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[Musicophilia] – Top Albums of the 2000s

Posted in Talking by Soundslike on December 5, 2009

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It’s probably no surprise to any long-time Musicophilia listener, but I’m pretty disinclined to spend much time concentrating on the thin slice of all-available-music that is “now”.   That said, I did manage to hear quite a lot of stuff I really love during the 2000s–which are suddenly at a close, while albums from 2004 still feel “new” to me.  I’ve put together my highly personal, in no way shape or form comprehensive list of favorite albums from the decade.  But my real purpose in posting it is to solicit suggestions from my listeners who’ve been more in touch about all the great stuff I missed!  Keep your eyes peeled for the 2nd annual ‘Get Off My Lawn’ year-end mix (the least-well-informed year-end mix series you’re likely to hear); and maybe a ‘Get Off My Lawn, 2000s’ decade-spanning mix.

Here’s a ranked Top 20, followed by a year-by-year list of albums that have stuck with me to varying degrees after the “more…” link.  Who knew it was a decade about electro-pop, female singer-songwriters, artists creating their best work in their 2nd/3rd/4th decades, and Mornons from Duluth?  Probably only for me.

01  Bjork – Medulla (2004)
02  Sam Phillips – Fan Dance (2001)
03  Knife, The – Silent Shout (2006)
04  Badu, Erykah – Mama’s Gun (2000)
05  Low – Drums & Guns (2007)
06  Burial – Burial  (2006)
07  Herbert, Matthew (Herbert) – Bodily Functions (2001)
08  Flaming Lips – Embryonic (2009)
09  Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere (2006)
10  J Dilla – Donuts (2006)
11  Portishead – Third (2008)
12  Knife, The – Deep Cuts (2003)
13 Herbert, Matthew (Herbert) – Scale (2006)
14  Thomas, David – Surf’s Up (2001)
15  For Carnation, The – The For Carnation (2000)
16  Low – Trust (2002)
17  Daft Punk – Discovery (2001)
18  Caribou – Andorra (2007)
19  Burial – Untrue (2007)
20  Sylvian, David – Blemish (2003)

Best albums I heard of the 2000s (by year):

(2000)

Badu, Erykah – Mama’s Gun (2000)*
Broadcast – The Noise Made by People (2000)
Cat Power – Covers Record (2000)*
Chicago Underground Duo – Synesthesia (2000)
For Carnation, The – The For Carnation (2000)*
Kozelek, Mark – Rock ‘n Roll Singer EP (2000)
Low + Spring Heel Jack – Bombscare EP (2000)
Modest Mouse – The Moon & Antarctica (2000)
Outkast – Stankonia (2000)
Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
Songs:Ohia – The Lioness (2000)
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out (2000)*

(2001)
Adult – Resuscitation (2001)
Bjork – Vespertine (2001)*
Daft Punk – Discovery (2001)*
Erase Eratta – Other Animals (2001)
Garbarek, Anja – Smiling & Waving (2001)
Herbert, Matthew (Herbert) – Bodily Functions (2001)*
His Name Is Alive – Someday My Blues Will Cover the Earth (2001)
Knife, The – The Knife (2001)
Kozelek, Mark – What’s Next to the Moon (2001)
Low – Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)
Sam Phillips – Fan Dance (2001)*
Radiohead – Amnesiac (2001)
Thomas, David – Surf’s Up (2001)*
Tortoise – Standards (2001)
Welch, Gillian – Time (The Revalator) (2001)

(2002)
Beck – Sea Changes (2002)
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
Herbert, Matthew (Radioboy) – Mechanics of Destruction (2002)
Liebezeit, Jaki & Burnt Friedman – Secret Rhythms (2002)
Low – Trust (2002)*
Nordenstam, Stina – This Is (2002)
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)*
Yo La Tengo – The Sounds of the Sounds of Science (2002)

(2003)
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
Blur – Think Tank (2003)
Courvoisier, Sylvie – Abaton (2003)
Herbert, Matthew – Goodbye Swingtime (2003)
Knife, The – Deep Cuts (2003)*
Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
Sylvian, David – Blemish (2003)*
Wyatt, Robert – Cuckooland (2003)

(2004)

Bjork – Medulla (2004)*
Deadbeat – Something Borrowed Something Blue (2004)
Nordenstam, Stina – The World is Saved (2004)
Phillips, Sam – A Boot & A Shoe (2004)

(2005)
Amadou et Mariam – Dimanche a Bmako (2005)
Anders, Matt – 2005 Demos (2005)
Dockstader, Tod – Aerial (2005)
Feist – Let it Die (2005)*
Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings – Naturally (2005)
Lidell, Jamie – Multiply (2005)
Menche, Daniel – Concussions (2005)
Prekop, Sam – Who’s Your New Professor (2005)
Vitalic – OK Cowboy (2005)

(2006)
Burial – Burial  (2006)*
Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere (2006)*
Herbert, Matthew (Herbert) – Scale (2006)*
Hu Vibrational – Universal Mother (2006)
J Dilla – Donuts (2006)*
Junior Boys – So This is Goodbye (2006)
Knife, The – Silent Shout (2006)*
Kode 9 & The Space Ape – Memories of the Future (2006)*
Kreiner, Michael Pogo – E-Magic Flute (2006)
Menche, Daniel – Creatures of Cadence (2006)
Roots, The – Game Theory (2006)
Yorke, Thom – The Eraser (2006)*

(2007)
Burial – Untrue (2007)*
Caribou – Andorra (2007)*
Low – Drums & Guns (2007)*
Menche, Daniel – Animality (2007)
Various – After Dark (2007)
Wyatt, Robert – Comicopera (2007)

(2008)
Badu, Erykah – New Amerykah, Part 1 (2008)
Fevre, Bernard (Black Devil Disco Club) – Eight Oh Eight (2008)
Hercules & Love Affair – Hercules & Love Affair (2008)
Matmos – Supreme Balloon (2008)
Phillips, Sam – Don’t Do Anything (2008)
Portishead – Third (2008)*

(2009)
Animal Collective – Merriweather Post  (2009)
Bazan, David – Curse Your Branches (2009)
Faust – C’est Com Com Complique (2009)
Fever Ray – Fever Ray ( (2009)*
Fields, Lee & The Expressions – My World (2009)
Flaming Lips – Embryonic (2009)*

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  1. Joseph Comunale said, on December 6, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I believe that Nappy Root’s album – The Humdinger with Anthony Hamilton, Greg Nice, Greg Street and Slick & Rose, with production from Sol Messiah, Groove Chambers, Big Al, Joe Hop and of course the Nappy Roots , is one of the best hip hop album / country album of the 2000s. It came out August 5th, 2008. It also features a remix / cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”.

  2. […] old days.  Ok, so I’m not quite as curmudgeonly as that–there’s actually been a lot of music made this decade I’ve loved–but this blog is generally a testament to the fact that my attention has been directed […]

  3. […] a la Musicophilia’s annual ‘Get Off My Lawn‘ series, based on my recent ‘Top Albums of the 2000s‘ list.  My favorite albums and singles of the decade included plenty of love songs, pop […]

  4. Mona said, on January 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Agree pretty much with what is in yr list. I couldn’t seperate Wilco’s YHF & Super Furry Animal’s Rings Around The World from my #1 spot, both had the pop and noise that I like so much. Left it at that otherwise my list wld have been in the hundreds. Burial was the newcomer of the decade tho!
    Regards/

  5. Pedram said, on February 11, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Bjork’s Medulla being selected as the decade’s best is…well, strange to me. It’s a haunting album I say, but I hadn’t seen this one on top of any lists. That’s a brave decision.

  6. Soundslike said, on February 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I didn’t have any preconceived notion of what my #1 would be, but as I sifted through what I own from the 2000s, it just sort of rose to the top. You might have heard a lot more 2000s music than me–wouldn’t be difficult–so I’d love any suggestions you have on what I might have missed.

  7. I, Max said, on May 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Dirty Projectors…..anything by them….but particularly Bitte Orca….best of the decade in my opinion (although Merriweather Post Pavilion an many others are also quite wonderful)


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