I’d have Vampire Weekend at no. 1, seriously already one of my favourite albums of all time, and I feel James Blake is a big omission here. Still, this list just reminded me how great a year it was for music.
It’s actually my favourite Arcade Fire album since Funeral, and I’d have it easily in my top 5 this year.
The only hope I had for this list was that a certain influential but massively overrated album wouldn’t come first… yeah.
Personal list for the lulz:
2. Abbey Road
3. Rubber Soul
4. The Beatles
5. A Hard Day’s Night
7. Please Please Me
8. Magical Mystery Tour
9. Sgt. Peppers
10. Beatles for Sale
11. With The Beatles
12. Let It Be
13. Yellow Submarine
I generally think “Help!” is unfairly overlooked and brushed off as a purely transitional album but that thing has a good handful of some of my absolute favourite Beatles songs (“You’re Going to Lose That Girl” deserves a mention too) and, in my opinion, is one of the few Beatles albums not to contain a single weak track.
Well this is not how I wanted to finish off my weekend.
I can acknowledge “Sgt. Pepper”‘s profound influence while still not having it even close to touching my top 5 Beatles albums.
“Is This It” is also my favourite album of all time, but maybe that’s a generational thing.
I really think The Strokes’ output since Room On Fire would be a lot stronger if they let more of AHJ’s writing on their albums. “Rude Customer” would have sounded great on Comedown Machine with Julian singing it.
I’m not a huge Albini fan, but that was amazing.
That album frustrates me so much. I’ll be enjoying some awesome, explosive instrumental intro, and then the guy just starts screeching and puts me off entirely. I don’t know how anyone can enjoy that or not think that album would be so much better as an instrumental.
With you there KB. Also weirdly Pitchfork have both interviewed him and given him featured live performances but NO ALBUM REVIEW. Come on guys it’s awesome.
Definitely one of those cases where I like a band but try not to think about the people who’ve actually made the music.
My favourite song of all time. I get the same goosebumps every time I hear it as I did the first time.
“Suburban War” is the shiz.
Apparently he didn’t really get on with the rest of the band and ended up trying his own solo thing which didn’t work.
Oh my god what an arsehole.
This may come as a surprise to you, but people can form emotional bonds to albums you might not really like, and I’d much rather read a passionate story about someone’s love for an album than some dickhead shitting on them for no apparent reason and even without any attempt to write something interesting.
You hate this album? That’s cool, tell us why, and if it’s half as thoughtful as rj’s story then it might be worth reading
Has everyone else forgotten there’s a new Dismemberment Plan album coming out? I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for a new album.
Just here to say I think Port Of Morrow is really underrated.
Was listening to this album again recently and it really is great, and I remember being ready to hate it before it came out as I was already sick of the hype that seemed based on everything but the music, and it was an extremely pleasant surprise when it turned out the music actually lived up to it. If the rest of Ellery James Roberts’ solo album is as good as “Kerou’s Lament” that should be great too.
Well I personally love them. Just a couple of great Franz Ferdinand songs, and I really don’t see what’s wrong with that.
After a couple of listens my main thought (aside from the fact that it’s one of the best albums of the year so far) is how it is almost the anti-College Dropout. Kanye’s come a long way.
If anyone’s interested, my favourites so far (in no order outside of VW being no. 1):
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
The Strokes – Comedown Machine
Disclosure – Settle
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold (I know it got a limited release last year, but I only recently picked up on it)
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro – Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap
Autre Ne Vuet – Anxiety
Rhye – Woman
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Eperience
David Bowie – The Next Day
Wavves – Afraid of Heights
James Blake – Overgrown
Baths – Obsidian
The Men – New Moon
Phoenix – Bankrupt!
Young Galaxy – Ultramarine
She & Him – Volume 3
Chvrches – Recover
Sepalcure – Make You
Rustie – Triadzz/Slasherr
I’m listening to it right now, it’s really pretty stellar.
You really don’t know what Comedown Machine sounds like. Think more along the lines of Random Access Memories than Is This It (seriously).
Seriously, that list wouldn’t look out of place as an end of year top 25 (and still doesn’t have a few from my own list).
I’ve always found it a bit ridiculous when people claim that rich people shouldn’t ever be angry or upset, as if how much money you have should be the only thing that matters in your life.