List: My Favourite Album for Every Year I’ve Been Alive

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:
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Music DVD Review: The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead – A Classic Album Under Review (2008)

Such nice looking lads

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead – A Classic Album Under Review (2008) 

Starring: Stephen Street, Craig Gannon, Johnny Rogan, Len Browne, Steven Logan, Brett Anderson, Gavin Hopps, Douglas Noble, Grant Showbiz, Tony Wilson, Morrissey [archival footage], Johnny Marr [archival footage], Thomas Arnold [narrator]
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Top 20 Albums of 2007

Last year, I struggled to come up with more than 10 albums I was passionate enough about to write about, so I decided to stick to ten. No such problem this year, which was a rebound year for art in pop culture in general (as long as you kept paying attention after the summer), bringing me back to a top 20 list. As always, this is a list of how I feel right now, not an attempt to make a list for the ages, which is pointless. I’ve no doubt that this list would change over time were I to revisit it, and in fact hope there’s some great albums out there that I’ve missed, because that would mean there’s more great music for me to hear. I will say that I pretty much ignored any album released in December, so if there was a great album released then that I missed, that’s why.
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Top 5 Songs by Canadian Artists

Happy Canada Day everyone! This post marks the third year in a row where I’ve written about something Canadian on Canada Day. Sadly, since I just came up with the idea to do this list a few hours ago, it’s hardly the most complete, thought-out list ever. But, it’s kinda fun. Plus, how many of you non-Canuck readers are gonna know the difference anyway? You probably think Canadian music begins and ends with Celine Dion and Bryan Adams. Bastards.
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Top Five Songs from the 90s

This list was the most difficult for me to make. This time out, I was both alive for the whole decade AND a consumer of music. In fact, I took music pretty seriously for the whole decade. The problem is that the music I took seriously (and bought in massive amounts) isn’t the music I take seriously today.

Throughout the 90s, I exclusively listened to hip-hop and R&B music. East Coast, West Coast, Underground, Gangsta, all of it. But, as time passed, I got a little older and the music of my youth didn’t speak to me as it once did. It also wasn’t as good as it used to be, as hip-hop became more mainstream and more predictable.
So I turned to rock, and eventually indie rock. The result is the songs I now like from 90s are quite different than the songs I liked in the 90s. But, it’s not like I listened to crap back then, so part of me want to represent that part of me in this list. But it’s hard to compare songs I listen to frequently with songs I mostly just listen to for nostalgic purposes. And thus, this list was hard.
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Top Five Songs from the 80s

Time to move on to a decade that I was actually alive for (the whole decade!). This made the list a little difficult, since I had to battle nostalgia when deciding if a song was actually as good as I remembered it to be, and compare songs that have recently become favourites with ones that I loved back then. Still, even though I was alive for all of the 80s, I wasn’t really a music consumer (what with being 3-13 years old). Instead, I listened to whatever was around me, and had no appreciation for quality. So I was able to dismiss sentiment fairly easily this time.
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Top 10 Albums of 2006

After much deliberation and last-minute cramming of 2006 albums, I’ve decided to commit to my top ten albums of the year list. This list was harder for me to make than last year’s top twenty, as this hasn’t been a banner year for music. Don’t get me wrong, there’s been some good albums this year, but no great ones. At this point, I’m not sure any of the albums on this list would get five stars were I to review them. Things could always change of course, as I spend more time with a particular album, my appreciation of it could change, or an album I’ve yet to have heard may be a five-star effort.

But I did my best to listen to as many albums that I could (well, of bands that I would be interested in, no sense in checking out the best the world of country has to offer, for instance). So I feel pretty good about the make-up of my list as it stands right now.
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POST #27: Top 5 Tegan and Sara songs, number two

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To read the review I wrote of Tegan and Sara’s 2002 album, If It Was You, click HERE.

2. “I Hear Noises” from If It Was You
This is the first song I ever heard from Tegan and Sara, and I still love it as I did then. Actually, I love it more than I did then. What a great pop song. Jangly pop a la The Smiths, with a driving chorus. It’s insanely catchy and THE Tegan and Sara song to hear to get the truest sense of their musical style. Although, what probably put this track over the top was hearing Tegan perform it love with a breathy, ultra-sexy delivery. I kinda fell in love that night. Which isn’t as bad as it sounds, since my wife was next to me, falling a bit in love herself.

POST #18: Top 5 Tegan and Sara songs, number three

This one's for Lucky 13.
If you’re interested in reading my first ever album review, which was on Tegan and Sara’s 2004 album So Jealous, you can read it HERE.

3. “Where Does the Good Go?” from So Jealous
I think So Jealous is their best album to date, but this is the only track from that album on this list. It could easily be replaced on this list with other strong tracks like “You Wouldn’t Like Me”, “I Bet It Stung”, and “Wake Up Exhausted”, because the album is strong throughout. However, I like “Where Does the Good Go?” the best because it’s an excellent blend of love-lorn longing that picks up in tempo after the first verse. It an excellently crafted pop song that is a perfect just-dumped track.