Sunday, November 01, 2009

Best Albums of the Decade 2000-2009

Okay, so I'm succumbing to peer pressure.

While we all know by now that the decade ACTUALLY ends on December 31st, 2010 there have been countless "Best of the Decade" lists already published.  So rather than stubbornly hold off and have even fewer people read mine, just for the feeling of being chronologically superior, I'm caving.

So I somewhat proudly present my best album of the decade 2000-2009:

30. You Are Free (2003), Cat Power
This album saw Chan Marshall add some rock to her mope, to smashing results.

29. Funeral (2003), The Arcade Fire
Probably topping many lists, this album ushered in a new sensibility for indie rock.

28. Silent Alarm (2005), Bloc Party
A stunning debut and new sound of rock and electronics.

27. Mass Romantic (2000), New Pornographers
Simply fantastic power pop with Neko Case's commanding presence.

26. The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (2007), Josh Ritter
One of the truly great songwriter albums of the decade.

25. ONoffON (2004), Mission Of Burma
More than 25 years in the making, this comeback record hit harder than any of the kids of the day could.

24. The Life Pursuit (2006), Belle & Sebastian
Catchy.  Smart.  Melodic.  The sound of a band entering their prime.

23. Up the Bracket (2002), The Libertines
Before Pete Doherty became a tabloid laughingstock, he made unbelievably good Brit rock.

22. The Back Room (2005), Editors
With a Joy Division hero worship this British band stormed the airwaves using incredibly powerful tracks.

21. Rabbit Fur Coat (2006), Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins
It looks more and more like this masterpiece was the work of the twins, but it's still a charming record.

20. Streetcore (2003), Joe Strummer & the Mescalaros
The last document we have of The Clash guitarist is possibly his best work since London Calling.

19. Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus (2004), Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
The master of the macabre had several albums, but none as juicy as this double-LP.

18. Dear, Science (2008), TV On the Radio
A near-perfect blend of guitars, programming, horns, samples, and loops.  Pretty much every modern technique is applied here masterfully.

17. Let It Die (2004), Feist
Leslie Feist stole our hearts with this warm, alluringly intimate record.

16. Fever To Tell (2003), Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Karen O. and company brought a sound that is still uniquely there's to a public who would soon adore them.

15. Process of Belief (2002), Bad Religion
Veteran political punks showed everyone there was still plenty of fire in the belly (not to mention long words they hadn't used yet).

14. Relationship of Command (2000), At the Drive-In
This was a record that punched you in the face from the start and never let up.

13. Turn On the Bright Lights (2002), Interpol
The American version of Editors, the dark angular rock of the NYC band was sweeping.

12. Sing Loud, Sing Proud (2001), Dropkick Murphys
A celt-punk album that has you singing along from start to finish.

11. American III: Solitary Man (2000), Johnny Cash
A legend continued his resurgence with what was arguably his greatest album in nearly 40 years.

10. Shake The Sheets (2004), Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
One part punk.  One part pop.  One part politics.  It was a simple recipe for this high octane disc.

9. Motherfuckers Be Trippin' (2003), The Supersuckers
A band renowned for a biting sense of humour and boundless energy get it all together for this nugget of awesomeness.

8. And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (2001), Yo La Tengo
In a decade where the Hoboken band seemed to put out nothing but gold, this understated album shines the brightest.

7. You Are the Quarry (2004), Morrissey
This is one of the few Morrissey albums that rival the greatness he achieved with The Smiths.

6. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002), Flaming Lips
A perfect balance of pop fun and weirdness, this album was a perfect storm.

5. All Hands On the Bad One (2000), Sleater-Kinney
Girls can rock harder and smarter than boys.  Any lingering doubt was blown away with this record.

4. Chutes Too Narrow (2003), The Shins
How adorably nerdy can indie rock become?  This answers your question.

3. Boxer (2007), The National
The craftsmanship of the songs, the imagery of the lyrics, and the deft arrangements, all coalesced for this moody wonder.

2. Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000), PJ Harvey
For a moment Polly Harvey embodied all that we want in a powerful musical voice.

1. Boys and Girls In America (2006), The Hold Steady
The one album from the one band that has ever (temporarily) made me question my devotion to The Replacements.

Honourable Mentions: The Crane Wife (2006), The Decemberists, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), Wilco, B.R.M.C. (2000), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Did I omit your favorite?  Let me know what you think I got wrong.

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Anonymous said...

I would have the Gaslight Anthem's 'The 59 Sound' in there.

Unknown said...

Solid record.

Silly Bus said...

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Zed said...

Good collection. Everyone has their personal favs and this is a great list

Anonymous said...

Great list, skews indie rock, but nice list nonetheless.

I'm more impressed you made a list omitting Supergrass, Beck, White Stripes, Ryan Adams, Drive By Truckers, Asia and M Ward.

And yea, 59 Sound ROCKS!

theblueheartbeat said...

Coincide with PJ, see my blog in my space for my list, its so funny reading lists, love them & urs.

Unknown said...

The decade ends Dec 31st, 2009.
And It is extremely depressing that this list lacks anything by Sufjan Stevens.

Unknown said...

Well since the Gregorian Calendar has no Year 0, the end of the first decade was year 10 A.D. Keep counting decades and that means the current decade we are in runs from Jan. 1, 2000 to Dec. 31st 2010.

Otherwise somewhere along the line there was a decade with only 9 years in it. Which is just crazy talk.

More importantly, if I were to put together a list of the top 500 albums of the decade Sufjan Stevens would still not make the list as he is a pretentious knobcheese who makes boring ass music.

Monkey Boy said...

Good list. Just for the record, my list would have included Animal Collective, Kanye West, Green Day, M.Ward, The White Stripes and Lil Wayne. I like going through different people's lists because each one is different and most of the time I'll discover bands unknown to me.

me said...

mars volta, fugazi, against me!

Anonymous said...

59 sound

noleggio sony HVR-Z7E said...

I like your post very much. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Everyone has their personal favs and this is a great list I'm more impressed. Thanks for this.