This is a total whitewash (the term used for when a basketball team plays five white guys at the same time)… I don’t feel qualified to judge hip-hop. Although the Roots, Jay-Z, Kayne, and Outkast all put out albums that I own but I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Lil Wayne. So I decided to keep with what I like.
10) Ben Folds- Songs for Sliverman
“why you gotta act like you know when you don’t know?
It’s okay if you don’t know everything”
For some reason this album really hit me when it came out, perhaps it was where I was at in my life. I listened to it relentlessly. I attached bits and pieces of the song “Landed” to a previous relationship and was a depressed wreck for a few weeks.
Now you all know why I drink.
9) Weezer- Green Album
The Weezer Blue album is one of my favorite albums of all time. The entire thing just puts me into a good mood when I listen to it; there is nothing wrong with being in a good mood right? While the Green album doesn’t give me the same bliss it gives me a percentage of the same bliss kind of like being a drug addict and really like the pure stuff then settling for some lower grade smack.
I have no idea how they are related either.
Rilo Kiley- More Adventurous/The Execution of All Things
Jenny Lewis is the only women in my life. She will continue to be the only women in my life until I can find someone to replace her. Until then I will whisper sweet nothing to the photo collage I keep next to my bed near the bottle of… wait I have said too much.
7) The John Butler Trio -Sunrise Over Sea
Probably the most overlooked band of the decade. They put on an excellent live show, have musical chops, and are from Australia so nobody gives a shit about them. Of course I had one person classify them as hippie music for people that don’t have the balls to like Dave Matthews Band… which makes them uber pussy music. I like them so yeah.
6) The Shins- Oh, Inverted World
Natalie Portman made men want to check them out. (Natalie Portman makes men want to do strange things. I considered converting to Judaism to get into her pants. People that knew about them before hand felt like they had a little piece of them robbed because Zac Braff put them on the Garden State Album exposing The Shins to a larger audience.
5) Beck- Sea Change
If you are down in the dumps and need to be cheered up this is the album to do it. Oh wait… wrong Beck album. Disregard that advice or you are going to end up with your head in the oven.
4) Black Keys- Attack and Release
On my first pass through with this list I had this as the number two album ahead of Radiohead and Arcade Fire. I love this album and it has become a personal favorite and a “go to” album that I listen to often but I can’t slot this ahead of either of the next two bands.
3) Arcade Fire- Funeral
I got turned onto Arcade Fire a little bit late but I am ecstatic that I got turned onto them at all. The high and lows of this album is just amazing, it goes together and is one of the few true albums of the decade. It isn’t just a few singles thrown together there is a flow and feeling to it.
2) Radiohead- Pick one.
You can go with what Rolling Stone listed as the best album of the decade, “Kid A”. Or you could even make an argument for the follow up “Amnesiac”… Perhaps you are a major fan of “In Rainbows”. (I don’t think “Hail to the Thief” is in the same class as the other three albums mentioned.)
After waiting over a decade to finally see this band live I can say that it was completely worth it and they continue to draw me into anything they make. Plus they pissed off a bunch of celebrities at the Grammy Awards (Miley Cyrus and Kayne West) and then knocked it out of the park with an amazing performance.
1) The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
I really struggled with trying to justify putting this ahead of both Radiohead and Arcade Fire so I went through and listened to all the albums. When it was all said and done I just flat out like this album better. I can’t say why, it isn’t the music or the lyrics or anything that makes me like it better than the other albums I have mentioned but I just get this warmness that comes over me when I listen. Kind of like the feeling when you get when you wake up on a Sunday morning and pull the blankets over you in the winter and drift back into sleep.
Wow I have zero idea what I am saying. But that is how it makes me feel and I am running with it.
What are some of your favorite albums of the decade?