Music Haiku: My Favourite Albums of the Decade

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Music Haiku: My Favourite Albums of the Decade

Music Haiku: My Favourite Albums of the Decade

Here’s some more self-penned haiku, this time covering my favourite records of the last ten years:

 

20. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (2005)

Sufjan’s Prairie State

I wish he did all fifty

(Yes, I fell for it)

 

 

19. Jeffrey Lewis – It’s the Ones Who’ve Cracked That The Light Shines Through (2003)

Anti-folk hero

Serves comic stripped down delight

Raw, honest and fun

 

18. PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)

Poptastic Polly

Her most commercial album

That never sells out

 

17. Pulp – We Love Life (2001)

Leafy perfection

From kitchen sink troubadours

Sad, Sheffield swansong

 

16. TV on the Radio – Dear Science (2008)

Arse-shaking anger

As Sitek and crew unleash

Brooklyn funky stuff

 

15. Bruce Springsteen – Working on a Dream (2009)

My favourite Boss

Is reconciled with E Street

Glory Days again!

 

14. Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther (2006)

Lush, pastoral grooves

Et in arcadia they go

I think I’ll head home!

 

13. The Strokes – Is This It (2001)

New York storybook

A soundtrack of the decade

This, it seems, is it

 

12. Johnny Cash – American III: Solitary Man (2000)

Departed legend

Au revoir, L’homme en noir

No one sounds like you

 

11. Brian Wilson – Smile (2004)

Infamous Beached Boy

Went back to sea triumphant

And served up Surf’s Up

 

10. Grinderman – Grinderman (2007)

Black Crow Kingdom reigns

As Bad Seeds bear twisted fruit

(See what I did there?)

 

9. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (2001)

Third from Jack and Meg

With incandescent gee-tars

And Awesome Welles riff

 

 

7. Lift to Experience – The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (2001)

A Lone Star Statement

They burnt fast but – by God! – burnt bright

“Don’t mess with Texas”

 

8. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

Tupelo’s Tweedy

Overcame Warner Bother

To create this gem

 

6. The National – Alligator (2005)

Late night, low-rent wit

Don’t compare to Tindersticks

They’re better than that

 

5. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2005)

Mournful joie de vivre

Joyous momento mori

(Inadequate praise)

 

4. Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards (2006)

Gravel voiced Bardfly

Serves up three courses of treats

We hunger for more!

 

3. Warren Zevon – Life’ll Kill Ya (2000)

Sardonic singer

Enjoyed every sandwich

Then left us a feast

2. Lambchop – Nixon (2000)

Funky slide guitars

Where country and Curtis meet

Mayfield, not Stigers!

 

1. The Flaming Lips – Yoshima Battles The Pink Robots (2002)

Fearless freaks, rejoice!

Perfect bubblepop classic

Don’t you realize??

 

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About the Author:

Tom is a mostly funny writer, sometimes illustrator, and lapsed stand-up comedian based in Birmingham, UK. Currently an Expert Blogger at Time Out Birmingham, he's had humour pieces, illustrations, and articles about popular culture published in print and online publications.

4 Comments

  1. Rol January 20, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Some belters there, Tom. I’m resisting doing an end of decade thing myself – maybe next year. 😉

  2. a friend January 21, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Heh! It’s nice to know that someone else knows when a decade *really* ends…

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