Best albums 2000-2005

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Best albums 2000-2005

Postby Jake » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:44 pm

So what are the best albums that were released in the first half of this decade, between 2000 and 2005? We've had a few years for hype to wear off, so I think December 31, 2005, is a good cutting-off point.

I'll throw out a few that I think had a big impact and hold up years later:

The Shins - Oh, Inverted World (June 2001)
White Stripes - White Blood Cells (July 2001)
The Strokes - Is This It (September 2001)
The Libertines - Up the Bracket (October 2002)
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (July 2005)

What else you got?

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Postby Jake » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:51 pm

Metacritic might be helpful for reminding you of what came out when: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.

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Postby O! » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:00 pm

Sun Kil Moon - Ghosts of the Great Highway (November 4, 2003)
Cranes - Future Songs (2001)
The Breeders - Title TK (2002)
The New Year - The End Is Near (2004)

Cranes & The New Year, while not having a big impact per se, certainly sound as good today as they did then.

I would agree with Jake on The Strokes & Sufjan Stevens, but The Shins? Didn't they rip off their sound from Sunny Day Real Estate?

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Postby jonas » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:59 pm

Fine, I'll just step right in with Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I might be a little tired of Jeff Tweedy, but I still love that CD.

Also Okkervil River's Black Sheep Boy.

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Postby hebrew hammer » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:07 pm

First of all, another easy way to keep track of this is by creating a smart playlist on iTunes, although I agree that Metacritic is the better option.

As a knee-jerk reaction, two artists come to mind: Madvillain and Animal Collective. Madvillainy is certainly top 5 for me, and AnCo's releases in this era are almost all spectacular. Feels and Sung Tongs are Top 5 material, and Spirit They're Gone Spirit, They're Vanished and Here Comes the Indian are great if not list-worthy.

Anyway, here's a quick list outside of those:
Arcade Fire-Funeral
Broken Social Scene-You Forgot it in People
Interpol-Turn on the Bright Lights
Ghostface Killah-Supreme Clientele
LCD Soundsystem-S/T
Radiohead-Amnesiac, Kid A and Hail to the Thief
Spoon-Gimme Fiction and Kill the Moonlight
The Streets-Original Pirate Material and A Grand Don't Come for Free
The Walkmen-Bows + Arrows
Wolf Parade-Apologies to the Queen Mary
The Wrens-The Meadowlands

Not including any previously mentioned.

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:10 am

Good lord - this was harder than I thought it would be.

Source Tags & Codes - Trail Of Dead
Chutes Too Narrow - The Shins
Ugly Casanova - Ugly Casanova
Twin Cinema - The New Pornographers
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco

I had to finally toss a coin on New Pornographers, because Mass Romantic, Electric Version and Twin Cinema are all fucking fantastic.

Also, Wilco *narrowly* squeaked by Iron & Wine's The Creek Drank The Cradle.

Also also, 2002 was a damn good year for music:
The Libertines: Up The Bracket
Veni Vidi Vicious by The Hives
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
Kill The Moonlight by Spoon
Beck: Sea Change
Hot Hot Heat: Make Up The Breakdown
Tom Waits: Alice

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Postby D. Phillips » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:41 am

I really liked Riviera's At the End of the American Century.

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Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:15 am

D. Phillips wrote:I really liked Riviera's At the End of the American Century.


Dude, The Overtones kicked their asses!

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Postby Ad » Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:27 am

I agree with a lot of these. May I submit Madvillainy by Madvillain? I'm no longer as much of a hip-hop nut as I was during the early 90s. This album really got me back into it for a time, though. And it definitely gets more play than most of the albums I purchased the first half of the decade. Without giving it too much thought, I'd say it's my favorite from those 5 years. Runners up are probably Sea Change, White Blood Cells, and Chutes Too Narrow. And I know there are plenty of others I'm not thinking of at the moment...

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Postby O! » Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:05 pm

Mixmaster Shecky wrote:Also also, 2002 was a damn good year for music:
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips


Amen.


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