As I maybe mentioned the other week, I’ll put some stuff up here soon about the whole ongoing Great Lost Albums thing. It also occurred this morning, though, that I should have a crack at a 2010 halftime Top 20 or 30, as I managed last year.
It was prompted by revisiting Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “Wonder Show Of The World”, an album which sounds to me more and more like one of the peaks of Oldham’s storied career. I got stuck, as usual, on “That’s What Our Love Is”, which sounds for the first half increasingly like a country standard (somewhat idiosyncratic lyrics notwithstanding, of course), and for the second half like something from David Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name”. Which is about as good as it gets, for me.
Nothing new this week that’s quite in that class, though there are some very fine records (and a handful of very ordinary ones). Oh, and we really should talk about the “Exile On Main Street” package sometime. “So Divine”!
1 !!! – Strange Weather, Isn’t It? (Warp)
2 Wavves – King Of The Beach (Bella Union)
4 Various Artists – The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
5 Charles Douglas – The Lives Of Charles Douglas (Broken Horse)
6 Phillip Selway – Familial (Bella Union)
7 The Dead Weather – Sea Of Cowards (Warner Brothers)
8 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk (V2)
9 The Beautiful Losers – Late Night Show (Vollwert)
10 Walter Gibbons – Jungle Music: Mixed With Love – Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986 (Strut)
11 Sun Kil Moon – Admiral Fell Promises (Caldo Verde)
12 Kanye West – Power (Mercury)
13 The Dead Confederate – Sugar (Kartel)
14 Brute Force – The King Of Fuh (Rev-Ola)
15 Luke Abbott – Holkham Drones (Border Community)
16 The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street (Universal)
17 Mount Carmel – Mount Carmel (Siltbreeze)
18 Dylan LeBlanc – Paupers Field (Rough Trade)
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