Saturday, November 21, 2009
End of Year/Decade lists
I thought I had successfully compiled all the best/my favorite albums of this decade into a solid top 50 last week, when I started planning the list--until I scanned through google, searching for the most popular albums tipped to top most end of decade lists in December and the album that came up most was The Stroke's first album, Is This It, released back in 2001. I've never gave the album a fair listen as I've only really started listening to alternative rock-influenced music this year and a good part of last.
It received a 5 out of 5 rating from Allmusic and Q Magazine. A 10 out of 10 from NME, and takes the top spot for their end of year list so I guess to say Is This It was a universally acclaimed album would be an understatement.
I bought the album today from iTunes and gave it a close listen and taking note to its back-story, no sooner than track 5, the exuberant "Someday" (which I had loved prior) did it click, why it's possibly the most acclaimed album of the decade. It's going to take some serious horizon expanding to appreciate this in its entirety, but I'm willing to make the sacrifice.