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.
- Hem, Rabbit Songs
- … And You Will Know Us by the Trail Of Dead, Source Code and Tags
- Kronos Quartet, Nuevo
- The Streets, Original Pirate Material
- Hajime Chitose, Hainumikaze
- NUMBER GIRL, NUM-HEAVYMETALLIC
- Quruli, THE WORLD IS MINE
- Zoobombs, love is funky
- Hatakeyama Miyuki, Diving into your mind
- Patty Griffin, 1,000 Kisses
Other favorites from the year:
- UA, Dorobou
- Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf
- Damien Jurado and Gathered In Song, I Break Chairs
- Pedro the Lion, Control
- Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
- Missy Elliott, Under Construction
- The Decemberists, Castaways and Cutouts
- Sonic Youth, Murray Street
- Sleater-Kinney, One Beat
- Kylie Minogue, Fever
- The Roots, Phrenology
- ISIS, Oceanic
- The White Stripes, White Blood Cells
- The Hives, Veni Vidi Vicious
- Catilin Cary, While You Weren’t Looking
- BUGY CRAXONE, Northern Hymns
- N.E.R.D., In Search Of …
- The Books, Thought for Food
- Nappy Roots, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
- Minako, Suck It till Your Life Ends mata wa Shine Made Sono Mama Yatte Iro
- The Flaming Lips, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robot
- Shiratori Maika, Hanazono
- The Back Horn, Shinzou Orchestra
- Joan Jeanrenaud, Metamorphosis
I picked up Original Pirate Material for $1 at Lifelong Thrift Shop, and now I understand why it was all over the place in 2002. I couldn’t open a music magazine without seeing Mike Skinner mentioned in it. I’m pretty sure the sample of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 sealed my admiration for the album.
THE WORLD IS MINE is something of a mea culpa. At the time of its release, I recognized the album as being Quruli’s most complex, but I just couldn’t get into it. I probably felt that it didn’t go far enough if it was going to be ambitious.
Well, the joke’s on me. I listened to it again before its reissue on vinyl, and I really dug it, much more than Antenna, which I praised effusively at the time. So it knocked Minako’s one and only album off the Favorite 10. UA also had to make room for the Streets.
I remember stocking Nappy Roots during my shifts at Waterloo Records and wondering what the big deal was. A $1 copy from Lifelong Thrift Shop 16 years later educated me. I probably wouldn’t have been exposed to Nappy Roots, The Decemberists or ISIS without having worked at Waterloo.
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