The Best Psychedelic Albums of the 21st Century

by Bob Coyne
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I didn't realise the task I'd taken on when I started this list. I made it harder for myself by only featuring one album per artist. So what you have here are the 100 'psychedelic' albums by 100 artists. This stopped me from adding 4 or 5 Flaming Lips albums. It will probably annoy the old heads but I wanted this to be more than just another Psych Rock list. So we have bands that flirted with the mainstream such as MGMT and Tame Impala, the cosmic Jazz of The Comet Is Coming and Kamasi Washington, Psychedelic Soul from Kadhja Bonet and even Psychedelic Hip Hop from Shabazz Palaces. Plus all of the big names such as Goat, Animal Collective, The Black Angels, Dungen, and Wooden Shjips (and then there's Foxygen!) I could easily make another list with 100 more artists, so I probably will. I'm sure I missed something really important, so leave a comment below and let me know what should be on the next list. (Some reviews below may not reflect the opinion of this list compiler). EDIT: I somehow missed out The Warlocks, so had to make it 101 albums. Click an album below to read a review

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Impossible task and great to see MV&EE in the mix, but can i suggest following as indispensable psychedelic mainstays:
Jackie O Motherfucker's The Magick Fire Music (2001) Ecstatic Peace!
The Michael Flower Band (2007) Manhand
Dark Yoga's Breath...

Impossible task and great to see MV&EE in the mix, but can i suggest following as indispensable psychedelic mainstays:
Jackie O Motherfucker's The Magick Fire Music (2001) Ecstatic Peace!
The Michael Flower Band (2007) Manhand
Dark Yoga's Breath of Life/Heavy Truth (2006) Yarnlazer

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Thanks for the suggestions. Jackie O were just outside my top 100. Definitely on the next list though.

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Much goodness here. However the fish rots from it's head, as they say, and Animal Collective, "children's music without the hooks" as a friend of mine once remarked, might just be one of the worst bands ever.

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Animal Collective are a bit like Marmite and some albums really annoy me but Merriweather is a classic. Their most recent is really good as well.

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They are a band (or collective I guess!) that I keep hoping against hope will come up with another classic. I agree that Merriweather and Panda Bear's Person Pitch are both amazing albums, but it's a pretty big drop from there. Those two albums...

They are a band (or collective I guess!) that I keep hoping against hope will come up with another classic. I agree that Merriweather and Panda Bear's Person Pitch are both amazing albums, but it's a pretty big drop from there. Those two albums definitely have hooks - plenty of them.

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It has been patchy since then. Panda Bear's Tomboy is pretty good and I quite liked Tangerine Reef.

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Great list! I reckon I'm familiar with about a third of them, so got a bit of listening research to do.

For your next list, could I recommend Blown Out, Electric Moon, Cosmic Dead and Causa Sui...

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Thanks for the tips. I re-discovered so many albums doing this. Some bands I'd forgot about and had actually seen them live. Blown Out and Cosmic Dead were almost in. I've already started compiling part two.

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Really looking forward to the next list. There's a lot of great music around. Cheers.

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We all have a friend that says 'music is rubbish nowadays', just show them this list. There's just so many great albums being released. Already working on the next one.

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Wow. That's a vexed task that one. As a devotee to 60's style psych that grew from the drug laden haze of the 13th Floor Elevators, I can't abide the Tame Impala stuff but the psychedelic family encompasses so, so much, and Bob, you've done a...

Wow. That's a vexed task that one. As a devotee to 60's style psych that grew from the drug laden haze of the 13th Floor Elevators, I can't abide the Tame Impala stuff but the psychedelic family encompasses so, so much, and Bob, you've done a great job

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Tame Impala are an odd one. Anything that comes recommended by Noel Gallagher I usually avoid. But I think Lonerism deserves to be in. The follow up, Currents, is an awful album.

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Thanks for the tip.

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I can't believe I missed The Warlocks! Phoenix is one of my favourite albums so I'm going to have to make this 101.

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Such a great list of great records.

The Bavarian Druglords: a band you missed though that i thought was worth noting! Kind of have a 'cult' following and you can find The Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and other bands drop their name...

Such a great list of great records.

The Bavarian Druglords: a band you missed though that i thought was worth noting! Kind of have a 'cult' following and you can find The Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and other bands drop their name sometimes in interviews. Swirly, lo-fi, beats, psychedelic. their first album was called "205" and came out in 2007 i think (?). Kinda sounded like nothing else around at the time but well worth investigating if you haven't already. They had a 2nd album too. Kind of a mystery whatever happened to them though as they just vanished. One of my favourites over the years.

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Thanks for the tip, I'll check that out. Their second album is on Spotify. I'm working on the third list which will take me a while, it's getting more obscure.

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