Best album in the last 15 years?

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Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Jake » Fri Jun 10, 2011 2:55 pm

A friend recently asked what the best album in the past 15 years was. He said it had to be DJ Shadow - Entroducing.

I suggested In The Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel (1998). And here's the rest of my list:

Beck - Odelay (1996)
Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
Ben Kweller - Sha Sha (2002)
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (2005)
Clem Snide - The Ghost of Fashion (2001)
Elliott Smith - Either/Or (1997)
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday (2005)
The Libertines - Up the Bracket (2002)
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed (2004)
Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider (1999)
The Strokes - Is This It (2001)
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois (2005)
Weezer - Pinkerton (1996)
White Stripes - White Blood Cells (2001)
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

How about you?

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby jonas » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:15 pm

28 views and no response, probably because 15 years is ambitious. The first two that came to mind are on your list:

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Wilco - Neutral Milk Hotel

also

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (your Radiohead preference may vary)
The National - High Violet
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Nick Cave - Murder Ballads

I was tempted to put Bon Iver on the list just to get Jake's reaction, but...nah.

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:17 pm

jonas wrote:28 views and no response, probably because 15 years is ambitious. The first two that came to mind are on your list:

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Wilco - Neutral Milk Hotel

also

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (your Radiohead preference may vary)
The National - High Violet
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Nick Cave - Murder Ballads

I was tempted to put Bon Iver on the list just to get Jake's reaction, but...nah.


You are right, Jonas - I've been mulling this one over for a couple of days. Christ - best album of the last 15 years?

I'll go along with Neutral Milk Hotel. Inspired by this thread I started putting Aeroplane on heavy rotation, and it's amazing how well it holds up. If there can be only one, I'll have to vote for it even though Ugly Casanova was a close second on my list. 'Sharpen Your Teeth' has held up too.

I also wanted to consider the White Stripes but couldn't, because I still don't think they've ever put out a single record that was solid enough. Add all their stuff up and it's awesome, but every album has something (usually several somethings) that should make Jack and Meg wince.

Anyway, here's the list I had to winnow down (in no particular order):

The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
Cat Power - The Greatest
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Andrew Bird - Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Ugly Casanova - Sharpen Your Teeth
The Libertines - Up The Bracket
Trail Of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Stereolab - Cobra & Phases Play Voltage in the Milky Night
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Spiritualized® - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Daft Punk - Homework
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

If I really sat down and thought about it, I could easily triple this list. Face it - the past 15 years has seen a lot of great music.

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Jake » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:45 pm

Yeah, I'm sure if you thought about it too hard, this would be very difficult.

I just filtered by iTunes library by the years, and sorted by artist, and pulled out the albums I really, really love and consistently want to hear.

My friends and I are all getting older, and I've noticed that a lot of people stop listening to new music around the time they graduate from college. People need to be reminded that there's been a ton of great stuff released since then.

(Although it scares me a little to see that I don't have anything released after 2005 on my list... Maybe we need to start a new thread...)

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Barabajagal » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:09 pm

I hate to be unoriginal, but: NMH, In the Aeroplane over the Sea. Not just one of the best albums of the last 15 years, but one of the best albums of all time. Pure songwriting that is harrowingly emotional, poetic yet DIRECT, crazy, unique sounds that never seem gimmicky or trendy, not drowned in reverb, etc.

I would also second many on your guys's lists and add:

Spoon - Girls Can Tell
New Pornographers - Mass Romantic (wish the sound quality were better!)
Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
Belle & Sebastian - Tigermilk, Sinister, Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Radiohead - Amnesiac, Kid A, Hail to the Thief
Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island
Olivia Tremor Control, Dusk at Cubist Castle
Wrens - Meadowlands (hasn't aged very well, for me, but I liked it as an album)

So many others I'm tempted to put on but really only like 3-4 songs on, so I'm not sure those should count? You should be able to put a great album on and take it off when it's done. I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

I've heard a lot of new stuff in the last 5-to-whatever years--tons of great songs, really good artists, but no great albums.

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:02 pm

I'd like to give the nod to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but I absolutely love Summerteeth. I think the band lost something when Jay left. So that one for me is a real standout. And I think it's too often overlooked.

Man, if you go back another 4-5 years you'd get some incredible rock albums. Nirvana's Nevermind, Pear Jam's Ten. Some great Sonic Youth and Soundgarden. If I went back 20 years, though, I'd have to choose The Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinate Sadness. I can't think of another double album since then that's been so well received AND contained such a range of sounds. There isn't a band since that that has managed to pull off something like that. Not even The Smashing Pumpkins, and they've tried twice since. It's The Wall for generation X.

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby DJMurphy » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:52 pm

Hmm, I'm gonna just throw a bunch of excellent favorites against the wall; whether they stick is up to you ('cause they most certainly do for me!):

Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
Primal Scream - XTRMNTR (although it hasn't aged nearly as well as Vanishing Point)
Verbow - White Out
The Wrens - Meadowlands
Love Nut - Baltimucho
Bob Mould - Body Of Song (deluxe edition)
The Wrens - The Meadowlands
Olivia Tremor Control - Music From The Unrealized Film Script, Dusk At Cubist Castle
The Strokes - Is This It
Triple Fast Action - Cattlemen Don't
Exploding Hearts - Guitar Romantic
Wilco - Summerteeth

And the winner of the above list for best of the last 15 yrs? Primal Scream - Vanishing Point. Most of my list of true masterpieces would have gestation dates which extend beyond the 15-year mark, although I'd consider Vanishing Point and White Out to be timeless masterpieces. Is that an indicator that I'm getting old, that my criteria for masterpiece are notably stricter these days, or all of the above? Don't know... that's a discussion outside the scope of the original post.

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby steve-o » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:23 pm

If we're just doing personal preference, here's my list off the top of my head, though it's going to look like a hackjob Pitchfork list (without the obligatory world music selections):

Flaming Lips- Yoshimi
Death Cab for Cutie- We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
Wilco- Summerteeth
Morrissey- You Are the Quarry
Radiohead- OK Computer (released in 1998 right? That's just on the cusp of 15 years. If Melon Collie is this generation's The Wall, this album is this generation's Dark Side of the Moon
Against Me!- Searching For A Former Clarity
Neko Case- Fox Confessor etc.
Jay-Z- The Black Album
The Wrens- Meadowlands
Arcade Fire- Funeral
Modest Mouse- Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Kanye West- The College Dropout
The Decemberists- Picaresque
The Hold Steady- Boys and Girls in America
TV on the Radio- Return to Cookie Mountain
New Pornographers- Twin Cinema
Sigur Ros- Aegitas Bynum or however the fuck it's spelled
British Sea Power- Do You Like Rock Music?
The Rosebuds- Life Like

Albums that would probably rank but I want to give them time to see if they age well:
Superchunk- Majesty Shredding
The National- High Violet
The Joy Formidable- A Balloon Called Moaning

Out of all of these, the best album (discounting Ok Computer)? That's a hard choice, each album is great in it's own way and at it's own point in time. Maybe Summerteeth? I know I'm forgetting something anyway...

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Jake » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:29 am

Mixmaster Shecky wrote:I also wanted to consider the White Stripes but couldn't, because I still don't think they've ever put out a single record that was solid enough. Add all their stuff up and it's awesome, but every album has something (usually several somethings) that should make Jack and Meg wince.

Just curious what you think the weak spots are on White Blood Cells. "The Union Forever" is my least favorite song on that album, and even that is still pretty cool with its Citizen Kane references.

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Re: Best album in the last 15 years?

Postby Sugarcubes Forever » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:28 pm

SteveO, The Big Roar is better!


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