I listen to music all day long, every day. Aside from countless singles that I love, there are so many albums that I can legitimately say I “really like,” “am really into,” “have been listening to a lot lately” or even that I “think it’s great.” There are also a ton of albums that have quite a few amazing songs, but I pass over a some of the tracks without thinking twice.
But there are the select few albums that I obsess over. These select few become a part of me. I’m no accomplished rock critic, so you shouldn’t take this list to be things that are better than everything else, the most influential or the most culturally significant.
Because I don’t care about that shit. I care about what I like. I’m selfish. Here’s the list — since 2000. Keep in mind that this isn’t a comparison of how albums have held up. Just a chronological listing of the ones I have gone ga ga over. If I had amnesia and had to catch myself up to things quickly, I’d make cobwebby me buy all of these immediately:
Radiohead: “Kid A” (2000)
Spoon: “Kill The Moonlight” (2002)
Interpol: ‘Turn On The Bright Lights” (2002) — Fairly certain this came out the same day as “Kill The Moonlight.” Bought the two on the same day at Treehouse Records in Minneapolis while up there to see Sonic Youth at 1st Ave on the “Murray Street” tour.
Arcade Fire: “Funeral” (2004)
Jens Lekman: “Oh You’re So Silent Jens” (2005) — Yes, I know it’s a compilation. Still plays like an amazing album to me.
Beirut: “Gulag Orkestar” (2006)
The Knife: “Silent Shout” (2006)
The Broken West: “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On” (2007) — Can’t remember the last time I got as upset about an album reception as I had this one. No one else seemed to like it. All idiots.
The National: “Boxer” (2007)
Deerhunter: “Halcyon Digest” (2010)