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40 Favorite Albums of the Decade Thus Far

18. Burst Apart by the Antlers

I imagine the first word thing Peter Silberman said to the rest of his bandmates when entering the studio to record Burst Apart were, “well… shit.” How do you follow an album like 2009's Hospice? Quite simply, you don’t. So there’s no attempt here. They didn’t even bother trying. Instead, they released an album of ten separate songs.

Opening with some dreamy reverb, and electronic percussion that adds punctuation to all of Silberman’s falsettoed lyrics, “I Don’t Want Love” sort of just erupts. It’s a slow, calculate eruption. You can see it coming from miles away, but it still gets you. And when the album rolls on through “Rolled Together” all the way until the picture perfect closer, “Putting the Dog to Sleep” it does so in a near impeccable fashion. Burst Apart has nothing on Hospice. But it never attempts to. Instead, the Antlers find themselves figuring out their sound.

“Well my trust in you is a dog with a broken leg
tendons too torn to beg for you to let me back in.”

40 Favorite Albums of the Decade Thus Far

11. Bon Iver, Bon Iver by Bon Iver

I really didn’t see this coming. I figured Justin Vernon would be one-and-done, and boy oh boy has he proved me wrong. Not only is Bon Iver, Bon Iver worthy of comparison to For Emma, Forever Ago, it might actually be a better album.

“open ears and open eyes
wake up to your starboard bride
who goes in and stays inside
oh the demons come but can subside”