Song of the Day #2,332: ‘Bullets for the New-Born King’ – Elvis Costello

national_ransomFinishing up my week of favorite artists who didn’t make the cut on my list of decade-best albums is Mr. Elvis Costello.

Costello released two albums in the past five years: Wise Up Ghost, his 2013 collaboration with The Roots; and 2010’s National Ransom. If one of those records were to make my list, it would have been the latter.

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Song of the Day #2,331: ‘Kiss Like Your Kiss’ – Lucinda Williams

lucinda_blessedLucinda Williams released two albums over the past five years that received consideration for my decade-s-far list.

One was this year’s Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, a double album that I am still getting to know after a few weeks. If I’d lived with it for a bit longer before compiling the list, it might have had a chance. It’s a grower, like most good albums.

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Song of the Day #2,330: ‘Respectable Dive’ – Rufus Wainwright

out_of_the_gameHere’s another album that I kept off my list of the top 20 of the decade so far because I didn’t want to show undue favoritism.

Rufus Wainwright’s 2012 Out of the Game was a splendid return to art-pop form after a five-year span in which he released only an album of somber piano ballads.

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Song of the Day #2,329: ‘Away When You Were Here’ – Ben Folds Five

bff_sound_life_mindAs my recent list of top 20 albums of the decade so far was wrapping up, my brother-in-law asked me if I’d forgotten to consider Ben Folds Five’s The Sound of the Life of the Mind.

For a moment, I thought I had. So I went back to my notes to see exactly how things shook out.

Turns out the album was in the 21st spot, bumped out of the countdown when I decided to make a space for Adele’s 21, which I had forgotten when first compiling the list.

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Song of the Day #2,326: ‘Zing! Went the Strings Of My Heart’ – Rufus Wainwright

rufus_does_judyThis is the second time a cut from Rufus Wainwright’s live recreation of Judy Garland’s concert at Carnegie Hall has shown up on a Random Weekend.

The first time, I took advantage of the opportunity to land a pretty good joke, which I’ll paraphrase here:

“Buying this album is the gayest thing I’ve ever done. At least so far.”

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