Ghost’s 2011 Music Highlights
Of all forms of entertainment, I think music is the most subjective. We can all try to explain why a movie is better than the other, we have something as tangible as a script or as actors’ performances. But with music, especially in an album or mp3 downloads where the only tangible thing might be the actual jewel case or digipak — if you still buy albums, is all about how it makes you feel.
Only trained musicians can get into the specifics, and even then their reasons always come back to how the music makes them feel.
But we’re not experts. We’re consumers. We’re consumers who stopped listening to the radio, we don’t watch MTV any longer (unless it’s really late at night and there’s nothing good on), we don’t watch music award shows, we don’t follow Billboard charts and we’re bored of Pitchfork.
So here we are, barely four days away from Christmas and a few days away from the end of the year to pick ten of my music highlights of the year. But first, our bonus.
Whether or not you know Korean boyband Big Bang — chances are if you know G-Dragon and T.O.P, you know Big Bang — you can’t help but feel infected by the GD&TOP sound, which they have described as electro-ghetto. The album was released in the last week of 2010, so I don’t think anyone who had their lists out “on time” were able to include this.