4 albums that shouldn’t be good but are awesome.

Sigur Ros - GlosoliSigur Ros – Takk

Why it should suck: Icelandic guys play guitars like violins and sing epic songs in a made up language.

Why it doesn't: Does it matter if they sing in a made up language? Would it be so much clearer in Icelandic. Fact is, lead singer Jonsi has such an incredible voice, that it's practically and instrument in itself. And playing the guitar with a violin bow is a master stroke: it creates this incredible droning noise that sounds like whales shagging. Plus they make great videos too.

A Silver Mt. Zion - He Has Left Us AloneA Silver Mt. Zion – He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms

Why it should suck: Godspeed You Black Emperor guitarist composes a minimalistic and melancholy album dedicated to his dog, which died of cancer.

Why it doesn't: boy he must have really loved that dog, because this is one of the most heart rending albums ever written. "13 Angels…" has to be one of the saddest bits of music ever written.

Antony & The Johnsons

Antony & The Johnsons – I Am A Bird Now

Why it should suck: hulking, 6 foot 5, white englishman sings songs about love, loss and gender confusion, like Nina Simone.

Why it doesn't: Antony has one of the most unique voices in music, a quivering soulful voice that you will either love or hate. But I honestly feel his voice suits these beautiful arranged songs, which deal with issues like domestic violence, but never sound dreary.

MatmosMatmos – A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure

Why it should suck: San Fransisco duo record the sounds of surgical procedures, then use them to make an experimental techno album.

Why it doesn't: don't let the phrase experimental techno put you off; there's nothing more extreme than any Aphex Twin album. But the glitches and squirts are only some of the sounds that make up this varied and groundbreaking album.

Plus, here's what Matthew Nelson's room looked like when we were teenagers. He'll deny it but it's the truth.


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