I prefer The Libertines’ second album, their self-titled, to “Up the Bracket,” but still: this album is one of the highlights of the early 2000’s garage-rock wave that ushered me into high school.
The Libertines - “Up The Bracket”
The fact that “Nostalgia, Ultra,” which is essentially a mixtape, founds its way onto the list speaks highly to (1) the recency effect, and (2) the strange, wonderful power that Frank Ocean has over his listeners.
Works for me.
Also, I just learned that pretty much all of the R&B I like is classified as “PBR&B,” a portmanteau of PBR and R&B, or “indie R&B.” It sounds sort of derogatory, but hey: Whatever works.
Frank Ocean - “Swim Good”
Geodaddi is perfect for what it is- an ambient chillout electro album.
This is how the People’s List works, right? It’s a bunch of perfect or near-perfect albums weighted by the number of people that actually want to regularly listen to that perfection/near-perfection.
Statistics are the worst.
This album and Picaresque were two important albums to me in high school, but I pushed them to the side when I had the obligatory “All I need are The Beatles” phase in college.
When I got back into indie rock, I didn’t think to revisit The Decemberists. If you’ve been following my progress through the People’s List, you’ll see the common theme here: I made a mistake. Just because I liked something in high school doesn’t mean it was complete garbage. I have to start giving my 16 year old self some more credit.
The Decemberists - “The Crane Wife 3”
I got delayed in my progress because of a Joanna Newsom record that
I finally bit the bullet today and listened to it. While I’ll stand my ground and say that no one really needs to put out a triple album, this really was quite a good listen. Obviously, I can’t differentiate one 8-minute twee ballad from the next after one listen, but I found myself surprisingly involved in her meandering lyrics.
Joanna Newsom - “Does Not Suffice”
As soon as I’m done with the People’s List, I’m no longer going to post songs via Spotify. It’s kind of a no-brainer.
On Friday, Kanye West’s seventh album, Yeezus, was revealed to the world. In celebration of this holy event, members of the Grantland staff seized one