Albums of the Noughties

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19 Mar 2010, 11:10

This is a strange one for me, because I only really began listening to music as an enthusiast around 2002/3 and it’s only around 2004/5 that I really understood the values of a good album. So the early releases in my list were most likely heard recently or later on, when I missed the hype. Then there are the albums that I heard when they came out, and I still love them, and will defend them with a passion. For me, the start of the noughties are scarred by chart music, or random film soundtracks that had no merit or meaning back then nor now. I was young... *makes excuses*

There are one or two records, which my standpoint on has been swayed by friends, boardies or media outlets (actually which have reaffirmed my belief in the albums), but on the whole, most are true to my heart and personal experiences. Though there are some that I just had to leave out, despite what my innocent babby ears loved at the time. I won’t name them. I just won’t. Ok, I will... Avril Lavigne, Craig David, Limp Bizkit... etc.

*Laughs forever and ever*

Ok, I kind of lose the will to order and classify at times, so it’s all pretty well equally favoured. I have left some albums out, which I still like. But they just don’t need to be there cos of predictable, or because they already have an album in there, or that it would be shameful to leave out an album by them.

The teenies will be another weird one because I have my doubts over how much importance the ‘LP album’ will have by the end of the decade. That’s too far away to think about.

The end of the ‘LP’ is bound to happen soon because I can’t stop pressing shuffle on my iPod. I can’t decide what to listen to anymore as there’s so much out there – different styles all cross-breeding with each other, and trouser-pressed into one album.

Here’s the messiness:

1.LiarsDrums Not Dead
Mute
2006



I love the crazymysterious energies in this record. I love the droning guitars, the heavy textures, the eerie atmosphere, that awesome effect in Drum and the Uncomfortable Can, and Angus Andrew’s oddball vocals. It just works perfectly as an album as each song bleeds into the next. Feels complete and always surprises me. I was a year late when I came round to hearing it, sitting in my dorm room, blasting it through the walls in hope that my mates would hear it and be intrigued. Now and again, I’m always tapping the formidably compelling introductory drum beats with my fingers.


2.RadioheadKid A
Parlophone
2000



I love this one. I’m always finding something new in it. From Everything in its Right Place to Kid A, to Idioteque – I love this experimental and evolved side of Radiohead, and it doesn’t feel too self-indulgent. The pace is perfect, and still feels modern after 10 years. My first listening was on Christmas Day 2002 on my tiny blue stereo system. But I remember hearing Optimistic on Napster, and liking it a lot.


3.WilcoYankee Foxtrot Hotel
Nonesuch
2002



This is a step-up from Summerteeth, which was a tough task. I’m still blown away by the song, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, with it’s bitterly honest lyrics hanging over unrefined and dreamlike electrostatic undertones. The album is a great listen and they make it seem so effortless and enchanting.


4.PortisheadThird
Island
2008



I knew very little about Portishead a few years ago, so I decided to research their first two albums before I heard this one, and I loved both. So I suppose, hearing this was like listening to Dummy for the first time... blew me away. I heard The Rip on the radio and I became obsessed in wanting to hear that song again. The rest of the album is great too. I keep coming back to it and hearing it in different surroundings so it undeniably has that broad, lasting appeal.


5.Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion
Domino
2009



This was the soundtrack of 2009 for me. Maybe it’s too early to put at #5, but it’s just so good! Another one of those albums that reaches over all sorts of listening environments and scenes. It’s set the standard for future electronica records.


6.Sufjan StevensSeven Swans
Asthmatic Kitty
2004



This one is a personal favourite. It’s Sufjan’s most intimate and stripped-down from all the brass solos and string arrangements. I could probably recite all the lyrics from start to finish – which shows how much I’ve listened to it. But I never get tired of it. It’s soothing.


7.Arcade FireFuneral
MERGE
2004



I was a bit slow to join the Funeral bandwagon, but once I heard it, it was hard not to like it. But I still think it has lasting appeal. Songs like Wake Up and Haiti are pretty great. Even greater live.


8.The ShinsOh, Inverted World
Sub Pop
2001



I can’t quite hold in my excitement enough when I hear The Shins. They were the soundtrack to my life at university, so the first two albums just bring memories of happiness and fun.


9.Sigur Ros( )
Fat Cat
2002



I think this record is utterly gorgeous if you’re going on a trip into outerspace. I think hearing them play at Glastonbury in the rain was a big factor for me in liking this record, but I didn’t come to realise how good this album was until later on when I heard Untitled 4 being played as entrance music at a wedding.


10.Panda BearPerson Pitch
Paw Tracks
2007



Sweet blissful tracks. I fell in love with Bros when I first heard it and the whole album is a great listen. Beautiful and wistful harmonies, and Panda Bear’s vocals always fits the balance.


11.The MicrophonesThe Glow pt.2
K
2001




12.!!!Louden Up Now
Touch and Go
2004




13.Sufjan Stevens – [album artist=Sufjan Stevens]Greetings From Michigan

Asthmatic Kitty
2003




14.Grizzly BearYellow House
Warp
2006




15.Badly Drawn BoyThe Hour of the Bewilderbeast
Twisted Nerve
2000




16.DeerhoofFriend Opportunity
Kill Rock Stars
2007




17.Jonny GreenwoodThere Will Be Blood
Nonesuch
2007




18.Bon IverFor Emma, Forever Ago
Jagjaguwar
2008




19.Shugo TokumaruL.S.T.
Lil’ Chief
2005




20.Stars of the LidAnd Their Refinement of the Decline
Kranky
2007




21.Goldfrapp – [album artist=Goldfrapp]Felt Mountain

Mute
2001

22.DntelLife Is Full of Possibilities
Plug Research
2001

23.Why? - Alopecia
anticon.
2008

24.M.I.A.Kala
XL
2007

25.BjorkVespertine
One Little Indian
2001

26.The Twilight SadFourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
Fat Cat
2007

27.ClarkBody Riddle
Warp
2006

28.Postal ServiceGive Up
Sub Pop
2003

29.Joanna NewsomThe Milk-Eyed Mender
Drag City
2004

30.of MontrealHissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Polyvinyl
2007

31.Beach HouseBeach House
Carpark
2006

32.A Silver Mt. ZionHe Has Left Us Alone But Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corners of Our Rooms
Constellation
2001

33.ElbowAsleep in the Back
V2
2001

34.The NationalAlligator
Beggars Banquet
2005

35.Boards of CanadaGeogaddi
Warp
2002

36.RadioheadIn Rainbows
self-released
2007

37.BlurThink Tank
Parlophone
2003

38.Quiet VillageSilent Movie
Studio !K7
2008

39.GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump
V2
2000

40.ClinicInternal Wrangler
domino records
2000

41.Okkervil RiverDon’t Fall In Love With Everyone You See
Jagjaguwar
2002

42.delgadosThe Great Eastern
Chemikal Underground
2000

43.M83Before The Dawn Has Healed Us
Mute
2005

44.Hot ChipMade in the Dark
EMI
2008

45.Q-TipThe Renaissance
Universal Motown
2008

46.Cliff MartinezSolaris
Edel
2003

47.Broadcast & The Focus Group - ...Investigate the Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Warp
2009

48.BurialUntrue
Hyperdub
2007

49.InterpolTurn on the Bright Lights
Matador
2002

50.Antony and the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now
Secretly Canadian
2005

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  • Agaetis-Byrjun

    I liked you prologue/written introduction whatever...It is almost an identical situation to me only I would say I was a year later for both of your dates of transformation (I am also a year younger so it is essentially the same). I think the times you mentioned coincides with the time in which online music discussions really took off with blogs, message boards, and the ability to download whole albums in minutes. The landmark album for such a time is Arcade Fire - Funeral. It seems like that was the year 0 for the online music "hype" community. I just would have liked to have seen your #30 and #31 about 20-25 places higher!

    15 May 2010, 22:51
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