A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.
The Favorite Edition 2008 spurred this exercise to revisit lists from 10 years ago. While the Favorite 10 has only one change, the other favorites include a number of new discoveries.
- Santigold, Santigold
- MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS, MASS OF THE FERMENTING DREGS
- The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
- Emmylou Harris, All I Intended to Be
- ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, World World World
- Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
- Sam Amidon, All Is Well
- Leo Imai, Fix Neon
- Nico Muhly, Mothertongue
- Spangle call Lilli line, ISOLATION
Other favorites from the year:
- Matt Alber, Hide Nothing
- ZAZEN BOYS, ZAZEN BOYS 4
- Utada Hikaru, HEART STATION
- Perfume, GAME
- Jennifer Koh, String Poetic
- Janelle Monáe, Metropolis: The Chase Suite
- Chris Walla, Field Manual
It took me a year and a half to get around to Santigold. I’m not sure why I hadn’t, and I can’t remember what finally spurred me to do so. I’m just glad I did. Chris Walla, unfortunately, must make way.
Perfume, Jennifer Koh and Janelle Monáe are retroactive entries, replacing hey willpower, Bob Mould and VOLA AND THE ORIENTAL MACHINE.
I must have really been tough on Utada Hikaru’s HEART STATION — it didn’t even rank at the time.
Competition for this list was tough. Matt Alber and ZAZEN BOYS could have squeezed into the Favorite 10, and even Janet Jackson and R.E.M. turned out some decent work that year. The cup runneth over.
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