My top 5 might be the most predictable but I promise it’s nothing like the other guys’. First, let’s start out with some Honorable Mentions.
Armchair Apocrypha / Andrew Bird
Self-Titled / Blink 182
Bon Iver / Bon Iver
Tell It To The Volcano / Miniature Tigers
Give Up / The Postal Service
Top 5 Albums:
5. Age of Adz / Sufjan Stevens
Age of Adz was released a little over a year ago and I still listen to it non-stop. Sufjan has always had his own original sound combining ellaborate orchestral elements with his timid ‘whisper’ voice and Age of Adz is exactly that with more of an electronic feel. From the quiet and personal “Futile Devices” to the 25 minute rollercoaster “Impossible Soul”, this album is a well deserved spot on my top 5.
4. Animal/Not Animal / Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s
This album will always be my go-to angry album. Animal/Not Animal contains so much angst and coats it with swooping violins and awesome percussion. Margot’s use of dark subject matter is always so well done, taking you places like a carnival, nightmares, mine shafts and “As Tall As Cliffs”. Their first album Dust Of Retreat is worth mentioning also.
3. In Motion / Copeland
This is one of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish. Every song on In Motion has a memory of my high school years associated with it. “No One Really Wins” might be one of the best songs ever written, just saying.
2. Aim & Ignite / Fun.
It was so, so, so hard not to put this album as my number one. Not only is this album amazing in every way but for those of you who don’t know this, the frontman of Fun. is also the genius behind The Format; Nate Ruess. The Format would’ve made the list but I figured Aim & Ignite is just Dog Problems part 2, another incredible album by yours truly. If you haven’t heard this album, get it now! “Be Calm” and “All The Pretty Girls” will change your life.
1. Transatlanticism / Death Cab For Cutie
This really isn’t a surprise for anyone who knows me, we all knew it was going to be DCFC you just didn’t know which album! I literally had to look and see which album had the most plays on my iTunes and it was between Plans and this one. I can say that Death Cab For Cutie is my favorite band and this album only solidifies that decision. Transatlanticism isn’t just instrumentally brilliant, the lyrics have found their way on my LiveJournal (yes, I said Live Journal) countless times. This album was the soundtrack to my high school years and will continue to be played for a long, long time.