If I’m honest, and I almost always am, if we didn’t start 2010 by looking back at 2009 in order to applaud the good and jeer the bad, I’d feel that something’s not quite right (much like the quibbling as to how this new year should be referred: is it ‘twenty-ten’ or ‘two-thousand-and-ten’?), so let’s start with the decade’s finest long-play offerings and maybe we’ll think about the tunes another time.
(I’m curious to learn if you’re playing, never mind buying, fewer albums in favour of single tracks; I know I am, and I can’t help but feel slightly sad about that whilst, at the same time, uncomfortably asking myself whether many of the albums I have recalled as high points of the past ten years are really good ‘albums’ or just decent collections of songs, some of which are really good.)
Anyway, The Times jumped the gun slightly and produced this diverse, yet somewhat incomplete, list in November.
Here’s mine, trimmed down to leave one from each year, which wasn’t difficult for 2003, but was considerably so for 2006. What a fine musical year that was.
On an Island is obviously a given, so, should you choose to nominate a favourite on a year-by-year basis as I have done, please list another from 2006.
– Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The Blue Trees (2000)
– Starsailor, Love is Here (2001)
– The Mooney Suzuki, Electric Sweat (2002)
– Kings of Leon, Youth and Young Manhood (2003)
– Jet, Get Born (2004)
– Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Howl (2005)
– Neil Young, Living with War (2006)
– Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
– Neil Diamond, Home Before Dark (2008)
– Ray Davies, Kinks Choral Collection (2009)