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In future can these lists please come with a disclaimer?
* May not accurately represent the best 10 songs by titular artist or band
Say a word for Charlie Brown, ain’t got nothin’ at all
Ummm, any four-song run from PFNO which includes Velvet Waltz in it?
Built To Spill may just be my favourite band of all time; the guitar interplay on their albums is truly astonishing at times, and no other band has such a magnificent knack with a song coda. It’s not surprising to hear of their hiatus but it is a damned shame, and I hope it’s not the end for them; Martsch can take all the time he wants to make an album if the results are as special as There Is No Enemy (rightly placed on this list just below their trilogy of classics).
I just can’t see how Perfect From Now On can’t top any self-respecting BTS list; it’s a monumental achievement with astonishing attention to detail, and the juddering, monolithic Velvet Waltz is the jewel in its glittering crown (with Kicked It In The Sun not far behind, a song that captures the irresistable gooiness of TINWWL and expands it to epic proportions). Whilst KILAS is only third on my list (behind PFNO and TINWWL), however, it’s such a great album that I can’t really work myself up about it topping this particular list.
I think the list could’ve been expanded to include The Normal Years; it’s a brilliantly cohesive listen in its own right, and is BTS at their most pop (and possibly more twee than TINWWL).
Possibly my favourite Counting Down so far, and really enjoyed reading your article. MMJ really are the greatest live spectacle I’ve ever witnessed, and Okonokos is just about as good as live recordings get. Pretty much agree with everything you’ve written, though I find the top 3 pretty much inseparable, in terms of which is my favourite. Go Team Highly Suspicious indeed!
Why Bloodbuzz Ohio gets so much love is beyond me, less a perfect distillation of their sound, more The National on auto-pilot. And the utterly derivative Lemonworld is way out of its depth on this list.
I will give credit for including Afraid of Everyone so highly, but otherwise this is a pretty terrible list. Where is Racing Like A Pro, Mistaken For Strangers and Ada? And a whole host of songs from Alligator?
Probably the best list you’ve done so far, and goes some way towards righting the Husker Du/Sugar/Bob Mould monstrosity of the previous week. Personally I would put My Father… quite a bit higher, and would swap the top four around (The Seer ahead of Annihilator, Soundtracks , then Children Of God), but that’s just my opinion.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds next please.
Another Stereogum list, another attempt to rewrite history. Zen Arcade only at #7? Really?
Great list, but surprised by the inclusion of Yanqui U.X.O., as I thought Albini’s production was the weakest thing about it; it just doesn’t put chills up the spine the way the rest of GSY!BE’s catalogue does.