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Ultimate Album Justice: Best of the 2010s Edition (ALL REVEALS COMPLETE!)

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by Ironheade, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. aux


    Phew, false alarm.

  2. And there goes my number one!
    Florence is a legend. Ceremonials often gets a lot of flack for being too much of a good thing, but the fact that this album barely gives you a second to breathe is exactly why I love it so much. It's a never-ending onslaught of big anthems and as stated in @Runawaywithme 's write-up, it's cathartic and completely pulls you under in its grandeur; it effectively takes you out of the real world throughout its entire run (which is exactly what I needed around the time of the release). Of course, that voice shoots all of it into the stratosphere.
    Never Let Me Go, Only If For A Night and No Light No Light are an unbeatable trinity, but right now I have to give a special shout-out to Shake It Out as it's currently her most relatable track that really makes me think "Yeah, she's literally describing me":

    Regrets collect like old friends
    Here to relive your darkest moments
    I can see no way, I can see no way
    And all of the ghouls come out to play

    And every demon wants his pound of flesh
    But I like to keep some things to myself
    I like to keep my issues strong
    It's always darkest before the dawn

    And I've been a fool and I've been blind
    I can never leave the past behind
    I can see no way, I can see no way
    I'm always dragging that horse around

    Our love is pastured such a mournful sound
    Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
    So I like to keep my issues strong
    But it's always darkest before the dawn

    Pure Heroine was number 11 on my list and I felt terrible for leaving it off, but at least I gave it some representation with Team in the other rate. The lyrical content really is something else.
    Maybe it's a bit embarrassing to relate so much to an album that deals with being a weird teenager when you're in your 20s (and even now that I'm in my 30s), but yeah, she truly created something special and while Melodrama is great, I think this will always be the one for me.

    I don't have any albums left now!
  3. Femme Fatale is wall to wall bangers and bops! Such a delight. Happy it got love here. I voted for Glory so I'm happy that's still to come.
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  4. Tears on the dancefloor was shortlisted here and almost got points from me. Fabulous choice!
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  5. Next six coming up tomorrow night. Featuring...

    -An artist's third appearance!
    -Big Pop Girl album from the early 10's - and I mean a REALLY big one!
    -More Scandinavian goodness!
    -An acclaimed sophomore record!
    -An acclaimed R&B record!
    -And last but not least, at 25 points, our highest-ranking K-pop album!

    Stay tuned.
  6. I fear for EMOTION, I do
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  7. Interesting and impeccable taste of course! What would be your favourite, deep cut and intro track?
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  8. Am I just gonna comment on everyone’s thoughts in Florence? Yes, yes I am!

    But for real, I love reading how others have connected and been moved by her art in the same ways (and different ways) than I have! Ceremonials truly came at the right time for me too and I feel no guilt for relating to it still at the cusp of my 30th birthday!
  9. Scared of the dark (which also almost got into my favorite songs ballot) / Neon Blue / No More Tears On The Dancefloor
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  10. That's a stunning trio indeed! I love the way No More Tears builds up to Claire's ad lib, Neon Blue is the perfect continuation of their classic sound and Scared of the Dark is absolutely phenomenal live. I ended up picking Firefly for my deep cut as I've always had a soft spot for the Faye - Lisa duets on Steps album tracks and it's probably the most meaning-loaded (as far as Steps go!) song on there.
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  11. Emotion will probably win the rate if Born This Way doesn't. I can see it having the top3 locked anyway because PJ is gonna PJ.
  12. Sorry guys, gonna delay the next results till tomorrow. The insomnia's hit hard again and I feel like I should catch up on some Z's.

    And in the meantime, think about what all-time forum faves we haven't seen yet...
  13. Gonna report first: thanks to my incorrect entry of Ultraviolence, I can now report that one of the albums I was to reveal does not in fact have 25 points, but 18. So let's get that out first before moving on.

    La Roux – Trouble in Paradise
    18 Points – @Trouble in Paradise (9) + @soratami (6) + @Hurricane Drunk (3)


    Year: 2014
    Country: UK
    Label: Polydor
    Genres: Synthpop/Electropop/New Wave
    Songwriters: La Roux, Al Shux, Darren Berry, Jeff Bhasker, Ben Langmaid, Ian Sherwin
    Producers: La Roux, Al Shux, Ian Sherwin
    Chart positions: #6 (UK), #13 (CAN), #15 (IRE), #17 (SWI), #19 (FLA)
    Sales: 8,391 (UK – first week)​

    Track list
    1. Uptight Downtown​
    2. Kiss and Not Tell​
    3. Cruel Sexuality​
    4. Paradise Is You​
    5. Sexotheque​
    6. Tropical Chancer​
    7. Silent Partner​
    8. Let Me Down Gently​
    9. The Feeling​
    Track picks and commentary

    Trouble in Paradise:
    Personal Favorite: Let Me Down Gently
    Song to Recommend: Cruel Sexuality
    Deep Cut: Paradise is You

    What can I say about my own namesake that wouldn’t come off like complete stan hyperbole? I truly consider it a perfect pop album. Ely Jackson was able to bottle lightening with her beleaguered sophomore release. From aesthetics to production flourishes to quick couplets, everything comes together to create a flawless finished product. Whooo, I’m already going full tilt in the stanning.

    To avoid writing a five paragraph essay on why this is a perfect album, I think it’s better to illuminate what a marvelously queer album it is! In more recent interviews, Jackson has been more open about her sexuality but throughout Trouble in Paradise, she’s not exactly hiding it. The whole album buzzes with the electricity of living life on the outskirts. We’re in a tropical paradise, but we’re not quite happy honeymooners in a resort. We’re slinking into the sexotheques and finding love with tropical chancers even though we know exactly where it’ll go. “Kiss and Not Tell” skitters with the heartbeat of your first clandestine queer encounter. This rush is followed by the inevitable downfall of loving someone so loudly in your heart but having to keep it quiet in your life. The bass line of “Cruel Sexuality” bounces along as Ely’s vocals layer one atop the next until there’s no denying this affair has hit its end. I mean “Oh you make me happy in my everyday life/Why must you keep me in your prison at night?” is pure stone butch gold. And yet, through the discord of love undercover, Jackson keeps the tempo moving. These songs are here to make you move.

    Pause. That’s what Ely forces you to do throughout your listening. Even the opener starts with an inhale. Jackson knows what these pauses do. We lean in a little closer. We pump the volume up a bit more. Then she hits you. “Let Me Down Gently” comes to a full stop before it explodes into a gallop. “Paradise is You” swallows all the momentum “Cruel Sexuality” built with a silent opening. Then, in the album’s quietest moment, Jackson finds her heaven. It’s never been the tropical scenes that fill the album, but the love of someone who knows her best. The song mirrors “Cruel Sexuality” with its cascading synths and looping vocals but it’s drenched in warmth and love. It’s one of the few songs that truly made me cry for joy as I drove alongside the dunes of Cape Cod with my now-fiancé and realized he’s my heaven.

    Let Me Down Gently
    Tropical Chancer
    Paradise Is You

    Hurricane Drunk:
    Uptight Downtown
    Cruel Sexuality​
  14. 31. Solange – A Seat at the Table
    (1 of 1)

    23 Points – @Sprockrooster (9) + @klow (6) + @beyoncésweave (5) + @BEST FICTION (3)


    Year: 2016
    Country: USA
    Label: Saint/Columbia
    Genres: Alternative R&B/Neo-Soul/Art Pop
    Songwriters: Solange, Lil Wayne, Sampha, The-Dream
    Producers: Solange, Adam Bainbridge, N. Cobey, Bryndon Cook, Troy Johnson, John Kirby, Kwes, Dave Longstreth, Majical Cloudz, Olugbenga, Questlove, Q-Tip, Ray Angry, Raphael Saadiq, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Sir Dylan, Dave Sitek, Patrick Wimberly
    Chart positions: #1 (USA), #10 (CAN)
    Sales: 500,000 (USA)​

    Track list
    1. Rise
    2. Weary
    3. Interlude: The Glory Is In You (performed by Master P)
    4. Cranes in the Sky
    5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad (performed by Matthew Knowles)
    6. Mad (feat. Lil Wayne)
    7. Don't You Wait
    8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me (performed by Tina Knowles)
    9. Don't Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)
    10. Interlude: This Moment (performed by Master P, Sampha, Dev Hynes and Kelsey Lu)
    11. Where Do We Go
    12. Interlude: For Us By Us (performed by Master P)
    13. F.U.B.U. (feat. The-Dream and BJ the Chicago Kid)
    14. Borderline (An Ode to Self Care) (feat. Q-Tip)
    15. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (feat. Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews)
    16. Junie
    17. Interlude: No Limits (performed by Master P)
    18. Don't Wish Me Well
    19. Interlude: Pedestals (performed by Master P)
    20. Scales (feat. Kelela)
    21. Closing: The Chosen Ones (performed by Master P)
    Track picks and commentary

    A Seat at the Table personal favourite: Cranes in the Sky
    A Seat at the Table for beginners: Don’t Touch My Hair
    a Seat at the Table underrated deep cut: Don’t You Wait

    Favourite: “Weary”
    Recommendation: “Cranes In The Sky”
    Deepcut: “Mad” feat. Lil Wayne

    This was such an expected treasure. I mean aside from Solo-Star I basically loved everything from her. But did she really hit the lights out of me. Perhaps with Losing You or Sandcastle Disco. But those are songs and not albums. Well, after already being enriched by Lemonade that very same year I was in awe about the sheer talent the Knowles-sisters brought in 2016. And, frankly I still am. Since Lemonade will get votes on it’s own I have omitted it. I also had to cancel DAMN. as I felt like it would take up a sort of same spot and wanted my top 10 to be as diverse as possible. But since I am doing shoutouts, here are even more Kelela, SZA and Janelle Monae who were woke and bringing the best music in one pack. The talent this decade!

    A Seat At The Table brought an esthetic and artistic growth from Solange that had me swept. Especially her music video for Don’t Touch My Hair was the pinnacle of visual brilliance she has ever done. The album is cohesive. Lyrically, all the songs address an element of repression or issue the black community faces. The cohesiveness is enstrengthened by the interludes. They melt the tracks together and tell the big picture for people like me (who are not living in that society). Being eclectical sonically doesnot make it less cohesive. They all have that same soulful background that glues everything together with ease. So when Tina is teaching Solange. Solange educated me.

    Holy Trinity
    Cranes In The Sky
    Don’t Touch My Hair
    Don’t Wish Me Well

    Personal Favourite: Cranes in the Sky
    For Beginners: F.U.B.U.
    Deep Cut: Junie
  15. 30. Lana Del Rey – Lust for Life
    (1 of 2)

    24 Points – @soratami (10) + @RMK (7) + @Island (7)


    Year: 2017
    Country: USA
    Label: Polydor/Interscope
    Genres: Art Pop/Dream Pop/Trip Hop/Chamber Pop
    Songwriters: Lana Del Rey, A$AP Rocky, Benny Blanco, Boi-1da, Andrew Joseph Gradwohl Jr., Emile Haynie, Tim Larcombe, Sean Lennon, Max Martin, Kieron Menzies, Stevie Nicks, Rick Nowels, Justin Parker, Playboi Carti, Dean Reid, Jahaan Sweet, T-Minus, The Weeknd
    Producers: Lana Del Rey, Benny Blanco, Boi-1da, Emile Haynie, Tim Larcombe, Sean Lennon, Max Martin, Kieron Menzies, Metro Boomin, Mighty Mike, Rick Nowels, Dean Reid, Jahaan Sweet
    Chart positions: #1 (USA/UK/CAN/AUS/MEX/NOR/SWE/SWI/SPA/POR/CRO)
    Sales: 1,800,000 (worldwide)​

    Track list
    1. Love
    2. Lust for Life (feat. The Weeknd)
    3. 13 Beaches
    4. Cherry
    5. White Mustang
    6. Summer Bummer (feat. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti)
    7. Groupie Love (feat. A$AP Rocky)
    8. In My Feelings
    9. Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind
    10. God Bless America – and All the Beautiful Women In It
    11. When the World Was at War We Kept Dancing
    12. Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (feat. Stevie Nicks)
    13. Tomorrow Never Came (feat. Sean Lennon)
    14. Heroin
    15. Change
    16. Get Free
    Track picks and commentary

    Lust For Life
    13 Beaches

    Personal Fave, 13 Beaches
    Recommendation, In My Feelings
    Deep cut, Change

    favorite: Cherry
    recommendation: Heroin
    underrated: 13 Beaches
  16. RMK


  17. 30. Loreen – Heal
    (2 of 2)

    24 Points – @vague (9) + @eliminathan (8) + @RainOnFire (5) + @Eric (2)


    Year: 2012
    Country: Sweden
    Label: Warner Music Sweden
    Genres: Electropop/Dance-Pop/Eurodance
    Songwriters: Loreen, Adam Baptiste, Bassflow, Peter Cartriers, Moh Denebi, Ana Diaz, Björn Djupström, Tobias Frelin, Thomas G:son, Svante Halldin, Jakob Hazell, Nick Jarl, JHart, J Mike, MadMax, Oh Hush!, Ali Payami, Simen & Espen, Marianne Sveen, Gino Yonan
    Producers: Alex P, Bassflow, Blanks, Moh Denebi, J Mike, MadMax, Ollie Olson, Robin Rocks & Rubio, SeventyEight, Simen & Espen, Tortuga, Victory
    Chart positions: #1 (SWE), #5 (EST), #6 (FIN/NOR), #7 (SWI)
    Sales: 40,000 (Sweden)​

    Track list
    1. In My Head
    2. My Heart is Refusing Me
    3. Everytime
    4. Euphoria
    5. Crying Out Your Name
    6. Do We Even Matter
    7. Sidewalk
    8. Sober
    9. If She's the One
    10. Breaking Robot
    11. See You Again
    12. Heal (feat. Blanks)
    Japanese bonus tracks
    Euphoria (single version)
    Euphoria (acoustic guitar version)
    Euphoria (acoustic strings version)

    2013 edition
    1. We Got the Power
    2. My Heart is Refusing Me
    3. Everytime
    4. Euphoria
    5. Crying Out Your Name
    6. Do We Even Matter
    7. Sidewalk
    8. Sober
    9. If She's the One
    10. Breaking Robot
    11. In My Head
    12. Heal (feat. Blanks)
    13. Euphoria (acoustic version)
    Track picks and commentary


    my personal favourite: My Heart Is Refusing Me
    the song I would recommend to a newcomer: Euphoria
    my personal underrated favourite/deep cut: Everytime


    Personal Favorite: Heal
    For Beginners: Euphoria
    Deep Cut: Sidewalk

    Favourite: Everytime
    Recommend: My Heart Is Refusing Me
    Underrated: Heal


    Commentary: Came via Eurovision, stayed for the bops. Apart from the Saturdays this was a very dry period for me music wise, so this album was on heavy rotation.

    Best introductory song; My Heart is Refusing Me
    Deep cut: Heal
    Personal Favourite: Crying Out Your Name
  18. 28. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
    (1 of 2)

    25 Points – @Serg. (10) + @vague (8) + @Seventeen Days (3) + @WhenTheSunGoesDown (2) + @Sprockrooster (2)


    Year: 2010
    Country: USA
    Label: Capitol
    Genres: Dance-Pop/Electropop/Pop-Rock
    Songwriters: Katy Perry, Ammo, Stacy Barthe, Benny Blanco, Ester Dean, Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Monte Neuble, Snoop Dogg, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Brian Thomas, Sandy Vee, Greg Wells
    Producers: Ammo, Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Kuk Harrell, Max Martin, Stargate, Tricky Stewart, Sandy Vee, Greg Wells
    Chart positions: #1 (USA/UK/CAN/AUS/NZ/IRE/AUT)
    Sales: 6,000,000 (worldwide)​

    Track list
    1. Teenage Dream
    2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
    3. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
    4. Firework
    5. Peacock
    6. Circle the Drain
    7. The One That Got Away
    8. E.T.
    9. Who Am I Living For?
    10. Pearl
    11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
    12. Not Like the Movies
    Japanese bonus track
    13. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Innerpartysystem Main Mix)

    Japanese iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks
    14. If We Ever Meet Again (Timbaland feat. Katy Perry)
    15. Starstrukk (3Oh!3 feat. Katy Perry)
    16. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Passion Pit Remix)
    17. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Armand Van Helden Remix)
    18. Teenage Dream (Kaskade Remix)

    North American hidden tracks
    13. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Passion Pit Main Mix)
    14. Teenage Dream (Kaskade Club Remix)

    North American iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks
    13. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Passion Pit Remix)
    14. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Armand Van Helden Remix)
    15. Teenage Dream (Kaskade Remix)
    16. Peacock (Cory Enemy & Mia Moretti Vocal Club Mix)

    Bonus CD – Dream On
    1. If We Ever Meet Again (Timbaland feat. Katy Perry)
    2. Starstrukk (3Oh!3 feat. Katy Perry)
    3. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Passion Pit Remix)
    4. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg) (Armand Van Helden Remix)
    5. Teenage Dream (Kaskade Remix)
    6. Peacock (Cory Enemy & Mia Moretti Vocal Club Mix) (Spotify & European iTunes deluxe edition bonus track)
    2012 re-release – Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection
    1. Teenage Dream
    2. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
    3. California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
    4. Firework
    5. Peacock
    6. Circle the Drain
    7. The One That Got Away
    8. E.T.
    9. Who Am I Living For?
    10. Pearl
    11. Hummingbird Heartbeat
    12. Not Like the Movies
    13. The One That Got Away (Acoustic)
    14. Part of Me
    15. Wide Awake
    16. Dressin' Up
    17. E.T. (feat. Kanye West)
    18. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (feat. Missy Elliott) (not on Japanese release)
    19. Tommie Sunshine's Megasix Smash-Up (not on Japanese release)
    Track picks and commentary

    Personal Favourite - Circle The Drain
    Recommend - Hummingbird Heartbeat
    Underrated - Not Like The Movies

    my personal favourite: Hummingbird Heartbeat
    the song I would recommend to a newcomer: Teenage Dream
    my personal underrated favourite/deep cut: Not Like The Movies

    Seventeen Days:
    - Personal Favorite Song: “E.T.”
    - Newcomer Recommendation: “California Gurls”
    - Underrated Favorite/Deep Cut: “Not Like the Movies”

    Fave: Part Of Me
    Recommend: Teenage Dream
    Deep cut/underrated: Peacock

    When I came back from Malawi (southern Africa) I already missed two singles (California Gurls and Teenage Dream) so in my world they feel more as album tracks than singles. Consequently Firework feels like the lead single. When I came back from Malawi I was in such a different mind state. I was so extremely enriched by the experience and felt like sharing everything. The self-empowerment from Firework with inspirational lyrics was a shock to me and an instant hit with me. Little did I know this album was packing. I soon would have been acquainted by basically one of the best poprocks anthems of the decade: hello The One That Got Away. This album was literally packing the hits and even the album tracks in Pearl and Circle the Drain are career highs. Katy Perry manage to snatch away the poprock album spot in my countdown from big faves Anastacia (Resurrection), Christina Aguilera (Liberation) and Amy MacDonald (Under Stars). We were not allowed by @Ironheade to put in a greatest hits in this countdown. Yet I feel like I did with this album. Katy did that!

    Holy Trinity
    The One That Got Away
    Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  19. 28. Wonder Girls – Reboot
    (2 of 2)

    25 Points – @BEST FICTION (8) + @eliminathan (7) + @Island (4) + @Ugly Beauty (4) + @Reboot (2)


    Year: 2015
    Country: South Korea
    Label: JYP
    Genres: K-Pop
    Band members (for this album): Yeeun, Sunmi, Yubin, Hyelim
    Songwriters: Wonder Girls, Frants, Hong Ji-sang, Ju Hyo, Lee Toyo, Paloalto, J.Y. Park, Shim Eun-ji
    Producers: Wonder Girls, e.one, Frants, Hong Ji-sang, Ju Hyo, Lee Toyo, J.Y. Park, Shim Eun-ji
    Chart positions: #5 (SK)
    Sales: 8,369 (South Korea)​

    Track list
    1. Baby Don't Play
    2. Candle (feat. Paloalto)
    3. I Feel You
    4. Rewind
    5. Loved
    6. John Doe
    7. One Black Night
    8. Back
    9. Oppa (Hyelim solo)
    10. Faded Love
    11. Gone
    12. Remember
    Physical edition bonus track
    13. 20150711 (Talk) (feat. Sunye and Sohee)

    Track picks and commentary

    Reboot personal favourite: One Black Night
    Reboot for beginners: I Feel You
    Reboot underrated deep cut: Loved

    Personal Favorite: One Black Night
    For Beginners: I Feel You
    Deep Cut: John Doe

    favorite: Loved
    recommendation: One Black Night
    underrated: John Doe

    Ugly Beauty:
    Favorite Track: Rewind
    Underrated: GONE
    For Beginners: I Feel You

    personal favourite: Candle
    the song you would recommend to a newcomer: I Feel You
    personal underrated favourite or deep cut: Oppa
  20. I LIVE for the dark bops of this album!
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