Ah well, Christmas stepped in the way of the top half of my favorite albums of the 2000s, so now I need to get caught up … look for #50-1 between now and Friday!
50 Suburban Kids with Biblical Names – #3 (2006) (left) – Now, here is a real hidden gem, even if one song has been ruined by persistent use in Toyota Prius’ ads.
49 Rilo Kiley – The Execution of All Things (2002) – Jenny Lewis started the decade off with a bang, but, at least to me, seems to be down hill from there. I don’t really understand the fascination with 70s soft/country rock that grasped Jenny, but at least in The Execution of All Things, Rilo Kiley was still a solid rock band that captured grandeur in a tiny package.
48 Desaparecidos – Read Music, Speak Spanish (2002) – Speaking of people with odd soft rock obsessions, Conor Oberst caught that disease, too. However, before he got there, he had a dalliance with punk, resulting in one of the best one-off albums of the decade.
47 Cats of Fire – The Province Complains (2007) – Finnish alternative rock! Maybe I am biased, but it knocked my socks off.
46 Los Campesinos! – Sticking Fingers into Sockets/Hold On Now, Youngster … (2007/08) – OK, yes, I cheated here by combining Los Campesinos! debut EP with their debut album and if you don’t like it, well, too bad. They definitely get the award for best song title of the decade with “We throw Parties, You Throw Knives”.
45 Clint Mansell/Kronos Quartet – Soundtrack to Requiem for a Dream (2000) (right)- Didn’t see this one coming, did you? If you think you haven’t heard this, you’re wrong considering how many movie trailers have used music from Requiem for a Dream. Not only that, but former PWEI leader Clint Mansell was reborn as a movie scorer thanks to Darren Aronofsky.
44 Weezer – Weezer (2001) – Rivers Cuomo was dubbed the “savior of rock” after half a decade of rap-metal when “The Green Album” came out in 2001 – and rightly so. Weezer made what could only be called a 21st century Beach Boys album, combining the moodiness of Pinkerton with the pop of Weezer’s debut.
43 Arcade Fire – Funeral (2005) – David Bowie for a new generation, right down to the strange VH1 duet with Bowie himself on “Wake Up”.
42 Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English (2007) – Many people ranked Dizzee’s debut Boy in Da Corner higher, but Maths + English combined Dizzee’s solid skills with production that was accessible to anyone on both sides of the Atlantic (although the US still missed out on “Pussy’ole (Old Skool)” on their version of Maths + English).
Here is the iTunes iMix for #50-41.