Now that I’ve gotten the Best of 2009 out of the way, it is time to start the best of the decade. Well, that is to say, my favorite albums of the 2000s. Lets begin!
100 Jarvis Cocker – Further Complications (2009) (left) – Yes, nothing like starting the list with an album from this year. Jarvis has had a successful career since going solo from Pulp, but Further Complications was a significant step for his former band – mostly thanks to Steve Albani’s raw production. Of course, having a song that talks about paleontology doesn’t hurt either.
99 The Walkmen – Bows + Arrows (2004) – Sometimes I feel bad that my feelings about an album is almost entirely based on a single great song. Bows & Arrows is a great album, but it is so weighted towards the absolute magnificence of “The Rat”.
98 Bon Savants – Post Rock Defends the Nation (2006) – I’ve recently heard that the Bon Savants are no longer fronting the same lineup. This is too bad considering how great their debut 2006 album was – a real power pop gem.
97 Maximo Park – A Certain Trigger (2006) – A lost piece of brit rock that didn’t get the attention it deserved – a logical evolution from Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and Gang of Four. You would have though that all those people falling for Bloc Party would have loved Maximo Park as well.
96 The Shins – Oh, Inverted World (2001) – I would imagine this is the first entry that might cause people to gasp. “How could he rate the Shins so low?” Well, it happens. I bought the album because everyone was, and sure, I enjoyed it, but rarely do I find myself returning to it. Fun alternative pop, but not much to stick to you bones.
95 The Knife – Deep Cuts (2006) (left) – Scandinavian synth monsters! Deep Cuts was much cheerier compared to their more well-known follow-up Silent Shout, but it made it all that more accessible. Just think Abba if they loved their Joy Division.
94 Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) – Again with the gasps. I like Coldplay, just like I like U2. There is nothing wrong with that – they right catchy pop songs, that really, that is a skill in itself. I don’t need to have my ears barraged by songs in odd meters layering 26 different vocals in a sandwich – sometimes I just like a good piano line.
93 Papas Fritas – Buildings & Grounds (2000) – Now, here is a real missed gem of the decade. The swan song of one of the best power pop bands from Boston, Buildings and Grounds was the most cohesive of the band’s offerings – like Fleetwood Mac for the new century.
92 Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks (2005) – Maybe I just have a soft spot for this kind of odd eastern European punk – its both sinister and fun-loving at the same time. Case in point, “Start Wearing Purple” is equal parts pop hit and disturbing back-alley threat.
91 Tiger Saw – Sing! (2005) (left) – Another one of those Boston bands with a short lifespan that’s still kickin’ around after a decade (see comments below), but Sing! was the closest that the Hub has come to having a Built to Spill in its midst.
Here is the iTunes iMix for albums 100-91.