactly 52 decent albums. Often multiple albums by the same artist as well, so it seems I've found a more streamlined musical taste this decade.
    Will post the full list after James is done.

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    I'm going to have to remind myself what new stuff I bought this decade. I could probably scramble 10. EDIT: 38. 41 if you include live albums and Wugazi.
    Last edited by Shindig; 25-12-2019 at 09:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernanke View Post
    Mary off of the second album is easily one of the most beautiful tracks this millennium.



    Melodrama is a legitimately great album.
    Thanks, will have a listen.

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    45. Nivhek – After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house (2019)

    This is a very unusual album. Its slow, meandering, minimal in the extreme and steeped in reverb as if it were made in a cathedral. The sounds seem to disintegrate as it progresses, and towards the end a lot of motifs are repeated in a way that is uniquely anxiety-inducing. Ethereal, intoxicating bliss.




    44. Xylouris White – Goats (2014)

    Not clued up on your experimental Greek folk? Get this. This project is a collaboration between legendary Cretan lutist Georgios Xylouris and Jim White, the drummer out of Australian instrumental rock band Dirty Three. Xylouris’ lute has a wonderfully dark tone throughout and White consistently finds the perfect accompanying percussive phrases throughout.




    43. Guttersnipe – My Mother the Vent (2018)

    Probably the most extreme thing on this list, and an album I’m unlikely to have bothered with if I hadn’t seen them live first. It’s always interesting to see how bands with such sheer fucking chaos and energy in a live setting transfer to the studio. It’s not as good as seeing them in the flesh (few things are) but Guttersnipe do a great job here. A cataclysm of noise.




    42. SBTRKT – SBTRKT (2011)

    Squeaky clean UK garage tunes from the start of the decade. The production is intricate, tight, and modest in a way that it remains engaging throughout without overreaching. The featured vocalists elevate it to another level, Sampha sounds amazing on this (I really need to get around to listening to that album of his).




    41. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (2011)

    An incredibly original and creative hip-hop album. It’s a short album of short songs but remarkably dense in ideas and sounds. The abstract lyrics, charismatic delivery and alien sounding beats make Black Up an album that really rewards repeated visits.

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    Had less time to do this than I anticipated this week. Probably get back to it in the new year.

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    I'll have 10 on James failing to finish this and another 5 on James not even getting to the top 10.

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    I'd heard of, and at least some music by each artist in your first post, but that installment is a complete mystery. The phrase 'legendary Cretan lutist' has to be self parody. The Greek tune is alright in places, in a sort of Rodrigo y Gabriela 'oh that's different' way, but then just discordant noise in others.

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    Yeah there's probably more weird stuff in that post than there will be in any to come.

    He's legendary in Crete lute playing circles, for sure.

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    I'd be happy with Black Up finishing as the top album. Rediscovered that and Nine Types Of Light by TV On The Radio on my old iPod a couple weeks ago and it made for a FANTASTIC walk.

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    I've been backtracking through the decade a bit. I totally forgot My Bloody Valentine put another album out. It really has been a decade of reunions.

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    40. Kamasi Washington – The Epic (2015)

    Look, I’m not going to sit here and pretend to have a clue about jazz. It’s three fucking hours long too so I’m not going to pretend to know which song is which either (but I am very fond of disc 1 closer The Rhythm Changes). It’s a damn fine listen; casual at times, playful, frantic, joyful at others. Stick this on as you go about your day and you’ll not have a bad time.



    39. Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde (2014)

    Joyous shit. Sure, they wear their influences on their sleeve, but these songs are so catchy, the melodies so undeniable that I couldn’t care less. Pure romantic fun.



    38. Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked At Me (2017)

    Death sells. I’ve always been a fan of Phil Elverum’s various projects but this, the album he wrote in the immediate aftermath of his wife’s death, is the only one of his releases of the last few years that I’ve listened to. Possibly because it’s so visceral & overwhelming I’m not sure I can handle another. Sheer rawness and human experience. It’s hard to listen to but quite clearly very special.



    37. Perfume Genius – Put Yr Back N 2 It (2012)

    This album is perfect to get a bit drunk and feel a bit sad to. A collection of small-yet-big piano ballads mostly about things that don’t concern me. Simple songs, beautifully arranged and delivered.



    36. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (2011)

    Spectacularly ambitious saxophone album that’s unlike anything else I’ve ever heard. It’s an absolute masterpiece in recording and he extracts from his instrument sounds that I didn’t know existed or were possible. Technical wankery aside, this thing sounds incredible; jarring, rhythmic and beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Floyd View Post
    My album of this decade is Big Thief - Masterpiece. Amazing emotion in it. The follow up wasn't as good but they never are.
    Doh - I started having a listen after seeing this recommendation, but I ended up listening to every album but Masterpiece. Will have to go back to it now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernanke View Post
    Mary off of the second album is easily one of the most beautiful tracks this millennium.
    Loving this track at the moment, as well as Not.

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