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23 May 2009 02:28 PM

    To mark the occasion of CLUAS.com's 10th birthday the CLUAS writers were polled to find the top 50 Irish albums of CLUAS.com's lifetime, i.e. from 1999 to 2009. A total of 35 writers voted in this poll, each of them voting for an average of 8 albums. Below, listed in alphabetical order, are the 50 albums that secured the most votes, and every single album below was voted for by at least 2 writers. Which album was the overall winner? Well you'll just have to check back on 30 May 2009 when the full ranked list of these albums is published!

    • 66e 'Fall Down 7 Times, Stand Up 8'
    • Alphastates 'Made from Sand'
    • Ash 'Free All Angels'
    • Bell X1 'Music in Mouth'
    • Cathal Coughlan 'Black River Falls'
    • Cathal Coughlan 'The Sky's Awful Blue'
    • Cathy Davey Tales of Silversleeve'
    • Damien Dempsey Seize the Day'
    • Damien Rice 'O'
    • David Holmes 'Bow Down to the Exit Sign'
    • David Holmes The Holy Pictures'
    • David Kitt 'The Big Romance'
    • David Kitt 'Small Moments'
    • The Divine Comedy 'Regeneration'
    • The Divine Comedy 'Victory For The Comic Muse'
    • Dry County 'Unexpected Falls'
    • Fight Like Apes The Mystery of the Golden Medallion'
    • Fionn Regan The End of History'
    • The Frames 'Dance The Devil'
    • The Frames 'For The Birds'
    • Frank and Walters 'A Renewed Interest in Happiness'
    • Gemma Hayes 'Night on my Side'
    • God Is An Astronaut 'All Is Violent, All Is Bright'
    • Ham Sandwich 'Carry the Meek'
    • Headgear 'Flight Cases'
    • The Immediate 'In towers and clouds'
    • Jape 'Ritual'
    • JJ72 'I To Sky'
    • JJ72 'JJ72'
    • Joe Chester 'A Murder Of Crows'
    • Lisa Hannigan 'Sea Sew'
    • Mumblin ' Deaf Ro 'The Herring And The Brine ' (2006)
    • Republic of Loose 'Aaagh'
    • Roisin Murphy 'Overpowered'
    • Simple Kid 'SK1'
    • Simple Kid 'SK2'
    • Snow Patrol 'When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up'
    • Snow Patrol 'Final Straw'
    • So Cow 'These Truly Are End Times'
    • Ten Speed Racer '10 SR'
    • The Thrills 'So Much For The City'
    • The Tycho Brahe 'This Is The Tycho Brahe'
    • The Tychonaut 'Love Life'
    • The Walls 'New Dawn Breaking'
    • Turn 'Forward'
    • U2 'All that u cant leave behind'
    • U2 'How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'
    • The Urges 'Psych Ward'
    • Waiting Room 'Catering For Headphones'
    • Wilt 'Bastinado' 

    Is the list on the money or well wide of the mark? Any major omissions? Let us know what you think right here.
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    23 May 2009 03:25 PM
    Hooray for Humans' Signature should be in there somewhere ...
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    23 May 2009 04:25 PM
    Two JJ72 albums in there is proof enough there haven't been 50 great Irish albums in the last 10 years.
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    24 May 2009 06:12 AM
    I'd throw the new Halfset in there.. The U2 records are token gestures, right? Although at a push 'All that you can't leave behind' deserves a mention. It's amazing, a top 50 from 89 to 99 would easily wipe the floor with this list.. You can probably blame Westlife for that.
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    24 May 2009 04:04 PM
    Top 50? We could stretch to a Top 10 at a push.
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    25 May 2009 04:36 AM
    SK2 and the Thrills managed to make it in....:shocked:
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    25 May 2009 05:05 AM
    I just double-checked the vote count and majority of the albums in the above list (exactly 26 out of the 50 albums) were voted by at least 3 writers. Making it IMHO a water-tight list for those 26. I'd say you'll find that the albums in the list that some people are less convinced of will be among the 25 voted by 2 voters...
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    Aidan Curran

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    25 May 2009 07:10 AM

    I'm disappointed that 'Songs From The Deep Forest' by Duke Special isn't on the list: I have a theory that the drippy radio edit version of 'Freewheel' has turned people off him. (The album version is much more robust.)

    'Absent Friends' is a much better DC album than 'Victory For The Common Muse'

    And 'SK2' is a cracking album, which just goes to show that CLUAS Writers know nothing :)

     

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    26 May 2009 04:36 AM
    Phantom are covering the story on todays news
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    26 May 2009 04:46 AM
    Posted By aidan on 25 May 2009 08:10 AM

    I'm disappointed that 'Songs From The Deep Forest' by Duke Special isn't on the list: I have a theory that the drippy radio edit version of 'Freewheel' has turned people off him. (The album version is much more robust.)


    Its certainly turned me off. I cannot stand the song and I cant really imagine liking any of his work. I've seen him perform other tunes live and I dont know what all the fuss was about. His voice really irritates me and he goes on like hes doing something really unique and artistic but as far as Im concerned his music is average pop.
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    28 May 2009 01:16 AM
    I can't remember if I voted for The Plague Monkeys "Surface Tension" now, because if I didn't I really should have. It just squeezes in being released in 1999. Just an absolutely gorgeous album that stands above most Irish records of the last decade in terms of artistic ambition and beauty.

    I would also encourage all Cluas writers who voted for Damien Rice to recant and replace their vote with "Surface Tension" instead, you know it makes sense, don't make me come over there! :D
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    Steven O'Rourke

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    28 May 2009 05:26 AM
    Posted By Binokular on 28 May 2009 02:16 AM 


    I would also encourage all Cluas writers who voted for Damien Rice to recant and replace their vote with "Surface Tension" instead, you know it makes sense, don't make me come over there! :D




    I can't think who that might have been! ;-)
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    Steven O'Rourke

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    28 May 2009 06:20 AM
    The Frames in at number 1. I wouldn't have predicted that myself.
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    28 May 2009 11:03 PM
    Here's the top 10, as announced yesterday on Phantom FM. Full ranked top 50 will go live on the site tomorrow:

    Best Irish albums of the last ten years (as voted by 35 CLUAS writers)

    1 The Frames ‘For The Birds’
    2 Bell X1 - Music in mouth
    3 Damien Rice - O
    4 Jape ‘Ritual’
    5 Ash ‘Free All Angels’
    6 U2 – all that u cant leave behind
    7 Cathy Davey Tales of Silversleeve
    8 Roisin Murphy - Overpowered
    9 The Frames ‘Dance The Devil’
    10 Simple Kid ‘SK2’
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    29 May 2009 12:39 AM
    Oof. That's about as damning an indictment of Irish music in the past 10 years as it's possible to get. Shocking.
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    Aidan Curran

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    29 May 2009 12:55 AM
    Posted By eoghan on 29 May 2009 12:03 AM
    Here's the top 10, as announced yesterday on Phantom FM. Full ranked top 50 will go live on the site tomorrow:

    Best Irish albums of the last ten years (as voted by 35 CLUAS writers)

    1 The Frames ‘For The Birds’
    2 Bell X1 - Music in mouth
    3 Damien Rice - O
    4 Jape ‘Ritual’
    5 Ash ‘Free All Angels’
    6 U2 – all that u cant leave behind
    7 Cathy Davey Tales of Silversleeve
    8 Roisin Murphy - Overpowered
    9 The Frames ‘Dance The Devil’
    10 Simple Kid ‘SK2’

    I think the top three artists were as expected. Perhaps only the U2 album feels out of place for me in that list (although it's a masterpiece compared to their current shocker). I'm happy that there's a good portion of poppiness there too - and 'SK2' by Simple Kid really does deserve to be there.
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    Ken Fallon

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    30 May 2009 01:59 AM
    None of the albums I picked made it in to the top 10 although, to be honest, I wasn't expecting them to be. Some of the albums I did pick made the top 50 however: God Is An Astronaut's astonishing 'All Is Violent, All Is Bright', David Holmes 'Bow Down...', Ten Speed Racer, Tycho Brahe, Cathal Coughlan.One of my most listened-to Irish albums of recent years - Ann Scott's 'We're Smiling' - didn't even make the top 50! The top ten is a little conservative and predictable and, as Carry Grant pointed out, apart from Jape and Simple Kid, not a great advertisement for Irish music for the last ten years. U2's 'All that you...' is a very weak album (nowhere near as bad as their latest turkey 'No Tune On The Horizon' however), I don't know how the Frames got in twice and Damien Rice's 'O' is still the dreariest collection of songs I've ever heard. Still, move outside of the top 10 and there are some very interesting choices there.
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    03 Jun 2009 02:14 AM
    Is the full ranked listing with writeups uploaded yet or am I being daft and not seeing it?
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    03 Jun 2009 04:33 AM
    Posted By Binokular on 03 Jun 2009 03:14 AM
    Is the full ranked listing with writeups uploaded yet or am I being daft and not seeing it?

    It's not uploaded yet. It's taking way longer to put into HTML than I expected. It will however be live tomorrow morning!
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    03 Jun 2009 04:54 AM
    Cool, no rush, it'll be done when it's done! :)
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