33 Years of Albums
This meme, cribbed from The Onion's AV Club Blog, is nicely straightforward - your favorite album from each year of your life. Clearly, all are not albums I listened to originally, but these are what I from today's perspective value most dearly from each of the past 33 years:
1974 - Queen II, Queen - Great concept rock pomposity.
1975 - Blood on the Tracks - - Bob Dylan - Maybe my favorite Dylan album.
1976 - Desire - Bob Dylan - A default pick; only 1976 album I have. (A fine album, albeit no Blood on the Tracks)
1977 - My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello - . . . and the News!
1978 - This Year's Model - Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Such a difference a band makes.
1979 - Quadrophenia - The Who - I liked this album a lot more when I stopped trying to figure out the nonexistent "story."
1980 - Get Happy!! - Elvis Costello - Just edging out U2's Boy.
1981 - October - U2 - But the Boys beat Trust here.
1982 - Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
1983 - Synchronicity - The Police - Another album I need to upgrade on. Well, maybe not "Mother."
1984 - Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen - And yet another!
1985 - Scarecrow - John Cougar Mellencamp - Mellencamp matures.
1986 - Graceland - Paul Simon - "Homeless" is still one of the prettiest things I've ever heard.
1987 - The Joshua Tree - U2 - Of course. Although Mellencamp's The Lonesome Jubilee does make a strong showing.
1988 - Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman - Check out "For You" - an undiscovered gem.
1989 - Oh Mercy - Bob Dylan - In extolling the greatness of the late 90s-early 00's triptych, I often forget how this precursor to those albums is.
1990 - Rhythm of the Saints - Paul Simon - Is it now a cxliche to say you prefer this to Graceland?
1991 - Achtung Baby - U2 - And Sting's luminous The Souls Cages weeps.
1992 - Amused to Death - Roger Waters - I'm not a big Pink Floyd fan, but I love this.
1993 - The Juliet Letters - Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet - A gorgeous song cycle.
1994 - Grace - Jeff Buckley - and yet if he hadn't died, I'm willing to bet that I'd never have heard of him.
1995 - The Bends - Radiohead - Amazing how their music has changed, no?
1996 - Boys for Pele - Tori Amos - A default pick, really
1997 - Time Out of Mind - Bob Dylan - And I thought U2's Pop and Radiohead's OK Computer would have to fight it out.
1998 - Painted from Memory - Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach - I haven't listened to this in ages. Must remedy.
1999 - Brand New Day - Sting - A slim year!
2000 - All That You Can't leave Behind - U2 - I wouldn't have guessed then how omnipresent a song "Beautiful Day" would be. That sucker's going to last.
2001 - Love and Theft - Bob Dylan - OK. Maybe this is my favorite.
2002 - The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 - 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue - Bob Dylan - My favorite of the Bootleg series.
2003 - North - Elvis Costello - Elvis is always there with a mellow pop album in slow years.
2004 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb - Which reminds me - new U2 album just a few months away!
2005 - Illinois - Sufjan Stevens - I am suspect to his charms.
2006 - Modern Times - Bob Dylan - Such a deliciously ironic title for such a classic album.
2007 - Neon Bible - Arcade Fire - A new sound.