Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Top Five of the Decade.

Sorry, i got distracted and deliberated too much on the final order of these top five. I think i've figured out an order i'm happy with though...

5. Sufjan Stevens - Come On, Feel the Illinoise (2005)

I love this album. From the moment the album creaks open with "UFO Sighting, Highland IL" right down to the final twinklings of "Out Of Egypt..." (forgive me for slightly abbreviating the song titles). Sufjan is a magical music maker. Words can't describe how much I like this guy. So I'll let his music do it for me. Listen to Predatory Wasp of The Palisades, Decatur. The Seers Tower and Casimir Pulaski Day to see what I'm talking about.

4. Bjork - Vespertine (2001)

This album is lush and soft and lovely. This album is incredible because Bjork really utilised her surroundings and icelandic background for it. She creates a more introverted little world, like her own little snowglobe. It sounds like Winter at Nighttime. Laced throughout the album are icy snowy sound effects (on one track there is actually boots crushing snow) Best songs on the album are Undo, It's Not Up to You, the wonderful Aurora and Unison.

3. PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)

So many songs on this album have so many different associations for me. They're all good ones though. Road Trips and Beach Drives is the main one. On a Sunni Day. The other one of course is on a rooftop in brooklyn, at one in the morning. oh man, polly jean has got me. I very much love this album, I have listened to it for the last 10 years and have never gotten sick of it.

2. Joanna Newsom - Ys (2006)

Only Skin. Need I say more?

Some of the best songwriting, composing, arrangements are featured on this album. It is epic, orchestral and lyrically beautiful. Joanna Newsom has an art of weaving stories through her delicate harp playing and her grandiose arrangements. This is a fucking amazing album.

1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell (2003)

Every time I hear the opening bars of Rich, I still get excited. This album reminds me of being in year 11 and getting excited about music properly for the first time. Karen O was so awe inspiring to me, I found her amazing, frenetic, crazy and unique. I've chosen this album as my number one, because I feel like it defines me best. Every song on this album has had something to do with some part or point of my life. It's a very good representation of my growing up from doing yr 11 and 12, to uni and to moving out for the first time...This album has literally always stuck. I don't know what else to say. Bless.

So that's it folks. Thanks for reading...or at least looking at the pretty pictures and the order I put them in. Until 2020. ugh. x