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Old 06-19-2008, 10:56 PM   #91
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I'll have to listen to an album straight through. I've heard enough singles and youtube-y things to appreciate them...and sense their influence on others. Chris Martin mentions them in every second breath.
I'd listen to Takk... or ( ), the new album's pretty good, too.

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Thom Yorke mentions them in every second breath.
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For the record, most seem to consider Agætis Byrjun the band's peak, and from what I've heard from it, it does sound like their best.
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:01 AM   #94
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Twenty is actually a pretty small number though. That's only about two albums from each year. Then again, from looking at some of your lists, I can tell you aren't really up-to-date with modern music. Anyway, I'll make mine a Top 50-ish, one max. per artist.

Animal Collective - Feels
Annie - Anniemal
Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Bjork - Medulla
The Books - Lemon Of Pink
Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
Brian Wilson - SmiLe *(highly debatable if this counts)
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out Of This Country
Cat Power - You Are Free
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Daft Punk - Discovery
Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
The Dismemberment Plan - Change
The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
I'm From Barcelona - Let Me Introduce My Friends
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Knife - Silent Shout
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
M.I.A. - Arular
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
Madvillain - Madvillainy
The Microphones - The Glow, Part 2
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Notwist - Neon Golden
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Pearl Jam - Binaural
Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
The Postal Service - Give Up
Radiohead - Kid A
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
The Strokes - Is This It?
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilderness - Wilderness
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
The Wrens - Meadowlands
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind

Frankly, the second half of this decade has already had twice as many great albums. I've got like a dozen albums from 2001 on my iPod and over 40 from 2007. I'm surprised at just how many from 2000-2004 ended up in my list. Guess while there wasn't a plethora of good, there were still plenty of the decade's best albums, all time classics, being released through that time.
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Twenty is actually a pretty small number though. That's only about two albums from each year. Then again, from looking at some of your lists, I can tell you aren't really up-to-date with modern music. Anyway, I'll make mine a Top 50-ish, one max. per artist.

Animal Collective - Feels
Annie - Anniemal
Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Avalanches - Since I Left You
Band Of Horses - Cease To Begin
Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
Bjork - Medulla
The Books - Lemon Of Pink
Boy Least Likely To - The Best Party Ever
Brian Wilson - SmiLe *(highly debatable if this counts)
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out Of This Country
Cat Power - You Are Free
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Daft Punk - Discovery
Decemberists - The Crane Wife
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
The Dismemberment Plan - Change
The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
The Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
I'm From Barcelona - Let Me Introduce My Friends
Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Jay-Z - The Black Album
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Knife - Silent Shout
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
M.I.A. - Arular
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas and Lost Ghosts
Madvillain - Madvillainy
The Microphones - The Glow, Part 2
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica
New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
The Notwist - Neon Golden
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Pearl Jam - Binaural
Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
The Postal Service - Give Up
Radiohead - Kid A
The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
The Strokes - Is This It?
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilderness - Wilderness
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
The Wrens - Meadowlands
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind

Frankly, the second half of this decade has already had twice as many great albums. I've got like a dozen albums from 2001 on my iPod and over 40 from 2007. I'm surprised at just how many from 2000-2004 ended up in my list. Guess while there wasn't a plethora of good, there were still plenty of the decade's best albums, all time classics, being released through that time.
I think by listing that many albums, you dilute the significance of trying to pick the very best from the decade.

And, do you really like Broken Social Scene's S/T more than You forgot it in People? As Well as Milk-Eyed Mender more than Ys?

And the Sigur Ros album you listed came out in the 1990's
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I never made yearly lists until 2005 and even that one wasn't initially comprehensive. So, I used the Pitchfork 2000-2004 list for albums from that period along with some immediate favorites from nearly a decade ago (Binaural, ATYCLB).

As for listing so many, I think listing only twenty albums dilutes the importance of this decade ever which is easily the greatest in the history of popular music. I'm so sick of forty year-olds, especially on this forum, complaining about modern music when you'd be fortunate to have ten killer albums in a given year before 2000. Making the list a "sensible" 20 just means crap like American Idiot and The Rising will show up. They're not bad albums but they can't even be said in the same breath as those deserving of Top 200 status from this decade. The ease of release thanks to the internet along with the ability for indie-acts to gain an instant fanbase of 100,000 people is the best thing to happen since The Beatles.

More importantly, I listed so many albums because there's no way I could make a Top 20. Offhand, I could sort've put together a dozen favorites from this decade but the other eight or so is impossible and would've taken more time than typing all of those titles out.

To whomever said listing of Interpol's Turn On The Bright Lights, well, at least you reminded me Interpol needed to be on the list.

Oversights That Are As Deserving As The Block Above. They were either forgotten or listed lower on a yearly list than a few others:

Interpol - Antics
Nelly Furtado - Folklore
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine

And Favorites From '08 That I Didn't List Yet Because It's Sorta Soon:

Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
Beach House - Devotion

Also Timbaland is without a doubt the best producer of the decade. Had another killer tune been added and a few "meh" ones dropped, Nelly Furtado's Loose might've been one of the decade's best albums. Certainly has some of my favorite singles along with How To Dismantle The Atomic Bomb
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And, do you really like Broken Social Scene's S/T more than You forgot it in People? As Well as Milk-Eyed Mender more than Ys?

And the Sigur Ros album you listed came out in the 1990's

1) You Forgot it In People is great but it's nice soundtrack music and it, along with the other early album, worked beautifully in the movie Half Nelson. BSS's self titled, on the other hand, has some of the best written tunes of the entire decade and works as both a clever indie rock album and an atmosphere soaked chill-out.

2. Ys isn't as good as Mender because the songs go on forever. I felt like a lot of it was overkill, be it with the many instruments and the endless stream of consciousness lyrics. It was a pretty good album, not a great one. I eventually deleted it. I listen to over 150 new albums a year and I just don't have time for the merely good.

3. And I had mentioned the Pitchfork list because the Sigur Ros album happened to be on it. Probably has something to do with an American release date or some mode of cheating. Just replace it with () and I'll be absolutely fine.

WTF. My iPod is missing the Interpol albums. Not like I'd delete them. Ugh.

Ah, it's missing every artist with an "I" at the start of their name. Must be some sort of copy/paste error or whatever.
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1) You Forgot it In People is great but it's nice soundtrack music and it, along with the other early album, worked beautifully in the movie Half Nelson. BSS's self titled, on the other hand, has some of the best written tunes of the entire decade and works as both a clever indie rock album and an atmosphere soaked chill-out.

2. Ys isn't as good as Mender because the songs go on forever. I felt like a lot of it was overkill, be it with the many instruments and the endless stream of consciousness lyrics. It was a pretty good album, not a great one. I eventually deleted it. I listen to over 150 new albums a year and I just don't have time for the merely good.
1. Your description of the self titled I think is way more fitting for YGIP. Isn't Almost Crimes or Cause=Time some of the best pure songs of the decade? . And isn't Pacific Theme the perfect atmosphere soaked chill out? I suppose I just find a little bit of the middle/later half of the S/T to drag a little bit

2. Yes the song on Ys are ridiculously long, but atleast they all go somewhere. The various crescendos that each song have I think not only keep the songs continually interesting, but also make for powerful moments that the Milk-Eyed Mender could never come close to making.
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there's no overkill on Ys
well, if you have any sort of attention span
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Then again, from looking at some of your lists, I can tell you aren't really up-to-date with modern music.
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For the record, most seem to consider Agætis Byrjun the band's peak, and from what I've heard from it, it does sound like their best.
For the record, I like Takk better and don't care what "most" say
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First off, I refuse to include anything from 2008, its way too early, and hesitate to even include much from 2007, but I did anyway....here goes.

In no order.....

Arcade Fire - Funeral
M. Ward - Transfigurations Of Vincent
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
M. Ward - Post War
TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
The National - Alligator
Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Sigur Ros - Takk
MMJ - It Still Moves
Wilco - YHF
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
BSS - You Forgot It In People
The Strokes - Is This It?
Beck - Sea Change
Elbow - Asleep In The Back
Coldplay - Parachutes
Sigur Ros - Ágætis byrjun
Radiohead - Kid A

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For the record, I like Takk better and don't care what "most" say
I have Takk..., ( ), Hvarf/Heim and the new one but I would say Takk... is my favorite.
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First off, I refuse to include anything from 2008, its way too early, and hesitate to even include much from 2007, but I did anyway....here goes.

In no order.....

Arcade Fire - Funeral
M. Ward - Transfigurations Of Vincent
Radiohead - In Rainbows
The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
M. Ward - Post War
TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
The National - Alligator
Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Sigur Ros - Takk
MMJ - It Still Moves
Wilco - YHF
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
BSS - You Forgot It In People
The Strokes - Is This It?
Beck - Sea Change
Elbow - Asleep In The Back
Coldplay - Parachutes
Sigur Ros - Ágætis byrjun
Radiohead - Kid A

Wow, we sure have similar tastes. I have and love all but 4 of these, and 3 of those 4 are on my to-get list.
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For the record, I like Takk better and don't care what "most" say
I love them both equally, I think, Takk maybe slightly more after hearing those songs live but for me it's similar to the Ok Computer vs. Kid A or Joshua Tree vs. Achtung argument--can't live without any of them.
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