-The Promise Ring, ‘Become One Anything One Time’
Welcome to Part Four of the CDP’s Top 250 Albums Of The Decade. This is probably the point where the arguments will start to begin. Enjoy.
150. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours
149. Coldplay – Viva La Vida
148. The Walkmen – Bows And Arrows
147. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
146. The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
In Ghost Colours was a real surprise for me; probably my favorite dance album of the last two years. Viva La Vida did not characteristically rape my ears like previous Coldplay output, mainly because they tried to rip off Arcade Fire. Bows And Arrows showcased The Walkmen at their most introspective and angry. LCD Soundsystem’s Sound Of Silver was, to many, better than their self-titled effort, but I (clearly) disagree. The Gaslight Anthem channels The Boss to pull off a heartfelt, emotional, rocking effort by a band who’s best is hopefully yet to come.
145. Goldfinger – Open Your Eyes
144. The Ataris – End Is Forever
143. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
142. Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night
141. Thursday – War All The Time
Open Your Eyes was apparently supposed to be Goldfinger’s political statement album, and it contains some of their catchiest and most memorable tracks. End Is Forever recognized the end of an era for The Ataris; one of the standout melodic punk bands of the last 10 years. Chromeo is probably the only band in history that combined an Arab guy and a Jew to create 80’s dance music. ‘Sex On Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody’ were more than enough to place Only By The Night in the countdown. War All The Time was a surprise smash hit for Thursday, actually reaching #7 on the Billboard 200 charts.
140. Ben Folds – Rockin’ The Suburbs
139. Justice – (Cross)
138. AFI – Sing The Sorrow
137. Dashboard Confessional – The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
136. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
Ben Folds’ first solo output is loaded with humor, blazing piano goodness and pretty much everything else you’d come to expect from anything this guy touches. Justice hit the ground running with (Cross), creating insanely memorable club jams and dance anthems. AFI’s first major label output may have caused their core audience to smear their eyeliner with disgust, but I’ll be the first to admit that I listened to their anthemic punk for probably a month straight. Speaking of obsessed, I’ll also admit that Dashboard Confessional was a big influence on me at just the right time; Chris Carrabba will always get a free pass in my book for creating Further Seems Forever. Interpol’s debut grabbed the attention of many, and while their sound hasn’t changed much since then, it really doesn’t have to.
135. Supersystem – Always Never Again
134. 2 Skinnee J’s – Volumizer
133. We Are Scientists – With Love And Squalor
132. Spoon – Gimme Fiction
131. Slowreader – Slowreader
Supersystem rose from the ashes of El Guapo, and Always Never Again is loaded with chanting dance music with Dischord-like melodies and instrumentation. Volumizer is not for everyone, but if you’re into two unbelievably talented (and unbelievably nerdy) MCs rapping about the solar system and Vince Vaughan’s Psycho remake over keytars and distorted guitars, there’s really nobody out there that does it better. With Love And Squalor was a quirky, funny, solid and danceable rock and roll effort from three awesomely hip dudes from Berkeley. Seriously, I saw them live, and they’re some of the coolest musicians I’ve ever met. Spoon seems to be one of those bands that can do no wrong right now, and Gimme Fiction was almost universally-acclaimed upon release. When The Impossibles disbanded, frontmen Gabe and Rory started an acoutsic/electro side project called Slowreader that sounded a whole lot like The Postal Service before Ben Gibbard and DNTEL even knew each other existed.
130. Q And Not U – Power
129. Death Cab For Cutie – We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes
128. The Promise Ring – Wood/Water
127. Dismemberment Plan – Change
126. Radiohead – Kid A
Q And Not U released three incredible albums in the 00’s, and Power, their final effort, felt like a compilation of everything they’ve ever learned, written and been influenced by. Dischord Record insanity, plain and simple. We Have The Facts And We’re Voting Yes is still Death Cab’s best album. The Promise Ring was another amazing 90’s band that didn’t make it through the 00’s, but Wood/Water was a fitting eulogy. Speaking of everything I just mentioned, The Dismemberment Plan was another band that meant a lot of things to a lot of people, and Change was their swan song in 2003.
Finally, Kid A, arguably the Album Of The Decade for a lot of people, will only reach #126 on my list for quite a few reasons. The biggest excuse of which was that this album was huge when I was in school for Music Production. So, as you can presume, we dissected and picked this album apart for hours every day. I know about every production technique, every insignificant tool used, every microphone positioning and angstrom of this goddamn vomitous collage of a masterpiece. As is the case with albums that you pick apart with serial killer-like precision, I can no longer listen to Kid A without throwing up with rage. It was like the Ludovico Technique up in here. Sorry, Radiohead.
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