2002 then. What was I doing this year? Failing at university, quitting and heading off to Wales and trying to start a life in hotel catering. I was pretty poor, probably the poorest I’ve been, spent most of my time avoiding debts and rent. Many of the albums from this year, I didn’t discover till recently. Honourable mentions go to Beck for “Sea Change” the last I’d heard was “Odelay!” so it’s a bit of a departure; Sigur Rós with their cryptically titled “()” which is, as always, beautiful music but didn’t reach the wonder of “Ágætis byrjun” before it, or the absolute, heartstopping drama of “Takk…” for me; Deerhoof with the always bonkers “Reveille” which I only discovered last autumn; Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” was wonderfully crafted too.
For me though, and it’s quite well timed as I’ve been talking about it for the last couple of days with a certain someone, my favourite album that year was “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” by The Flaming Lips. This was my first exposure to The Flaming Lips and it was a great time to start. I bought it purely on the strength of the cover and the fact that I’d heard the name, but what glorious serendipity! Almost operatic in it’s ups and downs, such amazing sounds and Coyle’s voice over the top make it feel very personal somehow. Again, this is one of my favourite albums, if you haven’t heard it, I think you should:
The Flaming Lips
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
2002 Warner Music