It’s Consequence’s fifteenth anniversary, and all September lengthy we’ll be publishing a collection of retrospective items encompassing our publication’s personal historical past — and the leisure panorama normally. At present, we’re rating our 75 favourite albums of the final 15 years.
A primary take heed to a brand new album can have the bubbly vitality of a primary date. However that feeling would possibly fizzle as you attempt to keep a relationship. Our early impressions aren’t essentially mistaken, however they’re extra prone to change. That’s one cause our checklist of the 100 Biggest Albums of All Time is barely tilted in the direction of older classics; time affords certainty.
However tomorrow’s older classics are already a part of as we speak’s dialog. In truth, we discovered consensus to call 11 albums from the final 15 years as a few of the 100 Biggest of All Time. (For the sake of continuity and never repeating ourselves, when you scroll to Album No. 11 on this checklist, you’ll see a fast preview of every album’s writeup from the GOATs rating.)
As for the remainder of these information, they had been all launched right into a shifting music panorama, as a result of the enterprise has been in fixed flux since Napster shattered the outdated paradigm in 1999. From lawsuits to Limewire, Spotify to TikTok, the relentless tempo of expertise has compelled artists to turn out to be a lot extra than simply songwriters and producers. Brian Wilson didn’t have to fret about Instagram, and Kurt Cobain (fortunately?) by no means had Twitter. This era has contended with extra obstacles — and extra stressors — than ever earlier than.
The shattering of the outdated monoculture bodes poorly for as we speak’s artists hoping to turn out to be the following massive factor. Our media is so fractured that fundamental information have come into doubt, and good luck getting everybody to agree on music. There’ll by no means once more come a time when a band may be as universally nicely often known as The Beatles. At the same time as acts like BTS outstrip a few of the Fab 4’s gross sales information, it’s attainable they received’t turn out to be family names in the identical manner McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, and Starr did.
Nonetheless, rising dwelling requirements and falling prices of studio tools have lowered the barrier to entry. There’s by no means been a better time to get into music, and right here the followers are the clear winners. It is a golden age of music. There’s extra of it, of a better high quality, than at any time in historical past.
In order you peruse these albums from the final 15 years, take into account their checklist placement momentary. Extra individuals will uncover them, new followers will weigh in, and whereas some information could drop out of those discussions perpetually, others will turn out to be immortal.
— Wren Graves