Song of the Day #4,168: ‘Avalanche’ – Walk the Moon

Today is the second day of the final month of the decade. How fast the 2010s flew by! I clearly remember compiling my ‘Best of the 00s’ album list, which went live on New Year’s Day 2010.

Looking back on that list now, I see a lot of the same artists who will appear on this one. Makes sense. I also see some albums I haven’t revisited as often as their rankings suggest, and some that would be much higher or lower if I were to revisit that decade’s music today. For one example, I now consider Josh Rouse’s Nashville one of my favorite albums of all-time, yet it came it at #8 on that list.

Indeed, as I pointed out in that post, a ‘best of the decade’ list would be much better compiled several years into the next decade rather than at the very end of this one. But where is the fun in that?

This time around, I will trickle out my top 20 albums over the next month, dedicating a Song of the Day post to each.

Let’s get started…

Best Albums of the 2010s – #20
Talking is Hard – Walk the Moon (2014)

Four of the 20 albums on this list mark my first in-depth exposure to the artist. I don’t know if that’s high or low compared to previous decades. I tend to stick with artists I already know and love, but I try to explore new acts as often as I can. Still, my gut tells me I’ve done less of that as I’ve gotten older.

Walk the Moon was a very pleasant find. I discovered them the same way most people did, through their hit song ‘Shut Up and Dance,’ which reached #4 on the Hot 100 nearly a year after its initial release.

When I bought the album, I realized that as fun and infectious as that song is, it’s probably the worst track on Talking is Hard. Fueled by 80s synths and crackling melodies, this is the strongest collection of pure pop songs I’ve heard in a long time.

The only thing keeping Talking is Hard at #20 and not higher on this list is that I haven’t played it a ton since the several months after first hearing it. That isn’t a comment on its quality or staying power — it holds up just as well right this minute as the first time I heard it — but I have to give some weight to my own habits when ordering this list.

[Verse 1]
Eighteen / thousand-year-old soul
Midwest shooting star
In the days she waits
But she moonlights rock ‘n’ roll
Playing a raindance with her guitar
Sometimes you only get one chance

[Chorus]
You got a look in your eyes (your eyes)
I knew you in a past life
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops
Ships pass in the night
I don’t want to wait ’til the next life
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops

[Verse 2]
Last call and everybody’s watching
Her voice rings out like a storm
Sometimes the past echoes in the future
Started long before we were born
Sometimes you only get one chance

[Chorus]
Universe won’t wait for you
It’s do or die, whatcha gon-gon-gonna do?

[Bridge]
You got a look in your eyes
I knew you in a past life
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops

[Chorus]
You got a look in your eyes
I knew you in a past life
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops
Ships pass in the night
I don’t want to wait ’til the next life
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops
One glance and the avalanche drops
One look and my heartbeat stops

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,168: ‘Avalanche’ – Walk the Moon

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Well, it looks like it doesn’t always take years for your opinion to change. Here, this album started off at 20 at the beginning of your post and climbed to 19 four paragraphs later.😊

    • Clay says:

      Oops, fixed! I realized I had accidentally left out an album I meant to include so I had to go in and revise everything back one slot. Missed that reference!

  2. Maddie says:

    Excited to read through all of your favorite albums of the decade. I’m a big fan of this one too and find myself returning to it often. There’s really not a weak song in the bunch.

  3. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    I had a very similar phenomenon when I first discovered this album. Upon first listen, I was captured and obsessively played it on repeat but since that Walk the Moon infused couple months I have not listened to the album since! It’s true that it’s not a testament to the quality as the album excels in tight production, smart lyrics, and catchy melodies, but just how much great music has been released this decade of which I’m eager to hear your favorites!

  4. Amy says:

    I don’t think I’ve heard a single song other than the single, so I’m shocked to see this make your best of the entire decade list! Definitely will give it a listen, which is so much easier now that we have Apple music. Loved being able to instantly hear the new Keith Urban and Taylor Swift Christmas songs that were dropped today!

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