My pick for album of the decade is Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light by Woods Of Ypres. When looking back through the 2010's no album sticks out more for me than Woods 5. When this album released in 2012, I was 17 and falling deep into depression. It was this album that gave me a sense of connection knowing there was somebody else out there who thought and felt all the same things I did. The beautiful man that put those thoughts and feelings into this masterpiece of a album was David Gold, who sadly died just a few months before the albums release. The album went on to win a Juno award for best metal/rock album of the year, that was accepted for David by his mom. Its almost been 8 years now, and I have carried this album with me the whole way through, learning things from it every step of the way. This album taught me that death is not a answer. That people are more real than any god ever was, but just like gods, people should not be worshipped. This album taught me that in a world where theres not much reason to anything at all, love can be that reason. As humans we are here to give, and recive that love. It taught me that the death of dreams in this modern society is as good as death itself. To be without love and dreams, is to be without reason. For a album to be musically well rounded is one thing, but when a album can teach you, or enlighten you in addition, is a whole new level of art and beauty that cannot be overlooked. David was truly one of our best, and he deserves recognition for his beautifully broken soul, mind, and words. If there was one album I could give to the world, it is this album.
RIP David Gold
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