My Essential Albums from the 00s

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My Essential Albums from the 00s

Postby Ruben on March 23rd, 2011, 7:18 pm

NOTE: I know I made a similar thread over a year ago, but this is an updated, longer version. A lot of things changed from the previous one. I honestly didn't give it much thought the last time!

After a couple of days with the idea on my mind, I finally decided to make a list of my favourite releases of the past decade to share here. I gotta say it was a pretty hard task because there were so many great albums released, but I took my time to choose carefully, I went through all my albums and I also checked those articles in Wikipedia that list almost every music release year by year to see if I was missing anything. My initial idea was to reunite 100 albums, but I reached about 70 and I couldn't think of any other that really interested me, and I didn't want to fill it up with stuff I just liked and not loved, so I ended up choosing 50 and then adding some honorable mentions. Some are classics (In Rainbows; The College Dropout; Elephant), some were critically acclaimed but not very popular (No Cities Left; How to Walk Away; ¿Como te Llama?), and some are just hated or at least really disliked by a lot of people (yes, I do like Bryan Adams and Panic at the Disco, and a Justin Timberlake album, and so what?!). These are 50 of my personal favourites and they are all just special to me. A lot of genres, a lot of artists. I like a little bit of everything, that's why this list is gonna seem a bit strange to some. They are a part of me and they remind me of great moments of the past decade, which I think was quite amazing in music. I'm also including separate lists of my favourite live albums, albums in spanish (my native language) and deluxe reissues which are so popular nowadays.

Oh, on a side note... of course, I'm not including any albums from 2010. But man, some of the albums released last year are better than a lot from this list put together!... like "Brothers" by the Black Keys, "This Is Happening" by LCD Soundsystem, "The Suburbs" by Arcade Fire or "Songs from the Road" by Leonard Cohen. They're just mindblowing and better than most I'll mention below. I didn't want to include the first two Arcade Fire albums because I still have to listen to them more carefully.

Ok, enough words. Here are the lists:

1. Look Into the Eyeball - David Byrne
1. How to Walk Away - Juliana Hatfield

3. Accelerate - R.E.M.
4. Dear Science, - TV on the Radio
5. The Hazards of Love - The Decemberists
6. Everything That Happens Will Happen Today - Brian Eno & David Byrne
7. Graduation - Kanye West
8. Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
9. Stoned - Lewis Taylor
10. Actor - St. Vincent
11. American Idiot - Green Day
12. Maladroit - Weezer
13. Drill a Hole In That Substrate and Tell Me What You See - Jim White
14. Viva la Vida or Death And All His Friends - Coldplay
15. In Rainbows - Radiohead
16. Veckatimest - Grizzly Bear
17. Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose - Meat Loaf
18. No Cities Left - The Dears
19. When the World Comes Down - The All-American Rejects
20. FutureSex/LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake
21. Surprise - Paul Simon
22. Elephant - The White Stripes
23. 11 - Bryan Adams
24. The College Dropout - Kanye West
25. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace - Foo Fighters

26. Sea Change - Beck
27. Around the Sun - R.E.M.
28. The Crane Wife - The Decemberists
29. Let Go - Avril Lavigne
30. 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
31. Ten New Songs - Leonard Cohen
32. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
33. Brainwashed - George Harrison
34. No Line on the Horizon - U2
35. Living With War - Neil Young
36. Chinese Democracy - Guns N' Roses
37. Room Service - Bryan Adams
38. Lungs - Florence + The Machine
39. You Could Have It So Much Better - Franz Ferdinand
40. Parachutes - Coldplay
41. The Age of the Understatement - The Last Shadow Puppets
42. Rain - Joe Jackson
43. ¿Como te Llama? - Albert Hammond, Jr.
44. Modern Guilt - Beck
45. Bossa N' Beatles - Rita Lee
46. Bleed America - Jimmy Eat World
47. Robbers & Cowards - Cold War Kids
48. Release the Stars - Rufus Wainwright
49. Up - Peter Gabriel
50. Pretty. Odd. - Panic! at the Disco

51. BONUS: The Café Carlyle Sessions - Christopher Cross (old songs reworked acoustically with a jazz band)

Honorable mentions:
Missiles - The Dears
Chrome Dreams II - Neil Young
Hurricane - Grace Jones
Donkey - CSS
Jim White - Transormal Skiperoo
Heathen - David Bowie
Nine Lives - Steve Winwood
19 - Adele
Big Blue Ball - Peter Gabriel & Various Artists
Late Registration - Kanye West

Albums in Spanish

1. Quién Va a Cantar? - Ruben Rada (Uruguay)
2. Fuera de Ambiente - Jaime Roos (Uruguay)
3. Jessico - Babásonicos (Argentina)
4. Residente o Visitante - Calle 13 (Puerto Rico)
5. Porco Rex - Indio Solari (Argentina)

Live Albums

1. Live @ the Clubhouse - Tom Tom Club
2. Live In London - Leonard Cohen
3. Varsovia - Ruben Rada & Javier Malosetti
4. Live at the Olympia - R.E.M.
5. Live In Gdansk - David Gilmour


1. Talking Heads - The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (Expanded Edition) 2 CD
2. Billy Joel - The Stranger: 30th Anniversary Edition 2 CD + DVD
3. The Who - The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition) 2 CD
4. Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club (Deluxe Edition) 2 CD
5. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (50th Anniversary Edition) 2 CD + DVD

Am I crazy? Or am I so sane that I just blew your mind?!?
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Re: My Essential Albums from the 00s

Postby Aspiemom on March 24th, 2011, 2:35 am

I spent much of the last decade in a baby-induced stupor, but now that my babies are kids, I'll check out some of the music on your list. I'm right with you on Arcade Fire. Love The Suburbs and think I will grow to love Funeral eventually.

I have some nominations to help you get to 100.

Art pop
Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
Kid A by Radiohead
Gravity Radio by Mikel Rouse
Bonus Rarities and outtakes by Talking Heads

You're the One by Paul Simon
Grown Backwards by DB (ahem)

Home by the Dixie Chicks
soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou"

Snacktime by Barenaked Ladies

Cage the Elephant (self-titled)
Entertainment by Gang of Four (remaster)

The Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel
Gypsy 2003 cast recording with Bernadette Peters
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog by Neil Patrick Harris
The Toxic Avenger soundtrack
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Re: My Essential Albums from the 00s

Postby Aspiemom on April 5th, 2011, 4:21 am

Grooving on Sound of Silver. Seems this band shamelessly rips off Talking Heads, not that there's anything wrong with that. Thanks again for the list.

I'd nominate the revival recording of Sondheim's Company, and the original Broadway cast recordings from Avenue Q and Spring Awakenin (underage German sex and death!) if you're into that kind of thing.
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Re: My Essential Albums from the 00s

Postby Buck's Student on April 9th, 2011, 6:27 am

Punk isn't really a genre...

Insorte Diaboli - Dimmu Borgir

Black Label Society - Stronger than Death

Black Label Society - Mafia

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Beck - Guero

And that's all I can think of at one in the morning.
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Re: My Essential Albums from the 00s

Postby Buck's Student on September 27th, 2011, 4:26 pm

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork. 8-)
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