Friday, March 04, 2005

Music of the Last Five Years

So I posted my favorite albums of 2004 a few months back, and when pitchforkmedia.com released it's top 100 albums of the last 5 years, I started to think back to what my favorites were back then and what music from years past I still listen to today. Now, maybe it's because I've become a big indie dork over the last couple of years, but my tastes have changed as the years have gone on, so I'm going to compare what my top 5 albums from each year are now and compare that list to what my top 5 albums were back then. I'll stop explaining and just get right into it:
Top Albums of 2003 (back then):
1) Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
2) White Stripes - Elephant
3) The Strokes - Room on Fire
4) The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
5) The Postal Service - Give Up
Honorable Mention: The Darkness - Permission to Land

Top Albums of 2003 (now):
1) The Postal Service - Give Up
2) Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
3) The Rapture - Echoes
4) Sufjan Stevens - Greetings from Michican: The Great Lakes State
5) The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Honorable Mention (three-way tie): The New Pornographers - Electric Version, The Stills - Logic Will Break Your Heart, The Wrens - The Meadowlands

See, that's how it works, as you can see, things have changed a bit. I was introduced to pitchfork in late 2003 and they introduced me to Sufjan Stevens and The Wrens. The White Stripes' Elephant just has not stood the test of time, nor has The Strokes' Room on Fire, and I don't know what I was ever thinking with The Darkness. The Postal Service were new to me at the end of '03 so I wasn't sure how they'd hold up, but I still love them as much now as I did then. Okay, enough of the explanation, ONWARD!!!

Top Albums of 2002 (back then):
1) Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
2) Beck - Sea Change
3) Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
4) The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
5) Andrew WK - I Get Wet
Honorable Mention - Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf

Top Albums of 2002 (now):
1) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
2) Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
3) The Streets - Original Pirate Material
4) The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
5) The Notwist - Neon Golden

Once again pitchfork strikes, as I never would have heard of The Notwist without them. I bought Interpol's debut when it was released, but I don't think I was ready for it at the time, I stored it away and dug it back out in the summer of '03 where I fell in love with it. Original Pirate Material was like Give Up in '03, too new at the end of the year to know how I truly felt about it. Also, in the time between December '02 and now, Wilco has become my favorite band, and their masterpiece goes near the top of any list I'd ever make. As for the albums that slipped off the list, Beck's Sea Change just doesn't carry the gravity that it once did for me, and almost seems to drag a bit when I put it on today. The Chili Peppers decided to make about half the songs on By the Way singles, and since I was working at a radio station during that period, I heard every song about a billion times. A Rush of Blood to the Head is still a good album, but it has gone the way of Elephant and Room on Fire as just not sounding as new and fresh now as it once did. Andrew WK were my Darkness of '02, and QOTSA are still great but my tastes have moved away from them. Digging up my best-of from '01 and '00 is going to be a little tougher, so I'm going to take a break and post those in the coming days.

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