Dammit, I finally gave in, I bought the Bon Iver album "For Emma, Forever Ago." I've been listening a lot to NPR's All Songs Considered from last years podcasts and they finally convinced me to get it, I'm glad I did, its really good, and like cell phones and iPods, I'm very late to get on this bus too, better late than never I guess. This album makes me want to crawl into my bed with a blanket and never get up, or walk around on a cold morning sunrise. What a dork I am...
Although the morons on All Songs Considered gave shitty reviews to the My Morning Jacket "Evil Urges" album which I think is in my sacred top 5 albums that matter list and makes me question their taste in music I got it anyway. This leads me to think about what really are my other 4 top 5 albums that matter as of today (a constantly evolving list). And what I mean is as a complete package these albums are the most complete and amazing efforts I've ever heard.
My Top Five Serious Albums that Matter are:
1.) Radiohead "Kid A"
2.) Modest Mouse "The Moon and Antarctica"
3.) The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"
4.) My Morning Jacket "Evil Urges"
5.) Is A threeway tie: Arcade Fire "Funeral" vs. Wilco "Sky Blue Sky" vs. Dr. Dog "Fate"
There are a lot of albums that got chopped from this list, but if I had to take 5 albums to the county fair to be judged for a blue ribbon, these would be them.
What did I leave out? I didn't put any older albums on because those are all "givens." Also there weren't any real jam bands on there because they are usually way better live than their albums show. Don't get all up in my grill because I left your fave off, if you present a good case I will consider changing my list. I'm open to debate here, except for Radiohead Kid A, you are gonna have to be pretty damn convincing to get me to remove that one.