This is a list exercise that has made the blog rounds of late. I discovered it via Steve Hyden of the AV Club Blog, who in turn picked it up from Idolator. The premise is simple: list your favourite album for every year you’ve been alive.
There’s a couple different ways to go about this, with the most obvious being choosing what your favourite album from a given year is now, but a different way would be to try and recollect what your favourite album was then (at least for years where you were old enough to have an opinion). I’m choosing the favourite album now way to go, since I think it’s more interesting posting opinions I can defend now, as opposed to ones where I can just say “what do you want from me; I was a kid”. That said, in years where I didn’t have a strong favourite, or needed a tiebreaker, I chose albums that defined the year for me at the time.
So here’s the list, with some thoughts about how it all shaped up to follow: Continue reading →
Before I get into this review, I’ll admit straight out that I’m not an unbiased reviewer. Aimee Mann is one of my favourite artists, owing both to the fact that her melancholy songs are right up my alley (even though I’m a pretty happy guy, I’m drawn to sad music) and the fact that she’s always been the first act on my iPod, so when I’m feeling indecisive about what to listen to, I simply press play, “How Am I Different?” starts from Bachelor No. 2, and I’m good. Continue reading →