Lists are cool. Lists are fun. In the last 10 years, we’ve made a lot of lists, but never a ranked one. Until now.
With sincere thanks to Quick Before It Melts’ good friends Ryan Bresee, Jonathan Briggins, Louis Calabro, Mac Cameron, Tiana Feng, and Alex Hudson, we’ve endeavoured to compile a (totally subjective and up-for-debate) definitive list of the 100 albums that made the decade and have defined Quick Before It Melts. I think we did a pretty good job.
We’ll be counting down the QBIM ONE HUNDRED in a series of posts over the coming days. Today’s post features albums 40 through 21.
40 ARCADE FIRE Neon Bible
We wouldn’t have the ever growing popularization of indie rock if it weren’t for bands like Arcade Fire in 2007. With Neon Bible, they did not follow the structures of “Wake Up” from Funeral that propelled them into the eyes of critics but rather continued to challenge listeners with their sound and lyrics which critiqued everything from the government to the industry. – Tiana Feng
39 WOLF PARADE Expo 86
“Cloud Shadow on the Mountain” kicks the doors wide open, rushing in to fill the void with thundering drums and bass, pulsing synths, and shredding guitar work. Everything is pushed to its limits, sounding as if it’s about to tumble into a mess of feedback and distortion. “Little Golden Age”, “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” rank as some of Wolf Parade’s best songs ever, while Expo 86 as a whole… coalesces into their finest collection yet. – Quick Before It Melts, July 2, 2010
38 JAZZ CARTIER Marauding in Paradise
With Marauding in Paradise, Cartier rose to fame without any help from the OVO crew. He digs deep racially into what it’s like to live in the city. It’s fearless and aggessive, challenging the current sounds of hip-hop coming from Toronto. – Tiana Feng
37 STARS In Our Bedroom After the War
Early Stars records drew high emotional connections to those with not-so-perfect relationships. This was an album I spent countless hours listening to when heart-broken, it understood the complications of our personal relationships, that it’s not always black and white. “Personal” remains a song that will always make me cry. – Tiana Feng
36 PUP PUP
There’s something about PUP’s visceral punk energy that is highly relatable to audience of all types. In their debut, they capture their intensity in 35 minutes. It’s quite impossible to sit still and listen to PUP. You’ll head bang, air guitar and maybe accidentally knock over the vase on the kitchen counter-top. – Tiana Feng
35 TIMBER TIMBRE Hot Dreams
34 SPORTS SPORTS
This temporary combination of Meligrove Band and By Divine Right members produced this fabulous FREE album full of fun melodic hooks. This may be one of the most under-appreciated albums in the past 10 years. – Tiana Feng
33 Gonzales Solo Piano I
32 CONSTANTINES Kensington Heights
We may very well have one of this year’s best album on our hands here, folks. – Quick Before It Melts, April 16, 2008.
31 VARIOUS ARTISTS Native North America
30 CRYSTAL CASTLES Crystal Castles
29 MAJICAL CLOUDZ Impersonator
Devon Welsh and his synth programming partner, Matthew Otto, have crafted a gorgeous record with only the sparest of elements, one that sounds as of it’s taking a deep breath with every bar, savouring the experience of being alive with each note. – Quick Before It Melts, May 27, 2013
28 MAC DEMARCO 2
27 CFCF Exercises
26 TOBIAS JESSO JR. Goon
25 PARALLELS Visionaries
24 TEEN DAZE Four More Years
23 MOONFACE Julia With Blue Jeans On
Julia With Blue Jeans On is elemental in construction: the entire record is stripped down to just piano and vocals. The limitations are far from being an impediment, as the record shines a spotlight on Spencer Krug’s two finest assets: his songwriting ability and his voice. – Quick Before It Melts, October 28, 2013.
22 DESTROYER Poison Season
“Solace’s Bride” is having second thoughts, but about what exactly?; “Girl in a Sling” whose eyes come in and out of focus; the unnamed first person who’s seen “Bangkok”, a million girls, been around the world and now wondering, “Hey, what’s got into Sunny?” Their stories (if they have one) remain wrapped in Dan Bejar’s trademark enigmatic lyrics, but understanding what he’s on about has never been intrinsic to appreciating the abundant musical wealth of Destroyer. – Quick Before It Melts, August 31, 2015
21 CARIBOU Our Love
Our Love starts off innocently enough. The coy introduction to “Can’t Do Without You” floats in, relaxing tension and settling the body into the song’s rhythmic arc; a repetitive caress that stimulates and soothes at the same time. It’s the gentle touch of a lover who asks, “Is that okay? Does that feel good?” The instinctual, affirmative response comes, gradually at first and then in ever quickening beats, as the song swells in stature and robustness. A testament to Dan Snaith’s prowess as a master beat-maker, “Can’t Do Without You” barely breaks a sweat as it settles into its deep house groove, anticipation building, taking us closer and closer to crescendo before showering us in a sweet release by whispering in our ear, “You know you’re the one I dream about / I couldn’t do without you.” – Quick Before It Melts, October 6, 2014.Tags: Arcade Fire, Caribou, CFCF, Constantines, Crystal Castles, Destroyer, Gonzales, Jazz Cartier, Mac DeMarco, Majical Cloudz, Moonface, PARALLELS, Pup, SPORTS, Stars, Teen Daze, Timber Timbre, Tobias Jesso Jr., Wolf Parade