As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 2004 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!
From 2005 the year Ellen MacArthur sailed very fast, Live 8 saw Pink Floyd on stage together again, and Coldplay made my the walls of our flat shake.
the contenders in alphabetical order;
using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are
Jointly My Morning Jacket – Z & The National – Alligator
I couldn’t split them. Both American rock bands, both with awesome albums which I loved. Both are great live, both are albums i keep on returning to often. I don’t know how I could separate them to be honest.
Seek out – both albums. they are very good.
Martyn Joseph – Deep Blue
What an album. really what an album. Practically prefect songs in every aspect. turn me tender is possibly my favourite song form this decade. it constantly leaves me desiring its company and wisdom as I work out what this thing called life is all about.
seek out – the album, it is quite wonderful
Sufjan Stevens – (Come on feel the) Illinoise!
I love the songs on this album, the way some tracks last 40 seconds or so, and how some last 5minutes. the way the sparing use of orchestration, the grooves on some songs, the fact it is about one of my top 52 American states, the fact the production seems sparing to give each piece of music its on space. it is quite, quite brilliant.
seek out – the whole album. it should get your attention.