Day 9 – Describes your life better than you could

This is what I like most about lyrics, their ability to articulate what I’m thinking. Crazy metaphors for reality that I could never think up myself and yet feel so apt.

TV On The Radio – Ambulance

On top of being one of the most beautiful a capella songs ever (the video I’ve posted doesn’t quite do it justice, but the beatboxing is certainly an interesting alteration to the original), Ambulance has the kind of lyrics that seems like an intro course to psychoanalysis, setting up the protagonist as in desperate need of saving, with one last chance for survival. Heartache in a nutshell.

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Top 42 Albums Of The Decade (10 – 6)

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10.

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago

Length: 37 minutes

Key Tracks: Skinny Love, Flume, Re: Stacks

Lyrical Quality: 4.5 / 5

Melodic Quality: 4.6 / 5

Track Quality: 4.1/ 5

Album Quality: 4.3 / 5

Total: 17.5 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker

Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days

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9.

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Length: 51 minutes

Key Tracks: Jesus Etc., I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Radio Cure

Lyrical Quality: 4.5 / 5

Melodic Quality: 4.4 / 5

Track Quality: 4.2/ 5

Album Quality: 4.7 / 5

Total: 17.8 / 20

Recommended Albums:

My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted

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8.

Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

Bright Eyes - Im Wide Awake Its Morning

Length: 45 minutes

Key Tracks: Lua, At The Bottom Of Everything, First Day Of My Life

Lyrical Quality: 4.6 / 5

Melodic Quality: 4.5 / 5

Track Quality: 4.4/ 5

Album Quality: 4.4 / 5

Total: 17.9 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Elliot Smith – Either/Or

Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk

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7.

TV On The Radio – Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes

TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth Bloodthirsty Babe

 

Length: 47 minutes

Key Tracks: Ambulance, The Wrong Way, Dreams

Lyrical Quality: 4.6 / 5

Melodic Quality: 4.7 / 5

Track Quality: 4.6/ 5

Album Quality: 4.1 / 5

Total: 18.0 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

Dirty Projectors – Rise Above

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6.

The National – Boxer

Th National - Boxer

Length: 43 minutes

Key Tracks: Brainy, Apartment Story, Fake Empire

Lyrical Quality: 4.8 / 5

Melodic Quality: 4.4 / 5

Track Quality: 4.6/ 5

Album Quality: 4.4 / 5

Total: 18.2 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy

Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

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Top 5 tomorrow, and after that I shall be forced to return to band profiles, condensed album reviews, music-based ranting and less comprehensive lists. Also, my “albums I recently discovered (Mid Oct – Mid Nov)” arrives next Saturday.

Top 42 Albums Of The Decade (25 – 21)

So, here begins the “business end” of my list of albums of the decade. I’ve actually devoted a decent amount of time to it, so I hope you appreciate it and take into account the things that I say.

I have replaced short reviews with more important details on the album, things such as recommended listening and key tracks. I ended up rating albums out of 20, using four categories each out of five marks. These ratings aren’t my actual view on the album’s quality, just its ranking in comparison to the other 24 albums on the list.

May I also stress that these are MY opinions, and I would like you to disagree with them, because this isn’t your list. And no, this isn’t a comprehensive list, because I haven’t listened to every album released this decade. This is just a personal list that I made to the best of my ability. So, my list of my favourite 25 albums of the decade.

And here… we… go.

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25.

Bright Eyes – Lifted

Bright Eyes - Lifted

Length: 72 minutes

Key Tracks: False Advertising, Don’t Know When But A Day’s Gonna Come, Make War

Lyrical Quality: 3.2 / 5

Melodic Quality: 3.4 / 5

Track Quality: 3.1 / 5

Album Quality: 3.8 / 5

Total: 13.5 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Under The Sea

The Decembrists – The Hazards Of Love

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24.

Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

Length: 56 minutes

Key Tracks: Lover’s Spit, Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl, KC Accidental

Lyrical Quality: 3.0 / 5

Melodic Quality: 3.9 / 5

Track Quality: 3.3 / 5

Album Quality: 3.7 / 5

Total: 13.9 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

The Most Serene Republic – Population

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23.

Grizzly Bear – Yellow House

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

Length: 50 minutes

Key Tracks: Knife, Lullabye, On A Neck On A Spit

Lyrical Quality: 3.1 / 5

Melodic Quality: 4.0 / 5

Track Quality: 3.2 / 5

Album Quality: 3.7 / 5

Total: 14.0 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Department Of Eagles – In Ear Park

Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals

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22.

TV On The Radio – Dear Science

TV On The Radio - Dear Science

Length: 51 minutes

Key Tracks: Halfway Home, Dancing Choose, Golden Age

Lyrical Quality: 3.5 / 5

Melodic Quality: 3.6 / 5

Track Quality: 3.3 / 5

Album Quality: 4.0 / 5

Total: 14.4 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Wolf Parade – Apologies To The Queen Mary

Rain Machine – Rain Machine

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21.

Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

Length: 48 minutes

Key Tracks: Thistle & Weeds, Little Lion Man, The Cave

Lyrical Quality: 3.8 / 5

Melodic Quality: 3.5 / 5

Track Quality: 3.9 / 5

Album Quality: 3.6 / 5

Total: 14.8 / 20

Recommended Albums:

Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

Alessi’s Ark – Notes From The Treehouse