Last Saturday was National Album Day which was brought to my attention by Jon (of course). Now, almost a week on, and following Jon's Top Ten, I bring you my own top ten albums.
This was a difficult and somewhat harrowing choice to make, whittling down square plastic cases containing delightful discs of divine ditties. I flicked through my shelves of Air and Alcazar, The Divine Comedy and Dannii Minogue, Girls Aloud and Goldfrapp, Kylie and Kula Shaker, Robyn and Röyksopp, Shakespears Sister and Steps - following Jon's rules: No "Various Artists" compilations, no "Greatest Hits", no soundtracks, reminding myself that I was choosing my favourite albums, not necessarily my favourite artists.
Eventually, I settled on my final selection. But before I get to them, here are the "almosts": Moon Safari by Air, Meccano Mind by Syntax, Sun Structures by Temples, Buzz by Steps, I Say I Say I Say by Erasure, All Possible Futures by Miami Horror, Wanderlust by Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp.
Now, counting down from ten to one (the order of which is subject to change depending on my whim), here are my top ten albums:
Light Years made Jon's list too, as did the video for the absolutely fabulous "Your Disco Needs You", so I've chosen a different version: