Lazer Guided Melody – just another music blog – owes its existence to one of those 2011 evenings when wine flowed, and words about music barrelled in all buff-chested and magnificent. Since which time, and amidst the hundreds of articles, there’s the annual Album of the Year review. Not that the world necessarily needs more under-warmed adjective or over-inflated hyperbole when discussing this record or that… but it’s what music blogs do, how they function, attempting to lay out routes of understanding behind the specific contours of LPs lived with and loved to. LGM’s Albums of the Year are:
Also, from the autumn of 2012, and possibly in an attempt to quantify such vague notions, LGM featured examples of those Significant Albums of each individual year. Ten or so records (and twenty in periods when the music gods truly smiled upon us) in which the mark of significance is interpreted as something utterly integral to that year in question… or still as vital today as it was back then. And if the mechanics of quantification became lost in a haze of prose… well, we finished off each piece by hitting upon that one LP doing without is an utter anathema.
This list of unencumbered joy doubles up as a link to the “scientific and objective analysis” of each twelve-month period. Disagreement in the comments section, please.
1980 – David Bowie / Scary Monsters
1981 – The Cure / Faith
1982 – The Cure / Pornography
1983 – The The / Soul Mining
1988 – Pixies / Surfer Rosa
1989 – The Cure / Disintegration
1990 – Depeche Mode / Violator
1994 – Morrissey / Vauxhall And I
1999 – Sigur Rós / Ágætis Byrjun
2002 – Sigur Rós / ( )
2005 – King Creosote / KC Rules OK