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The absolute best albums of the last 5 years?

Jul 6

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010  RssIcon

The CLUAS Archives There are over 500 album reviews in the CLUAS archives. While they've always been accessible via our archive pages, the way the reviews have been presented (one big long unordered list of reviews for each year) is not very user friendly. Which is a pity as there are some terrific reviews in there, as well as reviews of great albums that may have slipped under one's radar. Thankfully the chances of missing out on some such gems over the years has now decreased dramatically. Read on for the fabulous details...

The CLUAS album archive pages have now been reorganised to ensure that our album reviews are listed, for each year, in order of the rating that the reviewer gave the album out of 10. Is that a collective 'Wow' I hear?

Anyways. What's interesting to see is the albums that came out on the top of the pile each year. Most of the top ranking albums are solid but some are, ehhm, let's just say "curious". Below are listed the very top ranking albums (i.e. albums that scored 8.5 or more out of 10) as reviewed by CLUAS writers from 2005 to 2009. Are these the best albums of that period? Certainly not, although many are gems that will stand the test of time. One thing for sure is that the list of albums and their accompanying reviews make for interesting reading.

So what was the top rated album released between 2005 and 2009, according to the CLUAS writers? The answer is, of course, obvious. It has to be the, ehh, all time classic 'Holiday Mix 2005' released by DFA Records.... Read on for even more mind-bending insights revealed in the list (including releases by 10 Irish acts).

10 out of 10

9.5 out of 10

9 out of 10

Between 8.5 and 9 out of 10

8.5 out of 10

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2 comment(s) so far...


Re: The absolute best albums of the last 5 years?

I was always worried, when deciding on a rating out of 10, that it was logically unjustifiable to do so without knowing what a '10' album sounds like. Thanks to DFA Records and you, Eoghan, my mind is now at ease.

By Philip McDonald on   Thursday, July 15, 2010

Re: The absolute best albums of the last 5 years?

Just reading this now, I don't visit the site much these days. Damn you Eoghan for dredging up the past haha. Music reviews are always entirely subjective, but in hindsight, probably not deserving of a 10 (the later LCD soundsytem mix album 45:33 for example was even better), but I guess my logic was there just wasn't a bad moment on it, you could pick it up for peanuts and I wouldn't have a hesitation in reccomending it to someone else. I was never a fan of assigning scores to albums,. I know there a handy shorthand for readers, we all look at scores and stuff, but it always did my head in, music sort of binary for me, I like it or I don't but I had to score it decimally. ;)

By Binokular on   Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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