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An Album a Year

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The AV Club over at The Onion recently did a feature where the writers picked a favorite album for each year they’d been alive. The rules were simple:  You can pick a record based on what you like now, or what you would have picked that year assuming you were old enough to care. 

Of course, I  made a list, trying to be honest rather than appear cool (as my 1972 choice will prove).  As I compile my best of the year for 2008, here are some albums representing since 1972.

1972: Hot August NightNeil Diamond

1973: Closing TimeTom Waits

1974: On the BeachNeil Young

1975: Blood on the TracksBob Dylan

1976: Warren ZevonWarren Zevon

1977: LowDavid Bowie

1978: Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce Springsteen

1979: The WallPink Floyd

1980: PretendersThe Pretenders

1981: Tattoo YouThe Rolling Stones

1982: ThrillerMichael Jackson

1983: MurmurR.E.M.

1984: Purple RainPrince and the Revolution

1985: The Head on the DoorThe Cure

1986: The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths

1987: Substance       New Order

1988: Green-       R.E.M.

1989: Paul’s Boutique-       The Beastie Boys

1990: GodWeenSatan: The OnenessWeen

1991: Achtung Baby-       U2

1992: Check Your Head –     Beastie Boys

1993: Siamese Dream-       The Smashing Pumpkins

1994: Mellow Gold –      Beck

1995: The Bends-       Radiohead

1996: If You’re Feeling Sinister –       Belle & Sebastian

1997: The Mollusk-       Ween

1998: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea-       Neutral Milk Hotel

1999: 69 Love Songs  –     The Magnetic Fields

2000: The Moon and Antarctica –      Modest Mouse

2001: White Blood Cells –      The White Stripes

2002: Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground –      Bright Eyes

2003: Electric Version –      The New Pornographers

2004: A Ghost Is Born –      Wilco

2005: Illinois-       Sufjan Stevens

2006: Rabbit Fur Coat-       Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins

2007:  Person Pitch– Panda Bear

2008:  The Stand Ins- Okkervil River

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  1. Brian, cool list. Your tastes are broad. I haven’t heard of half your favs from 2002 forward. Gives me something to do with my Rhapsody subscription.

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