41. Long Gone Before the Daylight (2004) – The Cardigans
42. Franz Ferdinand (2004) – Franz Ferdinand
43. Parachutes (2000) – Coldplay
44. Van Lear Rose (2004) – Loretta Lynn
45. The Rhumb Line (2008) – Ra Ra Riot
46. The Modern Leper (2008) – Frightened Rabbit
47. You Are the Quarry (2004) – Morrissey
48. Some Cities (2005) – Doves
49. Consolers of the Lonely (2008) – The Raconteurs
50. The Reminder (2007) – Feist
comments: It was hard to rank 100 albums but I feel that the list gets stronger with each 10. Consolers of the Lonely, The Reminder, The Rhumb Line, Parachutes, and Franz Ferdinand are among my all-time favorites. I guess by definition these are all among my all-time top albums.
51. MTV Unplugged (2001) – Jay-Z
52. Gimme Fiction (2005) – Spoon
53. Antics (2004) – Interpol
54. The Greatest (2006) – Cat Power
55. Broken Boy Soldiers (2006) – The Raconteurs
56. Failer (2002) – Kathleen Edwards
57. Hot Fuss (2004) – The Killers
58. Treble & Tremble (2004) – Earlimart
59. Neon Bible (2007) – Arcade Fire
60. The Optimist LP (2001) – Turin Brakes
comments: I didn’t realize how great Jay-z was until this album; thank the Roots for that one. Kathleen Edwards quickly became one of my favorite artists. A worthy successor to Shawn Colvin. Earlimart channels Elliot Smith in an album designed to honor their friend. BTW – I like the Raconteurs more than the White Stripes.
There’s a good reason why I didn’t do this earlier. Last year I lost my commute via public transportation. I didn’t give all the albums I got the same listen I used to. So I didn’t feel right judging them. After being laid off, I’ve had more time to ruminate. I know you’ve been waiting. The lack of A Rubber Door’s official recommendation is the one thing I can point to hurting the music industry this year.
I promise to make it up – the best of 2009 is coming within the week.
Honestly without M. Ward – this may not make the list. More Him, less She (Zoey Deschanel). And he listened – a new M. Ward album this year. (OK – I just relistened to You Really Got a Hold On Me – maybe it was the right amount of She)
My Favorites: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here, You Really Got a Hold On Me
The music industry seems loathe to change. At least they seem loathe to change until they’re forced to. Kudos to the management of Gnarls Barkley and The Raconteurs for releasing their CDs much earlier than normal. Gnarls Barkley released their most recent CD in advance of an April release date last week. The Raconteurs did even better – they finished their CD earlier this month and released it today.
There is no reason for the long turns between recording and releasing a CD. The long lead times lead to bootlegging and lower sales. Record and release. Don’t even create CDs – or don’t wait for them to be ready.
As for the CDs: I can only comment on the Gnarls Barkley CD and it’s better than the last one. No break out hit like Crazy, but it’s more complete, complex and a better listen from beginning to end.
The Raconteurs ought to be good – Brendan Benson and Jack White makes for good music. I’ll owe you a review when I listen to it.