Saturday, 31 October 2009


There seems to be a lot of stuff flying around the interweb relating to albums of the decade and so on. Even though there happens to be two full months to roll it seems like a decent time to throw some lists together. He goes mine, in no kind of order:

  1. Hell Is For Heroes - Neon Handshake (2003)
  2. Rival Schools - United by Fate (2001)
  3. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)
  4. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American (2001)
  5. Mogwai - Happy Songs For Happy People (2003)
  6. The British Expeditionary Force - Chapter One: A Long Way From Home (2007)
  7. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (2008)
  8. The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)
  9. At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command (2000)
  10. Yourcodenameis:Milo - Ignoto (2005)
  11. Owls - Owls (2001)
  12. City and Colour - Sometimes (2005)
  13. Brand New - Deja Entendu (2003)
  14. Hot Club de Paris - Drop It 'Til It Pops (2006)

Along with these there are various support acts: Hundred Reasons, Hiding With Girls, Johnny Truant, Explosions In The Sky, Future of the Left and Joan Of Arc. Really what I've done is taken a look for the albums that I've played to death at various stages but would be happy to hear and indeed still do listen to. Special mention goes out to At the Drive-In and Rival Schools as they built a solid base for my music tastes to date. Newer albums that have stuck seem to be fewer in number, with the most recent being the excellent '59 Sound, candidates for the best of 2009 look like being Daisy by Brand New, Tanknology by That Fucking Tank and Beggars from Thrice, that said there's an awful lot of music that I've discovered this year. There are a whole load of bands that I really enjoy but can't quite nail a place in the list as they lack a killer album. Joan Of Arc for example have a great repertoire of catchy and haunting songs but in the context of an album I don't seem to get what they're doing as they seem to get lost in their quest for improvisation and discovery, bit maybe that is their charm. Others seem to have albums that sound and feel much greater than the (not insubstantial) sum of their parts: Mogwai, Hot Club de Paris and The Mars Volta do this superbly each using a totally different style of music but all equally at home playing the long game. There are no metal or hardcore albums in the list as again I don't think they can nail a place on the strength of an album but that goes with the territory and I'm sure they don't lose any sleep over it.

So that's the list sorted, now there's two months left to change my mind.

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