It's time for album results!
35 voters submitted their albums lists.
(beefsupreme, BillAdama, Brad, Chris, Chris K,
Dan M, Evan, Gillingham, Greg, Harold Wexler, Henrik, Henry, Honorio, Jackson, John, Jonah, Jonathon, Michel, Midaso, Miguel, Moonbeam, Nassim, Nick, nicolas, Petri, Rocky Raccoon, Romain, Schwah, Slick, sonofsamiam, Stephan, SuperFurry, Tim E, VanillaFire1000 and Zorg)
If you want guess the order of albums please do it here.
You are free and encouraged to discuss for anything else (considering the results) in this thread.
AMF poll of 00's rank mentioned in the results is the rank of the straight poll Top Albums of the 2000s hosted by Moonbeam (in January and February of 2010)
The countdown will start shortly!
The format of the results will be almost the same that Henrik used in 90s poll (and Stephan in 80s).
And here we go!
Bat for Lashes - Two Suns
Score: 1075 points
Harold Wexler #97, BillAdama #97, Michel #97, Brad #93, SuperFurry #92, Midaso #91, John #90/91, Schwah #65/68, Jonah #73/77, Chris #53/56
The first half starts out pretty good, giving me hope, but about halfway through it all starts to sound the same to me. I don't know, maybe pick up the pace for a couple of songs. No. 90 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Big Sleep (10), Travelling Woman (10), Glass (11), Sleep Alone (11), Daniel (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 240
AMF poll of 00's rank: 198
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It in People
Score: 1134 points
BillAdama #96, Slick #96, Nicolas #93
This is typical to some acclaimed indie albums of the decade, before (or after) hearing the peaks, which are really great, you have to go through a bunch of average uninteresting song, when they are not plain awful (Nassim)
Ethereal, a little too ethereal. It's pretty enough but the music floats away a little too easily for my taste. No. 88 (Rocky Raccoon)
Almost Crimes (11), Cause=Time (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2002 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 53
AMF poll of 00's rank: 127
The Dodos - Visiter
Score: 1135 points
Stephan #100, Harold Wexler #100, Henry #93
I'm glad that my lobbying in moderately acclaimed helped this album reach the 2nd round (the fact that it was released during a lesser year might have helped too). I have no illusion, this probably won't be able to avoid ending in the bottom 10, but I will remain a fervent fan of how it could marry a perfect sense of percussions, obvious melodic gift and some of the best aspects of their "freak" homologues twists. Favorite Song : the Season (Nassim)
I kinda like their lo-fi indie vibe, I just wish some of their songs didn't go on quite so long. No. 84 (Rocky Raccoon)
Walking (11.3), Red and Purple (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 375
AMF poll of 00's rank: 228
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Score: 1138 points
Sonofsamiam #100, Brad #99, Evan #98, SuperFurry #98, Nassim #97, Honorio #93, Dan M #92, Jonah #76/77, John #87/91
Seeing the albums on the 11-15 range of the 2000's poll, I am really pissed at this succession of bland songs. It might not be the album I dislike the most in our list, but it probably is the emptiest one (though Bright Eyes could claim this dubious award) (Nassim)
A nice bounceback after Pop, with some songs that nearly reach the heights of their best. It's not necessarily a move forward, just a consolidation of what they've done before. No. 23 (Rocky Raccoon)
Beautiful Day ( , Kite (9), Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of (10), Wild Honey (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 137
AMF poll of 00's rank: 100
Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
Score: 1140 points
Rocky Raccoon #94, Dan M #91
This is where Jeff Tweedy's art-rock pretentions get out of hand. I like Wilco a lot, but I can't listen to this one because rather than embellishing the songs, the experimentalism ruins them. I read somewhere that one of the songs (one of the long ones) reminds Tweedy of his migraines -- thanks for sharing, asshole. No. 94 (Rocky Raccoon)
At Least That's What You Said (11), Hell Is Chrome (11.1), Spiders () (Henry)
Place in the 2004 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 98
AMF poll of 00's rank: 152
The gap between #100 and #99 is huge (58,5 points). Most of the adjacent ranks are within few points and there's only few bigger gaps between the adjacents in the whole list. Next one is between #14 and #13 (59 points).
Moonbeam's last minute vote did change the results but Bat for Lashes kept tightly it's last position despite of Moonbeam's support.
Visiter by The Dodos had (with three other albums) least voters - 24 (out of 35).
Two Suns (58): Unfortunate that this one finished dead last, but I guess it was an accomplishment to make the top 100 in the first place. I understand complaints of its repetitiveness, but its high points (Daniel, especially) are quite enjoyable. One of my favorite discoveries, as I had not listened to the whole thing before this poll.
You Forgot It in People (16): I'll admit I overrated this one a bit, but this didn't deserve anywhere near as bad as #99 in my opinion. I put it at 16 partly because it was one of the first albums I listened to that started me on this journey to find new music. I think it's a very balanced album with strong instrumentation. The more I listen to it, though, the more it feels forced rather than fun.
Visiter (56): I had never heard of the Dodos before this poll. Its presence makes up for some of the whim lost from the exclusion of early Animal Collective (Sung Tongs, Feels). Its placement is not surprising.
All That You Can't Leave Behind (98): U2 has never done much for me. Beautiful Day is enjoyable enough, but the rest is just bland.
A Ghost is Born (31): One of Wilco's best, if you ignore the low points near the end. The first three songs are fantastic and Wilco at its best. The end, well, I don't listen to it; "Less Than You Think" isn't even a song. The rest is uneven but has its moments--I come for the first three songs, though.
Let's see how long I can keep up with these comments.
Great comments Evan.
The presentation will continue tomorrow (it's 1:24 AM in Finland) so I go sleep now. Good night, good morning or good day.
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Score: 1145 points
Harold Wexler #98, Petri #97, nicolas #96, Henry #94, Tim E #49/53
The album's a lot of fun, if a little long, but damn if these songs don't actually sound like they could have been made by cartoon characters. No. 61 (Rocky Raccoon)
Clint Eastwood (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 196
AMF poll of 00's rank: 135
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
Score: 1148 points
Nassim #99, Sonofsamiam #95, Greg #83/83
Sensitivity on the sleeve. Conor Oberst, his shivering voice, his delicate fingerpicking guitars and his emotional songs could convert the most cynical listener. (Honorio)
There have been a lot of "next Dylans" over the decades, but this guy on this album comes as close as any for me. No. 33 (Rocky Raccoon)
We Are Nowhere and It's Now (11.3), First Day of My Live (11.3), At The Bottom of Everything (11.5) (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 48
AMF poll of 00's rank: 105
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Score: 1151 points
Dan M #97, SuperFurry #95, Zorg #63/65
"New Slang" carries this album for me, but the rest of the songs are just good enough to put it at No. 66. (Rocky Raccoon)
New Slang (10) (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 223
AMF poll of 00's rank: 293
The Antlers - Hospice
Score: 1152 points
Stephan #4, Brad #8
Honorio #95, Dan M #95, Henrik #94, Nick #78/82
Hospice is far from perfect : annoyingly long distortions, repetition of melodies, low production value… but the sadness it shares is overwhelming. Really, sometimes it is even too much, but not because of insincerity like some other albums, just because that much pain is hard to endure. It would not go through the journey of listening to this album regularly, but I would lie if I did not admit it was a very rewarding trip. (Nassim)
I like the sound they make, just not the songs as much. Maybe if they had a few hooks. No. 80 (Rocky Raccoon)
Two (11.2), Bear () (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 174
AMF poll of 00's rank: 142
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Score: 1155 points
Chris K. #100, Evan #92
On the trail of Crazy, it is easy to forget how much the album is different and rich, from the dark mood of Just a Though to the craziness of Go Go Gadget Gospel, all topped by the fantastic euphory of Smiley Face (Nassim)
If it were just "Crazy," that would be enough, but it's much more in this collaboration where they Cee Lo and Dangermouse bring out the best in each other. (Rocky Raccoon)
St. Elsewhere (11.2), Smiley Faces (11.2), Storm Coming (11.2), Just A Thought (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 79
AMF poll of 00's rank: 63
The fun begins!! Thanks for starting the countdown so quickly, Petri!
Two Suns at 100 is a travesty! You guys suck!
And thanks to Petri for getting this started so quickly! Looks good so far.
Why are my entries two numbers? My rank of U2's album for example.
Gorillaz (70): "Clint Eastwood" is awesome. The album feels more like a collection of decent to good songs than a cohesive whole, though.
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (30): As easy to like as it is to hate. In the end, it's just a collection of really strong and immediately listenable songs.
Oh, Inverted World (73): There are worse ways to kick-start your debut album than with "Caring is Creepy," and "New Slang" is the obvious centerpiece. The rest is just kinda there, but it does a better job of holding space than most unoffensive songs. Quintessential Shins, basically.
Hospice (79): I'm not as emotionally struck by this album as it wants me to be. Still, some solid songs here, headlined by "Bear" and the great opener "Kettering."
St. Elsewhere (92): Starts off promisingly, with some futuristic Gospel and the major hit off the album. "St. Elsewhere" and "Gone Daddy Gone" also hold up their end of the bargain, but the rest is like Amy Winehouse's Back to Black: not my cup of tea.
Surprised Hospice is so low. I always thought it'd be a grower, but perhaps for this forum it hasn't grown quite yet.
The biggest supporters of the albums that have no fans (according to my strict standards ).
Gorillaz - s/t (Nassim #14)
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (nicolas #16)
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (beefsupreme #18 )
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (VanillaFire1000 #19)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz (Tim E #11)
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
Score: 1173 points
Michel #95, Rocky Raccoon #92, Chris #55/56
I don't know how you call the opposite of a growner, but after the initial surprise, it stops getting as exciting despite some great moments (Nassim)
Maybe it's just a little to idiosyncratic or avant-garde for my tastes. I can appreciate it to a degree, but not enough to actually like it. No. 92 (Rocky Raccoon)
Stillness Is the Move (11), Two Doves (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 70
AMF poll of 00's rank: 62
The Postal Service - Give Up
Score: 1185 points
SuperFurry #99, nicolas #94, sonofsamiam #93, Harold Wexler #93, Michel #92, Greg #80/83
Indietronica. Not the first or the last album or band to fuse electronica glitchy sounds with an indie pop sharp sensibility but probably one of the most brilliant ever. (Honorio)
It is a shame this album never really lives up to its first 2 songs, really, cause they are incredibly promising. Favorite Song Nassim)
Digital sounds delived my snail mail. A unique collaboration that works on most levels. No. 69 (Rocky Raccoon)
Such Great Heights (6), The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (10), Sleeping In (11), We Will Become Silhouettes (11), Weather Sensative (11), Nothing Better (11.1), Recycled Air (11.1), Suddenly Everything Has Changed (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 68
AMF poll of 00's rank: 269
Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Score: 1187 points
Tim E #2
Sonofsamiam #98, Petri #92, Nick #79/82, Jonathon #69/71
I have trouble understanding why this seems like a bad follow-up to so many people, sure it does not share the "creation of a mythology" aspect of The Moon and Antarctica but what matters is the music, and it is damn great ! Wether Modest Mouse kicks into the radio, invokes Tom Waits legacy or brings ballads to the table, it is as well-crafted as their previous efforts. Favorite Song : Bukowski (Nassim)
Tweaking their sound just a little bit really paid off. "Float On" is one of the unlikeliest hit songs of all time, and the rest of the album follows suit with slightly off-kilter yet accessible songs. No. 16 (Rocky Raccoon)
Float On (10), The World at Large (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2004 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 153
AMF poll of 00's rank: 96
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
Score: 1189 points
Chris K. #97, sonofsamiam #97
It's just great rock 'n' roll and I'm very glad to see it made the list. But where's Boys and Girls in America? It's even better than this one. No. 27 (Rocky Raccoon)
Sequestered in Memphis (), Constructive Summer (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 239
AMF poll of 00's rank: 102
Coldplay - Parachutes
Score: 1196 points
Brad #98, SuperFurry #96, Evan #95, sonofsamiam #92, Moonbeam #44/45, Schwah #63/68, beefsupreme #70/76
These guys seem to have a lot of detractors on this site, yet they still managed to get two albums on the final ballot. It will be interesting to see where they end up. No. 63 (Rocky Raccoon)
Shiver (10), High Speed (10), Spies (11), Yellow (11), Everything's Not Lost (), We Never Change (11.1), Trouble (11.1), Sparks (11.1), Don't Panic (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 72
AMF poll of 00's rank: 70
Deerhunter - Microcastle / Weird Era Continued
Score: 1199 points
Dan M #96
I tried to think of something to say for this one, but nothing came to mind. Probably why it ended up No. 79. (Rocky Raccoon)
It's not consistent enough like they would be with Halcyon Digest, but it's still brimming with ideas and feel. (Zorg)
Nothing Ever Happened (10), Agoraphobia (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 89
AMF poll of 00's rank: 69
Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Score: 1202 points
It is hard to tell what exactly does not work for me here outside of Listzomania. I like the ambition, the energy, the idea… but it never clicks (Nassim)
This album has the two obvious great tracks, but there are other moments of almost perfect pop. The best thing to come out of France since Nicolas, or French fries. Just kidding, I know they don't call them that in France. No. 60 (Rocky Raccoon)
Lisztomania (10), 1901 (10), (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 74
AMF poll of 00's rank: 75
Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours
Score: 1205 points
Rocky Raccoon #100,Stephan #99, BillAdama #98, Michel #96, Harold Wexler #95, Evan #91
If these guys were a cartoon character they'd be the hamburger-eating guy in Popeye. They make Modern English seem tough. No. 100 (Rocky Raccoon)
Out There on the Ice (10), Lights and Music (10), Strangers in the Wind (11), (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 97
AMF poll of 00's rank: 273
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Score: 1207 points
Honorio #100, Henrik #97, Stephan #95, Chris #56/56, Nick #76/82
I still see Feels as AC true masterpiece, but the first half of Strawberry Jam is the band as it most fun and accessible, as nicolas said, they are having tons of fun and you can hear it, as unusual the songs can be. Favorite Song : Fireworks (Nassim)
I get a kick out of "Peacebone," but the rest is kind of a mixed bag of repetitiveness and weirdness. No. 77 (Rocky Raccoon)
Fireworks (11), Peacebone (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2007 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 94
AMF poll of 00's rank: 61
M83 - Saturdays = Youth
Score: 1208 points
Slick #4, Tim E #5
Nicolas #97, Harold Wexler #94
The '80s ended, let's not try to bring them back. No. 87 (Rocky Raccoon)
Kim & Jessie (10), Graveyard Girl (10), (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 193
AMF poll of 00's rank: 524
A few comments about albums I did not talk about yet :
Gorillaz - Gorillaz (#14) : first this is a nostalgic trip to the holidays between my prep school years and college and well, I did not know it back then but it marked the end of teenage (which makes sense since I entered college the week I turned 20). I spent all this summer listening to those songs and it is one of the key album on my transition from "modern or alt rock" to a much broader range of music.
Its beginning still seems to me mostly as a modern take on trip-hop, through songs like Brothers, Tomorrow Comes Today or 5/4 and there's a unity in sound that makes the albums work very good as a whole (despite Rock the House & Double Bass). Latin Simone is a wonderful hommage to Ibrahim Ferrer, I really think it is a sincere proof of admiration from Damon Albarn more than anything else.
Anyway, I can see why it ranked low but most of those songs are stronger and deeper than they seem... nostalgia sure helps though.
Girls - Album (#67) : I remembered something fairly bad and found it quite okay, so I'll range it in the good surprises of the poll
My favorite song in Give Up (#70) is its opener, District Sleeps Alone Tonight by the way.
M83 - Saturdays = Youth (#43) : another good surprise, I was misleaded by the acclaimed songs, Graveyard Girl and Kim & Jessie, which are ok but not great, while the real treat of the album is the trio "Couleurs/Up/We Own the Sky" which concentrate much of the intensity of the album. On the other hand, "Midnight Souls Still Remain" sucks hard.
No Primal Scream and Belle and Sebastian yet ?
In the next group of five will be the lowest album with #1 vote and also the first album with no "haters".
Great presentation, Petri!
I am very satisfied with the results so far, with only 4 of my top 46 albums gone. Interestingly, I have only been a hater 3 times so far, while 7 of my 81-90 have already been presented. It's a love/hate albums vs. relatively inoffensive/bland albums thing, I think.
^ I feel very lonely as the only hater. Others clearly don't think that Weird Era Cont. is as bloody awful as I think it is (I like Microcastle though, as I've said before). But it's at #80, so maybe the lack of reaction (so far) is that a lot of people are indifferent as opposed to passionate about the overrated album.
PS: I'm getting a little nervous because S-freakin'-K haven't showed up yet!
Person Pitch: Looking back, I didn't realise I placed it last on my list, hah. I'm sure there are worse albums somewhere, but this album really does verge on the annoying.
It's Blitz(30): I agree with the person who commented, I'm not that much of a fan of raw YYY, this is more light-hearted, more fun, I think more emotional.
Album (23): My highest album so far, if I'm correct. It has a couple of AMAZING songs - Hellhole Ratrace, Lust For Life, Laura, Summertime, but it's not consistent enough. I really like their sound, but this album could have been soo much better.
Bitte Orca (39): Agree again. It really is the opposite of a grower, I don't listen to it very often at all. One song I really do like which people don't mention quite often is Useful Chamber.
Good News (48): It's a really fun album. It has a lot of great songs on it, especially the last one, The Good Times Are Killing Me, which has the amazing part where the drum kicks in and it sounds majestic.
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (37): Again, it's an ungrower. I really really liked this when it came out, but now I'm more ambivalent towards it. It still has those two great songs and Love Like A Sunset though, which sounded great live (and that's the memory I hold onto when I hear Phoenix).
Strawberry Jam(54): This one is growing in my expectations, but only because it started so low down.
Edit: I'd only managed to hear One Beat by the time of the poll, but God it was amazing! Just pure pure full-of-attitude rock. I hope they don't come for a long long time.
My Morning Jacket - Z
Score: 1209 points
This one sounds spacey to me, which is a cool vibe, but it wouldn't be enough if the songs weren't also varied and very good. No. 58 (Rocky Raccoon)
Gideon (11), Anytime (11), What a Wonderful Man (11.4), Off the Record (11.4), Lay Low (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 77
AMF poll of 00's rank: 107
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
Score: 1209 points
Henry #98, SuperFurry #97, Honorio #94, Schwah #67/68 Jonah #72/77
I've grown to appreciate this one more with repeated listens, but I still don't understand why it's rated above "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," which I hear as vastly superior. Maybe the success of that album has made it less "cool" compared to this one? This is where the 3.5-star albums and better begin for me. No. 86 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Cold Part (11.6), 3rd Planet (11.9) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 56
AMF poll of 00's rank: 49
Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Score: 1214 points
Twee … in a good way. No. 68 (Rocky Raccoon)
I'm a Cuckoo (10), Wrapped Up In Books, If She Wants Me, Roy Walker (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 222
AMF poll of 00's rank: 335
The Wrens - The Meadowlands
Score: 1229 points
Zorg #1, Jackson #7
Dan M #98, Nassim #98
She Sends Kisses is a wonder, but I did not find much more than this to enjoy. (Nassim)
As meticulous an album as you will likely ever hear. Every note sounds like it was slaved over for maximum effect. Hopefully that’s why they’re taking so recording a follow up. It’s grand and emotional music every bit as good as Arcade Fire. No. 19 (Rocky Raccoon)
An album of such emotion POWER, that I readily come back to it even though I've probably heard it 100 times. It grips me like few others and it just sticks. From the amazing opening songs (especially Happy) to the 6-minute epic at the end, it's an album of such depth and emotion connect. (Zorg)
She Send Kisses () (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 123
AMF poll of 00's rank: 92
Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
Score: 1230 points
Beefsupreme #6, Greg #8
Romain #100, Henrik #99, Henry #97, Midaso #97, Chris K. #92, BillAdama #91, Nick #75/82
Like Supreme Clientele, Fishscale is a bit overlong. But its first half hour is sheer brilliance only, full of slick rhymes and great beats. Favorite Song : the Champ (Nassim)
He's not the most hyped Wu Tang member, but for my money he's the best. Killah rhymes, killah production. Sorry, couldn't resist. No. 32 (Rocky Raccoon)
A new find for me and it's a really interesting one. Especially from Whip You With A Strap on to about Big Girl, all of those songs are incredibly catchy and really compelling. I'm sure this one will rise to be a rap favourite with a few more listens. (Zorg)
Shakey Dog (11. (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 122
AMF poll of 00's rank: 47
Surprised to see Bitte Orca so low. But most of the ones out already are pretty 'blah' ones.
Surprised at Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix's ranking. Crossover appeal, two huge hits...great french pop. It has grown to be my favorite album of 2009.
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
Score: 1231 points
Beefsupreme #72/76, Chris #54/56
A meticulously crafted album that reveals its pleasures over time. That being said, I still find it a little overrated. No. 65 (Rocky Raccoon)
Two Weeks (10), About Face (10), While You Wait for the Others (11), Cheerleader (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 38
AMF poll of 00's rank: 86
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Score: 1234 points
Midaso #100, Slick #97, Stephan #94, John #86/91
I don't even know how to describe this, but I have to admit I enjoy its weird wonderfulness. No. 51 (Rocky Raccoon)
The first time I heard "Emily", I was hooked. It took a little bit longer with the other songs, but now listening to this album feels like being taken around the world with an amazing narrator. (Zorg)
Emily (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 27
AMF poll of 00's rank: 43
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free
Score: 1238 points
Beefsupreme #5, Nicolas #7
Petri #100, Romain #99, VanillaFire1000 #97, Slick #92, Midaso #92
I consider this one superior to its predecessor, not because of the concept (which, if enjoyable, sometimes seems to limit Mike Skinner) but because it has the best songs, from the bouncing "Fit but you Know It" to the universally break-up song "Dry Your Eyes". Favorite Song : Blinded by the Lights (Nassim)
The classic tale of boy loses cash, boy finds girl, boy loses girl, boy finds cash. And at the day he feels like he pulled even. But even isn't as good as pushing things forward. No. 78 (Rocky Raccoon)
Dry Your Eyes (11.3), Fit But You Know It (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2004 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 71
AMF poll of 00's rank: 104
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
Score: 1250 points
Dripping with attitude, I like the call and response of the instrumentation and Karen's voice. I also like how the closing songs, including "Maps," end the album on a quieter, but not less intense, note. No. 29 (Rocky Raccoon)
Y Control (11.1), Maps (11.3) (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 64
AMF poll of 00's rank: 67
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Score: 1252 points
Sonofsamiam #96, Chris K. #95, Nick #81/82
The title suite is quite beautiful, and there are other great songs, but there are also some mundane tracks. I was a little dissappointed in this one after "Picaresque." No. 76 (Rocky Raccoon)
Summersong (11), Yankee Bayonet (11), The Crane Wife 3 (11), The Perfect Crime #2 (11.1), Sons & Saughters (11.1), The Island (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 161
AMF poll of 00's rank: 345
Belle and Sebastian albums were very disappointing for me, especially the Life Pursuit. I like Belle & Sebastian 90's sound and melodies and it was a big letdown to hear those pretty boring songs.
I didn't expect Ys so early, but there's a thing against folk here that's why. Really love that record, especially since my daughter is learning the harp.
Every comment about "Stay Positive" is "it's less good that Girls and Boys in America". But I really prefer Stay positive, it's like a modern Darkness On The Edge Of Town and it is lyrically better. Maybe it's because I discovered The Hold Steady thru Stay Positive and not the other way around. Since both albums are quite similar, the first cut is the deepest I guess
the Streets is another very good lyrical group.
And Dig! Lazarus too. 3 fantastic albums with fantastic lyrics. Nick Cave is a guy I discovered thru this 00s poll. Fantastic songwriter and performer.
Spoon - Kill the Moonlight
Score: 1253 points
Harold Wexler #10
Jackson #68/68, Tim E #52/53
If we were ranking these albums in order of coolness, then this would definitely be top 5. Britt Daniel finds a unique sound within the strictures of rock and pop, which is a testament to his writing. No. 18 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Way We Get By (11), Small Stakes () (Henry)
Place in the 2002 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 84
AMF poll of 00's rank: 94
Tom Waits - Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
Score: 1257 points
Slick #100, Henry #100, Chris K. #99, VanillaFire1000 #95, John #83/91
I have to say it is fairly impressive to put up such a solid compilation through b-sides and unreleased tracks. That being said, Bastards is mostly boring with the exception of 2 or 3 great tracks and the other CDs are fairly repetitive. (Nassim)
I have to admit there's a lot of great stuff here, once I finally waded through it. But that's the problem, it's just too much Tom Waits for someone who is a casual fan like myself. Half as much would have been twice as good. No. 73 (Rocky Raccoon)
Place in the 2006 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 226
AMF poll of 00's rank: 284
Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill
Score: 1265 points
Brad #1, Michel #8
Slick #93, Nick #82/82, Jonathon #70/71
Favorite Song : Farewell (Nassim)
A sad farewell to a friend indeed. How can songs that are so well constructed sound simultaneously so fragile? No. 53 (Rocky Raccoon)
Twighlight (11), Kings Crossing (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2004 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 148
AMF poll of 00's rank: 77
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Score: 1266 points
Dan M #10
Evan #99, Chris K. #98, Schwah #64/68, Zorg #61/65
The most difficult case to separate the persona from the music since Kurt Cobain but, oh God, what a delightful retro sound for such brilliant but aching songs. (Honorio)
From the great, and unfortunately biographical opening track, this is modern soul of the highest order. What strikes me is that I thought I’d known these songs all my life the first time I heard them. (Rocky Raccoon)
Rehab (9), You Know I'm No Good (10), Love is a Losing Game (11), Best Friends (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 12
AMF poll of 00's rank: 80
Burial - Untrue
Score: 1287 points
Greg #2, Jackson #2, sonofsamiam #9
Brad #95, VanillaFire1000 #91, Michel #91, John #88/91, Jonah #74/77
Has a certain hypnotic quality, but only if I'm listening to it as background noise. When I listen to it attentively I start to get a little bored after awhile. No. 90 (Rocky Raccoon)
Archangel (10), UK (11.1), Raver (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2007 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 25
AMF poll of 00's rank: 55
Goddamnit, I completely forgot to participate in this.
Orphans did a good job for an album with so many haters.
if you're not a TW fan, you can't like it and it's the perfect target.
But to me it's unbelievable the number of great songs he put aside. It's not a garage sell album, it's a fucking warehouse !! Great surprises like the very politically straightforward "Road to Peace" about Israel, paving the way for "Hell Broke Luce".
And there are the spoken word songs, the fabulous Army Ants is something one should listen to.
Nice work, Petri. Really pumping them out. Only three of my hates are out so far, but at least only three of my top 20 have gone.
It's hard to explain why you like a band, because usually it all comes down to the basic emotions you feel while listening to them, and most critical essays either focus on formalism and description or they just try to justify that immediate emotional reaction by talking about the culture surrounding the music.
Why do I like Sleater-Kinney so much? Because they KICK ASS.
With One Beat I immediately thought it was awesome. The Woods took me a bit longer to warm up to. It's just noisy hard rock full of raw aggressive energy. A bunch of girls beating the hell out of their instruments and disharmonically wailing.
That's exactly why I don't really like them
Idon't like agressive music (except Slayer)
#59, #58 and #57 got almost the same score (the exactly same score is practically impossible in score system of this poll).
#59 got 1294,85
#57 1295,26 points.
However the gap between #59 and #58 isn't the smallest gap (it is only 0,03 points).
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Score: 1292 points
Slick #7, Nassim #8
Midaso #99. sonofsamiam #99, Petri #98, Brad #94, Jonathon #71/71, Zorg #64/65 Greg #78/83, John #85/91
Might have been overhyped at first but I really can't understand the backlash that followed, it is one of the best collection of awesome riffs and chorus of the decade. We need direct, fun and silly songs as perfectly written and executed as those. Favorite Song : The View from the Afternoon (best drums of the decade) (Nassim)
Once you get best the hyperbole of it's initial release, this is a pretty good album with a unique sound and some cool swagger. But I do like choruses once in a while. No 70 (Rocky Raccoon)
A Certain Romance (9), Riot Van (10), The View from the Afternoon (10), Fake Tales of San Francisco (11), Dancing Shoes (11.1), Mardy Bum (11.1), Stiil Take You Home (11), Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But . . . (11.1), You Probably Couldn't See For the Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me (11.2), Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured (11.3) (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 10
AMF poll of 00's rank: 37
Bob Dylan - "Love and Theft"
Score: 1295 points
Stephan #5, Rocky Raccoon #7, Greg #9, Dan M #9
Petri #99, VanillaFire1000 #98, Henry #96, Henrik #96, Evan #94, Romain #94, Nassim #93
Dylan takes a trip through Americana, and who better. His songwriting hadn't been this good in 25 years, and with his weathered voice, he sounds like Father Time himself spinning yarns down America's dusty backroads. No. 7 (Rocky Raccoon)
Mississippi (11.4), Summer Days (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 37
AMF poll of 00's rank: 48
M.I.A. - Arular
Score: 1295 points
Fierce, musically and lyrically. An astonishing debut. No. 36 (Rocky Raccoon)
Bucky Done Gun (11.3), 20 Dollar (11.3), Pull Up the People () (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 33
AMF poll of 00's rank: 64
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Score: 1295 points
Henrik #100, Honorio #99
Here is one of the worst disappointment of my music aficionado's life. On paper, it has everything I shoud like, it is supposed to be fun, eclectic, energetic… but it never meets my expectations, this mess is not enjoyable to me. (Nassim)
Bursting with energy and a great mashup of various styles. It's too bad they haven't managed to build on this very promising debut. No. 57 (Rocky Raccoon)
It's always been a favourite of mine, because it's just so FUN. Man, you can have a great time with this album. Every song feels like it's an anthem to the most exciting moment of your life. And then of course it ends with "Everyone's a VIP to Someone" which always has me on the verges of tears when the violins come in. I'm a sucker that way. (Zorg)
Panther Dash (11.2), Ladyflash (11.1), Feelgood By Numbers (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2004 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 214
AMF poll of 00's rank: 58
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Score: 1299 points
Romain #1, Slick #2
BillAdama #100, Chris K. #93
Sure, the singles are great, but it has as many annoying fillers as most of the overhyped bands with great singles (see the Ting Tings, the Fratellis or Gossip) (Nassim)
Some fun tracks, namely the obvious ones, but also some that are fine but suffer a little in comparison. No. 83 (Rocky Raccoon)
Kids (11), Time to Pretend (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2007 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 75
AMF poll of 00's rank: 41
And again the biggest supporters of "no-fans" albums:
My Morning Jacket - Z (BillAdama #12)
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica (Evan #12)
Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (Chris K. #17, Evan #17)
M.I.A. - Arular (Dan M #11)
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike (SuperFurry #15)
Great comment on Love and Theft Rocky! And of course it's way too low.
The National - Alligator
Score: 1303 points
Some good stuff here, but mainly just promise that would come to fruition on "The Boxer." No. 85 (Rocky Raccoon)
Abel (11.2), Secret Meeting (11.2), Baby We'll Be Fine (11.3) (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 78
AMF poll of 00's rank: 71
Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
Score: 1305 points
Slick #95, beefsupreme #75/76
Michigan is not able to attain the same constant high quality of Illinois, but it shows obvious hints of the huge artist he was destined to become. Favorite song : For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fathers in Ypsilanti (Nassim)
Beautifully quiet, sometimes a little too quiet, but a good prelude to Illinois. No. 62 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Upper Peninsula (9) (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 190
AMF poll of 00's rank: 74
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Score: 1310 points
Tim E #3
Stephan #98, Henry #95, Dan M #94, Slick #94, Honorio #92, Romain #91
Heavier and denser than any album they'd made before. It's a guitar album first and foremost, and one that helps them join the ranks of other Seattle guitar heroes such as Hendrix and Cobain. No. 17 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Fox (11.9), Wilderness (11.6) (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 115
AMF poll of 00's rank: 44
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Score: 1327 points
I'm not a big fan of dance or electronic music, but when it's so successfully infused with a plethora of other styles, I can't help but be impressed. No. 41 (Rocky Raccoon)
Tribulations (7), Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (11), (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 47
AMF poll of 00's rank: 50
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
Score: 1342 points
Henry #92, Gillingham #30/31, Schwah #66/68
Everyone wanted the indie gold medal in the 00s but The Shins were probably the ones who deserved it more because of their bittersweet and understated hymns. (Honorio)
I'm a sucker for brilliantly constructed pop songs with oodles of melody. This album has those in spades. Add in some great lyrics and you have an album that has been in frequent rotation on my player since the day it came out. No. 12 (Rocky Raccoon)
Kissing the Lipless (11), Mine's Not A High Horse (11.2), So Says I (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 51
AMF poll of 00's rank: 78
Michigan is second highest #10 of it's year in the final list. So one #10 made to top 50 (and it's my favorite of those by the way). So #54 seems like pretty good rank. Still when Illinois is so beloved among the critics and us AM forumers (and everybody has heard it) I found it bit suprising that Michigan isn't in top 50 and especially I find it strange that so few people have listened to (or at least ranked) the album. Only four albums have less voters (Visiter, Stay Positive, Orphans and one that has not shown yet).
Michigan was also the highest album in the list that didn't have any top 10 voters (well nicolas and Henrik put it at #11).
I continue the presentation tomorrow.
Don't forget the guessing thread.
So guess and look what other people have guessed about the forthcoming results.
A Rush of Diarrhea to the Bowel hasn't appeared yet?
I listened to that album and Parachutes specifically to hurt their ranking. My God are they horrible!
Man, I have a lot to catch up with commentary-wise. I'll get to a few of them I think.
Nick Cave's other album is the only one in my bottom 10 that hasn't shown up yet. That doesn't bother me much; I get the appeal, but it's not for me.
The Moon & Antarctica should be MUCH higher, but I've accepted at this point that the forum doesn't care much for Modest Mouse.
My high Decemberist vote was a little bit of strategic voting: I actually consider Crane Wife to be the 5th best Decemberist album (not bad by any means, like the Hazards of Love, but a step below their first 3 and King is Dead) but none of my favorites made it onto the ballot. They are may favorite band of the decade, and deserve all the praise they get.
Amy Winehouse's Back to Black (at #62) did a little better than I thought it would. Spot on comments about the album, Honorio and Rocky Raccoon.
Michigan is a great record, overshadowed buy Illinois but way better than many best albums oby other indie bands/songwriters.
Just because it is less good than its follower is not a reason for not listening to it (same for the second Fleet Foxes). It should be sold as a double CD with Illinois.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Score: 1345 points
Brad #2, SuperFurry #2, Petri #10, Jonah #10
Midaso #96, Henrik #93, Henry #91, John #84/91
Sometimes background noise is just that. But in this case it actually rewards active listening as well. The highest ranked album on my ballot that I didn't initially vote for, but that could change next time around. No. 67 (Rocky Raccoon)
Place in the 2000 poll: 10
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 67
AMF poll of 00's rank: 68
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Score: 1348 points
Henry #7, Miguel #8
Favorite Song : No Cars Go (Nassim)
At first, I wasn't that impressed with this album. But it grown on my considerably over time. It's not of a piece like Funeral, but there are still standout songs with all the drama of the debut. No. 30 (Rocky Raccoon)
Keep the Car Running ( , No Cars Go (10), Intervention (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2007 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 45
AMF poll of 00's rank: 33
Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Score: 1355 points
Michel #2, Zorg #3, Nassim #9, Chris #10
Rocky Raccoon #98, Dan M #93, nicolas #92, Honorio #91, Nick #80/82
Silent Shout was a schzisophrenic album, Fever Ray might be more depressed or paranoid. But it keeps the same qualities, even topping Silent Shout at times, to make another wonderful album. Favorite Song : I'm Not Done (Nassim)
Two questions: People listen to this for entertainment purposes? Why? No. 98 (Rocky Raccoon)
A really great album, sounds like very few others in this top 100. Is there really any better closing song than Coconut? (Zorg)
I'm Not Done (11), Keep The Streets Empty For Me (11), Now's the Only Time I Know (11), Seven (11), When I Grow Up (11), Coconut (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 106
AMF poll of 00's rank: 66
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Score: 1357 points
Moonbeam #3, Romain #6, Stephan #8
Tim E #50/53, nicolas #95
A good followup to their eponymous debut and one of my favorite albums by cartoon characters. No. 64 (Rocky Raccoon)
DARE (11), Kids With Guns (11), Dirty Harry (11.1), Feel Good Inc. (11.3), (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 88
AMF poll of 00's rank: 40
The Streets - Original Pirate Material
Score: 1359 points
Slick #99, Romain #98, VanillaFire1000 #96, Petri #91, Zorg #60/65
Here is an album where I strongly dislike the acclaimed songs (at least Weak Become Heroes and Has it Come to This), but like the rest. Still, it must have been a breath of fresh air to see an average normal boy rise into hip-hop, a genre too often limited to clichés. Favorite Song : Turn the Page (Nassim)
The title says it all. No. 25 (Rocky Raccoon)
Let's Push Things Forward (11.2), Weak Become Heroes (11.3) (Henry)
Place in the 2002 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 17
AMF poll of 00's rank: 29
Primal Scream - Xtrmntr
Score: 1365 points
Jackson #3, Tim E #4, sonofsamiam #6
Rocky Raccoon #99, Nassim #96, Harold Wexler #96, Henrik #95
XTRMNTR has an awesome opener, but that's almost the only think I remotely enjoy in it. (Nassim)
They sound like a bunch of wankers. But at least they've got balls, which is why Cut Copy edged them out for No. 100 -- or as I call it, the King Crimson Memorial Spot. (Rocky Raccoon)
Accelerator (11.2), Kill All Hippies (11.3) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 59
AMF poll of 00's rank: 42
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
Score: 1370 points
John #3, Jackson #5, Tim E #8, Rocky Raccoon #8, sonofsamiam #10
Dan M #100, Henry #99, Honorio #96, Petri #94, Romain #93, Jonathon #66/71
Sometimes it can be harsh, but harsh times called for harsh music from these indie goddesses. With a mix of confusion, anger and defiance, they look at their place in a world radically changed by 9/11. No 8 (Rocky Raccoon)
A VERY new find, but wow it's great. They seriously rock hard. Prisstina is a grrreat song. (Zorg)
One Beat (11.7), Faraway (11.6) (Henry)
Place in the 2002 poll: 9
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 167
AMF poll of 00's rank: 54
Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Score: 1371 points
Tim E #1, Miguel #3
90s Belle and Sebastian are full of some old charm and beautiful melodies. 00s Belle and Sebastian are just plain boring. (Nassim)
What I like best about this album is how the songs stand out from each other but also seem part of a whole. Possibly my favorite album of theirs. No. 31 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Blues are Still Blue (10), We Are the Sleepyheads, Funny Little Frog (11), White Collar Boy (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 147
AMF poll of 00's rank: 95
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Score: 1377 points
Michel #3, Brad #5
VanillaFire1000 #100, Stephan #96, Miguel #46/46, Jonathon #68/71
They found a near-perfect balance between the actual songs of The Bends and OK Computer, and the soundscaping of Kid A and Amnesiac. No. 26 (Rocky Raccoon)
Punch Up At a Wedding (11), Scatterbrain (11), There There (11), (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 3
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 63
AMF poll of 00's rank: 16
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Score: 1379 points
SuperFurry #100, Brad #100, Jackson #67/68
Insolent, provocative, bigmouth, inconvenient. Pop music needs periodically a provocateur to shake its foundations, and Eminem did it with sheer brilliance. (Honorio)
What makes this unique in hip-hop is how emotionally exposed it is. Even when Eminem is spitting vitriol, you can sense how cathartic it is for him. And most of his targets deserve it. No. 24 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Real Slim Shady (11), The Way I Am (11), Stan (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 14
AMF poll of 00's rank: 32
I just want to say thanks to Rocky Raccoon for taking the time to write comments (great ones too) to each album.
One Beat was very divisive! 5 fans and 6 haters. Very surprised Coldplay was so high. I haven't heard the album myself, but having heard the hate which is spat out towards it, it's done very well for itself.
What years are doing the best so far?
A Rush of Blood to the Head so high is disgusting!
Here's my recipe for Coldplay Cake:
100 tablespoons U2 extract
50 tablespoons Radiohead essence
50 tablespoons Sigur Rós coloring
2 large packets of gluten free Ener-G Egg Replacer
100 g Nutrasweet
200 g Polenta
10 L water
Preheat oven to the lowest possible temperature. Mix Ener-G Egg Replacer, Nutrasweet, Polenta and the U2, Radiohead and Sigur Rós flavorings if feeling daring into a large vat. Incrementally add water 1 liter at a time. Stir vigorlessly until frothy. Bake in oven for days, weeks, months even (!) until a beige crust forms. Serve at room temperature.
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Score: 1398 points
Chris #1 , Schwah #8
Nicolas #99, Evan #93, Jonah #75/77
A good winter. Isolated in a cabin surrounded by snow and wolves, Justin Vernon found a place to lick his wounds and doing this deliver a highly emotional album. (Honorio)
I'm not big on critic's having ulterior motives to their printed opinions like a lot of people on here seem to be, but I swear a lot of critics creamed their shorts more about how this album was made rather than the actual music on it. I find it to be above-average indie folk. No. 81 (Rocky Raccoon)
Flume (11.1), Creature Fear (11.2), Lump Sum (11.2), RE: Stacks (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2007 poll: 7
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 34
AMF poll of 00's rank: 59
Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World
Score: 1406 points
Brad #3, Miguel #4, Honorio #7, Schwah #10
Michel #98, Rocky Raccoon #97, Nassim #91
During a decade when British bands finally lose their battle against American bands (both in indie and mainstream terms), this band from Wales released an album that kept intact my faith in good English pop, displaying a multicoloured sound including Wilson or McCartney pop style (the latter is featured as a collaborator) but also folk, prog-rock, punk or electronica. (Honorio)
It just sounds like below average indie rock to me. No. 97 (Rocky Raccoon)
Juxtaposed with You (10), Happiness Is A Warm Pun (10), (Drawing) Rings Around The World (11.1), Alternative Route To Vulcan Street (11.2), Sidewalk Serfer Girl (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 8
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 182
AMF poll of 00's rank: 123
Portishead - Third
Score: 1408 points
BillAdama #5, Gillingham #8, Jackson #10
We reach the first one I voted for. I think it was No. 19 in 2008. They’re great at creating an coherent atmosphere with their songs, and there’s a lot of good stuff here. I still find it to be a little overrated, though. No. 75 (Rocky Raccoon)
The Rip (11), Machine Gun (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 29
AMF poll of 00's rank: 34
Jay-Z - The Blueprint
Score: 1412 points
sonofsamiam #1, Jonathon #5
Henrik #98, Romain #97, Petri #95, Chris K. #91, Jonah #71/77
I actually like the Black Album better, but this one is great too and seems more singular in purpose. No. 46 (Rocky Raccoon)
Jay-Z is a great artist, and with the production of Kanye West, The Blueprint is an absolute tour-de-force. I'm sure I've listened to Renegade more than 20 times in the last couple of weeks. (Zorg)
Blueprint (Momma Loves Me) (11), The Ruler's Back (11.2), Izzo (H.O.V.A.) (11.2), Jigga That Nigga (11.3), Never Change (11.3) (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 13
AMF poll of 00's rank: 31
Björk - Vespertine
Score: 1413 points
Moonbeam #1, Henrik #2, Romain #7, Tim E # 9, Honorio #9
Like the cocoon of the second song on the album, a thick tangle of sweet-sounding music boxes, celestas and harps, sprinkled by electronic noises (those clicks and cuts so trendy then) and classical touches (strings and choirs) and crowned by the most intimate Björk vocals ever, wraps you up completely with its frozen warmth and leaves you lost into its beauty. (Honorio)
One of the best things about Bjork is that you never know what to expect when she releases a new album. She may not always succeed with what she's trying, but she's never standing still. This is one example of when she did succeed. No. 42 (Rocky Raccoon)
Harm of Will (11), Heirloom (11), Frosti (11.1), Sun In My Mouth (11.1), Pagan Poetry (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 50
AMF poll of 00's rank: 30
Hm. I expected College Dropout to do really well (The Kanye album that actually deserves some of its praise), but not Late Registration. That one is like the production style of Puff Daddy with the politics of Bono. (I like MBDTF way better than Late Registration.) And the idea that it's doing better than The Blueprint and Marshal Mathers...
Most of my favorites are still in. I'm pleasantly surprised to see XTRMNTR finish that high. Might have liked S-K and Ys to do a little better. Mostly good results so far.
Big surprise to see Bon Iver show up so soon, or maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.
Super Furry Animals in the top 40 is the biggest surprise for me so far (and not in a bad way).
Kanye West - Late Registration
Score: 1416 points
Harold Wexler #7, sonofsamiam #7, Zorg #9
BillAdama #99, Romain #96, SuperFurry #93, Henrik #92, Jackson #64/68
Almost as good as The College Dropout, but a couple of weaker tracks hold it back. No. 72 (Rocky Raccoon)
Gold Digger (11.1), Gone (11.4), Heard 'Em Say (11.4) (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 6
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 54
AMF poll of 00's rank: 45
Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now
Score: 1422 points
Nicolas #5, Petri #5, Romain #5
Nassim #100, Chris K. #94, Slick #91, beefsupreme #76/76, Jackson #65/68
The aching throats of pre-rock divas like Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday and the decadence of the ladyboys of the Warhol Factory in the same person. (Honorio)
I had hope given the quality of the opener of this album but I really can not stand Antony's voice here. Falsetto is already often a drawback, but that much vibrato is moOoOoOoOoOore than I could stAaAaAaAaAaAaAaAnd. Just sing Antony, like in Hercules in Love Affair, and then I will find you awesome (Blind and Time Will really are !) (Nassim)
Intensly personal, you don't feel like there's any kind of filter between you and Antony's emotions. There's no doubt this is an acquired taste, but it's one I acquired on first listen. No. 35 (Rocky Raccoon)
Hope There's Someone (11.3), My Lady Story (11.5), For Today I Am A Boy (11.5), Man Is The Baby (11.5) (Henry)
Place in the 2005 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 19
AMF poll of 00's rank: 35
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
Score: 1430 points
Dan M #4, Chris K. #4, Evan #9
Stephan #97, Michel #93, nicolas #91, John #91/91, Jackson #66/68, beefsupreme #71/76
I've tried numerous times to like this one better than I do, but I can't quite get over the hump with it. Although I think it's very good, I also think its variations on a theme get a little too samey after a while. But it is my favorite AC album. No. 59 (Rocky Raccoon)
My Girls (10), Brother Sport (11), Lion In a Coma (11), Summertime Clothes (11.2) (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 8
AMF poll of 00's rank: 13
TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
Score: 1473 points
Michel #6, Gillingham #9
"I was a lover before this war." That phrase just seems to perfectly describe the mood of this album for me. I think the last couple of tracks are a little sub-par, but before that it's all brilliant. No. 40 (Rocky Raccoon)
Wolf Like Me (11), I Was a Lover (11.3), Playhouses () (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 1
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 30
AMF poll of 00's rank: 19
Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights
Score: 1473 points
Michel #4, Zorg #4, SuperFurry #9
Midaso #98, Rocky Raccoon #96
I find it too derivative and gloomy to make any sort of connection. I like their second album, which I voted for, much better because they brighten up a bit and forge more of their own identity. No. 96 (Rocky Raccoon)
An album of such flow, it just feels like from the first guitars of "Untitled" to the close of "Leif Erikson" you've been on one amazing journey from the dirt of "Roland" to the calm of "PDA" to the longing of "Stella was a diver". Every song really holds its weight, which is why it manages to hold the lofty position of fourth on my list. (Zorg)
PDA (10), Untitled (11), NYC (11), Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down (11), Obstacle (11), (Henry)
Place in the 2002 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 24
AMF poll of 00's rank: 14
#1 of 2006 is out but we still have one album left from 2006.
Group of very interesting and different albums just missed top 20.
The xx - XX
Score: 1482 points
Henrik #5, Evan #10, Nassim #10
Moonbeam once said that "it sounds like they've just discovered love for the first time and are confessing it in a hush as if it's some sacred secret", I would replace "love" by "80s" and it still got sense. (Honorio)
The heartbeat of a relationship is told on this subtly engrossing album. Sometimes it's too subtle, but I think that's partly the point. I just wish they'd let loose a couple of times. No. 54 (Rocky Raccoon)
Night Time (10), Crystalised (11), Intro (11), VCR (11.1), Infiinity (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2009 poll: 1
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 58
AMF poll of 00's rank: 51
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Score: 1487 points
Jackson #1, Midaso #1, Nick #7, VanillaFire1000 #10
It might be slightly overlong, but this is one of the most fantastic trip of the decade through a brand new world of wonder. Most sampling albums are either just directed toward the performance in the worst case and the fun in the best (for 2 Many DJ's and Girl Talk especially, who, as talented as they are technically, do not choose to brag through their music), but here it is something else, a patchwork living all by itself to create new tales and adventures. Favorite Song : Frontier Psychiatrist (Nassim)
Wholly unique. Maybe part of the reason they haven't released another album is because they don't want to repeat this one but can't think of a direction to go that would be as original. No. 44 (Rocky Raccoon)
Since I Left You (11.1), Frontier Pstchiatrist (11.5) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 44
AMF poll of 00's rank: 23
M.I.A. - Kala
Score: 1490 points
Chris #3, Rocky Raccoon #6, beefsupreme #9, Zorg #10
The debut was great, and this is even better. What makes it better? Two things: the diversity of the songs as M.I.A. goes globe-trotting and finds inspiration in every corner of the world, and a little song called "Paper Planes." No. 6 (Rocky Raccoon)
Paper Planes (10), Jimmy (11), Boyz (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2007 poll: 5
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 26
AMF poll of 00's rank: 21
OutKast - Speakerboxxx / The Love Below
Score: 1545 points
Chris #2, Dan M #6, nicolas #6, Honorio #8, Harold Wexler #9
A double CD with two solo albums was the 2003 Outkast album. Big Boi stayed true to hip-hop with his "Speakerboxxx" but the real gem was André 3000's album "The Love Below", an adventurous journey through the best black music of the last decades, from Coltrane to Public Enemy, from Stevie Wonder to Prince but showcasing a strong personality of its own. (Honorio)
Favorite Song : years have passed, and despite all the chatter about the Love Below's creativity, genius and so, it is Speakerboxxx which rise as a masterpiece. Both have been topped, Big Boi making a wonderful Sir Luscious Left Food and Janelle Monae beating Andre3000 in the "new Prince" category, but Speakerboxxx already had all the qualities of the son of Chico Dusty, with brilliant verses (the Rooster), guests at their best (Flip Flop Rock) and samples from out of nowhere (Ghetto Musik) while the Love Below, aside from its 5 or 6 wonderful tracks (Hey Ya, Roses, Happy Valentine's Day, She Lives in my Laps...) has its loads of fillers and annoying skits. (Nassim)
Andre's side has the best songs, but Big Boi's side is more consistenly good. It was the hit that Stankonia deserved to be, but it deserves its props. No. 49 (Rocky Raccoon)
Hey Ya ( , The Way You Move (10) (Henry)
Place in the 2003 poll: 4
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 21
AMF poll of 00's rank: 26
The Knife - Silent Shout
Score: 1546 points
BillAdama #3, Nassim #4, Henrik #4, Michel #7, Jonah #8, Petri #8, Chris #8
Rocky Raccoon #93
I will more or less repeat what I said in my review of the album (see here : http://www.indiepoprock.fr/review.php?id=2747 ), this album is a schizophrenic one : made for the brain as much as for the legs, ambitious but welcoming, catchy and eerie, strange but endearing... The more a song goes on, the more you can both feel a threat above your head and a need to dance. I don't know many albums where the music, in terms of melodies, choice of instruments and production tricks, fits the themes that much, Silent Shout is like a self-restrained scream, Forest Family builds up like an anger condemned to be suppressed, Na Na Na hides sheer madness and I'm pretty confident that most of the choices of the sounds of One Hit are very meaningful (I could develop on this one if needed). It does not keep most songs from being direct and catchy, Like a Pen could become your new workout track for instance. It is the catchiness of the melodies that matters most, and it is the best strength of this album, but it does not hurt that it has so many other qualities. Favorite Song : Silent Shout (Nassim)
I can hear why some people like this record, I'm just not one of them. Not bad, but not good. No. 93 (Rocky Raccoon)
. Silent Shout (10), We Share Our Mother's Health (11.1), Neverland (11.5), Forest Families (), Marble House () (Henry)
Place in the 2006 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 35
AMF poll of 00's rank: 18
Yes, this is where it gets interesting. Where we have gotten rid of all the samey indie rock stuff, ha ha.
Henry what is the meaning/scale of your ratings ? We were just wondering with Greg
Hope listening to all this indie stuff was too much of a trial
I realize I don't feel very involved in the 00s, well not in these 00s
This is probably the decade in which my tastes differ the most from the forum's
Wow, huge gap between #22 and #23. Biggest gap since the very beginning I think.
I completely agree with RockyRaccoon on Rings Around the World, did not get the appeal at all.
I also second his comment on Late Registration, Third and Return to Cookie Mountain.
About MPP, I really think it only is AC's third best album. It does not have the strange beauty of Feels nor the direct fun of Strawberry Jam for me.
And I could copy your comment about Silent Shout and use it about PJ (not just this album, her whole discography).
In fact, the albums were we don't agree are those I sent comments for
And I'm kinda jealous of some of your comments, you sell your opinion better than I do.
Petri, I sent a list of comments for the songs to your email. I hope it's not too late.
Henry, that is one weird scale!
What about the songs you haven't listed, are they always worse than the listed ones? If so, I now know for sure that this isn't your decade...
The College Dropout marks a shift in hip-hop culture, and for that fact might be the most influential album of the past decade. It also clocks in at 76 minutes, which is amazing because it doesn't feel anywhere near that long. Incredible debut, but not the highest-ranking debut on my list.
OK I think I release #13-#11 now. The gap between #13 and #12 is 0,03 points (by the way other of those albums was my #4 and other #96). After that there's huge jump.
The top 10 will be released tomorrow.
I think we have (at least) one surprise there.
Guessing thread is still open for guessing.
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Score: 1765 points
nicolas #1, Jonah #1, Midaso #3, Dan M #3, Gillingham #4, Petri #4, John #5, Miguel #5
The folk revival of the New Weird America did not prepare us enough for this cascade of crystalline vocal harmonies and pure melodies. (Honorio)
They certainly have a sound all their own that manages to be rootsy and modern at the same time. All the songs stand out from one another, which, unfortunately can't be said for their followup. No. 52 (Rocky Raccoon)
Blue Ridge Mountains (11), Ragged Wood (11), Your Protector (11), White Winter Hymnal (11), Heard Them Stirring (11.1), Sun It Risis (11.1) (Henry)
Place in the 2008 poll: 1
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 22
AMF poll of 00's rank: 11
OutKast - Stankonia
Score: 1765 points
beefsupreme #1, sonofsamiam #4, Rocky Raccoon #4, Slick #6, Greg #6, Jonathon #6, Zorg #8, Henry #9
The funkiest hip-hop album ever and one of it's most diverse. So full of great songs with a lot of variety that if you took out the interludes it would sound like a career-spanning "best of" collection. No. 4 (Rocky Raccoon)
Mrs. Jackson ( , B.O.B. (10), So Fresh, So Clean (11), Xplosion (11) (Henry)
Place in the 2000 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 11
AMF poll of 00's rank: 8
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
Score: 1839 points
SuperFurry #1, Rocky Raccoon #1, , BillAdama #4, Schwah #7, Chris K #8, Nick #9, John #10, Henrik #10, beefsupreme #10
Made from familiar parts, the music on White Blood Cells sounds fresh when the various styles are filtered together through the lense of one Jack White. He puts his own signature on these tracks, giving each one a distinct sound from each other and everything else out there. I like this one by a fraction over Elephant because I find it to be a little more original and it has a tinge of weirdness that gives it some tension and an edge. And it has "Fell in Love With a Girl" on it. It's one hell of a breakup album, too. No. 1 (Rocky Raccoon)
Fell In Love With a Girl (11), Hotel Yorba (11.4), Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground () (Henry)
Place in the 2001 poll: 2
Acclaimed Music 2000s rank: 15
AMF poll of 00's rank: 6
Rocky "All the songs stand out from one another, which, unfortunately can't be said for their followup. No. 52 (Rocky Raccoon) "
I DON'T AGREE AT ALL
Their new album is a string of excellent songs IMO. Just less surprising than the first, but once you get used to that idea, you rediscover it and it's a fucking good album.
Their music does something to me. Can't explain that. Like a girl. you feel
Great. Looking forward to the top 10 tomorrow.
My original guesses (Actual rank).
1. Arcade Fire - Funeral
2. Radiohead - Kid A
3. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
4. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
5. The Strokes - Is This It
6. The White Stripes - Elephant
7. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
8. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (13)
9. Radiohead - In Rainbows
10. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (28)
11. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (11)
Looks like the two that broke through are Flaming Lips and Beck. I would have put Flaming Lips at No. 12 in my guesses, so it doesn't surprise me, but Beck is a little bit of a surprise. I guess Animal Collective has a few more haters than I thought.
Wow I gave up on Stories from The City a long time ago but have been inundated with universal accolades for that album since. Better revisit it.
Aw come on no spoilers please there's a special thread just for that !!
Some people love surprises and Petri had even created that thread ogreat idea Btw but unfortunately ...)
I didn't look at ur post rocky but is it still time to take it down ? Please
Little surprised at the high placement of Vampire Weekend. I mean, it's okay. Nice, catchy indie pop. Just notably un-special.
Rocky R, what seems obvious to you is not to anybody
As a casual follower of this, I hadn't paid attention enoigh to know which albums were remaining that's all. Not a big deal anyway but you can't tell what everybody knows can you ?