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    Thumbs up I liked WHAT?! - New feelings about old top albums lists

    In which you revisit and reevaluate top albums lists from the past. I want people to look at old top albums (or tracks or whatever) lists they've made and see how those lists have held up. What do you still love? What did you overrate? What did you miss?

    This came up in TinyChat the other night and I really like the idea.

    I scoured this message board for threads; there are likely more but I figure it'd provide some fodder to start with. I have not looked at my lists from these threads but I will be doing so shortly. Of course you don't have to only use lists from this forum; I know I've been making year-end lists since the mid-90s so I'll post about older/other ones if I can find them.

    Rate all 2007 albums

    Top Albums of 2007

    Your 30 best of 2008

    so... we are halfway through 2009 (best I could find! includes some year-end lists)

    (Placeholder for 2010; I can't find anything)

    icedKeg's Top Alumbs threads: 2011, 2012, 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    (5) 1. The National - Boxer
    (4) 2. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
    (3) 3. Scout Niblett - This Fool Can Die Now
    (3) 4. Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
    (3) 5. Okkervil River - The Stage Names
    (2) 6. Radiohead - In Rainbows
    (2) 7. St. Vincent - Marry Me
    (2) 8. The Gunshy - There's No Love In This War
    (2) 9. Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
    (2) 10. Handsome Furs - Plague Park
    (1) 11. The New Pornographers - Challengers
    (1) 12. The Browerbirds - Hymns for a Dark Horse
    (1) 13. Magnolia Electric Co - Nashville Moon
    (1) 14. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
    (1) 15. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Baby 81
    (1) 16. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
    (1) 17. The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
    (1) 18. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder
    (1) 19. Jesu - Conqueror
    (1) 20. Grinderman - Ginderman
    There's nothing embarrassing here. The bold albums are ones I still listen to frequently. I still really love Boxer and am not sure what I'd rate above it.

    I am much less enamored of Andrew Bird, Okkervil River, and Radiohead. The New Pornographers, Magnolia Electric Co., and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club all have much better albums, though there are some great tracks on those records.

    St. Vincent has continued making great albums, both Handsome Furs and Grinderman have had fantastic follow-ups.

    Albums I didn't hear/know/rank in 2007 that I would probably rank now:
    • Parts & Labor - Mapmaker
    • Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight
    • This Will Destroy You - s/t
    • LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
    • Stateless - s/t
    • Nina Nastasia & Jim White - You Follow Me (ranked high but not on my top 20)
    • Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers (ranked high but not on my top 20)

    I am surprised I left off Neon Bible but that has held up. Not surprised by leaving off albums from previous favorites the White Stripes, Interpol, Rilo Kiley, and Wilco.

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