20/20 So I sent this off to Rich yesterday prior at the appointed time, an incomplete list due to laziness and a passive-aggressive angst at having to dismiss a hundred or more options simply due to their pre-1985 recorded brilliance.
Disintegration- The Cure Tiny Voices- Joe Henry Grace- Jeff Buckley Sea Change- Beck Furnace Room Lullaby- Neko Case American IV, The Man Comes Around- Johnny Cash Van Lear Rose- Loretta Lynn Wrong Eyed Jesus- Jim White Funeral- Arcade Fire Our Endless Numbered Days- Iron and Wine Feast of Wire- Calexico In the Air- The Handsome Family
Rounding out the rest of my personal top twenty goes further back than twenty years. I refuse to put anything in those slots, unless you give me some chocolate. And some liquor. And a funnel cake.
That last bit, about funnel cake--I hold true to that, however here's another eight that should, by all rights make me happy including them here. I have to keep in mind that the criteria had something to do with kicking my ass, and not necessarily being the best albums of the universe.
Liquored up and Lacquered Down- Southern Culture on the Skids Voi-la Intruder- Gogol Bordello Achtung Baby- U2 Blood and Chocolate- Elvis Costello Uh Huh Her- PJ Harvey Rain Dogs- Tom Waits Mass Romantic- The New Pornographers Bramble Rose- Tift Merrit