So, here’s part five of my series of personal albums of the decade. No Radiohead, eh?
Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther (2006)
I recommended this to a friend’s husband. He called the next day to complain about “Horrible 70’s soft-rock”. I told him to give it a chance. A month on and he was playing it every day. The greatest ever concept album about a mathematician living in a 19th Century American town.
MP3: Head Home by Midlake
The National – Boxer (2007)
A raging indictment on modern America, possibly. The best drumming, ever. I’ve played “Apartment Story” more than any other song in the last two years, according to my iTunes.
Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog (2007).
Or how a folk-rock balladeer can fill his sound out and make a wonderful, lustrous album. The stripped down acoustic versions are bizarrely even better.
Feist – The Reminder (2007)
I really wasn’t sure about putting this in the list. Great singer, great musician, some great songs, but the album? Then I listened to it again and changed my mind. It’s great. Though I think she could do much better.
Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin (2007)
Like Josh Rouse, there’s nothing revolutionary about this album, it’s just superb, melodic, dramatic, emotional alt-rock.