Apr 272017
 

Release date order:

  • The xx – I See You (January 13)
  • Piano Magic – Closure (January 20)
  • Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol 1 (February 3)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (February 10)
  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism (February 17)
  • Vagabon – Infinite Worlds (February 24)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost (February 24)
  • Temples – Volcano (March 3)
  • Fen – Winter (March 10)(BM)
  • Jay Som – Everybody Works (March 10)
  • Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (March 17)
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me (March 24)
  • Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (March 31)(BM)
  • VANUM – Burning Arrow (April 1)(BM)
  • Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar (April 7)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock (April 21)
  • The Black Angels – Death Song  (April 22)
  • Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle (April 28)
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto  – Async (April 28)
  • Slowdive – Slowdive (May 5)
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape (May 5)

« Best albums of 2016

Dec 272016
 

Rank order:

  1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (February 26)(BM)
  2. Alcest – Kodama (September 30)(BM)
  3. Sylvaine – Wistful (May 12)(BM)
  4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death (September 30)
  5. Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate (December 2)(BM)
  6. Marissa Nadler – Strangers (May 20)
  7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid (October 8)
  8. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (October 21)
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (May 8)
  10. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (April 29)

Others, release date order:

  • David Bowie – Blackstar (January 8)
  • The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (January 22)
  • Atlanter – Jewels Of Crime (January 22)
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield (January 29)
  • Amute – Bending Time In Waves (February 5)
  • DIIV – Is the Is Are (February 5)
  • Aluk Todolo – Voix (February 5)(BM)
  • Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex (February 19)
  • Mogwai – Atomic (April 1)
  • Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (May 13)
  • Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (August 19)
  • Andrea Schroeder – Void (August 26)
  • Angel Olsen – My Woman (September 2)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (September 9)
  • Drudkh / Grift – Betrayed By The Sun / Mirages (September 16)(BM)
  • Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (September 30)(BM)
  • TOY – Clear Shot (October 28)
  • Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter (November 4)

Compilations:

  • Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 (box set) (November 11)

« Best albums of 2015
» Best albums of 2017

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (February 3)
  2. Austere – To Lay like Old Ashes (February 27)(BM)
  3. Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (March 3)
  4. Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (April 3)
  5. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions (May 18)
  6. Natural Snow Buildings – Shadow Kingdom (September)
  7. The Black Heart Procession – Six (October 6)
  8. A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head (October 6)
  9. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic (October 13)
  10. Piano Magic – Ovations (?)

Other albums:

  • Radiohead – The King of Limbs (February 18)
  • Horrors – Primary Colours (April 21)
  • Japandroids – Post-Nothing (April 28)

 

« Best albums of 2008
» Best albums of 2010

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. Have a Nice Life – Deathconsciousness (January 1)
  2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (March 22)
  3. Portishead – Third (April 8)
  4. No Age – Nouns (May 6)
  5. Deerhunter – Microcastle (August 19)
  6. Wovenhand – Ten Stones (September 9)
  7. Deerhunter – Weird Era Cont. (October 28)
  8. {{{Sunset}}} – Bright Blue Dream (?)
  9. U.S. Christmas – Eat The Low Dogs (?)
  10. Calexico – Ancienne Belgique (Live in Brussels 2008) (?)

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» Best albums of 2009

Mar 052016
 

Release date order:

  1. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (January 23)
  2. Deerhunter – Cryptograms (January 29)
  3. Besnard Lakes – Are The Dark Horse (February 20)
  4. Odawas – Raven And The White Night (March 6)
  5. Marissa Nadler – Songs 3: Bird On The Water (March 12)
  6. Low – Drums and Guns (March 20)
  7. Alcest – Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde (August 3)(BM)
  8. Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters (September 25)(BM)
  9. Radiohead – In Rainbows (October 10)
  10. Strawfoot – Chasing Locusts (?)

Others:

  • Tinariwen – Aman Iman (March 13)

« Best albums of 2006
» Best albums of 2008

Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. Wolves In The Throne Room – Diadem Of 12 Stars (February 7)
  2. Tenhi – Maaäet (February 10)
  3. Man Man – Six Demon Bag (February 21)
  4. Mogwai – Mr Beast (March 6)
  5. Drudkh – Blood in Our Wells (March 23)(BM)
  6. Built To Spill – You In Reverse (April 11)
  7. Black Heart Procession – The Spell (May 9)
  8. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (October 27)
  9. Joanna Newsom – Ys (November 14)
  10. The Ruins Of Beverast – Rain Upon The Impure (?)(BM)

Others:

  • Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies (February 21)

 

« Best albums of 2005
» Best albums of 2007

Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem (January 24)
  2. Low – The Great Destroyer (January 25)
  3. The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (March 1)
  4. Drudkh – The Swan Road (March 14)(BM)
  5. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy (April 5)
  6. Piano Magic – Disaffected (April 18)
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (July 4)
  8. Sigur Rós – Takk… (September 12)
  9. Marissa Nadler – The Saga Of Mayflower May (?)
  10. Dirty Three – Live! At Meredith (?)

Others:

  • Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (February 8)
  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Darkness At Noon (April 5)
  • Eels – Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (April 26)

« Best albums of 2004
» Best albums of 2006

Mar 032016
 

A selection of more than 800 albums I consider essential, from 1963 to the present. Click the decade link to view the whole decade in one page or click the single year.

The lists include 10 main albums per year (at least starting from 1965) plus a variable number of other albums listed after. They are sorted by release date unless specification indicates otherwise.

The lists are focused on rock and derivative genres. They don’t cover: compilations; rock&roll and rockabilly from the 50s (however from that period there are mostly singles and compilations); straight blues (covered here), soul, rap, hip hop, folk and jazz (although there are few exceptions).

The lists are to be considered as a work in progress.

 

Albums selected from the lists above, one for each year:

 

Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Ghost – Hypnotic Underworld (January 27)
  2. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (March 15)
  3. Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender (March 23)
  4. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (June 22)
  5. Wovenhand – Consider The Birds (September 20)
  6. Man Man – The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face (October 19)
  7. Drudkh – Autumn Aurora (November 28)(BM)
  8. Piano Magic – The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic (December 15)
  9. Robert Rich – The Open Window (?)
  10. Marissa Nadler – Ballads Of Living And Dying (?)

Others:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (February 9)
  • Charalambides – Joy Shapes (May 10)
  • Arcade Fire – Funeral (September 14)
  • Dresden Dolls – Dresden Dolls (September 26)
  • Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Halo Star (?)
  • Bark Psychosys – Codename:Dustsucker (?)

« Best albums of 2003
» Best albums of 2005

Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Supersilent – 6 (January 20)
  2. Cat Power – You Are Free (February 18)
  3. Calexico – Feast of Wire (February 18)
  4. Dirty Three – She Has No Strings Apollo (February)
  5. Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters (March 4)
  6. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (April 14)
  7. Mogwai – Happy Songs For Happy People (May 21)
  8. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (June 9)
  9. Elbow – Cast Of Thousands (August 13)
  10. Drudkh – Forgotten Legends (August 18)(BM)

Others:

  • Massive Attack – 100th Window (February 10)
  • Okkervil River – Down The River Of Golden Dreams (September 2)
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland (October)
  • Richard Youngs – Airs of the Ear (?)

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» Best albums of 2004