-Snow Patrol, ‘How To Be Dead’
The CDP Top 250 Albums Of The Decade continues with albums 175 through 151. Enjoy.
175. VHS Or Beta – Bring On The Comets
174. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
173. Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
172. Dr. Dog – Fate
171. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
VHS Or Beta gives me a feeling of nostalgia that’s worthy of such a band name. Fleet Foxes had a big break after appearing on SNL, and boy did they deserve it. Broken Social Scene needs no introduction, and their long-awaited followup to You Forgot It In People was as good as it could have been. Dr. Dog is one of those Beatles-influenced bands that seems worthy of the distinction. Gnarls Barkley had one of the most popular singles of the decade, and St. Elsewhere blew up like seemingly no other album during the 00’s.
170. She Wants Revenge – She Wants Revenge
169. Fugazi – The Argument
168. Guster – Keep It Together
167. The National – Boxer
166. The Exploding Hearts – Guitar Romantic
She Wants Revenge is my own, private soundtrack to every fantasy in my head. Fugazi’s The Argument isn’t nearly their best album, but deeply listenable in its own right. Keep It Together is indie pop songwriting and melodies at their best. The National’s Boxer was off of my radar for far too long; perhaps not worthy of the heaps of praise it received, but definitely solid. Finally, The Exploding Hearts suffered one of Rock’s greatest tragedies, losing three of their four members in an accident, leaving behind this shining template for what could have been.
165. VCR – VCR (EP)
164. Shout Out Louds – Our Ill Wills
163. American Steel – Jagged Thoughts
162. Snow Patrol – Final Straw
161. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
VCR is the craziest, most punked-out synth fest on this side of the pond. Our Ill Wills proved that Shout Out Louds were a force to be reckoned with. Jagged Thoughts was American Steel’s last album before focusing more on Communique (before once again returning to American Steel). Final Straw was Snow Patrol’s biggest American record at the time, and Swoon was a My Bloody Valentine-influenced Sophomore effort from Silversun Pickups.
160. The Faint – Danse Macabre
159. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
158. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
157. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
156. Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
Danse Macabre was the first Faint album I owned, and I listened the hell out of that thing. Arctic Monkeys looked to be the UK flavour of the week for a brief spell, but three albums in, they show no sign of slowing down. Phoenix had a huge 2009 in the US, proudly touring on the danceable and spacious Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. The Crane Wife is another slice of brilliant storytelling and instrumentation from Colin Meloy and company. Myths Of The Near Future won the 2007 Mercury Prize, which is essentially an award for British Album Of The Year.
155. Wolf Parade – Apologies To The Queen Mary
154. Guillemots – From The Cliffs
153. Liars – They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top
152. Maritime – We, The Vehicles
151. Sleater-Kinney – The Woods
I saw Wolf Parade open for Arcade Fire a few years ago, and they really impressed me; Apologies To The Queen Mary was a critically-acclaimed album when it came out, and holds up quite well. From The Cliffs introduced me to ‘Trains To Brazil,’ perhaps my favorite song of the last five years. Liars have really waned over the last few albums in my book, but struck gold with this dance-punk freak out. We, The Vehicles seems to pick up naturally where The Promise Ring had left off. Finally, Sleater-Kinney’s last album still resonates with many, arguably the best and most popular album of their 12 year career.
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