Music Haiku: My Favourite Albums of the Decade

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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??



About the Author:

My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  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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