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Our Top 50 Albums of the Decade


Well, Pitchfork.com has kicked off their top 200 albums of the decade, so I wanted to get my list together before they did to make sure that my list wasn’t tainted by their list. My brother and I put together the following list of our top 50 albums of the decade. It was harder than we thought when it got down to the last 20 albums because we started realizing all the great albums that wouldn’t make it. We might end up having a long list of honorable mentions when we officially publish it on our SoMucHCritics website. This is still a rough draft and the official list on SoMucHCritics will include videos and samples of their work. You may notice that this is mostly independent artists, but we can’t help it. This is where we find the most creativity and innovation. This is the music world where artists are able to try new ideas and speak their mind. This is where the new sounds originate. There would be no Coldplay without Radiohead and there would be no Kanye West (not that most of us care anymore) without Common. And actually independent music may not have the kind of attention it does nowadays were it not for the sudden popularity of The Strokes back in 2000…well that might be pushing it, but you never know.

1 Kid A by Radiohead
2 You Forgot it in People by Broken Social Scene
3 And then Nothing Turned itself Insideout by Yo La Tengo
4 Agaetis Byrjun by Sigur Ros
5 Funeral by Arcade Fire
6 Murray Street by Sonic Youth
7 The Glow Pt. 2 by The Microphones
8 Silent Alarm by Bloc Party
9 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
10 Come On Feel The Illinoise! by Sufjan Stevens
11 Things We Lost in the Fire by Low
12 Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today is OK by Mum
13 Merriweather Post Pavillion by Animal Collective
14 Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts by M83
15 Since I Left You by Avalanches
16 Kill The Moonlight by Spoon
17 Silent Shout by Knife
18 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco
19 Talkie Walkie by Air
20 They Threw Us All In A Trench And Built A Monument On Top by Liars
21 All of the Above by J-Live
22 Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven by God Speed You! Black Emperor
23 Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
24 Internal Wrangler by Clinic
25 Source Tags & Codes by They Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
26 Vlaudeville Villain by Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)
27 Return to Cookie Mountain by TV on the Radio
28 Twin Cinema by New Pornographers
29 LCD Soundsystem by LCD Soundsystem
30 Turn On The Bright Lights by Interpol
31 Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
32 Picaresque by The Decemeberists
33 Microcastle by Deerhunter
34 Now Here is Nowhere by Secret Machines
35 White Blood Cells by The White Stripes
36 Mirrored by Battles
37 Demon Days by Gorillaz
38 Beach House by Beach House
39 Bows + Arrows by The Walkmen
40 Madvillainy by Madvillain
41 Is this It? by The Strokes
42 Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea by PJ Harvey
43 Serena-Maneesh by Serena Maneesh
44 The Moon And Antarctica by Modest Mouse
45 Supreme Clientele by Ghostface Killah
46 Hercules and Love Affair by Hercules and Love Affair
47 Inches by Les Savy Fav
48 Stankonia by Outkast
49 Uproot by DJ/Rupture
50 Blinking Lights And Other Revelations by Eels


Best music of the decade…so many choices…

Well, as you can see on the “Music” page, I am looking back at a decade gone by, trying to sort through all the music that I’ve listened to. When you’re an art/indie music geek like me, it’s not necessarily the most enjoyable music that I choose, but I look at the fine details in the creativity and originality of the instrumental arrangement, quality of lyrics and the overall emotional involvement of the performer. It’s about the art, not the slick, easy listening of the radio hits. It’s about the album as a whole, not the entertainment value of select singles. The art of the album is getting more difficult to hang onto in the age of mp3’s, but there is hope when you look at the independent music scene where musicians understand the importance of art in music and the album is a perfect way to present their pieces. It’s like an art gallery for their songs. So here is a glimpse into the pool of contenders (somewhat of an order, but not set in stone) for my best albums of the decade, which will be posted at SoMucH Critics, sometime in late December.

Let me know what you think were the best albums of the decade, because maybe I’m forgetting an important album!

Artist Album
Radiohead Kid A
Broken Social Scene You Forgot It In People
Sigur Ros Agaetis Byrjun
Low Things We Lost In The Fire
Sonic Youth Murray Street
Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
Flaming Lips, The Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Godspeed You! Black Emperor Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
Yo La Tengo And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
The New Pornographers Twin Cinia
Spoon Kill The Moonlight
Sufjan Stevens Come On Feel The Illinoise!
Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Battles Mirrored
And You Will Know Us by the The Trail of Dead Source Tags & Codes
Liars They Threw Us All In A Trench And Built A Monument On Top
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes
Air Talkie Walkie
The Avalanches Since I Left You
Knife, The Silent Shout
M83 Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
PJ Harvey Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
DJ /rupture Uproot
TV On The Radio Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Serena Maneesh Serena-Maneesh
Interpol Turn On The Bright Lights
Eels Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
Modest Mouse The Moon And Antarctica
The Decemberists Picaresque
Madvillain Madvillainy
Cat Power You Are Free
LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
Clinic Internal Wrangler
Sufjan Stevens Greetings From Michigan: The Great Lakes State
The Wrens The Meadowlands
The White Stripes White Blood Cells
Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago
Woven Hand Consider the Birds
Hercules and Love Affair Hercules and Love Affair
Gorillaz Demon Days
Deerhunter Microcastle
Grizzly Bear Veckatimest
Panda Bear Person Pitch
Beach House Beach House
Ryan Adams Heartbreaker
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow
Sleater-Kinney All Hands On The Bad One
Spoon Gimme Fiction
Super Furry Animals Mwng
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz
Danger Mouse The Grey Album
Girl Talk Night Ripper
The Hold Steady Separation Sunday
My Morning Jacket Z
Animal Collective Sung Tongs
Liars Drum’s Not Dead
Field Music Tones Of Town
The Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
Devendra Banhart Rejoicing In The Hands
Pedro The Lion Control
Joanna Newsom Ys