The final part of our 10th anniversary run down brings you the ten albums that, according to our writers, have defined the past decade. Welcome to the records that have soundtracked the State story so far….
10. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)
“The problem with The Suburbs is that the fine songs are themselves trapped in an album that often simply underperforms….” Read Phil Udell’s review here.
9. Rusangano Family – Let the Dead Bury the Dead (2016)
“One of the most electrifying, intelligent, thrilling and important records you’ll hear in 2016…” Read Phil Udell’s review here.
8. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
“This is exactly what many have been clamouring for from Lamar – an album that is original, experimental and timeless, but most importantly one that is 100% Kendrick….” Read Ross Logan’s review here.
7. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie (2015)
“‘Kids today’, you might harrumph, but why then do these nine songs from the Rough Trade ruffians feel like the one of the most straight-talking and expertly measured rock debuts in recent memory?” Read Hilary A. White’s review here.
6. Jape – Ritual (2008)
“On ‘Phil Lynott’, Egan reckons that when he dies he’ll be reduced to being ‘a dead man who plays the bass, from Crumlin’. But going by the strength of this record and the instrumentation employed, he’ll be known for more than just that….” Read Bobby Aherne’s review here.
5. My Bloody Valentine – MBV (2013)
What’s 22 years between friends?
4. David Bowie – Blackstar (2016)
“With Blackstar it seemed that Bowie had re-found the ability to wow, to shock. To do the different. This was the moment he was braced upon the precipice of something, the album weighted with an ineffable sense of relevance, like all of Bowie’s greatest works. Even before his death was announced, the opinions were that this was a worthy work. His best in years. His best ever?” Read Dara Higgins appraisal of Bowie and Blackstar here.
3. Villagers – Becoming A Jackal (2010)
“This eleven-track collection is a lo-fi bonanza of haunting melody which continues to peel back layer after layer, revealing incrementally greater strength and substance the more you listen to it….” Read John Balfe’s review here.
2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
“At an hour and ten minutes, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a long old listen but crucially never feels like it. Instead you find yourself wanting more from tracks that already stretch to 7, 8 and 9 minutes. There is simply not a single record out there this year to match this for scope, audacity, vision and quality. Kanye West has been a lot of things over the past couple of years. Forget all of them, they don’t matter now. This is all you need to know…” Read Phil Udell’s review here.