I was listening to the Horrible Crowes' Elsie tonight and thinking about how it's easily one of my favorite albums of the decade, when I decided to try a simple and complicated exercise: List your favorite ten albums of the decade thus far (alphabetical order, no pictures please) Write at least one sentence about why you like it so much (keep it short!) There's no thread for something like this, so I thought I'd make one. Meant to be a fun album discovery option for folks... if you absolutely love 8/10 of someone's list, there's probably 2 other albums you should give a shot. ---- Bon Iver - 22, A Million (2016) Oblique poetry set to folk music that sounds like it was made from a dorm room in space. Damian Rice - My Favorite Faded Fantasy (2014) Delicate songwriting that builds and builds until there's nothing left in your heart. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie (2011) The heart of a late night epitomized in song. Japandroids - Celebration Rock (2012) All-time perfect roaring down the highway music. Jason Isbell - Southeastern (2013) A songwriter who's been through hell finds his way out. Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now (2017) Idiosyncratic, joyful storytelling that’s somehow about nothing and everything. Julien Baker - Sprained Ankle (2015) A deeply empathetic soul reaches heavenward with a voice that can actually get there. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) The sound of a collaborative genius on the ledge trying everything at once and succeeding. Strand Of Oaks - HEAL (2014) Purgative roars from the eye of a rock maelstrom. The 1975 - I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it (2016) Romance and hysteria and loss and triumph, often at the same time. Honorable Mentions: Destroyer - Kaputt (2011) A brilliant urbane poet sings night moods from his lounge chair. The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There (2014) Catharsis. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) The world's best rapper turns the world inside out and back again. Noah Gundersen - Lover (2019) A mirror turns into a prism, combining everything he loves into a suite of hyper-personal songs.