ANCIENT HAND DECADE-END LIST: TOP 50 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE
18. Paramore- After Laughter (2017)
Paramore’s 2017 album saw the band at a strange point. After experiencing a traumatic line-up change and releasing what many saw as a career-defining record, the band experienced another line-up change and gained an old member back. They then dropped “After Laughter,” an album that I hated when I first heard it. I found it to be trying too hard, obnoxious, and unoriginal. After listening to it just one more time, I fell in love with this release! I find it to be juxtaposingly sad yet joyful, and it makes me dance every time I hear it. It’s catchy and bubbly with the most pained lyrics a pop album could ever have.
17. Silent Planet- The Night God Slept (2014)
Silent Planet’s debut album, “The Night God Slept” is an incredible piece of music. Winding, soft, bombastic, moving, and insightful, this record features many songs written from the perspectives of victims of historical tragedies. Songs like “Native Blood” and “The Well” have some incredibly intricate and dizzying riffs that devolve into heavy breakdowns. Silent Planet set the bar incredibly high on their debut, and they only outdid themselves in the future.
16. Mount Eerie- A Crow Looked at Me (2017)
The decade’s most devastating musical composition is incredibly difficult to place on this list. It is worthy of its inclusion, and it is indescribably difficult to listen to. All I can say is that this music should be experienced at least once in your life when you can offer it the full attention it deserves. All my love goes to Phil and his family.
15. Pvris- All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell (2017)
PVRIS’s 2017 album “All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell” is a sleek and bleak pop album that features incredible crescendos and lulling slow jams. “What’s Wrong” is as bombastic as it is beautiful, and “Same Soul” features Lynn’s trademark slurred singing and shouted chorus delivery. The flow is perfect, and the black and white aesthetic of this album cycle matches the morose vibe.