Every day this week, Impact 89FM will post a list of favorite albums from a different member of our music staff. Today’s list is from Elise Yoon. Elise hosts the Asian Invasion on Mondays from 8-10pm, has interviewed artists like Hot Chip and Julian Casablancas, and is currently the video director at WDBM.
The Gorillaz, The Apples In Stereo, and Kanye West all put out albums this past year with real narratives, the kind of album you listen to nonstop for weeks. My favorite kind of album is one that you can get lost in, and 2010 was a good year for these albums. While these stories are all distinct, they each took over my music listening in the same way, overshadowing other albums without such strong narratives.
1. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Virgin)
I’ve always been a fan of Gorillaz hits like “Clint Eastwood” (all the way from 2001, already!), “19-2000” or “Feel Good, Inc.”, but I’ve never gotten into the deeper cuts from their albums. It wasn’t until my brother got really into this album and played some songs for me that I became interested. This album is such a departure from previous releases, while at the same time keeping in line with the classic Gorillaz narrative and spacey, electronic sound. Plastic Beach is full of unexpected but great collaborations with a wide range of artists from Mos Def to Lou Reed to Bobby Womack to Snoop Dogg to Little Dragon to the National Orchestra for Arabic Music.
The first track transports you to another world, and in the following track, Snoop Dogg confirms this: “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach”. “Superfast Jellyfish” is probably my most-listened to song of the year. It’s not only catchy musically, but is a clever commentary without being preachy or annoying. Last spring I became so immersed in this album that I would listen to nothing else for a month straight. I definitely recommend this album, regardless of your musical leanings, it manages to integrate a wide variety of genres while remaining cohesive.