TIME Magazine is a pretty big deal. I don't read it or anything, but it's a pretty big deal. So I'll post their Top 10 Albums list. As you may expect from a semi-out-of-touch-but-trying-to-be-hip-and-cultured magazine, the list is full of albums that are on just about everybody else's top ten list. This is bad because it's predictable, but good because many of them are very good albums. It's a paradox, really, making these lists. Because you want to put all your favorites at the top and your favorites are often ones that got lots of hype because those are the most accessible and in-your-face and all around listenable albums which is why they got a lot of hype in the first place, but, at the same time, you don't want to sound like everybody else, which is why you listen to some more out there music that other people don't listen to. You do it so you can look cool and unpredictable when you make a year-end list, but then you realize that you really do love some of that out there music, and that it's just as appreciable as much of the heavily hyped stuff. But at the end of the day, you know Kanye and LCD Soundsystem are just always the best and you gotta put them at the top no matter how predictable and uncool you may feel for doing it. Ugh. TIME's top ten is after the jump, and the original is here.
10. Beach House--Teen Dream
Feels like a decent place for this album.
9. Big Boi--Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
I'm getting semi-sick of typing this album's name.
8. Yeasayer--Odd Blood
7. The Black Keys--Brothers
Oh, The Black Keys. They're alright.
6. Sufjan Stevens--The Age of Adz
5. Drake--Thank Me Later
I've been digging this album more and more as the year draws nearer to its close.
4. The National--High Violet
3. LCD Soundsystem--This Is Happening
2. Arcade Fire--The Suburbs
I feel like everybody is putting this at #2.
1. Kanye West--My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
And I feel like everybody is putting this at #1.
There you go. Sorry I went off a bit in the intro. Year-end lists can get stressful.