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Both Girls albums not making the top 20 is ridonkulous.
Thanks for that. Incredible story and well written. Although many critics laude that album I honestly don’t think it gets ENOUGH praise. It’s everything an epic album should be. When the band erupts after about 15 “you’ll always BE A LOSER” repeats and the drums start to thunder my heart leaps out of my chest EVERY SINGLE TIME. I scream at the top of my lungs and I beat my dash like a rented mule. And now that I read your post I want to revise my “top 5″ comment and say what I really wanted to say. This is my #1 album of the decade, hands down.
I am 48 years old. I have been a music junkie since I was 12. I’ve done most of the old skool “phases” Classic rock, Punk, Funk and Soul, Metal, Grunge, Techno, Prog, Indie (so many variations on that theme it’s mind-numbing) Hopefuly without sounding TOO pompous I’ve listened to just about everything. And when a band can make me feel like I did when I was 14 and listened to London Calling or how I felt when I was 17 and I was listening to For Whom the Bell Tolls or when I was 24 and listening to Head Like A Hole………well……that artist has accomplished something.
The Monitor makes me feel like a teenage boy. Screaming at the top of my lungs. Screaming with anger, with happiness, with frustration..just fucking SCREAMING. Like punk rock should make you scream.
Next to The Wrens Meadowlands this is my favorite piece of recorded music.
I didn’t make the top 5. But 2 of the top 5 were DIRECTED at me. So I kinda feel like I made it.
I didn’t have that much of a problem with PFork’s list. I woud’ve had Titus Andronicus in the top 5.
Both Girls albums would’ve cracked my top 20
And, as usual, I don’t get Kanye’s criticial approval. AT ALL
Just out of curiosity….How do you fine folks @ Stereogum decide WHICH album gets trotted out in which order in situations like this? In order of import I would’ve rolled them out just as you did. Dummy, Grace, and Bakesale (WOW!! All single word album titles!!)
Inquiring idiots want to know.
I think it’s top 20 all time.
I think you can call it one of yours.
typo on above…..*music has the right to children
I love how everything comes full circle. My 17 year old daughter buys tons of vinyl. And by “My 17 year old daughter buys tons of vinyl” I mean I buy my 17 year old daughter tons of vinyl. She gets it. She will never stop buying physical copies of records. And that makes me deliriously happy. We have to drive over an hour to the nearest actual “record” store. She has to feel them and touch them before purchasing. So Amazon and other online suppliers simply will not work. Mind you, she never really gave a shit about what I listened to. She’s just on her own personal musical journey and it is a BLAST to watch. The last time we took our pilgrimage to the record store she had it narrrowed down to these albums
The Moon and Antantartica – Modest Mouse
Children has the Right to Children – Boards of Canada
Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
Apologies to The Queen Mary – Wolf Parade
Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
She wanted me to help her cull it down to two of ‘em. Cuz I had told her she had a $50.00 limit on this trip for records. I told her “Z, I couldn’t be prouder of you right now than if you actually got decent grades”
And bought ‘em all.
I think you might be my new hero. I went on and on over on a Yahoo! thread about this topic. To the point of embarassing myself. Things still suck, right? There are things WORTH hating, right? Are we so namby pamby a society at this point everything is above critique?
This is lowest common denominator music. And as somebody that loves music I hate this. It’s worthy of my hate. Perhaps more so than Nickelback. I just went too far…….
I don’t have complaint #1 about this list.
I knew you nailed it when I was scrolling down and wondering who number was gonna be….and when I saw Sinead’s face an audible whoosh of air rushed betwixt my lips. Best video EVER.
honestly it’s a “to each his own” moment. But to my blessed ears it feels a bit like standard rock n roll stuff. His voice is so overwhelmingly great it cloaks that a bit.
But if you love it….good on ya’. I still listen to it.