swings and roundabouts

Hello, you sexy bastards.

I haven’t written a blog in a fair while, so I may as well write something while the news is lacking on Easter weekend.

I want to cover a lot of subjects in this post, but my main one has had me thinking since last week: what were the best ten albums of the last decade? I want to list them, but I will point out that up until the last two years of the decade, I was probably very much mainstream: only getting into bigger and newer music, not getting into stuff like Pavement, Imogen Heap and all that until late 2008.

Radiohead – Kid A

I first listened to Kid A back in December 2006 after a release in October 2000, where back then, it was quite received as well as it is now.

Right from the bat, I loved it, and to this day, it s my favourite album ever. Nothing has ever come close.

Favourite tracks: Kid A, The National Anthem, In Limbo

Daft Punk – Discovery

I was into Daft Punk before Discovery with Homework, but only because my brother wouldn’t stop playing it every time he got a chance.

With Discovery, I’m quite as glad it wasn’t forced upon me, unlike Homework. It really is such a classic album for its genre and for its time.

Favourite tracks: Digital Love, Veridis Quo, Too Long

Radiohead – In Rainbows

Noticeably, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief before it didn’t do the band much success as Kid A did after its release. They were both good, but nothing on the level of The Bends, OK Computer or Kid A.

So imagine our surprise when they announced it would be upon us within ten days of a Dead Air Space post from Jonny going live. And it realy was a fantastic album, although I am not afraid to admit there was one big disappointment in that album, which was Videotape. That was sounding amazing before the release of the album, but it was just okay on the album.

Much better song live in its In Rainbows form, anyways.

Favourite Tracks: Bodysnatchers, Arpeggi, All I Need

Sigur Rós – Agætis Byrjún

Yes, I realize this was released in Iceland in 1999, but it did only reach the UK in 2000, so I’m counting it.

Truth be told, as much as Takk got me into Sigur Rós (as below), it was Agætis Byrjún that has since become my favourite album from them. There really is such fantastic stuff on here, which is why it is my favourite album from them, especially a ten minute epic like Viorar. Listen to that – mouth open. It is beautiful.

If you never gotten it beforehand, best advice would be to wait for the tenth anniversary edition due out in the summer.

Favourite Tracks: Starlafur, ny Batteri, Viorar Vel Til Loftarasa

Sigur Rós – Takk…

Okay, I’ll come clean: it was Hóppipólla and them Planet Earth ads that got me into Sigur Rós. That said, I think, as good as it is as a song, Hóppipólla is such overrated bollocks.

There are much better songs on that album then that. There is some fantastic stuff, and I’m really glad I got it. Nothing on AB, though.

Favourite Tracks: Glósóli, Sæglopur, Heysátan

The Killers – Hot Fuss

While there are better albums this decade, obviously, this was the one that really interested in music at the age of 14 when I picked it up a year after it released. When everybody I knew was listening to shit HipHop and dance music, I was listening to this along with Feeder’s latest at the time.

I mainly got it for All These Things That I’ve Done: there was probably no bigger of an influential lyric this decade then “I’ve Got Soul, But I’m Not a Soldier”.

Favourite Tracks: Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, All These Things That I’ve Done, Midnight Show

Muse – Absolution

Like Sigur Rós, I got into Muse with an album released after their best work had been and gone. But as much as Black Holes was decent (come on, say what you like about it, Cydonia was epic), Absolution was fantastic. And their best to date: BH&R and certainly not The Resistance has touched it thus far.

Favourite Tracks: Apocalypse Please, Time is Running Out, Thoughts of a Dying Atheist

Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

Despite my previous comments on HTTT above, I still rate it very highly personally, even more so than The Bends. Yes, The Bends is awesome, but HTTT has a lot more of stuff that I liked in it more than that.

Especially Where I End and You Begin. And that will never be beaten.

Favourite Tracks: Sail to the Moon, Where I End and You Begin, There, There

Sigur Rós – Hvarf-Heim/Heima

Okay, this maybe cheating just a little bit, considering its mostly unheard of material and newly worked versions of stuff we had heard before, but really, it’s the DVD of Heima that really takes it home. If you’re a Sigur Rós fan, you need to watch Heima and get Hvarf/Heima together.

Favourite Tracks: Hiljomalind, i Gáer, Samskeyti

Kasabian – self-titled

If Hot Fuss properly got me into music, it was Kasabian that pushed it home. While there is split-opinion over Empire (some like it, some don’t), all three of their albums in my opinion have been in the most part consistent. But its the first album that does the trick, just for the first half alone.

Favourite Tracks: Club Foot, LSF, Cutt Off

So that’s pretty much it. I did say it would vary on the side of mainstream somewhat, but I have started getting a little varying in my picks

And yes, it is mostly dominated by Sigur Rós, but they’ve probably had a bigger effect on me in musical terms then even Radiohead. And this is coming from someone who’s seen Radiohead, Muse and Kasabian live, but never seen Sigur Rós live (something I will rectify).

Still, that’s pretty much the lot.

Kick-Ass is Kick-Ass

I went and saw Kick Ass earlier this week. Expectations were high, but within the first 2 minutes, expectations: out the window. This would have probably been a good movie without her, but let’s be honest, and probably everyone who’s seen it will agree too: this movie was made by Hit-Girl.

Chloe Moritz’s character simply astonished me, not just for the fact she can probably shoot 20 or so gangsters in a tight and crowded corridor in so many various ways, but also mostly because of the character within her character.

Please Jesus, if there ain’t going to be a sequel – which, after this, there must be, going by the ending – please have a Hit-Girl spin-off.

Well, that’s it. Easter weekend doesn’t really excite much, but it should be alright this time: Doctor Whooooooooooooooooooo!

Later, kids.

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