Top of the Pops: Five 00s Albums You Must Own - Articles - Soundblab

Top of the Pops: Five 00s Albums You Must Own

by Dan Clay Rating: Release Date:

With few of the 90s bands releasing anything resembling a 'classic' (although fans of Radiohead's Kid A might disagree), it was left for a new crop to emerge amidst the talent-show talentless drivel. While many such as Arcade Fire and Artic Monkeys released albums with outstanding songs sandwiched between filler and others came close (Coldplay, The Shins) even the old hands were having a go, with The Boss and Dylan releasing some quality material. However these five albums really were the top of the crop.

Boxer - The National

Brooklyn's finest excelled after 2005's Alligator with a dark and brooding effort and a sound REM would have killed to rediscover. Matt Berninger's deep voice and Bryan Devendorf's superb drumming made for an instant classic that rewards with each play. They may have even gone and bettered it with this year's High Violet.

Defining Track -

is a masterclass for National newbies.

Hidden Gem -

is the sort of quiet, acoustic affair they've come to perfect.

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

If there's one good thing to come out of the decade, it's the re-emergence of folk and Seattle-based Fleet Foxes pulled off a surprising coup for the crown out of nowhere with their debut effort. Stunning harmonies, melodic guitars and warm tunes leave the listener beaming from ear to ear.

Defining Track -

builds from a simple choral chant to something special.

Hidden Gem -

- A soaring song that shows off Robin Pecknold's voice to the full.

Gold - Ryan Adams

Perhaps timing helped the bad boy of alternative folk in September 2001 with lead single 'New York, New York' optimistically popular amongst the city-loving dwellers. While the second half of Adam's overstuffed album isn't up to the standard of the first when the opening five songs are as good as they are, who cares? Brilliant.

Defining Track -

- what else?

Hidden Gem -

- A soulful blues song with a rousing gospel choir to boot.

A Grand Don't Come for Free - The Streets

Concept albums are notoriously difficult to pull off but Mike Skinner managed it with his second release. The story of a man who descends further into a bad day after losing £1000, it brought garage hip hop to the masses and ended up in many a guitar-lovers CD collection.

Defining Track -

showed men it's okay to cry. Very useful after Euro 2004.

Hidden Gem -

though, with its double plot ends the album on the most optimistic note you could wish for with a refreshingly sweet melody.

Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust - Sigur Ros

Meaning"With a Buzz in Our Ears We Play Endlessly' in Icelandic, the fifth album from the Scandinavian masters of ethereal classic pop brought a more playful sound to their music while keeping the darker melancholy that characterised their earlier releases. The result was their best complete album to date.

Defining Track-

might have been the crowd-pleasing main single…

Hidden Gem - But it's the nine minute

that emerges as their best song yet. Stunning. Just try not to shiver.

Comments (10)

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Hmmm... I think my top five would be Fever to Tell - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sound of Silver - LCD Soundsystem, Geogaddi - Boards of Canada, Los Angeles - Flying Lotus and Further Complications -Jarvis Cocker.

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

No Strokes!!!!!! Ryan effing Adams!!!! Top 5, The Strokes - Is This It, YYYs - Show Your Bones, At The Drive In - Relationship of Command, The Horrors - Primary Colours, Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion. Then again, first two LCD...

No Strokes!!!!!! Ryan effing Adams!!!! Top 5, The Strokes - Is This It, YYYs - Show Your Bones, At The Drive In - Relationship of Command, The Horrors - Primary Colours, Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion. Then again, first two LCD albums, Rapture - Echoes, first two Coral albums, Interpol and seriously, no joke, Andrew WK - I Get Wet.

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

I'm afraid I must also say: "Ryan effing Adams!!!!" Sorry, Bob, can't agree about The Strokes though. Over-priveliged, over-pampered, and over-rated. I'd make a case for Arcade Fire's Funeral, Low's Things We Lost in the Fire, Joanna Newsom's Ys,...

I'm afraid I must also say: "Ryan effing Adams!!!!" Sorry, Bob, can't agree about The Strokes though. Over-priveliged, over-pampered, and over-rated. I'd make a case for Arcade Fire's Funeral, Low's Things We Lost in the Fire, Joanna Newsom's Ys, and I'm agreed on LCD's Sound of SIlver.

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Not a Strokes fan but I am partial to a bit of Ryan Adams (as you can tell. "Love is Hell" is another great album!) Arcade Fire are great but not enough across a whole album.

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

The Strokes debut is 35 minutes of perfection. Music had got so bad before that came along, Travis, Starsailor and bloody Coldplay. This and White Blood Cells changed everything. Can't get my head around Joanna Newsom though.

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

1. Explosions In The Sky - Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
2. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
3. M83 - Saturdays=Youth
4. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
5. Mew - Frengers

Closely followed by:
Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
Blonde Redhead - 23
Hood...

1. Explosions In The Sky - Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
2. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
3. M83 - Saturdays=Youth
4. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
5. Mew - Frengers

Closely followed by:
Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
Blonde Redhead - 23
Hood - Cold House
Godspeed You Black Emporer - Lift Your Skinny Arms Like Antennas To Heaven
Mountain Men Anonymous - Krkonose

all cracking stuff!!!

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Oh, and also Big Lousy Moon by Phoebe Kreutz which hardly anyone knows about but it's on Spotify and if you're reading this you should check it out!

This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

Think i'll go for;

1. The Broken Family Band- Welcome Home, loser (2005)
2. Joanna Newsom- Ys (2006)
3. Comet Gain- Realistes (2002)
4. Belle & Sebastian- Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
5. Grinderman- Grinderman (2007)

All been pretty...

Think i'll go for;

1. The Broken Family Band- Welcome Home, loser (2005)
2. Joanna Newsom- Ys (2006)
3. Comet Gain- Realistes (2002)
4. Belle & Sebastian- Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
5. Grinderman- Grinderman (2007)

All been pretty important to me...

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

...not to go on but after some further thought on the matter Pissed Jeans 'Hope for Men' (2007), Earth 'The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull' (2008), Let's Wrestle 'In the Court of Wrestling Let's' (2009), Black Mountains self titled debut...

...not to go on but after some further thought on the matter Pissed Jeans 'Hope for Men' (2007), Earth 'The Bees Made Honey In The Lions Skull' (2008), Let's Wrestle 'In the Court of Wrestling Let's' (2009), Black Mountains self titled debut (2005) and the Melvins comeback 'A Senile Animal' (2006) all deserve a mention in the 00s hit parade....

Read More
This comment was minimized by the moderator on the site

This is a tough one for me as i don't think that decade has been that brilliant for music, but maybe that's just me and my taste in music. I would go for:

1) Beck - The Information
2) Underworld - A Hundred Days Off
3) LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of...

This is a tough one for me as i don't think that decade has been that brilliant for music, but maybe that's just me and my taste in music. I would go for:

1) Beck - The Information
2) Underworld - A Hundred Days Off
3) LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
4) Kaiser Chiefs - Off With Their Heads
5) Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely
5)

Read More
There are no comments posted here yet