#111/200: Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan, The Great Lakes State
For some reason I’ve never listened to this one before. It’s not as strong as “Illinois,” but it’s still a remarkable album. I wish he was serious about making one album for each state. I’d love a “Pennsylvania.”
#110/200: Blur - 13
Good, not great. I’m worried that we’re getting to the point in the list where there are going to be lots of “good, not greats.” Because yeah, they’re great to a lot of people, but less universally adored.
New York Times Magazine profile of Frank Ocean. A good read for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
#109/200: Bonnie “Prince” Billy - I See A Darkness
Eh. Not for me. At least not right now.
Bonnie “Prince” Billy - “I See A Darkness”
#108/200: The Weeknd - House of Balloons
I’m surprised every time I listen to The Weeknd because, on paper, I don’t love R&B. But yeah, this is good stuff. The Weeknd is probably half the reason that Drake’s “Take Care” is so damned good.
#107/200: M83 - Saturdays = Youth
Please go see them live. Please go see them live. Their show blows their albums out of the water, which is saying a lot, considering how much I like their albums.
M83 - “Couleurs”
#106/200: Interpol - Antics
I mentioned before that Interpol was poorly contextualized in my mind, always trying to occupy some space that The Strokes had fortified. But “Antics” is a very good album. I was frustrated that “Turn On The Bright Lights” took #12 on this list, but #106 for Antics? Can’t argue with that.
Interpol - “Next Exit”
#105/200: Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
On one hand, it makes me think of “Blue Valentine” and I get sad. On the other hand, it’s Grizzly Bear, so I’m sitting and wondering why I’ve only listened to it a hundred times instead of a thousand.
Grizzly Bear - “Colorado”
#104/200: Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On
Either I am in a weird mood where I like all music, or this is just another excellent album.
I’m pretty sure it’s just another great album, because the thought of listening to MIA still pains me.
Local Natives - “Colombia”
#102/200: Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
I’ve been put off by Aphex Twin because someone showed me a creepy Aphex Twin music video (Windowlicker, I think) when I was too young to handle it. It was in this insanely pretentious “underground rock” class I took at Explo the summer after 9th grade.
The bottom line is, though, that I’m a bit of an idiot for avoiding Aphex Twin for all these years. This is an excellent album. I’m always looking for more albums like this.
#101/200: Joanna Newsom - Ys
A stunning album, if you’re in the right mood. Luckily, I am.
Joanna Newsom - “Cosmia”