For those who may have an interest, I recently contributed my list of Top 10 Albums of 2010 to [sic] Magazine, along with several other members of the team. If you’ve read the Favourite Albums list that I compiled for S4E, it is essentially the same, with a couple of subtle differences and one glaring alteration.
The first difference is that I applied rankings to the albums. This wasn’t exactly necessary and quite a different tack to simply putting them in alphabetical order as I did here, but I did so for a couple of reasons.
Primarily, I just wanted to see if I could. It is something I have always resisted applying to previous lists, and I maintain that it can be a counter-productive thing to do in some circumstances (hence why I chose not to use a ranking system for my personal favourites here), but I also see a certain value in the challenge (by which I mean the conversations I had with myself, during which the justifications and rationale for having a certain album ranked at a certain position were fairly interesting – to me, anyway).
That being said, while the order of the list isn’t exactly arbitray, I didn’t agonise over what to put where, either. Some of the decisions were a little tougher than others, granted, but there is no significant importance behind the how’s and why’s something was placed – more specifically, I do not think any less of the album placed at #10 than I do the album at #1 – they are, after all, my top 10 out of everything I listened to this year.
And, of course, the biggest difference is the exclusion of Dark Night of the Soul by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse. Obviously, the primary reason I did that was so that I could include the album by Murmuüre. I chose DNotS specifically to leave out for two key reasons – It technically, though not officially, was released last year, and because it was the subject of debate when I was deciding which ten albums to feature in my original list.
I wanted to include the album by Murmuure purely because it’s amazing and would have made it into the S4E list anyway if I had only heard it a couple of weeks earlier than I did.
So that’s that.