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AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/13/05 01:44 PM
The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way)  

I think we're overdue for an old fashioned album list thread in the TW tradition (twister's been away).

Of course, we've done this once before at the quarter way mark, but that was so long ago that I think those who contributed probably have fairly new lists by this time.

Keep in mind that additional commentatary adds interest and substance to your list but I'm not entirely against a straight Top 10 if you're pressed for time.

I'll be nice and let someone else go first this time.


The Last of the Disco Kings MP3 by Adam D Versus David B

eraserhead
(stardust savant)
07/13/05 02:26 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

I'm gonna do a top 5, because I don't really buy albums these days. Too expensive.

#1. Morrissey - You Are The Quarry (2004).
Not just because everybody here hates him (except Diamond Dave), but because this is the best album of the so called 00's.

#2. J Mascis + The Fog - More Light (2000)
#3. J Mascis + The Fog - Free So Free (2002)
.
J Mascis has a dog. I have a dog. We both have dogs. J talks about his dog in every interview. I talk about my dog in every post I make. I'm gonna see J live in August, when the reunited Dinosaur Jr plays in Stockholm. I'm positive we will bond.

#4. Iggy Pop - Skull Ring (2003)
As commercial as Iggy can get. Every track is super commercial, in a good way. It was like he was saying, "MTV, here I come!" Only MTV didn't want him to come. Nevertheless, it sold well.

Some of my other favourite artists also released some great things, but I'm gonna put my own collaboration album with Sysiyo at #5, even though it's far from finished.




GFried: What aspect of your personallity do you think makes you post at a David Bowie message board?
Dara: For me it's pretty much an interest in David Bowie.


RabbitFighter
(acolyte)
07/13/05 02:34 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: eraserhead]  

In reply to:

Not just because everybody here hates him (except Diamond Dave


I'll take that as an offence mister!

If I would bother to write a list it would have Morrissey's You are The Quarry on top, closely followed by Ian Hunter's Rant and too much Finnish material that you'd bother to read it.
Oh and I might throw Musicology somewhere in there...

A friend in need is a tubgirl indeed

Arlequino
(cracked actor)
07/13/05 02:45 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

Aw hell...I'm struggling to remember what was released this year, let alone over the last five. This list is probably missing some of the best and most important pieces from the last five years, and the order is by no means solid. But, for now:

10. Razorlight - Up All Night

Give it a year and this, Razorlight's 2004 debut album, may have climbed further into my top ten. Or it may have dropped out altogether. Either way, at the moment, it rocks. Sounding rawer and more stripped down than most of the rest of the current indie movement, Johnny Borrell easily makes up for occassional blips in the songwriting with overpowering charisma and an obvious ear for a good pop tune.
Highlight: Somewhere Else may have been an addition on the 2005 rerelease, but it's the best thing on here by a mile.

9. Divine Comedy - Absent Friends

Thank God Regeneration was only a brief indulgence for the incomparable Neil Hannon. On Absent Friends, the Divine Comedy go quickly back from whence they came - writing hugely melodramatic, gorgeously instrumentalised and textured ballads with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humour and knowing cultural references. Never too serious, only occassionally too silly, this is the real return to form. Recalls a more grown up version of Promenade; which, coming around a decade after should really be expected.
Highlight: Our Mutual Friend. Remember how good Frog Princess sounded the first time? This is it, in repeat listening.

8. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

In 2003, all pop-rock seemed to be going the Coldplay route. Piano-driven, with just the right - or wrong - amount of gushing sentiment and vulnerability. Then came Franz Ferdinand and, without wishing to put too much of their achievements down to one song, that guitar riff. Suddenly, in pubs and student areas up and down the country, you could hear one thing: "Da-da-da-da-da-da-daa, da-da-da-da-da-da-daa, da-da-da-da-da-da-daa, d-d-d-d-d-da, TAKE ME OUT". Fuck, it was cool. And it still is. Beyond that one, obvious highlight, the eponymous debut from these young, Scottish popsters has greater depth and intelligence than many older and more experienced songsmiths. They said their aim was to make people dance. They nailed it.
Highlight: Take Me Out - need I have said?

7. As Heard On Soulwax Radio pt 2. - 2 Many DJ's

Not a single self-coined track. No massive singles. No Great airplay. No club fillers. And yet, somehow, this 2-DJ combo created probably the greatest party record since Basement Jaxx gave us Rooty. Intelligent, rocking, funny, surprising and engaging all at the same time. It kicks into life with a hidden track 4:30 minute prior to the 0:00 mark with a massively disjointed Can't Get You Out Of My Head which kicks effortlessly into the outstanding Peter Gunn (live)/Where's Your Head At mash up. Right there, it grabs your balls, and it never lets go. Exemplary dance music.
Highlight: Either the opener, or the Skee-Lo I Wish a capella bit at around 40:00. Brilliant.

6. David Bowie - Heathen

Probably some bias here, but Heathen still sounds marvellous. Grown-up in the way Reality never was and packed with enough good tunes to counter the more serious business of 'real' Bowie songs, such as the brilliant opener Sunday, or the equally epic closer, Heathen (The Rays. It isn't Bowie's best by a long shot. But it's clearly his best of the 00s.
Highlight: Heathen (The Rays) - it's the way you'd want a 50-year-old Bowie to sound.

5. Martin Grech - Open Heart Zoo

If this had been Radiohead's follow-up to Kid A it would've been hailed as the unsurpassable best album of the 00s. As it happens, an 18-year old A-Level student brought it out and, with his curious falsetto and counter-tenor vocal stylings juxtaposed against heavy-then light-then heavy accompaniments, it really was a joy. Over-reaching, and lacking in tunes it may have been, but for pure musicality, vision and effect it's pretty unmatchable. And it isn't diminished at all by repeat listenings. Superb.
Highlight: Penicillin - sounding as much like Radiohead as Grech ever does, he pulls off a song Yorke and co. would've been proud of.

4. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

From disciple to master, though. It's difficult to predict where Radiohead are going to go these days. In 2000, it would probably have been safe to say they were going to stick in the Ok Computer mould. But along came Kid A instead, and suddenly Radiohead could've been heading anywhere. Continuing in the Kid A trend with Amnesiac, it would then have seemed sensible to bet on Radiohead going further down the experimental path. Instead, they released the record that sounded like it was written to bridge the gap between Ok Computer and Kid A. Equal parts quiet introversion, experimentation and outright songsmanship, Hail To The Thief might just be the essential Radiohead record. There isn't a dud track, and not a single moment passes where something interesting or unexpected isn't heard in either Yorke's delivery or the band's playing. Unique, exciting, interesting and brilliant, Hail To The Thief may not have been as much of a leap as the band had made before, but it's still an amazing record.
Highlight - Myximatosis - paranoid Radiohead mumblings in the best possible sense. Good tune to boot.

3. Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

What do you do when hip-hop's all becoming a bit too serious? Stick on some Outkast. Forget the singles Hey Ya!, Roses, I Like The Way You Move and Ghetto Musak (actually, don't, because they're superb), and you're left with two super albums from one great heavyweight of the genre. Big Boi may have the bling-rap down to a tee, forsaking all of the cliches and contrivances which can make contemporaries irritating, and leaving you with a distilled rap the like of which is barely seen anymore, but Andre 3000 is an undisputed musical genius. Superb wordsmithery, excellent tunes, knowing humour and an unequalled ear for effect characterise his half of this double album. Big Boi's, while not quite so outstandingly magnidicent, is still a brilliant genre piece. Add in some great guest spots on each album (Kelis is predictably great) and you're left with a real, stunning musical achievement.

Put the singles back in, and it gets even better.
Highlight: Andre's She Lives In My Lap - here's how to be effortlessly cool.

2. Ute Lemper - Punishing Kiss

Take one part beautiful, dominatrix-looking German, one part ouststanding voice and two parts superb cover versions, and you get this: the most amazing female-vocals album in years. It fits it all in here: humour, seduction, death, melancholy, cruelty, loneliness and Kurt Weill. What more could you want in an album? Add in Neil Hannon/Joby Talbot at the top of their respective games, and the fact that this album came as a complete surprise, and you're left with one of the masterpieces of the decade thus far. It's underrated, and you probably won't have heard it. But by God, you should have by now.
Highlight: Nick Cave's Little Water Song. So beautiful, so sad and oh-so-well delivered.

1. - Tom Waits - Alice

Released at the same time as Blood Money, but almost entirely consisting of music previously used for a Germans tage production, Alice is about as inspired as modern music making gets. Jazzy, minimalist, nonsensical, melodic and utterly, utterly bemusing, this is quintessential Waits. His unmistakable growl fits the music and lyrics perfectly, and the dark, seedy mood that exists throughout the album compliments both his style and the twisted Lewis Carroll vision of Alice in Wonderland completely. Very rarely has cabaret/jazz music been so effective on so many levels and yet here, in Alice is possibly the masterpiece of the first decade of the 21st Century. Amazing, unrelenting, beautiful and jagged. This is music at its best.
Highlight: The title track. Just amazing.

later,
Chris...

I could stay if you asked me,
So for God's sake don't ask me to stay



blacktropic84
(cracked actor)
07/13/05 03:02 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

I tend to keep my musical tastes back in the 60's/70's so I don't know very many new musicians . . . . .

Bowie - Heathen
Cooper, Alice - Dragontown
Manson, Marilyn - Holy Wood (In The Shadown Of The Valley Of Death)
Osbourne, Ozzy - Down To Earth
Waits, Tom - Alice
Waits, Tom - Blood Money
Waits, Tom - Real Gone
Zappa, Frank - Joe's Domage (does that count?)

I can't seem to think of anything else at the moment, so throw in two of these:
- Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet
- Alice Cooper - The Eyes Of
- David Bowie - Reality
- Frank Zappa - Joe's Corsage
- Frank Zappa - Halloween

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Marquis
(acolyte)
07/13/05 03:04 PM
Now it's time for a breakdown new [re: Adam]  

Since I think it'd be more fun this way, I'm not including any of the bands I listed on the first thread. Which is the only reason Radiohead isn't on here.

DM & Jemini - Ghetto Pop Life (2003)
Dangermouse's beats are uniformly excellent, Jemini's rhymes are sorely underrated, and guest spots from the Pharcyde, Cee-Lo, and the 'Liks help this become one of the most fun albums of the last five years. Key tracks: Copy Cats, What U Sittin On (Cee-Lo Remix)

Madvillain - Madvillainy (2004)
Quite possibly the best work Madlib and MF Doom have ever done with a great flow from beginning to end, making it a rare hip-hop album with no skipping necessary. Key tracks: All Caps, Raid

Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner (2003)
Grime's everywhere now, and it all starts to sound the same, but when this shit dropped, nothing could have sounded fresher. Key tracks: Stop Dat, Fix Up Look Sharp

M.I.A. - Arular (2005)
Sexy, political, dancefloorworthy, and just plain fuckin' good. Key tracks: Bingo, Galang

Jay-Z - The Black Album (2003)
Jigga! When you work with the best big-name producers (Kanye, Timbaland, etc.), you get the best big-time tracks. One couldn't have asked for a better farewell from Ya Boy. Key tracks: Dirt Off Ya Shoulders, 99 Problems

Kanye West - The College Dropout (2004)
Kaneezy steps out from behind the boards - well, after making the tracks, presumably - and proves to be an adequate if unspectacular MC. Great guests and great production and surprisingly little filler. Key tracks: School Spirit, Get 'em High

Aesop Rock - Bazooka Tooth (2003)
Darker and denser than Labor Days, here Aes fully embraces his misanthropy, leading to one of the most lyrically inscrutable (and brilliant) rap records ever. Key tracks: NY Electric, We're Famous

DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist - Product Placement (2001)
Sequel to the limitlessly brilliant Brainfreeze, in which two extraordinarily talented DJs each create a 30 minute mix using rare funk and soul 45s. In addition to being a fantastic party album, it is a testament to the art of turntablism - a true work of art. Key tracks: Both of them

Microphones - Mount Eerie (2003)
Yay indie rock! Or experimental indie rock, anyway. I think it's because I usually don't care for things like this (i.e. 17 minutes of tribal drums and unholy machine screams) that I like it so much. Key tracks: The Sun, Solar System

Four Tet - Rounds (2003)
The definitive "folktronica" artist, he moves easily from the dancefloor to your headphones. Computer music has never sounded so warm and inviting. Key tracks: My Angel Rocks Back and Forth, As Serious As Your Life

Tonight your ghost will ask my ghost,
Who put these bodies between us?
Listen to All Caps, Sundays @ 6 PM

eraserhead
(stardust savant)
07/13/05 03:37 PM
Moz, PE and Gwen new [re: RabbitFighter]  

In reply to:

I'll take that as an offence mister!


Obviously, I know that you are a die-hard Morrissey fan, but I thought, for some reason, that you didn't like the new stuff. Are you sure you like the new stuff? I thought you were more like twister and Prism, in that you're crazy about the old stuff (The Smiths plus Viva Hate and perhaps Arsenal and Vauxhall) but think that Quarry is a sell-out, or at least a lesser album.

Also, I would like to make a modification to my list. I want to add Morrissey's latest release as well: the live album Live At Earls Court, which was released this year. It's simply the best live album I've ever heard, not counting all the Dinosaur Jr/J Mascis bootlegs I own/download all the time (as new ones are always being uploaded).


In reply to:

Jay-Z - The Black Album


I know that Chuck D was planning on naming a PE album "The Black Album" in the late 90s/early 00s. He was mentioning this title in his Terrordome/online journal several times. But the album was never made, or it was given another title (perhaps Revolverlution, which was released in '02). So, I'm just wondering...did Jay-Z steal this title from Chuck, or what?

Oh, and didn't you also like Gwen's new album, Marquis? Or was that irony? I know I liked it, and then I read that you liked it, and I was like, reassured, that I was right, in thinking that it was good. Or that the single was good. I never heard the album. But I liked the first single. So, why didn't Gwen make your list, Marquis? Also, doesn't she look almost exactly like Laura Palmer? Only Laura was a little more busty. Not that Laura was busty, but, a bit more.




GFried: What aspect of your personallity do you think makes you post at a David Bowie message board?
Dara: For me it's pretty much an interest in David Bowie.


SysiyoModerator
(thunder ocean)
07/13/05 03:41 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: eraserhead]  

1. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Feels a bit odd giving the top slot to an an album I don't de facto own, but Gorillaz is at least something resembling a new act. And the album is great.

Highlight: Fire Coming Out Of A Monkey's Head - The Wild-Eyed Boy From Freecloud meets the 21st century.

2. Kraftwerk - Tour de France Soundtracks

OK, I admit they are attempting to capture old glories and failing. Still, the album has it's moments. These guys can still make good music, even if it asn't groundbreaking anymore.

Highlight: Tour de France Étape 2 - The whole Tour '03 sequence is great, but this portion is particularly magnificient.

3. King Wayne - The Hidden Sword

Eraserhead delivers his best effort to date. Short and to the point. The only negative thing to point out is the artwork and I'm to blame for that.

Highlight: MacGyver Theme - Because.

4. David Bowie - Heathen

It's inconsistent. The subject has been beaten to death already, so I'll just leave it at that.

Highlight: I Would Be Your Slave - David demonstrates he can still write, and come up with something at least resembling new stuff.

5. Gorillaz - Gorillaz

The debut has it's moments. It also has it's non-moments, especially on the early part of the album, tracks that sound a little too close to the sound of Blur's 13 to warrant their place on a Gorillaz album.

Highlight: Clint Eastwood - By now probably a bit of a cliché, but my god the song rocks.

6. Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars

Again, an artist (well, two) who made great stuff a few decades ago attempt to capture the magic and fail. The adventurous sound of No Pussyfooting and Evening Star is gone, replaced by a cold, over-conceptualised sound on tracks named after (you guessed it) the seven Equatorial stars. The result is basically a run-of-the-mill ambient album, something the two first Fripp/Eno albums certainly were not.

Highlight: In the name of all fairness, they all sound the same.

7. King Wayne - Turkish For Death

Partially soundtrack-work, a bit too long with inferior pieces thrown in, but also includes the first true King Wayne classics.

Highlight: Turkish For Death, too weird for it's own good but just that, good.

8. Mike OIdfield - Tubular Bells 2003

An inferior note-by-note recording of the classic (but overappriciated) original. A lot of the spirit of the original is lost with the use of modern technology in the recording process, resulting in a lifeless ghost of the vibrant original. Where Oldfield strayed from the original mix, the changes are for the worse.

Highlight: Hmm. There isn't one.

9. Suede - A New Morning

I value this today a lot more that I valued it when it came out. The only problem is, I value Suede a lot less. It's a passable album.

10. Karl Bartos - Communication

Kraftwerk's former percussionist tries to show that he too can make music. And he can. Unfortunately his gifts as a lyricist aren't up to a scrath (maybe he should have asked Schult to help out with them?). The album gives an interesting idea of what Kraftwerk's sound might have developed into if the group had chosen a different path in the early 90's... the biggest problem is that the album also sounds like it dates from 1993, not 2003.

It's interesting to note that this album was released in 2003, and like Bowie's offering from the same year, it includes a track called Reality.

Highlight: 15 Minutes of Fame

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Marquis
(acolyte)
07/13/05 03:57 PM
Some Doubt new [re: eraserhead]  

In reply to:

So, I'm just wondering...did Jay-Z steal this title from Chuck, or what?


Well according to allmusic.com, the first Black Album was released by the Damned in 1980, so perhaps they're both ripping off Captain Sensible.

In reply to:

Oh, and didn't you also like Gwen's new album, Marquis? Or was that irony


Most assuredly irony. I loathe Gwen Stefani, nearly as much as Carson Daly and Paris Hilton. "Hollaback Girl" is good only because the Neptunes can't miss, not because her tuneless yowling carries the track.

Tonight your ghost will ask my ghost,
Who put these bodies between us?
Listen to All Caps, Sundays @ 6 PM

RabbitFighter
(acolyte)
07/13/05 04:08 PM
I need help! new [re: eraserhead]  

The thing is that I'm far too severely obsessed with Morrissey to really even notice that there might be weak albums in his catalogue. I even dig Kill Uncle and Southpaw Grammar!

A friend in need is a tubgirl indeed

AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/13/05 04:22 PM
Top 10 of the 00s new [re: Marquis]  

1/2. Radiohead: Kid A and Amnesiac

I don't care to distinguish these albums from each other - they are so close in sound and overall quality. Hail to the Thief does very little for me though. Standout songs: 'Kid A' and 'Pyramid Song'.

3. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

This album has been spoken about enough in TW history - so I'll just add that it's brilliant and leave it at that. Standout song: 'Heavy Metal Drummer'.

4. David Bowie: Heathen

Standout song: Heathen (The Rays)

5. Darren Hanlon: Little Chills

These songs have unexpected and charming lyrical turns and are a breath of fresh air when you've had enough with run of the mill love/hate/angst songs and limited vocab of almost all other artists. As Hanlon sings "Why do I bother I don't know. I'll turn off my radio. Day after day. The airways are awash. With songs of ones in love. And those who are out of. There's just not enough songs about squash".

Standout song: 'Brooklyn Bridge'

6. Billy Bragg and Wilco: Mermaid Avenue 2

I rate it slightly less than the first volume but nevertheless this is marvelous, especially the Wilco portion. Standout song: 'Remember the Mountain Bed'.

7. Darren Hanlon: Hello Stranger

Great debut album (he only has two in total). Standout song: 'Hiccups'.

8. Momus: Folktronic

Folk meets electronic. Add some suitably funny, witty lyrics. I love about half of this album and that's enough to secure a possie in the Top 10 seeing it's 20 songs long.

9. Des De Moor and Russel Churney: Darkness and Disgrace

All Bowie fans should get hold of this.....and fans of the chanson tradition. Standout song: 'We Are The Dead'.

10. David Bowie: Reality

Standout song: 'Bring Me The Disco King'

11. GFried: The Best of Ben

Well since Sysiyo's listing eraserhead albums (which I am yet to hear!), I wanted to chime in having heard the music of TW's GFried. The final track, 'After The First Day', I rate alongside 'Suppers Ready' (by early 'good' Genesis) as the best 17 minute plus epic in rock music. This song has so many melodies and music parts, it's transfixing for the entire length. And there's plenty of other good songs too.

The Last of the Disco Kings MP3 by Adam D Versus David B

eraserhead
(stardust savant)
07/13/05 05:00 PM
I Wish/Maladjusted/Tori new [re: RabbitFighter]  

In reply to:

the Skee-Lo I Wish a capella bit at around 40:00. Brilliant.


I love Skee-Lo/"I Wish". Best song of 1995. I wonder what happend to him. Have you ever heard him since, Chris? (Your nickname is too hard to spell, so I prefer to call to you Chris.)

Rabbitfighter - I just recently re-discovered Maladjusted, especially the song "Ammunition", where he sings "I don't need more ammunition / I've got more than I can spend". That's the chorus. Also, one of the songs on this album was co-written by Moz and his drummer only. I found that interesting. And people say Morrissey can't write music. That he's only a lyricist. Sure, it's possible that the drummer came up with the music, but, then, he's a drummer. I doubt drummers come up with vocal melodies. Though, this album was released in the late 90s, so it doesn't qualify for this thread, which means I'm currently off-topic.

So, Adam, didn't Tori make any good/great albums between 2000 and 2005? What about this latest Beekeeper album? I listened to some samples, and they reminded me (a bit) of my all time favourite Tori album Under The Pink.




GFried: What aspect of your personallity do you think makes you post at a David Bowie message board?
Dara: For me it's pretty much an interest in David Bowie.


RabbitFighter
(acolyte)
07/13/05 05:13 PM
Offtopic or not... new [re: eraserhead]  

...If it's about Mozz, I don't give a rat's ass.
You know, these days Morrissey very much composes his own songs, by humming the melody on tape and giving it to one of his collaborators. Or atleast that's one of the possible processes involved making a new Morrissey album. Some of the songs are built around his bare lyrics but the times when Mozz just wrote lyrics for otherwise finished music died with the Smiths, or atleast that's how I've understood it all.

And yes, Maladjusted is incredibly good. Papa Jack is slightly on the shitty side but excluding that, there isn't a single song on the disc that deserves anything less than adoration. Trouble Loves Me is among the finest Morrissey penned songs ever, including the stuff he wrote with Marr...

A friend in need is a tubgirl indeed

Tin
(stardust savant)
07/13/05 05:50 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

In no particular order:

The Fall, The Unutterable, 2000. A fabulous release from The Fall because it still had all the acid of Mark E. Smith's vocals, but also weaves in new techno sounds not heard from them before.

John Cale, Hobo Sapiens, 2003. I love John Cale, especially lps like Carribean Sunset. HS sets a mood and sustains it throughout this release.

Michael Franti and Spearhead, Everyone Deserves Music, 2003. Franti has come a long way since Disposable Heroes of Hiphopracy. This album tones down his anger, but not completely. Great summer day listening.

Liars, The Threw Us in a Trench and Built a Monument on Top, 2002. One of the few east coast bands that grabbed me and shook my head off my neck with their raw guitars and disco grooves. One fine original band.

Robyn Hitchcock, Spooked, 2004. Hitchcock's work with Gillian Welch is superb and it makes me happy other audiences might hear Robyn due to Welch. That man just has a way with lyrics — solo or Softboyed.

Underworld, A Hundred Days Off, 2002. My first exposure to Underworld. A techno band that breaks the repetitive mold of techno. Shades of Steven Reich are even on a tune. Plus, it's a fabulous driving album. (Hi SLC!)

Cheapglue, Sexy Horses, 2002. Johnny Glue hails from England (anyone? anyone over there know of him?). It's a pop album all about love and life stuffs, but it has its own identity... think '60s psych pop and '80s wave and smush 'em, then you're close to their sound.

Once More with Feeling, s/t, 2002. Yup, the soundtrack to the musical episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It makes me laugh and cry, plus it has bonus score tracks by Christophe Beck, which is just fab. (And I do not care if this is not a band/solo artist release, so there!!)

Drums of Death, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid and Dave Lombardo Present..., 2005. Hands down fave release of this year so far. I've already babbled on this one, but it must be noted that Chuck D and Vernon Reid appear and, DAMN!! some fine jam tracks too.

Honorable mention: Radio 4, Stealing of a Nation, 2004.

Gang of Four will have a brand new release this year and I predict that I will add it to my fave list, I've got a gut feeling.

P.S. Bauhaus and Bloc Party both played the Coachella festival this year, both bands were on at the same time. From what I read, Bauhaus blew Bloc Party outta the water when they opened with Bela, complete with Peter Murphy hanging upside down like a bat while singing the entire song. The writer then said, who needed Coldplay after that wayback Bauhaus thrill. Looks like the grey-haired/walker using bands still rule.


It is my opinion and I am unanimous in this, because it is my opinion, which is, in fact, mine.

Persilot
(stardust savant)
07/13/05 06:13 PM
Re: Moz, PE and Gwen new [re: eraserhead]  

May I just point out that I am a huge Morrissey fan. I own both Earls Court and You are the Quarry and think they are great. Now we are even, I didn't know you were an atheist and you didn't realise I was a Morrissey fan.

The only band I can currently think I'd put on my list would be Turin Brakes. Brilliant band. I'll have a ponder and get back to you with a proper list.

"The Alan Bennett Appreciation Society wants YOU."

Arlequino
(cracked actor)
07/13/05 06:27 PM
Re: I Wish/Maladjusted/Tori new [re: eraserhead]  

In reply to:

I wonder what happend to him. Have you ever heard him since, Chris?


Nope. Not a peanut. But then again, I did only actually come across him last year. I came to most non-classical music quite late, actually, so I'm still discovering. But I Wish is my favourite hip-hop track by a country mile, and comfortably makes my top ten of all time.

later,
Chris...

I could stay if you asked me,
So for God's sake don't ask me to stay



Sam_X
(wild eyed peoploid)
07/13/05 06:52 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

!!! - Louden Up Now
Pardon My Freedom makes me dance anytime of the day, year, etc.

Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock'N'Roll
The title is self-explanatory.

Madvillain - Madvillainy
As expected, Marquis said all that needs to be said about this gem.

Dresden Dolls - Dresden Dolls
Yes, I love them. I love them. I love them! They're gorgeous. They're gorgeous. They're gorgeous!

The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Daddy said it's great, so I suppose it is. Well, I'm quite sure it's even better than great.

Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs Of The 1979 Post Disco Crash
This thing is a riot & you can dance to it & it's so wonderful I'm gonna cry. On the dancefloor.

Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts
I used to hate this record. But I still find the band unique and repeated listens + the hot hot hot DVD from Paris made me change my mind. Nothing new, but with my favourite active band, I can accept it. And to paraphrase The Ig: Molko's still an asshole, although a beautiful one.

Ladytron - 604
I find Ladytron the perfect score to the life of a computer geek who doesn't want to be known as dull. And I'm a game journalist, y'know.

The Kills - No Wow
Can't-get-them-out-of-my-head. Hotel is my current favourite guitarist.

No particular order whatsoever. Except for #1, which, for me, is:

Blur - Think Tank
I've never been a Blur fan, which might be one of the reasons, why I find this album - a masterpiece.

I should've mentioned names like Franz Ferdinand and Radiohead, but others did that already, so why bother.

Coin-Operated Boy

ChesireCat
(kook)
07/13/05 07:42 PM
Half Top Albums of the 00s new [re: Adam]  

When I initially saw this thread, I thought I wouldn't come up with one album worth mentioning. After reading some entries, some albums started popping up in my mind. So, in no particular order:

Radiohead - Kid A
I've read that this is the perfect stoner's album. It musically transmits the feeling of isolation and detachment that OK Computer sends lyrically. I think it's just perfect for when you want to let your mind wander off into new landscapes.
Stand-out track: Everything in it's right place

The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Although many regard their previous album The Soft Bulletin as their best, I prefer this 2002 effort. Themes range from Robots and the girl who fights them to questions of life and death and the reality in which we live in. Production-wise and sonically it's one of the albums I enjoy the most.
Stand-out track: Do you realize?

Reveal - REM
I'm including this one for, in my opinion, showing that there could be an R.E.M. post Berry. Although I enjoy UP very much, it was until their second album as a trio that REM rescued their harmonious ways and ability to make simple songs sound cool.
Stand-out track: Imitation of life

The White Stripes - Elephant
At first listen, I didn't like this album but it eventually grew on me. The strength sent through their music regardless of a minimalistic style used, proofs the hability they have. Also, a good return to good ol' rock.
Stand-out track: The hardest button to button (love the energy in that one)

Audioslave - Audioslave
The singer from Soundgarden with the guys from Rage? I thought it would never work, specially after the amount of problems they had just putting the band together and coming up with a name. Probably because of that the album is a good one. This gets repeated play on my PC and I admit I've only recently started paying atention to the occultish lyrics.
Stand-out track: Like a Stone

Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely, lovely album. 60's pop + ambient + 007 + beautiful voice = Groovy album for the 00s, baby.

`Would you tell me which way to go ?' said Alice
`That depends on where you want to get to,' said the Cat
`I don't much care where --'
`Then it doesn't matter which way you go'


ghostlove
(electric tomato)
07/14/05 00:33 AM
The List new [re: Adam]  

Here is my list. I can't rate them from best to worst, unfortunately. It's like rating your children!(cheesy)

Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" I love this album. Chesire Cat is correct when the album deals with the big issues. Plus it brings in robots, a black belt Japanese heroine wailing on a song, and a bunch of other surprises! This album has made me cry more than a few times, just for the emotional release it provokes. You need to get this album. Plus, you all need to see the new Lips documentary "Fearless Freaks". It's fantastico!
Highlight: There are so many, but I will go with the 'One More Robot Symphony' just for kicks. It's about a robot that starts to feel human emotions and falls in love with a girl. It's wacky but there's a metaphor there somewhere. They have a 5.1 version out there that I need to get my hands on

Puffy Amiyumi "Nice" If you hate the sterility of American pop, then go to Japan(more Japanese?). These girls sing in perfect harmony over crazy hooks with great synth and guitar sounds and awesome sound collages. The lyrics go from love lost to flying in space over 'Planet Tokyo'. All of the songs are great, even if you don't understand the language and it is just a fun, feel good record.
HighlightThe chorus to 'Planet Tokyo' is so big sounding, it makes all things insignificant. For real.

Massive Attack "100th Window" I like electronica and stuff, even if I don't know the name of the artist making the cool blippy-boopy sounds. I do know this band because they are tight. They must have spent hours making some of these snippets of sound on this record, because it all just sounds so seamless.
Highlight The song 'Name Taken' is a great example of this perfection. The rythyms, skittery bleeps and such, envelop you in a great bubble of aural ecstacy.

Roger Waters "In The Flesh" I like the Floyd and I like Roger's solo stuff. In this live album, he brings some great, and often not heard Pink Floyd stuff along with some outstanding stuff, post-Floyd. His musicians are tight, and his songs are timeless.
Highlight "Dogs". This is a great song from 'Animals' and his guitar player pulls off the Gilmour solos with nice form.

David Bowie "Heathen" I could have gone with the with "Reality', since I like that one, too, but... I will go with this. It was the first album I got after I got into him. Cool sounds, nice melodies, spaciousness and some rockin' guitar....all in the same album! His voice regains the confidence and cool he lost with ..hours and his lyrics are always fresh sounding. The production from Visconti makes the guitars melt your eardrum, the drums making something more than a drum sound, and gives the over all atmosphere akin to floating around the world, listening to a wise Martian speak to you.
HighlightMy favorite part is when the verse comes back in "Sunday".....'This is the trip.." It's a nice snap back into the song after being carried away through clouds.



ice



SoulLoveChild
(acolyte)
07/14/05 00:33 AM
these are a few of my favourite 00s new [re: ChesireCat]  

Title TK - The Breeders.
Kim Deal back with a vengeance, this was even better than the superb 'Pod' and 'Last Splash'. Standout tracks for me are "Off You" and "Sinister Foxx". Deep, dark, bass driven melodies and divine harmonies.
Have a listen here

The Lyre of Orpheus/Abattoir Blues - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
This is in strong contention for album of the decade, and the bonus is it's a double!! As Marquis said here a while back, there's not a bum note on the album, even the packaging is to divine. Impossible to pick outstanding tracks, it's just an outstanding piece of work. And so was the live tour that followed it.
Listen Up

Since I Left You - The Avalanches
Quite simply the most amazing use of samples i've ever heard to create a very unique album. They didn't take a popular riff and throw their own lyrics on, no way. They took songs apart instrument by instrument and created whole new pieces of work. Clever. The best thing was, it was recognised with an industry award (ARIA) which never really happens to the really good albums.
Listen Up

Who Killed.... The Zutons
This album was sent to me by a mate in the UK and I can't get over the diversity of it, it's great! Rocky, folky, melodic, makes me get up and dance, makes me sing along with the ballads (which is very rare for me!!). Interesting and quirky songs and needs a lot more attention than it seems to be getting so far. You heard it here!!
Listen Up

Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
I don't own Elephant or any other White Stripes stuff, but this album is doing for me indeeed. The lead single "Blue Orchid" rocks, "My Doorbell" is so damn catchy it's been stuck in my head for a whole two weeks. "Take Take Take" is fab (the bell catches everyone out, EVERY time!) and "As Ugly As I Seem" is just heartbreakingly divine.
Listen Up

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots - Flaming Lips
This was the first Lips album I ever got. It was weird. But I kept playing it. And kept playing it. And kept playing it. And I wanted to listen to it all day every day. "Do You Realize?" is just incredibly beautiful, but the whole album is amazing and is almost worthy of Uncut's 5 1/2 star rating - the best album they've ever reviewed.
Listen Up (And while you're there, read the first 'spotlight review' further down the page, I could have written that myself!!)

Never Never Land - UNKLE
I first heard this in JB Hi Fi when I was shopping with Adam one day last year. The album initially jumped out at Adam, but I was the one that ended up buying it (at a later date). I didn't own Psyence Fiction at the time - I do now but still prefer the elctronic melodies of the followup, I need to spend more time with PF. It's all good, but standouts for me include 'In A State' and 'Reign'.
Listen up

A Hundred Days Off - Underworld
Underworlds last release and 5th official studio album is wonderful. Some very jazzy techno (Little Speaker) which has not been on previous releases, some slower ' techno balladry' (Sola Sisitim) and, of course, Leutin, one of their best tracks ever. This is the sort of stuff that should be played in groovy bars and cafes instead of that watered down chillout rehash stuff which is so popular at the moment. Underworld are the true pioneers of elelctronica, creating amazing songs that no-one can match. (Hi backatcha Nat )
Listen Up

Scissor Sisters - Sissor Sisters
This album divides everyone, but I love it. Great party tunes, trashy and fun. A couple of flat tracks towards the end but picks up again with Return to Oz. Cool and fun glam for the 00s. (You've already heard this one, if not, what rock have you been under??!! )

Lesbians on Ecstasy - Lesbians on Ecstasy
The girls from Montreal got a lot of airplay with their "Tell Me Does She Love The Bass?" - a bassy and very funky reworking of Melissa Etheridge's "Tell Me Does She Want You" on Melbourne community radio last Christmas, and I just had to have the album. They've taken a few of the lesbian iconic songs and invented their own versions like that and Kunstandt Kroving (KD Lang). "The Pleasure Principal - ("Miss Pope, please report to the Principal's Office - Miss Pope) is just hilarious.
Listen Up. Bonus points for the indie packaging, made me think I was buying an 80's indie album all over again.

Also loving at the moment the newy from Turin Brakes "Jackinabox" (it's a bit sort of accoustic and country but very catchy and not very corny at all!) as well as MIA's "Arular" (this album to me right now is what Neneh Cherry's "Homebrew" was in the early 90's - passionate, creative and fresh beats coming from the UK underground) but not sure if these two will make best of the decade list so far.

Get Bowie Back Downunder!
GBBD 2005 !!!!





zigbot
(stardust savant)
07/14/05 02:32 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

A few that come to mind:

Arcade Fire--Funeral--One of the best things I've heard in a very long time. Lovely melodies, wonderful voices (especially the male lead, Win? Is that his name?). I love the accordion and the occasional French lyrics that make me have to relearn all I've forgotten since high school French class. Best moment: All the ethereal Ahh-ahh-ahhs during
"Wake up."

Secret Machines--Now Here Is Nowhere--Amazing and complicated songs (in this day and age of pop). And the drums . . . they fucking RAWK. The drummer is kicking the shit out of his drumkit, God bless him! Best moment: "The Road Leads Where It's Led"--great song. I love the double entendre in the line "they're blowing all the other kids away."

Polyphonic Spree--The Beginning Stages Of . . .--I hated this band at first, but seeing them open for Bowie on three occasions in 2004 converted me. I tend to like more "negative" music, but I just can't help myself but be happy when I hear their stuff. Best moment: A tie between the strange echos in "Soldier Girl" and Partridge Family-styled "pa da dum pum pums" in "It's The Sun." Just good symphonic, orchestral goofiness.

Mos Def--The New Danger--I just love it and I normally hate all things hip hop. Mos is different. His music seems a good fusion between hip hop and hard rock--lots of nice guitars, and the lyrics are intelligent and of interest to people over the age of 16 with IQs greater than their shoe sizes. Best moment: Just Moz's voice in general. Very cool.

David Bowie--Heathen--Uneven in spots, but overall a great record. Best moments: The bookends of "Sunday" and "Heathen." And what a joy it was to hear those two played back-to-back on tour, with Earl Slick holding a long single note on his guitar bridging the gap between songs.

zigbot

white rabbit
(acolyte)
07/14/05 03:19 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

1. Wilco ~Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002) – This has probably become my alltime favorite album. And to think it took me a while to warm up to it.

2. Luna ~ Romantica (2002) – I was hooked from the opening track, "Lovedust"

3. Morphine ~ The Night (2000) – I couldn't not include their fifth album, released after Mark Sandman's untimely death

4.Poe ~ Haunted (2000) – This meant more to me when I was angrier but I still enjoy it a lot

5. Wilco ~ A Ghost is Born (2004)

6. Rilo Kiley ~ The Execution of All Things (2002) – I've seen them live twice and stood in line for the restroom just behind Jenny Lewis. Highlight: "A Better Son/Daughter"

7. Springsteen ~ The Rising (2002) – This led me in to exploring his back catalogue

8. Hem ~ Rabbit Songs (2002) – I bought it mostly because of the title and ended up actually liking it. Quiet and folky, Sally Ellyson's voice is like a lullaby. Favorite songs: "When I Was Drinking", "Half Acre"

9. Dawn Landes ~ dawn's music (2002) – She toured with Hem, performing at a local music bar. I regretted not getting her CD that night and ended up ordering it online later. "Kissing Song", "Suspicion" and "Traffic" are available for download at her site

10. Elliott Smith ~ Figure 8 (2002)

Apparently 2002 was a very good year for me, music wise. Runners up include Kid A, O, Elephant, Sea Change and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. I notice my tastes haven't changed all that much since last I posted on that other thread indicating that I'm either loyal, very set in my ways, just haven't had much time to listen to new music lately or some combination of all three.


I can't be late I got a date

Emil
(acolyte)
07/15/05 01:46 PM
off the top of my head new [re: Adam]  

OK. In no order.

Suede - A New Morning A real grower, to my surprise. And the Suede album I keep returning to - more often than Dog Man Star!
The Tears - Here Come the Tears see above. Don't know yet if this is a lasting relationship or not, of course.
Dungen - Ta det lugnt Neo-hippy folk; extremely groovy. Despite singing in Swedish they managed to break the US (well, a small segment of the alternative community in NY - but still).
Daddy - Heathen Bien sûr. I am one of those who think it's "best since SM" and "a return to form".
Madonna - American life Sound is so crisp you want to eat it.
Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth Could be the novelty, of course, but I think it's as good as his classic material.
Vitalic - OK Cowboy to be honest I only have most of the songs as mp3. But this is cool electro pop with far-out sounds.
White Stripes - s/t because that is the only album of theirs I own. Had I owned the others, they would probably have been on the list too. Any way, if the opener doesn't blow you away then nothing ever will.
Kraftwerk - TdF ST see Sys's post

Honorable mentions (artists whose records I never got around to buying but what I heard sounds really great): Franz Ferd, Jeans Team, M.I.A, Karl Bartos, Interpol, Magnetic Fields ...

Emil's Bowie blog

twister
(acolyte)
07/16/05 08:58 AM
Twister's Top Ten of 2000-2005 new [re: Adam]  

Good God, never thought I'd see Suede's A New Morning on a best-of-the-decade-so-far list. Two quick pointers:

(a) gay, bisexual, paedophile, dog-fucker - whatever, having a deviant sexual lifestyle doesn't stop you from being a hackneyed gobshite of a lyricist. "La la la, sniffing glue and buying shit with my credit card - look at me, I'm Brett Anderson! We are the lovers! And the renegades of love! Gosh!".

(b) Being into Bowie also is no quick-fire ruite to success. Why, look at all the sad sacks of shit who come here every day instead of being out there pursuing a lousy music career! Let's face facts, A New Morning is what it is - an album so bad it killed Suede. That is it's sole redeeming quality.

Ten albums from 2000-2005 to not leave home without!:

The Beta Band - Hot Shots II

Sadly defunct Scottish pop-pioneers at their peak, belting out this sublime collection of tunes culminating in a modern-day answer to Floyd's "Eclipse" ("the people with the answers lie... so no pizza for them"). '98s The Three E.P.'s collection is more essential again, but Hot Shots II proved a perfect full-length album.

Bright Eyes - Lifted

Jesus Christ if Bright Eyes' way with a pen doesn't make him a modern-day Dylan. And this might well be his finest album...

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

...but then this little beauty, with its more concise running time and its country-flavoured duets makes a strong case, too.

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

A dizzying collection of moods, facts, fiction, drama and humour that constantly astounds with Em's abilities as a lyricist and his flow as an MC, and barely ceases with the chuckles, the tears and the oh-my-fucking-God-I'm-not-going-to-sleep-for-a-weeks. Nick Cave or Leonard Cohen would kill to have written "Kim" first.

Eminem - Encore

More touching 'n' hilarious stuff, there. The most plain-spoken and openly auto-biographical album in Eminem's canon to date, making it the perfect place to turn for anyone interested in such things. Makes me wish Eminem could drop a new album every six months, jus' to lemme knows 'sup.

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

The most exciting and compulsive debut album of recent years, Franz Ferdinand's distinct personality (a bit of Pulp, a bit of Roxy Music, a lot of Franz Ferdinand) bristles throughout their ridiculously struttable tunes. One of those rare albums that insists on being reviewed on a track-by-track basis while getting thumbs-ups all around.

Jay-Z - The Blueprint

After spending most of the '90s coasting without much competition, and living in the shadows of the former true greats (most notably The Notorious B.I.G.) as a consequence, that nigga Jigga entered this new decade with an effort unseen in any of his (perfecty entertaining) previous work - the result being a masterpiece of rap on par with any greats you might name, the album forming the blueprint to Jay-Z himself, each track tackling a different side to his personality, whether it's fending off Nas ("you little shit, I've got money stacks bigger than you") or the banes of international stardom ("girls I do adore / girls all over the floor"). And then...

Jay-Z - The Black Album

...fast-forward to what may well be the grandest, biggest, slickest and finest retirement-album the world hath seen. Not that you get too many intentional retirement albums in this world, but nontheless, it must be said, this album kicks ass!

Radiohead - Kid A

Two fine albums later, Kid A still remains Radiohead's most consistent, immersing listen yet. Those song-structures, those textures, those lyrics! Five years later and the decade's champion reigns on. The sound of climbing into a tiny little box and then completely losing your mind has never been so vividly realised. Also doubles out as a clever concept album about the first human clone's inability to function in the world after having been raised to believe in right and wrong without the grey-scale. Class! Roger Waters would have approved.

Travis - 12 Memories

Seven years into their recording career, Travis's fourth album stands against the odds as their finest to date - a stunning, beautiful and emotionally stirring collection of pop that stands up there track-for-track with the likes of Revolver (more-or-less). High praise for four Scottish chums with a rainy albatross around their neck.

...I realised there were three artists I used twice, so by my logic this gives me three quick honourable mentions (ya know, the albums I woulda said if I was going one-per-artist). So quickly these are:

(a) The White Stripe's Elephant which defined Jack White as both one of the all-time great American song-writers and one of the all-time great shit-hot guitarists.

(b) Radiohead's Hail To The Thief, which would have absolutely made the cut were it not for "We Suck Young Blood" letting down an otherwise uniformly excellent set of material.

(c) Kaiser Chief's Employment which comes on strongly like mid-career Blur, yet boasts a stronger and more consistent set of material than any but the very, very best Blur albums. Absolutely essential for anyone who wasn't completely thrilled with that whole ridiculous Think Tank malarkey.

I could be a genius if I just put my mind to it.

Pablo-Picasso
(crash course raver)
07/16/05 09:09 AM
Re: Twister's Top Ten of 2000-2005 new [re: twister]  

By you logic, you have now used Radiohead twice, so you still have another honourable mention to make.

Dignity is valuable, but our lives are valuable too.


EuropeanCanon
(crash course raver)
07/16/05 09:45 AM
Six is the magic number new [re: twister]  

I'm avoiding those that have already been mentioned, such as Radiohead (Kid A), Arcade Fire, The Beta Band (Hot Shots II and Heroes to Zeros), The Flaming Lips and those thin white archdukes, Franz Ferdinand and their debut album, so here's a few other gems from the naughty noughties...

In no particular order:

The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
A winning fusion of insanely catchy pop, rock, country, sixties soul and delicate ballads all achieved through beautiful harmonies, great hooks and lovelorn lyrics: "Why is it that you have to turn out all the lights before you hold me?", delivered with resigned poignancy, would break even the coldest of hearts.

Kings of Leon - Youth & Young Manhood
A close call between this and their excellent, more rounded follow-up album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, the Kings evoke the raw and dusty South through ballsy guitar licks and whisky-soaked musings.

Black Mountain - Black Mountain
The talented Stephen McBean and the rest of the Black Mountain Army draw upon, among others, Led Zeppelin and The Velvet Underground in this druggy, spirited outing. Mr McBean's shared vocals with Amber Webber are a highlight, as is some shit-hot saxophone on the album opener "Modern Music".

David Bowie - Bowie at the Beeb
The bonus disc alone of Bowie's live performance at BBC Radio Theatre would be a worthy release but it is the BBC radio sessions, marked by an excellent quality of performance, that offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of Bowie's career, making it the most important Bowie release of the last 20 years - albeit a compilation.

Sigur Rós - ( )
A beautifully layered, precisely arranged and elegaic soundscape. With an intensely funereal tempo that would make even Leonard Cohen the life and soul of the party, I find it all somehow strangely uplifting.

British Sea Power - The Decline of British Sea Power
As mad as a box of frogs, as their live shows clearly attest, this remarkably confident debut from the foursome offers a poetic and cerebral approach to post-punk beats, swirling guitars and breathy vocals.





Strawman
(acolyte)
07/16/05 10:19 AM
Two Gems new [re: EuropeanCanon]  

In reply to:

I'm avoiding those that have already been mentioned


Same as that, hence a mention for Babybird's 'Bugged' & 'Almost Cured Of Sadness' albums.

Stephen Jones is vastly underrated.



twister
(acolyte)
07/16/05 10:55 AM
Collegenratulations! new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

In reply to:

By you logic, you have now used Radiohead twice.


Yes, that was a deliberate mistake to see who would be arse enough to point it out. Congratulations, it's you!

Or:

(d) Kanye West's College Dropout - a dazzlingly vividly colourful musical bonanza that's gleefully off-kilter in a hopelessly pop kinda way tied to a ridiculously intelligent set of lyrics about various aspects of the human condition? Yes please!

I could be a genius if I just put my mind to it.

Emil
(acolyte)
07/16/05 02:09 PM
intellectual indeed new [re: twister]  

In reply to:

Good God, never thought I'd see Suede's A New Morning on a best-of-the-decade-so-far list.[...] paedophile, dog-fucker - whatever [...] hackneyed gobshite of a lyricist.[...] look at me, I'm Brett Anderson! [...] pursuing a lousy music career! [...] so bad it killed Suede. That is it's sole redeeming quality.


I'm so glad you backed up your standpoint with well-thought arguments. That way it's clear that it's not just about your taste being crap.

In reply to:

Being into Bowie also is no quick-fire ruite to success. Why, look at all the sad sacks of shit who come here every day instead of being out there pursuing a lousy music career!


I think you just argued the case that Suede actually earned their world star status on own merits. Or how else am I going to understand that?

Emil's Bowie blog

thinwhiteme
(grinning soul)
07/16/05 02:25 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

In no particular order

1 David Bowie - Heathen
2 Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
3 Marianne Faithfull - Before The Poison
4 Tom Waits - Blood Money
5 Kraftwerk - Tour de France Soundtracks
6 Bryan Ferry - Frantic
7 Bjork - Vespertine
8 Madonna - American Life
9 Lou Reed - The Raven
10 Depeche Mode - Exiter

Just beneath
11 The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi battles the pink robots
12 Dave Gahan - Paper Monsters
13 U2 - How To Dismantle A Atomic Bomb
14 Marlyn Manson - Golden Age of Grotesque
15 Roxy Music - Live
16 Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
17 Enya - A day without rain
18 Madonna - Music
19 David Bowie - Reality
20 Madonna - Remix and Revisisted

Maybe a bit long :D



Marquis
(acolyte)
07/16/05 03:00 PM
The Reincarnation of Paul Revere's Horse new [re: twister]  

Admit it, twister: you're just doing this to make me crazy.

I mean, honestly, where to start...well, perhaps you can explain what alternate universe you're living in where this middle-school drivel is comparable to Dylan:

The rain, it started tapping on the window near my bed. There was a loophole in my dreaming,
so I got out of it. And to my surprise my eyes were wide and already open.
Just my nightstand and my dresser where those nightmares had just been.
So I dressed myself and left then, out into the gray streets.
But everything seemed different and completely new to me.
The sky, the trees, houses, buildings, even my own body.
And each person I encountered, I couldn't wait to meet.
I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health.
I said "{I am terribly sorry but} there is nothing I can do for you
{that} you can't do for yourself."
He said "Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that would help."
So I sat with him a while and then I asked him how he felt.
He said, "I think I'm cured. No, in fact, I'm sure.
Thank you Stranger, for your therapeutic smile."
So that is how I learned the lesson that everyone is alone.
And your eyes must do some raining if you are ever going to grow.
But when crying don't help and you can't compose yourself.
It is best to compose a poem, an honest verse of longing or simple song of hope.
That is why I'm singing...


I KNOW WHY YOU'RE FUCKING SINGING, CONOR!!!!! It's because you're ///////sad and lonely and your confessional pre-pubescent garbage - which you can't even sing in tune, mind - makes you money and gets girls to swoon. God, I hate that fucker.

Then, of course, there's your implications that Reasonable Doubt is a lesser album than the glossed-up Blueprint, that Kanye's lyrics are "intelligent," and that Encore is anything more than a re-hash of old ideas.

Still, I hope you're feeling better, old chum.

Tonight your ghost will ask my ghost,
Who put these bodies between us?
Listen to All Caps, Sundays @ 6 PM

b_mardle
(grinning soul)
07/16/05 03:38 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: thinwhiteme]  

Even though i am a youngster(19),I practically buy only albums from the last century,but here's my favourite albums from this decade( i have only listed the albums i have explored). Here's the albums in no particular order( but Heathen's the best album of this list):
David bowie - Heathen
David bowie - Reality
Coldplay - x&y
Coldplay - A rush of blood to the head
Manic street preachers - Know your enemy
Manic street preachers - Lifeblood
Oasis - Don't believe the truth
Kaizer chiefs - employment
Franz ferdinand - Franz ferdinand (second best album of the decade)






AdamAdministrator
(acolyte)
07/16/05 11:46 PM
Cars and Guitars new [re: eraserhead]  

In reply to:

So, Adam, didn't Tori make any good/great albums between 2000 and 2005? What about this latest Beekeeper album? I listened to some samples, and they reminded me (a bit) of my all time favourite Tori album Under The Pink.


The Beekeeper and the previous album Scarlet's Walk are good albums but not great imo. They are closer in sound to the first two albums than anything since but on a whole the songs aren't as strong as the earlier albums. There are a few exceptions though - like 'Cars and Guitars' which is probably the song of the year for me. Acoustic guitar is used to good effect. And Tori sings about relationship between a couple where the communication is not working - so she transforms herself into a car to speak with this guy - terms he can understand. Then in the chorus she sings "still the rain can't confuse the thoughts that come in rhythm.....still the thought says what if I keep on driving?". There's also a cheeky Middle 8 near the end of the song - "You say that I miss you, you're stopping at my drive thru, you know you'll order a 'some-some,' boy". The other Beekeeper songs I like are 'Original Sinsuality' and the opener 'Parasole' but 'Cars and Guitars' is the great one.

The Last of the Disco Kings MP3 by Adam D Versus David B

EJSundayModerator
(heroic dolphin)
07/21/05 10:30 AM
The Beat Goes On new [re: Adam]  

I would have named more if they had not been mentioned before:

Green Day: American Idiot
The highlight of the century for me so far. Glorious punk tunes and a good statement at a time when needed.

Madonna: Music
She's got the songs, the sound and the style. A milestone.

Archive: Noise
I have no idea why this exciting mix of punk agression and Pink Floyd hasn't found far more admirers.

Placebo: Black Market Music
Just ahead of "Sleeping With Ghosts" this is the best reflection of their typical punk drama.

Marjorie Fair: Selfhelp Serenade
Early Suede meet Neil Young for an acoustic session.

The Streets: A Grand Don't Come For Free
The Hip Hop concept album about being young. And cheeky. And English.

Maximilian Hecker: Rose
Slightly weird ex-busker from Berlin. Poetry in slow motion.

And I want to believe
In the madness that calls 'now'


twister
(acolyte)
07/25/05 09:44 AM
My name was not to become what it came new [re: Marquis]  

In reply to:

I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health.
I said "There is nothing I can do for you you can't do for yourself."
He said "Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that would help."
So I sat with him a while and then I asked him how he felt.


Bliss, I tells ya! I hadn't heard any Bright Eyes until I spent my recent 12-week stint in Hell (well, Newcastle hospital, potato potato), and my if those very lines didn't make me all warm and fuzzy inside, fill my mind's eye with all the vibrant colours of the rainbow. There I was, barely able to move a muscle, and along came Bright Eyes to move my very soul. Come on, Marquis, hold my hands and sit a while! Don't you think that that might help?

But I know, you're an indie-kid hatin', anti-populist, record store snob kinda guy, all about the hating and the labelling and the hipping and the hopping until you make all but the most "enlightened" of your clientele cry into their would-be purchases. I get it. It's kewl.

In reply to:

Then, of course, there's your implications that Reasonable Doubt is a lesser album than the glossed-up Blueprint, that Kanye's lyrics are "intelligent," and that Encore is anything more than a re-hash of old ideas.


(a) Could be that I don't have a problem with "glossy" (not that I have a problem with Reasonable Doubt either, could be my favourite rap album of '96!),

(b)

I say fuck the police, thats how I treat em
We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom
We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need em
Things we buy to cover up what's inside
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth
That's why shortys hollering "where the ballas' at?"
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack
And a white man get paid off of all of that
But I ain't even gon act holier than thou
Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou
Before I had a house and I'd do it again
Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz
I wanna act ballerific like it's all terrific
I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific
I got a problem with spending before I get it
We all self conscious I'm just the first to admit it

I mean, c'mon!

(c) I think Encore is a tighter and more eclectic album than either The Slim Shady LP or The Eminem Show. For the sake of argument I'll accept your assessment that it breaks no new ground per se, but I maintain that Eminem is one of the more essential rap acts out there and that Encore is one of his more essential albums. I'm sure you disagree on both counts.

I could be a genius if I just put my mind to it.

Marquis
(acolyte)
07/25/05 11:46 AM
I'm pullin' girls off the bench like a 6th man new [re: twister]  

In reply to:

But I know, you're an indie-kid hatin', anti-populist, record store snob kinda guy, all about the hating and the labelling and the hipping and the hopping until you make all but the most "enlightened" of your clientele cry into their would-be purchases. I get it. It's kewl.


Nah, you're thinking of our downtown store.

Actually, I'm quite the populist, in my way: I like music which everyone *should* like. Badly-penned emo, however, should be no one's cuppa tea.

Nice cherrypicking there of Kanye's intelligent lyrics - couldn't you find a page with the Workout Plan? No, I love Kaneezy, for all his ego, but much more for his production than his rapping. He's actually competent enough through College Dropout, but his guest spots since then have been hardly Luda-like.

In reply to:

I maintain that Eminem is one of the more essential rap acts out there and that Encore is one of his more essential albums. I'm sure you disagree on both counts.


No, just the second.

Tonight your ghost will ask my ghost,
Who put these bodies between us?
Listen to All Caps, Sundays @ 6 PM

Emil
(acolyte)
07/26/05 05:48 AM
Re: these are a few of my favourite 00s new [re: SoulLoveChild]  

In reply to:

Get Behind Me Satan - The White Stripes
I don't own Elephant or any other White Stripes stuff, but this album is doing for me indeeed. The lead single "Blue Orchid" rocks, "My Doorbell" is so damn catchy it's been stuck in my head for a whole two weeks. "Take Take Take" is fab (the bell catches everyone out, EVERY time!) and "As Ugly As I Seem" is just heartbreakingly divine.


I subscribe to all that. Just bought it and I'm totally into it. Now, I would have mentioned the Nurse as a standout track as well, but then we have soon mentioned all of them.



SoulLoveChild
(acolyte)
07/26/05 06:15 PM
Re: these are a few of my favourite 00s new [re: Emil]  

And how could I have forgotten to add this gem to my list, this is one of my long standing fave albums of the 90's. With no two tracks even remotely alike, something to please everyone, great guest vocals inclucing Neneh Cherry on a couple of tracks and a dash of funky sampling (Purple Haze) this album is very necessary. I never thought i'd like a smooth groove album more than GA's Vertigo, but this tops it indeed.



Get Bowie Back Downunder!
GBBD 2005 !!!!





twister
(acolyte)
07/27/05 06:25 AM
oo doo doo doooooo doo doo doooooooo doo doo dooo new [re: Marquis]  

In reply to:

Badly-penned emo, however, should be no one's cuppa tea.


I've got to be honest - I haven't got any idea what emo even is. I've tried on a couple of occasions to have it explained to me by my more hip friends (i.e. all of them), but have yet to have it explained to me satisfactorily. Emo is, like, rock which is emotional, or something? Isn't that a good damn chunk of all rock, from Joy Division to Nirvana to Radiohead? Colour me confused.

In reply to:

Nice cherrypicking there of Kanye's intelligent lyrics - couldn't you find a page with the Workout Plan?


I'll merrily concede that "Workout Plan" wouldn't be the best place to turn in terms of proving Kanye's intellect, but then that was never it's purpose, being the Big Dumb Fun Single and all.

I'm with you that the music comes first, mind.

I could be a genius if I just put my mind to it.

Remade/Remodeled
(stardust savant)
07/28/05 07:53 PM
Livin' on a prayer new [re: Adam]  

American Life??? What the fuck is with you people???? Marquis, Gwen Stefani? Neptunes or no Neptunes, any tune that features the line ‘This ---- (I’ve only seen the video) is bananas – bee-ayy-enn-ay-enn-ay-ess’ is fucking unforgivable

TW is weird and scary to me these days.

No particular order, one per artist.

Kid A - Radiohead
Ah... it's no OK Computer but almost equally as great in different ways. Master-fucking-peice. Amnesiac is very well and good, but much of it sounds like stuff that wasn't good enough for Kid A (Morning Bell/Amnesiac, I'm looking at you here).

Highlight - Optimistic Made me break down first time I heard it on acid. Relentlessly heavy track from an album that has allegedly 'given up guitars'.

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
New art riot. Art bomb. Art as fuck. Sheer art attack. You saw the headlines, but they really were worth it. First heard about the band from twister/ziggywombat but did not hear them till I went to Sydney last April. Listened to the album under all possible states of consciousness I had access to, sounded fantastic in every one.

Highlight - Matinee - Those fucking lyrics man. They speak to me. Or something

Think Tank - Blur
Having invented 'pulling a Kid A' (ie. complete artistic sea change of a band who have previously had an easily identifiable sound) with Blur and descending into catatonic (in a good way!) freakouts and Eno-esque soundscapes on 13, Think Tank still came as a massive surprise. The new, (almost) Coxon-less Blur sound like nothing they have ever released previously but, God, they sound amazing.

Highlight - Caravan - not to be moved by this song is almost impossible. Props also go to On the Way to the Club for it's widescreen, moving chorus and general funked up vibe.

Sea Change - Beck
Speaking of artistic seachange, no one could have seen this one coming. After the slightly naff funk/perve/Prince vibe of his previous album, this downbeat, string washed, Nigel Godrich produced gem was hardly expected, but made for his best album yet. Listening to Nick Drake should be mandatory for every sonic maverick, on the strength of this.

Highlight - Golden Age - Gorgeous, heartbreaking, ennui-ridden 21st century balladry.

Is This It - The Strokes
Bringing the Velvet Underground into the 21st century is a man's game, but did anyone expect these men to be so ludicrously named and impossibly attractive? Room on Fire pushed the formula to new limits, but this still edges it out

Highlight - Trying My Luck Best Strokes song, bar none.

The Homeland - Bobby Conn and the Glass Gypsies
Following several under-appreciated albums proving him to be some kind of perverted combination of Elton John, Depeche Mode, Prince and our very own David Bowie and writing songs about toothless hookers, 3 part jazz-metal-cabaret symphonies and utilising a recorder choir (and that's just on the album The Golden Age!), Conn decided 2004 was the time to get political. Teaming up with The Glass Gypsies (aka Chicago Jazz/rock fusion Tortoise), Conn created this hilariously, frightening concept album parodying G.W's America while his new backing band make him sound like Bowie fronting Steely Dan. Genius, albeit of a warped kind.

Highlight - The lyrics on Home Sweet Home, such as Ironic distance isn't very far/ and this rifle has a range of 2000 yards/everything is relative/if your relatives survive... or Ordinary Violence's classic line If you're willing to die for what you believe/then we're happy to kill you all. Solid gold.

Light and MagicLadytron
Dark, cold, robotic, sexy. The 21st century has it’s own New Order (rather than the car advertisement-friendly real thing that’s currently doing the rounds) and they fucking rock. Still don’t own the first album yet, but love this one to pieces. And girls singing in foreign is really quite hot. More so than Kraftwerk, at least.

Highlight – Either the sinuous, insidious single Seventeen with it’s excellent video or the excellent title track. Perfection.

XtrmntrPrimal Scream
The first new album I bought this millennium, this monument of political dystopian nihilistic electro-rock remains one of my favourites. I never knew who Primal Scream were before, but this served as an excellent introduction. Makes Screamadelica seem like a million years ago.

Highlight – Either the aural apocalypse of MBV ARKESTRA or the gorgeous synth/riffing of Shoot Speed/Kill Light.

Speakerboxxx/The Love BelowOutkast

While still no ATLiens, this double (solo) album did succeed in making the boys worldwide superstars and put Andre at least into the annals of pop music history with the outrageously catchy Hey Ya and it’s accompanying video. While Big Boi continues to push the boundaries or modern hip-hop on his half, Andre 3000 takes us on a Prince/Marvin Gaye soul/funk excursion on the other side. Hey, you’ve got to have something for the ladies.

Highlight – As much as I love the rest, I’m a slave for pure pop thrills. Hey Ya! it is.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco
Glorious modern rock far more ‘alternative’ than the REM spawn that embody that term today. Jesus, etc.. is a strong contender for song of the decade and the album’s various Velvet Underground and Neil Young via Sonic Youth (cheers, Jim O’Rourke) excursions are absolutely sublime.
Highlight – The aforementioned Jesus, etc….

Bubbling Under – Blackalicious – Nia, Sonic Youth – NYC Ghosts and Flowers, Murray Street, Ash – Meltdown, Dimmer – I Believe You are a Star, Jay Z The Blueprint Vol. 2.


Lotto: It's like a stock market for the poor! - The Onion

GFried
(crash course raver)
07/29/05 03:01 AM
Re: Top 10 of the 00s new [re: Adam]  

In reply to:

GFried: The Best of Ben


Wow Adam. Best compliment I've ever received.

I'll put Kid A and Amnesiac, Heathen, and that's about it. Those are probably the only ones that might make a top 100 list, anyway.



...and that's the truth!

Tin
(stardust savant)
08/04/05 03:29 AM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Tin]  

Dang, forgot a couple:
JXBX's "Plastic Fang" I just love Jon Spencer, and this is a well-rounded release. Dirty, soulful, all good.

Also. Nick Cave & the Bad Seed's "Abattoir Blues and The Lyre of Orpheus."

I also agree w/OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" The more I got into that, the more I liked Speakerboxxx and the less I tolerated "TLB"

It is my opinion and I am unanimous in this, because it is my opinion, which is, in fact, mine.

white rabbit
(acolyte)
08/23/05 11:39 AM
ex-busker new [re: EJSunday]  

In reply to:

Maximilian Hecker: Rose
Slightly weird ex-busker from Berlin. Poetry in slow motion.


I quite like that one, too. EJ, have you heard his latest, Lady Sleep, and if so, how is it? I'm particularly curious about the song "Snow".

I can't be late I got a date

EJSundayModerator
(heroic dolphin)
08/23/05 11:45 AM
Re: ex-busker new [re: white rabbit]  

Haven't heard it, I didn't even knew he had a new one out. Should be good I think.

And I want to believe
In the madness that calls 'now'


white rabbit
(acolyte)
08/23/05 12:06 PM
Re: ex-busker new [re: EJSunday]  

If you think of it, let me know when you do. Based on the song titles alone ("Daze of Nothing", "Everything Inside Me is Ill", "Help Me" and "Dying"), the CD should come equipped with razor blades and cyanide tablets.

I can't be late I got a date

EJSundayModerator
(heroic dolphin)
08/23/05 12:10 PM
Sunshine new [re: white rabbit]  

Yeah, he is such a cheerful little boy, our little Max, isn't he?

And I want to believe
In the madness that calls 'now'


carsten
(kook)
08/23/05 04:58 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Tin]  

So you named some of my favs anyway:
2) Bowie - Heathen
3) Nick Cave - Abbatoir Blues/Orpheus
4) Cale - Hobo Sapiens
5) Bowie - Reality
6) NIN - With Teeth
10) Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

but if EPs count as well then you have to add
1) Cale - 5 Tracks
5 absolutely brilliant songs - no weak moment.
I could not name a single song from the above albums which
comes close to any of the tracks on this EP. The only song which
can be counted in the same class is The Disco King, but still with quite a gap in between.
My favorite track is "E is missing". Thanks John for reminding the world that Ezra Pound is - apart from some rather doubtful deeds - a poetic genius.
And I woudn't be surprised if Cale's next one "blackAcetate" (to be released in Oct) has good chance is getting into the list as well.

Personally, I also rate
- 7) Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger
- 8) Van der Graaf Generator: Present
- 9) Moby: Hotel
quite high. But I think they're only for people who like 70s and early 80s stuff. Maximo Park is the better Franz Ferdinand.

/Carsten





Diamond_Dave
(cracked actor)
08/23/05 08:52 PM
Re: Cars and Guitars new [re: Adam]  

It's hard to sick back so soon and take a good look at the past 5 years of music though i've trundled along 10 of which I find will always find space on my stereo....

10. Bowie - Reality: Some wonderful songs let down by a few "almost there" songs. Would have cracked my TOP 5 had it not been for Try Some Buy Some.

9. The Dandy Warhols - Welcome To The Monkey House: Yet another fine pop record from a band who are never afraid to show their grass roots. Very hard to find any floors.

8. Franz Ferdinand - Self Titled: Just when you thought it was safe to hit the dance floor you're blown away by Take Me Out. The impact reminds me of the debut Suede record in 1993.

7. Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere: Not since Low have I heard a record with the drums so high in the mix. A slow grower yet when it grabs you the impact is heavy.

6. Moby - 18: For the mainstream 18 was Moby's "2nd" LP following the massive hit that was Play. Take a step into Moby's back catalogue and you will find 18 to be a step closer to perfection.

5. Oasis - Don't beleive the Truth: Many scribes wrote these lads off yet simply beautiful melodies and catchy tunes have restored the lost faith in England's finest.

4. Blur - Think Tank: If you wanted ambient music for the modern era slushed together with the happy Blur we have all grown to love than Think Tank is the record to put on when you have had a great night ot and come home wanting the fun to continue.

3. Bowie - Heathen: From now on critics will write..."Best Bowie record since Heathen." From the opening through to the closure of this record there is perhaps not one bad song and whilst many of Bowie's 60's and 70's friends have delved solely into "Greatest Hits" tours and Best Of records the man we used to call Ziggy is changing the lives of teenage kids the world over.

2. Arcade Fire - Funeral: Brilliant! Nothing more to say

1. Morrissey - You Are The Quarry: For some time the great many felt Mozza was past his used by date and in 2004 he returned with perhaps his best record since "Your Arsenal".

Please check out my Bowie Bootleg Site...
...
Bowie On Disc

Tristan
(legendary cowboy)
01/25/06 09:26 AM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

2000 - Bjork - Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture Dancer In The Dark
2001 - Bjork - Vespertine
2002 - Dixie Chicks - Home
2003 - Dixie Chicks - Top Of The World Live
2004 - Bjork - Medulla
2004 - Charlie Robison - Good Times
2005 - Nine Horses - Snow Bourne Sorrow
2005 - Kate Bush - Aerial


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looking glass
(acolyte)
01/25/06 12:27 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: Adam]  

i've agreed with a lot of the choices thus far ((kid a, lyre of orpheus/abbatoir blues, real gone, heathen, yankee hotel foxtrot, the black album, mt. eerie)) so here's a few fresh ones...

Wire- Send (2003)
over 20 years since pink flag, this cutting edge postpunk band comes back from the dead and tears holes through astral fabrics. hard-hitting, noisy, and incredible.

standout tracks: you can't leave now, afgers of kodack

Low- The Great Destroyer (2005)
an always great dirgy, cathartic band's most solid release to date. great male/female vocals and crashing crescendos

standout tracks: cue the strings, monkey, everybody's song

David Byrne- Look Into the Eyeball (2003)
This easily is as good as Fear of Music, IMO. a damn fine booty-shakin' record, too.

standout tracks: the great intoxication, ub jesus, everyone's in love with you

The Faint- Danse Macabre (2001)
derivative as fuck ((hey nitzer ebb and gary numan!)) but a damn fine modern electro-postpunk-industrial dance record.

standout tracks: glass danse, agenda suicide, total job

Peter Gabriel- Up (2002)
Holy shit, this album is a sonic masterpiece, straight from the opening vocal screech and the crash that follows.

standout tracks: darkness, the barry williams show, signal to noise

Mogwai- Rock Action (2001)
this is a blast from the past for me...back to my freshman year of college. of all their albums, this is their shortest, but the two longer songs blow my mind.

standout tracks: sine wave, you don't know jesus

Johnny Cash- American III: Solitary Man (2000)
it's johnny fucking cash. i like this one more than his swan song.

standout tracks: the mercy seat, solitary man, i see a darkness

The Cure- Bloodflowers (2000)
I will accept no flak about loving this album. it's just as good as some of their older, classic work, and easily fits in a top five cure records for me... very unified, very atmospheric. classic.

standout tracks: out of this world, where the birds always sing, bloodflowers

The Fall- The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click) (2003)
hard to put a Fall album on this list, for their past three actual record releases (and that peel sessions box) have been so damn solid otherwise. a nod back to the jagged glory days with this one...

standout tracks: theme from sparta FC, green eyed loco man, contraflow


hello mary lou, goodbye heart...

bibiStardust
(crash course raver)
01/25/06 03:52 PM
Re: The Top Albums of the 00s (Half Way) new [re: looking glass]  

In reply to:

2. Arcade Fire - Funeral: Brilliant! Nothing more to say


Yeah !!!

here's mine :

1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
WONDERFUL, the best, for a long time...till the year 3000 !!

2. Heathen - Bowie
Great, espacially after Hours...

3. The Strokes - First Impressions of Earth
Love it, event if it sometimes looks like a Lou Reed parody

4. The White Stripes - Elephant
Only 4th, because Seven Nation Army was broadcast too many times

5. Placebo - Black Market Music
Great album, great shows...

6. Hail To The Thief - Radiohead
Ok it's not OK computer, but it's still Radiohead and it still rocks !

7. Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - Paul McCartney
Can't wait to see these songs played live...if sir Paul doesn't decide to play only old songs!

8. Reality - Bowie
Evantually, i don't listen to it very often...but i still like the songs, and the live is amazing !

9. Qui de nous deux - M
Ok, i really hesitated before putting a French singer here, but i do like Mathieu Chedid...

10. Noir Désir - Des visages des figures
Despite what happened, good band, good album, good live...

If you want to know me more...and my band !
Chuck Norris counted to infinity - twice.




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