At the end of 2011, I sat at my computer and carefully placed some my favourite albums of the year in order of 1-30 and then, I narrowed that down to a top 20, and then the final top 10 revealed itself with Gospel by Fireworks sitting on top of my list. Looking back, I always wonder, does this still hold up the way it did two, three, four years ago and will I still feel the same about it in two, three, or four years time? In the case of Gospel, my answer is it held up, but only just. So the answer is Sort of, and probably not, respectively, to both my questions.
As my music taste evolves, I'm starting to appreciate albums I didn't previously like, and disliking albums I had rated fairly highly. I'm putting it down to maturing, but I'm also putting it down to hype and jumping on wagons that the horses stopped pulling quite a while ago.
So, if I look back at 2011, and was to put together my list again, It would look completely different. Fireworks wouldn't even be in the top 10 anymore. Instead, you'll see the likes of bands like Barely Blind, Dan Andriano, Letlive and Sleeping At Last featured fairly highly. Fireworks would be more down in the 22, 23 spot of my top 30, and then probably fall out years later.
It all comes down to lasting value, and although it may hold up over the course of 6 months, while you're making your end of year lists, or revisiting some of the year's greatest releases, it may not hold up over the course of 6 years, or 3 years, in this case.
So without further ado, my 2011 list revisited:
1. Sleeping At Last - Yearbook: Collection
2. Pianos Become The Teeth - The Lack Long After
3. letlive. - Fake History
4. Balance and Composure - Separation
5. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
6. Barely Blind - Wilder Child of a Thousand Suns
7. Blue October - Any Man in America
9. You Me At Six - Sinners Never Sleep
10. Dan Andriano - In The Emergency Room
As you can it's quite different. I won't post what my list looked like in 2011, the point is, is that's irrelevant now.