‘Sing like you think no one’s listening.’
– Straylight Run
Welcome to Day Two of our 10-day countdown of the Top 250 Albums Of The Decade. Today, we inch over closer with more of my favorite albums of the last ten years. Enjoy.
200. Josh Rouse – Nashville
199. Juiceboxxx – Are You There, God?
198. Flogging Molly – Drunken Lullabies
197. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
196. The BellRays – The Red, White And Black
Josh Rouse is very hit-or-miss with me (and The Missus), but Nashville was universally agreeable at CDP Headquarters. Juiceboxxx, on the other hand, is not. Apparently, dude hit my wife when we saw him in concert (he has a tendency to run around off-stage and ‘get wacky’). When I saw Flogging Molly for the first time at Warped Tour, I was blown away by their energetic Irish Punk Rock. Vampire Weekend may not be seen as a monumental achievement in 2020, but for now, they’re still the band of the moment. However, The hard-working BellRays should always be the band of the moment.
195. Children Of Bodom – Follow The Reaper
194. New Found Glory – New Found Glory
193. Enon – Grass Geysers…Carbon Clouds
192. Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
191. Foxboro Hot Tubs – Stop, Drop And Roll!!!
Children Of Bodom showed me that a metal band could have a keytar player, and still brutalize everything in their path. New Found Glory’s self-titled second album showed the pop-punk 5-piece at the peak of their songwriting, popularity and appeal. Enon keep the spirit of Brainiac alive, and Farm re-introduced us to the uber-influential Dinosaur Jr. Finally, Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs once again reminded us that Billie Jo Armstrong is a better songwriter than you’ll ever be.
190. The Clarks – Let It Go
189. Foo Fighters – One By One
188. Sean Na Na – Family Trees
187. Amusement Parks On Fire – Amusement Parks On Fire
186. Tullycraft – Every Scene Has A Center
I always feel like I’m too young to be listening to The Clarks, and I mean that in the best possible way. One By One is another far-reaching album by one of the greatest American rock bands of the last 25 years. Sean Na Na took some time off of being Har Mar Superstar to record another brilliant effort with Family Trees. I bought Amusement Parks Of Fire on a whim, and their reverb-drenched shoegazer rock fits my depressed moods like a glove. On the inverse, Every Scene Has A Center contains the catchiest, twee-iest, happiest and most sarcastic music you may ever hear.
185. The Apples In Stereo – Velocity Of Sound
184. Okkervil River – The Stand Ins
183. Idlewild – Warnings/Promises
182. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country
181. Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary
The Apples In Stereo are an Elephant Six Collective staple, and this beginning-to-end hook fest will remind you why. Robert Schneider wants to be Jeff Lynne in the worst possible way. The Stand Ins is a companion piece to The Stage Names, and picks up where they left off perfectly. Warnings/Promises is epic, beautiful and always playing in my wife’s car. I have a huge crush on Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell; mainly because her voice is beautiful and her band is awesome. Finally, Alkaline Trio do what they do best, and kick out the emo-punk Chicago jams with From Here To Infirmary.
180. Common Rider – This Is Unity Music
179. Catch 22 – Alone In A Crowd
178. Straylight Run – Straylight Run
177. Kay Hanley – Cherry Marmalade
176. The Books – Lost And Safe
Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels continues to spread his message with This Is Unity Music. Catch 22 continued without bandleader Tomas Kalnoky, and while Alone In A Crowd was great, Tomas still possesses the best songwriting chops in the ska genre. Straylight Run snuck up on me with its’ subtle transitions between solid pop and anthemic, indie ballads. Kay Hanley’s best days with Letters To Cleo are behind her (they are), but that voice is still amazing. The Books’ collage of sound, Lost And Safe, feels like discovering a recently declassified CIA document.
Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. More Top 250 Albums Of The Decade tomorrow.