My Essential Albums of the Decade – Part 3

From The Arctic Monkeys to The XX, the 2010’s had a medley of different music. I will be rating my favourite (IMO) albums of the decade.

For this final edition (at last!), I shall be looking at the top five…

5: Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (2010)

Credit: Kitsuné records

Key songs: What You Know, Undercover Martyn, I Can Talk, Something Good Can Work

Two Door Cinema Club burst onto the scene in 2010 with their debut album. This album is notable for its faced-paced, melodic, festival ready songs. While many indie bands have had varying levels of success with their music during the 2010’s- not many indie bands can have been said to have been as successful as TDCC, with songs such as ‘What You Know’.

4: Tame Impala – Currents (2015)

Credit: Modular Recordings

Key songs: The Less I Know The Better, Yes I’m Changing, Eventually, Let It Happen

For their third album, Kevin Parker’s psychedelic outfit adopted more of a R&B approach, compared to his previous 1960’s-esque music of the first two albums. Whilst some may not be happy with the switch to pop based, radio-ready psychedelia, it is undeniable that Currents is highly successful with its landmark tracks.

3: Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow (2014)

Credit: Island

Key songs: Overdone, It’s Alright Now, Luna, Feel, Home By Now

Few indie albums have achieved a level of consistency to match BBC’s fourth album. While many albums typically seem to lose pace in quality throughout, this one seems to maintain it, with it’s optimistic, Indian influenced music.

For a more in-depth review of the album, check out my full review here:

2: Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (2018)

Credit: Domino

Key Songs: Star Treatment, One Point Perspective, Four Out Of Five, Batphone

Despite the fact that AM’s most recent album did not please everybody, you certainly have to give them credit for doing something different. While most bands these days seem to elect for a more pop based approach- AM have done something that many bands are afraid to do- become less playlist friendly.

1: The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (2018)

Credit: Dirty Hit

Key songs: Give Yourself A Try, TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, Love It If We Made It, It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You), Sincerity Is Scary

So here we are, the best album (IMO) of the decade. This album is a cocktail of different genres; with one uniting theme- the internet. Some of the genres that are featured in the album include Jazz (Sincerity is Scary), Trap (I Like America & America Likes Me), Britpop (It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)) and Electropop (TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME). It’s not just the variety of genres that make this album impressive, it’s also the intensity of the lyrics, as shown by the politically-conscious ‘Love It If We Made It’.

For my full review:

Featured image credit: Asda Goodliving

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