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baystateoftheart
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#1 | Posted: 04/30/2018 20:13 | Post subject: Get To Know A Top 10: May Thread - Tilly Reply with quote
By a landslide with 40% of the vote, Tilly is the winner of the second poll. So here are the ten albums we will be discussing during the month of May:

1. A Gift From A Flower To A Garden - Donovan
2. Finally We Are No One - múm
3. Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle - Bill Callahan
4. Peace & Love - Dadawah
5. Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
6. Victorialand - Cocteau Twins
7. Blue Afternoon - Tim Buckley
8. Nocturne - Wild Nothing
9. Cluster & Eno - Cluster & Eno
10. Another Setting - The Durutti Column

Again, you can listen to as many of these as you have time and energy for - no pressure to get to know all ten well. This discussion also doesn't have to take place in order, because different people will be listening to them at different times.

Drop your musings, analysis, etc. here as the inspiration hits you. And where possible, interact with what other people have been saying for a more interesting discussion.
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#2 | Posted: 04/30/2018 20:35 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Good that Tilly won. Will hopefully get one of these albums done today.
Here is the link to the last Top 10 back in April. Want to have an archive with this thread.
https://www.besteveralbums.com/phpBB2/v...hp?t=20004

The only album that I have listen to is Victorialand. And I remember I love it a lot. Though I kinda forgot about due to listening to other albums. Then again I do want to hear Cocteau Twins albums again. Those were experiences. And I do have a feeling I will enjoy the rest.
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#3 | Posted: 04/30/2018 23:04 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Didn't vote myself, but this is a good batch. Only familiar with Donavan, Townes, and Cluster & Eno, but I like the rest as much as like those three it should be a fun time.
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#4 | Posted: 04/30/2018 23:50 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I've got Bill Callahan and Dadwah to listen to, but I'll definitely relisten to the others as they are all albums that I enjoy.
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#5 | Posted: 05/01/2018 01:05 | Post subject: Reply with quote
So I finished of Donovan's album. And it was good. Hell I could argue it was great. It was very mellow. Enjoyed his vocal style and approach as well as some songs being somewhat engaging. But that is the key word. Because though I do think this is a good project. I wasn't blown away by it. Hell I would argue I got a bit bored by it. However, is was an entertaining ride. Grade:75
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#6 | Posted: 05/01/2018 01:32 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Now, I remember why that Donovan album is so good. I don't care for Nick Drake that much, and this album was a better version of Pink Moon before that album was an apple in Nick Drake's eye. That 2nd album is so fragile sounding, I'm afraid to even cough during it, for fear of knocking Donovan and his Scottish folkiness right over. I know Donovan caught flak for being a Dylan imitator by some (a ridiculous accusation) did Nick Drake ever get called a Donovan imitator?

I used to listen to the Donovan's greatest hits album all of the time. I enjoyed revisiting this whole album.
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#7 | Posted: 05/01/2018 01:55 | Post subject: Reply with quote
RichardSauce wrote:
Only familiar with Donavan, and Cluster & Eno


Strange, these are the only two I haven't heard Laughing

But yeah, that's a tasty top 10. Nice to see Bill get some love. And Mum recently squeezed into my top 100 as well... what a fantastic band, truly.

The Durutti Column, Buckley, Dadawah, Cocteau Twins and Townes Van Zandt records are all favourites of mine, and even the Wild Nothing album is pretty tight. Looking forward to hearing what I haven't heard (and diving a bit past the top 10, into murkier territory).
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#8 | Posted: 05/01/2018 02:33 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Only have heard Townes Van Zandt... got some listening to do.

What a coincidence though, I was just listening to Sunshine Superman by Donovan this morning. I'll take it as a sign to check out A Gift From A Flow To A Garden Smile
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#9 | Posted: 05/01/2018 05:00 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I'll do something like what Tap did to kick off last thread. Here's context sourced from RYM:

1. A Gift From A Flower To A Garden - Donovan
Year: 1967
Label: Epic
Genres: Folk Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Best Regarded Album By Artist? Yes

2. Finally We Are No One - múm
Year: 2002
Label: FatCat
Genre: Indietronica
Best Regarded Album By Artist? Yes

3. Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle - Bill Callahan
Year: 2009
Label: Drag City
Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Alt-Country
Best Regarded Album By Artist? Yes

4. Peace & Love - Dadawah
Year: 1974
Label: Wild Flower
Genre: Nyahbinghi
Best Regarded Album By Artist? Yes

5. Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
Year: 1969
Label: Poppy
Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Country, Contemporary Folk
Best Regarded Album By Artist? Yes

6. Victorialand - Cocteau Twins
Year: 1986
Label: 4AD
Genres: Dream Pop, Ethereal Wave
Best Regarded Album By Artist? No

7. Blue Afternoon - Tim Buckley
Year: 1969
Label: Straight
Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Psychedelic Folk
Best Regarded Album By Artist? No

8. Nocturne - Wild Nothing
Year: 2012
Label: Captured Tracks
Genres: Dream Pop, Indie Pop
Best Regarded Album By Artist? Yes

9. Cluster & Eno - Cluster & Eno
Year: 1977
Label: Sky
Genres: Ambient, Electronic
Best Regarded Album By Artist? No (separate) but yes (together)

10. Another Setting - The Durutti Column
Year: 1983
Label: Factory
Genre: Art Rock
Best Regarded Album By Artist? No

A whopping four singer/songwriter albums in the top ten, followed by two dream pop albums.

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What I know so far:

#5 Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
Year first listened: 2016
Reason first listened: Was going through the RYM overall chart and found this amazing record that quickly became one of my favorite country albums.

#6 Victorialand - Cocteau Twins
Year first listened: 2018
Reason first listened: Went on a Cocteau Twins binge for the Women's History Month Listening Project, partly inspired by seeing this dreamy album high on the very chart we're now discussing.

#8 Nocturne - Wild Nothing
Year first listened: 2013
Reason first listened: Liked Gemini thanks to a Genius sidebar recommendation (RIP), and then went for the follow-up not long after its release. Don't remember it well aside from putting a song on a mix CD, so I'll have to go back.
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#10 | Posted: 05/01/2018 11:31 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Tha1ChiefRocka wrote:
Now, I remember why that Donovan album is so good. I don't care for Nick Drake that much, and this album was a better version of Pink Moon before that album was an apple in Nick Drake's eye. That 2nd album is so fragile sounding, I'm afraid to even cough during it, for fear of knocking Donovan and his Scottish folkiness right over. I know Donovan caught flak for being a Dylan imitator by some (a ridiculous accusation) did Nick Drake ever get called a Donovan imitator?

I used to listen to the Donovan's greatest hits album all of the time. I enjoyed revisiting this whole album.

Outside of being earnest folk albums, I don’t think Nick Drake’s efforts and this Donovan album have anything in common. They have two completely different approaches, not to mention their atmosphere is entirely different. I always feel Nick Drake’s efforts are more “earthy” while Donovan (especially here) conveys a more “airy” tone. Both are emotionally poignant, just in different hemispheres.

Drake has more in common with Walker rather than Dylan or Donovan
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