One more album has been crossed from the list; KT Tunstall’s Eye To The Telescope. This one hurt. When I first listened to Telescope, it hit me just the right way. It was simple, well-written soft-rock with just the right tinge of melancholy. But alas, there’s just not enough room on the list for it, with such great competition.
Speaking of the competition, I’m still fuzzy on how the list will end up. A few albums have pretty clear cut spots, but others are just confusing the hell out of me, such as Ys and Taigi. Newsom and OOIOO clearly created great albums, but I’m unsure of exact;y how good, particularly of Ys. It’s a great album, but a tiring one which I have a bit of hard time listening to the whole way through without thinking longingly of The Knife, Neko Case, and the like. While Taiga will eventually find it’s home, I’m not so sure about Ys.
Finally, one more album is in the running for #1; I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass. I’ve loved it since the moment I first heard it, and it presents serious competition for Silent Shout. Yo La Tengo’s best album in years may just take the #1 spot.