In preparation for the music 2011 list I thought I’d look back at my 2008-2010 lists and see what I still listen to and what has fallen by the wayside as impressive at first but not lasting. It is kind of funny to do this, because really these lists tend to be way off in terms of long-term listening. They reflect how excited I was about certain albums at first, but when I want something solid to fall back on when I’m bored with the current I tend to pick things in the middle or lower of the list.
What do I continually go back to in 2008? Definitely NIN’s The Slip. Honestly, I still listen to this on a regular basis. It is fantastic. I sometimes have cravings for it. Out of everything I post this is probably the thing I return to the most. Lightspeed Champion’s Crossing the Lavender Bridge has not faded as a fantastic album either. The third place by a significant gap is The Helio Sequence’s Keep Your Eyes Ahead. It is quite good and I return to it frequently, but not the same as the other two. Another really good one that I periodically come back to (but not that frequently, more for nostalgia’s sake) is Land of Talk’s Some Are Lakes. I recommend this above all other things they’ve put out. The others are good as well, but this one I come back to the most.
How about 2009? I return to almost nothing from this year. What happened guys? Sometimes I come back to Loney, Dear’s Dear John or Regina Spektor’s Far. I still think that Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is probably the best thing to come out that year. The Dirty Projector’s Bitte Orcha was amazing, but honestly I rarely return to it.
What about last year? Has it been long enough? Well, Joanna Newsom’s Have One on Me is still so good…so, so good. Really amazing. It is my ring tone for goodness sake. OK, I have several ring tones depending on who calls me, but all of them are off this album. Very rarely do I come back to anything else. I don’t think I gave The Tallest Man on Earth enough credit last year. I continually come back to that. It is really good. Other than that I sometimes come back to Moonface, Interpol, or … I hate to admit it Kanye West (come on, admit it, that was a pretty awesome album). I unfortunately missed Lightspeed Champion’s new album last year Life Is Sweet! Nice to Meet You which has been consistently amazing for me this year.
That is my summary of what in retrospect was good in 2008-2010. In a few weeks I’ll post my new best of 2011 series.