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|Chewie's Top Albums From 2000-2009|
Not a very big list because I'd rather highlight the very topmost albums of this decade. This is by no means a comprehensive list, just what I liked. I put some effort into articulating why these are here, so engage me.
A brilliantly dark album. The amount of paranoia and terror that is infested in this album is infinitely powerful. The songs accentuate fear in different ways; from the sexually revolting Digital Bath, the violently rampaging Knife Prty, to the horribly absolute Pink Maggit. This album eclipses the decade for scaring me shitless every fucking time.
A band that I love and admire, with an album that goes unnoticed. Amnesiac is a weird album for sure, and it likely will initially turn many away. But it is that odd sheek to it that makes it all the more rewarding to those who recognizes its beauty. From the grandiose Pyramid Song(My favourite Radiohead track) to the cynical and quite creepy Life In A Glasshouse, Radiohead demonstrate how they are complete innovators of music.
Like Radiohead, a band that has been acclaimed, but unlike Amnesiac, Blackwater Park is Opeth's tour de force. Their winning combo of soft/heavy sections are in full force here, from the hypnotizing Blackwater Park riff to the spellbinding Leper Affinity piano ending. The amount of skill that the band has in not only playing their instruments, but creating black, moody atmospheres creates an elegant sheen to their masterpiece.
|4||The Mars Volta|
Frances The Mute
A crazy album if there ever was one. I think that giving this album a 1 should be outlawed for one simple reason; No matter what you think of the music, the ambition and downright insanity of the music should at least warrant a 1.5. That being said, the album is brilliant. The Mars Volta can wander on and on a bit, but on here they really have their shit together, and from the 5 minute cricket sounds to the journey that is Cassandra Gemini, entertainment is guaranteed.
Demon Days is like an audible comic book. Gorillaz have such a quirky understanding of its direction, and they utilize it to great effect. The way that the group doesn't even seem like they're trying when speedy violins are going against acidic beats demands respect. Renegades of funk and alternative groove, Gorillaz produce something unique.
For Emma, Forever Ago
Justin Vernon's cold, isolated guitar works is beautiful commingled with his warm, angellic voice. The album's emotional power is what is on display, and how it shines. The record cries along with you, and makes you feel human.
Sing The Sorrow
A band that may have received a bit too much reception with the "emo" community, AFI still has quality underneath their soured image. Sing The Sorrow is somewhat of a trip, of otherworldly sadness and black misery, AFI achieve a very unsettling, albeit powerful emotion on this album, which propels it to greatness.
Glory Hope Mountain
This group is unfamiliar to most, which is a shame considering its quality. The band do away with most of indie's convention, and do it their own style. That style consists of tribal drumming, organic instrumentation and lyrics concerning East Asian crisis. The album is fun and eccentric, with unique innovations and consistent songs to boot.
|9||The Flaming Lips|
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The band decided to refine their wackiness with some actual structure and come out with an album that is the best of both worlds. Yoshimi... is delightfully trippy at point but never ambiguous, each song is kept on a leash of formula, and it is all the better for. The Flips prove their restraint and maturity on this well balanced release.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Enough has been said about this, so I'll share my metaphorical insight of this album; tribal stomping with a bunch of crazy black people in the jungle.
|11||Death Cab For Cutie|
Death Cab For Cutie really seem like masters of their domain on this record. Everything is done with grace and energy, and their quaint stories of love and love-loss is articulated with great strength. The instruments and compositions of the tracks are terrific, from the refreshing The New Year to the stricken We Looked Like Giants to the magnificent title track.
|12||Nine Inch Nails|
The album is not as much a collection of songs, but a vehicle for his tale of paranoia and corruption. The sound is heavily laden with industrial synth that are the most far gone of his career, but laced with the serene emotion and signature NIN feel that we've come to love. Year Zero displays Reznor's terrific ability to captivate an audience, his well-crafted concept, backed by his always brilliant lyrics, return him to the format of albums that he does best, as well as to the incredible musician that he is hailed for.
Saturday Night Wrist
SNW is very abstract, and very beautiful as a result. The band doesn't have the overwhelming terror of White Pony, but replace it with dreamy atmospheres of mystery and wonder. With some of Deftone's best tracks on it, Saturday Night Wrist proves once again that Deftones can get inside your head
A truly groovy album. The album's vocal quirks and fun indie songwriting are the best qualities. The entire album has a wonderful airy feeling, and Grizzly Bear are able to take really fun riffs and grooves and flesh them out into really great jams. From the jazzy stylings of Southern Point, to the epic I Live With You, the band dazzle
|15|| ||Bright Eyes|
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
...Morning isn't a very spectacularly album instrumentally, but its the vocal power and emotional brilliance of Oberst that catapults the album into brilliance where it shouldn't be. His lyrics are heart-wrenchingly honest, and very emotional evoking. From the intimate love song Lua, to the fist-pumping and euphoric Road To Joy, Conor shows us why folk music is so lovely.
|Before I looked at this, I was thinking how cool it would be to see Frances on here. Thanks for making me smile XD.|
|glad I could deliver|
|odelay is from the '90s bro|
|great list but odelay was released in 1996 |
|oh shit good point|
|1 is obviously the best on here. Haha. Also, major props for 12. This is without doubt his best album of the decade. |
|hey, 1, 3, 5, 11 and 13 were all in my top 50 of the decade -- so, cheers! Also, 1 was my album of the decade as well. Love it soooo much. I've only recently gotten into Radiohead, and I only have Kid A and OK Computer. Is Amnesiac my logical next step?|
|nice to see some respect for the Pony. And yes I would say Amnesiac would be next for you. Despite the different preferences of Radiohead albums, it is usually a consensus that OK Computer, Kid A and Amnesiac are their three best. |
|word, I like the sound of Kid A a little more than OK Computer, so I'm thinking Amnesiac will be right up my alley|
|ya Kid A's great I just didn't put it on here since its on every single list so I thought I'd shoot for a bit of originality :>|
|If you like OK Computer better, then get The Bends or In Rainbows next. If you like Kid A better, then get Amnesiac.|
Also, interesting list. Should be something on there for just about everybody.
|very nice man|
|awesome fucking list man. props, great taste. I had 7 of these in my decades top 10|