Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The 111 Best albums of the 2000s (56-66)

The 111 Best albums of the 2000s (56-66):

56. Tegan and Sara - So Jealous (2004)
- Nothing legitimizes a band more than when you're covered by Jack White. It's like Quentin Tarantino selecting you for a soundtrack. But if being identical twin lesbian sisters wasn't enough of a lure...they girls make some of the most enticing friendly folk out there. (Take Me Anywhere)

57. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)
- This album landed like a meteor but sounded like a feather. The perfect album for huddling up in a snowy cabin by a fire. It's warm, comforting, and compulsively addictive listening. (Wolves)

58. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight (2007)
- Jenny Lewis pushed away some fans with this very hard to grasp mish-mosh of styles. But the album isn't all over the place because they couldn't find their sound...this was their sound. They wanted it to feel like a journey...with hills and valleys. And by the end of the disc, it's a journey worth taking...over and over. (Close Call)

59. D'Angelo - Voodoo (2000)
- The last of the truly great sexual R&B. Was he getting a blow job in the video? Or just happy to be naked?

60. Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus (2001)
- No one thought the Pavement frontman could survive on his own...instead...he made a solo album so good...it made everyone root against a Pavement reunion.

61. Royksopp - Melody AM (2001)
- This dancehall classic plays more like a film score than a pop masterpiece.

62. Thom Yorke - The Eraser (2006)
- When this album came out, most people feared that this was the end of Radiohead. It wasn't...it was just a way for the frontman to release all the fantastic ideas he had floating around in his head. (The Eraser)

63. Sigur Ros - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (2008)
- An album that expanded the concept of epic sound from the band that defined the idea of epic sound.

64. The White Stripes - The Icky Thump (2007)
- Jack and Meg deliver yet another collection of kick you in the pants good old rock and roll. (I'm Slowly turning Into You)

65. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (2008)
- If the 90s were the decade of grunge, when rock exploded with feedback...this might be the decade that rejected all that...stripped everything down to simple sounds. Folk dominated...and FF's release of last year showed off that there was as much life in being mellow as there was in being loud.

66. 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003)
- If anyone says they never once in their life hummed a few bars of the "In Da Club" or "Hey shortie...it's your birthday..." they are bloody liars...or just deaf. In its day, this album was a landmark, opening the floodgates for thousands of wannabes. This album is so good, even 50's follow-up sounded like knock-offs.

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