I wrote this blog post yesterday responding to Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield’s lament for the past 10 years. The political reflection proceeded the unveiling of the magazine’s list of best albums, songs, artists, and films of the decade.
For tonight’s Midnight Snack, here’s the complete list of albums along with a few remarks on select titles:
1 | Radiohead: Kid A
I suppose this is the hip choice for album of the decade isn’t it?
This strikes me as a bit of an overrated choice for second best album of the decade. It’s a catchy album and is enjoyable to listen to but it’s really without much substance. It’s all style.
Of the albums in the top 10 this is probably the one that I would put at the top in place of Kid A. It’s a far livelier and more emotionally engaging album than the electronic Kid A.
This was one of the first rap albums I ever bought when I was in high school. I remember being shocked by how intense Eminem’s music was. It’s still pretty brutal stuff — which is why there are only a few tracks from this album that I still listen to on occasion.
Fantastic album. Not sure if it’s top 10 worthy but it’s a great Dylan record.
9 | M.I.A.: Kala
This one did not impress me as much as Modern Times.
My favorite Jay-Z album. Though, I prefer the DJ Danger Mouse-created Gray Album which combines the lyrics from The Black Album with music from the Beatles’ White Album.
16 | OutKast: Stankonia
17 | Beck: Sea Change
This is a glorious album — my favorite of Beck’s. Tender, emotional, and beautiful.
My friend Jimmy gave me this album this past summer. It was in heavy rotation as I prepared to make the transition from my old job to the much better one I now have. As such it will always have a place in my heart.
23 | D’Angelo: Voodoo
25 | Radiohead: Amnesiac
Probably better than Kid A. But you’re less cool if you say that.
This is a fantastic record. Its creativity and its energy should warrant higher placement.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs were one of my absolute favorite bands of the decade. This is their debut record, and while it’s certainly excellent I prefer their follow-up Show Your Bones better. It’s more polished than this punk record.
31 | My Morning Jacket: Z
33 | Daft Punk: Discovery
A very effective rap album.
This is a gorgeous record — very melodic and beautiful.
I hate it when my mother and I love the same albums.
As I recall this album was rejected by Apple’s label when she first submitted it. So for some time it was only available online. I downloaded it and enjoyed it. Then it got a formal release and was re-edited.
I liked the original version better.
52 | M.I.A.: Arular
That “Gone, Gone, Gone” song is tremendously catchy.
To all babyboomers who despise rap music, here’s the album to try if you want to give the medium a chance. It mixes Jay-Z’s the Black Album with the Beatles White Album to make a tremendously entertaining end result. I adore it. It’s not available in stores but can be easily downloaded online.
A modern day Joy Division and a very strong album.
67 | Björk: Vespertine
A good choice for a Bjork album for the list. Though Medulla is also a great, innovative album.
73 | Coldplay: Parachutes
A bloated, overrated work that’s not as good as Californication.
76 | Sigur Rós: ()
81 | Ryan Adams: Gold
This Eminem album is not as deep or as substantive as The Marshall Mathers LP but it’s much more enjoyable to listen to.
This should really be much higher. It’s my wife’s favorite album and favorite band.
88 | Brian Wilson: Smile
97 | Wilco: Sky Blue Sky
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