Inspired by my friends (and fellow Disturbed Christians) Scott and Diana, here is my list of the best albums of the Aughts:
-Radiohead: Kid A. After the success of “OK Computer,” fans were eagerly awaiting a follow-up. But instead of making a carbon-copy, Radiohead surprised everyone with an album of mostly electronic music. Nevertheless, “Kid A” proved to be just as good, if not better, than “OK Computer.”
-The Strokes: Is This It?. Sure, they didn't set the world on fire the way Nirvana did in the '90s. But you can't deny that, along with the White Stripes, the Strokes brought indie music to the mainstream. Too bad their follow-up albums weren't as good.
-Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. My generation's Sgt. Pepper! This album took Wilco from alt-country darlings to one of the most innovating bands ever.
-Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago. The most beautiful record I've heard in quite a long time. Unfortunately, sometimes the mythology behind the album--how Justin Vernon wrote the entire album in a secluded cabin--overshadows the actual music.
-Iron and Wine: The Shepherd's Dog. Beautiful album by Sam Beam and co. The closing track, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” was used for the Twilight movie.
-Sufjan Stevens: Illinois. The song "John Wayne Gacy Jr." still gives me goosebumps.
-No Kids: Come Into My House. The best album no one’s ever heard of! The album is an eclectic blend of piano pop (“Great Escape”), electronica (“Listen for It”), Timbaland-inspired beats (“The Beaches All Closed”), and even barbershop (“Four Freshmen…”). Gorgeous arrangements, soft vocals, and catchy melodies you can sing along to.
-Arcade Fire: Neon Bible. Bombastic. Dark. Melodic. Apocalyptic. However you describe it, Arcade Fire’s second album is a masterpiece.
-Brian Wilson: Smile!. For the longest time “Smile” was known as the greatest album never released. It was supposed to be the follow up to the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” in the mid-sixties, but Brian Wilson had a total meltdown so the project was abandoned. Nearly 40 years later, though, Wilson finally completed and released his masterpiece, and it was well worth the wait!
-Kanye West: Late Registration. Before Kanye went batsh*t crazy, his first two albums did away with same old boring hip-hop cliches and made the genre interesting again.
-Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine (bootleg version). Some things just go together, like Fiona Apple and producer Jon Brion. And even though the official version of "Extraordinary Machine" was good, the bootleg version is mind-blowing!
-Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavillion. When I first heard this album, I thought, "What the H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks is this???" But then I looked past the weirdness and discovered some truly amazing songs.
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