I’m not a huge fan of this list, but honestly, his albums are all so good that it really doesn’t matter. XO would be my number 1, for the record.
Unrelated, but has the color hand vs. the rest of Elliott Smith being black and white on the cover of Figure 8 ever bothered anyone else?
This is so good.
Is there going to be a 50 Worst Comments feature?
Nothing from Nashville Skyline?
It’s really interesting to see your guys own personal tastes rather than just another top 50 list. Thanks for sharing!
Also, thanks for putting this in list for so I don’t have to click through 50 pages of a slide show!
In that sense, aren’t most reviews a “premature” evaluation? Very rarely do we get a review of something weeks or months after it’s been released.
And Stereogum has actually been doing mature reviews lately. All of the albums that are turning 10 and 20. You never know what somethings legacy is going to be at the beginning.
This is a really good list, but its missing one of my personal favorites, “July, July!” Hoping I’m not alone.
Dude. I LOVE Queers of the Stone Age!
A couple of these are on the Live at the Old Quarter and are very much worth listening to. I wish you guys had included references to those recordings.
As Jenga mentioned above, I really like the Dan Deacon idea of actually making your phone a part of the show. It takes all of the pretentiousness out of asking you to not use it and instead adds another aspect to the show.
My varied list (in no particular order):
Foals – Holy Fire
Kurt Vile – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Tullycraft – Lost in Light Rotation
The So So Glos – Blowout
Agrimonia – Rites of Separation
Because legends live forever.
Thanks. That is one expensive guitar…
Anyone know what kind of guitar Josh is playing?
Oh thank the lord this is finally on the way!
So I listened to a couple of these songs, but like others have said they were pretty unsatisfying. It made me really want to listen to Jail Break by Thin Lizzy. Somehow that is way more satisfying.
People are going to buy their chucks anyways.
That list is lacking a good dose of Bob Mould, The Mountain Goats, and Walkmen.
I know this is specifically albums, but the omission of Nine Black Poppies is kind of glaring.
Other than that, excellent list. I appreciate that there isn’t much emphasis on the rankings themselves.
John Darnielle is so consistently good it feels like people take the Mountain Goats for granted.
Definitely Rubber Soul! The beginning of the transition from the super poppy stuff to just being flat out amazing. And Drive My Car is one of the best songs ever!
Funny that we didn’t realize some of those albums were so good until now.