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Living With Ghosts December 12, 2010

Posted by monty in music.
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Time was, I’d compile my list of favorite albums toward the end of November and then spend the next month obsessively pruning and refining that list for mass consumption.  But now?  Fuck it.  I’m 37 and I have better things to do with my time.  For instance, as soon as I’m done with this, a bottle of pinot noir is waiting for me, along with the 1988 remake of The Blob on Netflix Instant.  Still, as important as music is to me, it’d be an oversight not to spend at least a little time recapping the year that was.  So, for the remainder of the month I’ll be sporadically naming some of my favorite albums of 2010, and then I’ll list them all in a big stinking pile of awesomeness at the very tail end of the year.  Without further ado, here’s Entry #1:

The Barlights – You Cannot Choose the Roads That Take You Home

I wanted to start with something completely out of left field, because, yeah yeah yeah, we all know that Arcade Fire and Kanye West and Deerhunter released great albums, so spending time telling you what every other music publication will tell you is sort of a waste of time.  But make no mistake: the Barlights’ album is fantastic.  It’s kinda jangly, kinda anthemic, kinda folksy, kinda soaring, and all kindsa great.  I don’t know much about the band except that they’re from Norwich, England, it looks like there are four members, and the music just sort of hits that sweet spot for me.  You ever have one of those bands that you love, but when it comes time to explain to someone else why their music means so much to you, you just kind of go, “Gah…”?  That’s what The Barlights are to me.  I’ve listened to this album a lot, but as I sit here trying to articulate why it strikes such a chord with me, all I can do is go, “Gah…,” which is no help at all.  Instead, here’s one of the songs from the album.  It’s called “Love, and Love Only.”  Enjoy.

*****

Current listening:

The Lightning Seeds – Jollification (1994)

Last movie seen:

The Ghost Writer (2010; Roman Polanski, dir.)