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Best albums of the decade so far…

posted August 6, 2014, 12:10 pm by Nathaniel Lathy | Filed Under Checking the Playlists, Editorial | comment Leave a Comment


vampire weekendThe teens keep rolling on, and the half way point is just about here.

It’s been  a good decade for music, but all decades have high points. There are standout albums up to this point. The best of them are filled with strong cuts.

  1. Vampire Weekend-Contra (2010)
  2. Wild Flag-Wild Flag (2011)
  3. Frank Ocean-Channel Orange (2012)
  4. Parquet Courts-Light Up Gold (2012)
  5. Taylor Swift-Red (2012)

I didn’t include anything from 2013. This doesn’t mean the Savages couldn’t crack the top 10 by the end of the decade. Maybe my tastes could change, as well. A shuffling of the order is always a possibility.

It’s not a case of debut albums can’t be in the list, since Wild Flag resides at No. 2.  There have been high level recordings from various styles.

My heart sags, since there isn’t any jazz to highlight at this point. Maybe a compilation could make the top 10.  There’s no heavy metal represented here.

Converge could make the  list of top cuts for the decade, but probably not. Post punk is about as hard rocking as I can get excited about it. But there is Tomahawk…

Swift is about as pop as I can get in the enthusiasm department for this article. Quadron does give me hope for the upcoming years. Maybe there’s some great EPs or YouTube releases for me to discover in the mean time.

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