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|Liberi's Top 20 From 2000-09|
These are my top 20 albums of the decade. In a few instances I realise I am leaving out rbetter albums, but instead I've tried to capture the albums that I have connected with the rmost. A few hard to leave out albums include stuff by At the Drive-In, J-Dilla, Flying Lotus & rJimmy Eat World. But alas these are the top 20 as it stands today, which will no doubt be rdifferent in another couple years.
Tiny Blue Biosphere
|18||Florence and the Machine|
From its lead single Dog Days are Over, Florence and the Machine won me
over. Perhaps in a couple years this won't still be on this list, but for now
Lungs has me entranced.
The Seven Letters From Tibet
This past decade wasn't Tangerine Dream's best, but there do exist a few
standouts. Madcap's Flaming Duty, the Five Atomic Seasons series and
most notably Seven Letters from Tibet are worthy additions to the TD
collection. It has been four years since I reviewed this album, but still the
ideas presented in the album are as enjoyable today as on first listen.
For Emma, Forever Ago
The College Dropout
Yeah there is too much filler, but in College Dropout Kanye strode ahead of
his mainstream contemporaries and it still remains as arguably the best
Kanye album. All Falls Down in particular still does it for me today, just like it
did first seeing the music video 7 years ago.
|14|| ||Fat Freddy's Drop|
Based on a True Story
Quite likely the best New Zealand album of the decade, Fat Freddy's 2005
album Based on a True Story stands as a perfect example of New Zealand
The Emperors New Clothes
Klute's deft touch always takes songs just where they need to go. The
album packs both laid back experiences with pure melodies and high-paced,
bass driven songs. Our Leader proves the focal point of the album, a hair-
raising melody and strong unrelenting breakbeats create a memorable ride.
And in every song the album maintains a standard of quality reflective of
Klute's hard work. Those unfamiliar with Drum & Bass may not know where
to look, yet those who turn to Klute are unlikely to turn away with a feeling
Turn on the Bright Lights
The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
Thrice never quite clicked for me before The Alchemy Index, despite being
recommended heavily by a few friends. Yet The Alchemy Index blew that
out the door.
|8||The Mars Volta|
De-Loused in the Comatorium
I fell out of love with the Mars Volta quickly after their debut album, De-
Loused in the Comatorium, yet De-Loused still remains special to me.
It is sometimes easy to forget how big of a deal Daft Punk were back
around the start of the decade. Many will argue Homework (1997) is the
better album, but nevertheless Discovery is quite easily one of the best
albums of its decade.
It seems every man and his dog wants to capture what makes this album
so special, sum it up perfectly. Yet though the countless deions on the
internet, television and in print often do an apt job, they never quite
capture the true magic. The album simply exceeds expectations at every
turn; its construction, vibe, pacing and subtle design all contribute towards
what is a mesmerizing experience.
|5|| ||Yoko Kanno|
Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex I-IV
This place goes to Yoko Kanno's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
soundtracks. Kanno's work often far exceeds her contemporaries and her
work for the Ghost in the Shell stands as some of her finest, right alongside
You'd be hard put to find an album with a better starting quintet of songs
than The National's Boxer. Many great songs are often beautiful in design,
yet with songs such as Squalor Victoria, Mistaken for Strangers and Green
Gloves it seems The National create beauty both through design and
execution. The vocals and the lyrics are a strong focus in the album, and
the emphasis put on them only highlights the superb job done,
complimented by unique and beautiful instrumentation. Like a well oiled
machine The National ease through each song, yet leave a mark on the
listener not easily forgotten.
Midtown 120 Blues
Released under the moniker DJ Sprinkles, Midtown 120 Blues reflects
Thaemlitz?s experiences in almost every aspect of its construction. The
album presents an unabashed view of the commercialization of the New
York house scene, and the mix of ambience, deep house and melancholy
throughout the album embodies this disenchantment. By no means
grandiose, Midtown 120 Blues excels for the simple fact that it takes a part
of Thaemlitz and expresses it consistently throughout all aspects of its
Program Music I
Quite likely the best album introduced to me by sputnik. Both tracks last
over 25 minutes, and are epic pieces blending multiple genres. It is
incredibly hard to pick faults in each piece, far easier to just drift away in
Just Ask the Lonely
Tell me at the start of the decade that my favourite album by the end would
consist of Detroit House music, and I?d probably say you?re dreaming mate.
Neverthless, the title track of Just Ask the Lonely comes across as an
effortless masterpiece. Built up from just a drum line, the track slowly
develops into house music at its best.
|I keep forgetting about 19, haven't checked that album out in years.|
Obligatory reference to 14 being the sound of my last 5 summers
|Pretty good approximation of Fat Freddy's Drop too, sound of a New Zealand summer.|
|I also apparently need to re-listen to Just Ask The Lonely, even though I have the sneaking suspicion that after I do I still won't think of it as highly as you do. I mean, its good and all but I could definitely take it or leave it|
|I should listen to that Kashiwa Daisuke album more often. Miss you Liberi.|
|Just Ask the Lonely just fits into place for me I guess, as does Striders World & I Love U Alex off the album. I don't know if the album is better than a few of the albums just below it, but it just has such a great feeling and such great memories to it.|
And yes of course you should listen to Kashiwa Daisuke more often Transient! I never seem to have enough time to listen to it these days, but boy oh boy each listen is a great experience.
|Kashiwa Daisuke's Program Music I is one of the top 10 most beautiful albums I've encountered |
|Oo new things. 19 and 20 sound really cool, I like their myspace stuff. |
|You haven't heard St. Germain before? That is surprising. Check out both Tourist and Boulevard, both fantastic albums.|
|Ha, I recognize that one track, and I think it's one of those things where I know the tune but not who did it. Like Wonderwall for most people, or Bittersweet Symphony =P|
|midtown 120 blues change muh life|
|because you are like the only person i know with the same last name as me i will check out some of these that i haven't heard. been meaning to listen to 6 for ages anyway.|
|Nice list! A lot of different stuff than the usual decade lists (converge, radiohead etc...). 2 and 3 are truly amazing. I'll check out your n.1|
|deloused and college dropout would def make my list|
|All Falls Down came out six years ago. i know, ooooooooo one year difference.
don't see how Homework can be better than Discovery. it was a fun listen but it just wasn't as beautiful or memorable like Discovery. i mean come on, One More Time, nuff said.|
|list has enough familiar stuff for me to believe in it's awesomeness and enough random shit ive never heard of to make it look elite. A perfect blend!|
|i strongly support 2 being as high as it is, might check some of this out.|
|Thanks for the positive comments, and good to see lots of Kashiwa Daisuke & Thaemlitz love. |
@MUNGOLOID, a lot of the reviews I've seen for both Discovery and Homework have tended to rate Homework higher, me personally I've never been sure of which one I prefer.
|Holy crap so much win in this list. Namely 2,3,7, 16 and 18. I'm in deep love with this list.|