My Decade In Lists…
It’s taken forever to compile this list, but it was really fun to do. Discuss away and enjoy.
So, here it is:
100. The Bedlam In Goliath – The Mars Volta – 2008
99. Black Fingernails, Red Wine – Eskimo Joe – 2006
98. Dystopia – Midnight Juggernauts – 2007
97. Chimneys Afire – Josh Pyke – 2008
96. Solar Gambling – Omar Rodriguez-Lopez
95. No Balance Palace – Kashmir – 2005
94. Lungs – Florence + The Machine – 2009
93. Apocalypso – The Presets – 2008
92. Get Born – JET – 2003
91. A Crow Left of The Murder… – Incubus – 2003
90. Tea & Sympathy – Bernard Fanning – 2006
89. In The Future – Black Mountain – 2008
88. A Grand Don’t Come For Free – The Streets – 2004
87. Aha Shake Heartbreak – Kings of Leon – 2005
86. Is This It – The Strokes – 2001
85. Themata – Karnivool – 2005
84. Tonight Alright – Spiderbait – 2004
83. Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie – 2003
82. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – 2008
81. thickfreakness – The Black Keys – 2003
80. Gravity Won’t Get You High – The Grates – 2006
79. Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures – 2009
78. Manners – Passion Pit – 2009
77. Fever To Tell – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2003
76. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix – 2009
75. We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank – Modest Mouse – 2007
74. Show Your Bones – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 2006
73. Humbug – Arctic Monkeys – 2009
72. Modern Guilt – Beck – 2008
71. Imago – The Butterfly Effect – 2006
70. A Rush of Blood To The Head – Coldplay – 2003
69. Day One – Bird of Tokyo – 2004
68. Devils Elbow – The Mess Hall – 2007
67. Get Behind Me Satan – The White Stripes – 2005
66. Neon Bible – Arcade Fire – 2007
65. De-Loused In The Comatorium – The Mars Volta – 2003
64. Black Market Music – Placebo – 2000
63. Sam’s Town – The Killers – 2006
62. Myths of The Near Future – Klaxons – 2007
61. Howl – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – 2005
60. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – 2000
59. 10,000 Days – Tool – 2007
58. Havilah – The Drones – 2008
57. White Blood Cells – The White Stripes – 2001
56. Tonight: Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand – 2009
55. Oracular Spectacular – MGMT – 2008
54. Welcome To Monkey House – The Dandy Warhols – 2003
53. A Smile – Dapple Cities – 2004
52. Vespertine – Björk – 2001
51. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes – 2008
50. Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem – 2007
49. Mirrored – Battles – 2007
48. Lateralus – Tool – 2001
47. Paradise – My Disco – 2008
46. Post-Nothing – Japandroids – 2009
45. Robbers & Cowards – Cold War Kids – 2006
44. Echolalia – Something For Kate – 2001
43. By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers – 2002
42. Elephant – The White Stripes – 2003
41. Primary Colours – Eddy Current Suppression Ring – 2008
40. Toxicity – System of a Down – 2001
39. We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed – Los Campesinos! – 2008
38. Hospice – The Antlers – 2009
37. Vulture Street – Powderfinger – 2003
36. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand – 2004
35. () – Sigur Ros – 2002
34. Gimme Fiction – Spoon – 2004
33. The Overture & The Underscore – Sarah Blasko – 2004
32. Because of the Times – Kings of Leon – 2007
31. Hot Fuss – The Killers – 2004
30. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys – 2006
29. Origin of Symmetry – Muse – 2001
28. A Book Like This – Angus & Julia Stone – 2007
27. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good The Bad & The Queen – 2007
26. Year Zero – Nine In Nails – 2005 ________________________________________________________________________________
25. In Case We Die – Architecture In Helsinki – 2005
It’s dark indie-pop and it’s my kind of music. Despite it’s dark nature it’s actually quite bouncy and really feels like the bands having fun. It’s simplicity is commendable and I feel that this band has not gotten the recognition it deserves hear in Australia. It’s another band that should be on commercial radio and really shows where the public has skimmed over a great band. In Case We Die is the band’s second album and my favourite.
24. Kasabian – Kasabian – 2004
Combining electronica, psychedelia and rock, Kasabian’s self-titled debut album sets itself apart because it combines genres to create music that can be heard (and liked) by anyone. Starting off with the pounding Club Foot, Kasabian made and album that is relentless and is a must listen for anyone who hasn’t heard them before (unlikely I know). Another great debut album and is one that has a special quality to it.
23. Highly Evolved – The Vines – 2002
ah… The namesake of this blog. It’s probably the album that got Australian rock back onto the airwaves (in particular commercial radio) and has really set off a new wave of Australian rock bands. They are great live and have a great amount of energy in there music. Mastering the slower songs as well as the faster songs, The Vines are a complete rock band and are a credit to Australian music. Highly Evolved was their first and best album.
22. Sunrise Over Sea – John Butler Trio – 2004
While John Butlers second album, Three, is good. Sunrise Over Sea is his best work, and will probably never reproduce it. The album caught the attention of commercial stations in Australia and for a band like this to do that, you have to have some seriously good songs. But he not only made some great songs, he made a great album. Songs like What You Want and Bound To Ramble really set this apart from other albums and are what make this album become a really great Australian album.
21. Demon Days – Gorillaz – 2005
Demon Days is dark and that’s really rare in a album that was so intrenched in the pop market. Damon Albarn was the reason why Gorillaz was so successful, he made brilliantly catchy alternative songs that transcended genres and music scenes. While some may think Gorillaz is inferior to Blur, I believe that Gorillaz is a more complete and diverse piece of music and although in may not reach the heights that Blur did, Damon Albarn has made some amazingly written songs.
20. Wolfmother – Wolfmother – 2005
Okay, so it rips off Led Zepplin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and The White Stripes. Who cares! It’ s just that good. Wolfmother made an album that recreates rock music from the past 30 years, the songs are great and there isn’t a bad song on the album. White Unicorn is stunning but what really gets me is Mind’s Eye. The togetherness of the band is great and I’m still not tired of it after 5 years of listening intently to it.
19. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea – PJ Harvey – 2000
It’s not all about her ability to sing, the album shows her songwriting skills along side her beautiful voice. Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea is a great album for those two reasons, it also includes a duet with Thom Yorke which is quite amazing. The thing about her voice is that it is unique and not always Disney perfect, it has personality and emotion in it and that is something few people can do.
18. Relationship of Command – At The Drive-In – 2000
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez made his name in this band and although I don’t think it has the musical prowess of The Mars Volta, it has something different. I like to say it’s Paramore with talent but really it goes beyond that genre and in the end you can’t really compare the two. Nonetheless it’s a good album that is brimming with energy and should be listened to. It also features Iggy Pop, which gives the album another reason for people to listen to it.
17. Return To Cookie Mountain – TV On The Radio – 2006
An excellent album that has some great songs. Wolf Like Me makes the album sound as good as it does and although different to the other TV On The Radio albums it sounds like a TVOTR album. The name deserves an award and so does the album, it is a must listen and anyone who hasn’t listened to it is most definitely missing out. When I saw them live the songs from this album stood out and I really do believe that they are best listened to live as it gives the songs energy.
16. Sea Change – Beck – 2002
A breakup album that is quite amazing when you listen to it. Beck was known for making some extremely weird and wacky music but seemingly out of nowhere he writes an album like this. It’s one of the best albums of the decade and while I don’t believe its his best album, some people would and this makes this album remarkable. The bass lines are great and ranging, also, the standout track in my opinion is Lonesome Tears.
15. New Detention – Grinspoon – 2002
Along with The Vines, Grinspoon got me into rock music. This album was a large reason why I have the music taste I have today. It’s a rock album but it has a lot of pop sensibility and with out it sounding like a pop album it gets that effect. Chemical Heart is amazing and one of my favourite songs of all time. If you’re not in Australia then you may not have heard of this band. If that is the case then you have got to listen to these guys.
14. Mr. Beast – Mogwai – 2006
Mr. Beast is instrumental but that doesn’t mean it’s all classical and ambient. It’s one of the heaviest albums I’ve heard and it proves that a song doesn’t need screaming for it to be heavy. Just listen to Glasgow Metal Snake and you’ll know what I mean. When you listen to the album, you get lost in the music and this is partly because all that you’re concentrating on is the music and not the lyrics. Folk Death 95 is my favourite track from the album and is a must listen.
13. Songs For The Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age – 2002
Hard rock doesn’t get better than Songs For The Deaf. It’s unrelenting and never really drops in quality or energy. It begins with the Desert Sessions song, Millionaire and then goes straight to the song with the best riff of the decade, No One Knows. For anyone who enjoys rock, this is beyond being a must listen, if you haven’t heard this album then you’re not a rock fan.
12. Amnesiac – Radiohead – 2001
Amnesiac is like one of those blank canvas paintings, they test what can be called art and how far they can manipulate peoples perceptions of it. Amnesiac was toying with what people called pop music. It’s not a blank canvas though, it has brilliant songs that some people would call Radiohead’s best work. Pyramid Song is one of these songs, it’s emotional and has a feeling of melancholy.
11. Like Drawing Blood – Gotye – 2006
Like Drawing Blood is an example of great songwriting, the fact that he uses samples doesn’t take away form the music at all. The Only Way and Hearts A Mess are the two standout tracks, The Only Way was covered by metal band Karnivool and this proved that the song had great compatibility with most genres of music. The second Australian band in this list and he thoroughly deserves a spot this high.
10. The Moon & Antarctica – Modest Mouse – 2000
The Moon & Antarctica is a great album start to finish, which is extremely rare with albums with as many track as The Moon & Antarctica has. It has a childlike quality, but it is definitely not childlike (kind of like “Where the Wild Things Are” in a sense). Lyrically it’s amazing (like all Modest Mouse albums) and it really forces you to listen intently to the lyrics, which has the effect of immersing you into the music fully.
9. Travels With Myself And Another – Future of the Left – 2009
It’s edgy, political and hard hitting. It was my favourite album in 2009, basically for it’s mix of clever lyrics and simple instrumentation. The members of this band have made a brilliant piece of music that should be remembered for years and or decades to come. I really love this album and I think it deserves a place in popular music, despite the fact that it probably never will.
8. Wait Long By the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By – The Drones – 2005
The first Australian album in my top 100. It’s amazing both in it’s lyrics and in it’s music. Gareth Liddiard is the genius behind this album and lyrically, I would call him a genius. Shark Fin Blues is one of, if not the best Australian song ever written and it’s an album that should be listened to around the globe as well. Despite this though, the album has never really been played on commercial radio and seem destined to be eternally stuck in Triple J land.
7. Dear Science – TV On The Radio – 2008
Dear Science is brilliant in it’s seemingly simple writing. It sounds very simplified, but when you really listen to it it’s beautifully produced and has many complicated and intricate segments that are hiding under the song-writing. Dave Sitek is the man behind it, but its the band’s togetherness of the writing and the band that makes TV On The Radio and Dear Science great.
6. For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver – 2008
There is something about For Emma that grounds you. It’s honest, soulful and also deeply personal, it’s recorded in a way that goes beyond lo-fi recording, but has that same amateur feeling. When you’re listening to it you get he feeling that he isn’t writing the music for money, but for a way to relinquish his inner demons and regrets throughout his life.
5. Frances The Mute – The Mars Volta – 2005
This album really sums up The Mars Volta, clocking in at an hour and having 5 songs on the album. But really, the reason I love Frances The Mute is because it shows a band that are pushing the boundaries of what we call modern music. It isn’t exactly new, the album is influenced heavily by 50’s jazz, but it does something that is very unique in this day and age. The 13 minute epic Cygnus… Vismund Cygnus is my favourite track from the album and really sets the pace for the rest of it.
4. Silent Alarm – Bloc Party – 2005
Silent Alarm is another album that is never going to be matched by the band. The follow up wasn’t half as good and it wasn’t really a surprise. With songs like “This Modern Love” and “Helicopter”, Silent Alarm somehow has achieved all songs having their own soul and are also unique and different to all others on the album. Despite this though, they mould together to become a brilliant piece of art.
3. Turn on the Bright Lights – Interpol – 2002
Interpol have yet to replicate the almost ethereal Turn on the Bright Lights. Carlos D provided bass lines that allowed the music to go beyond a single layer, but what really took this album the next level was Paul Banks. His voice gave the music personality and a real sense of emotion. It has an aura that makes this album special and different from all others.
2. Funeral – Arcade Fire – 2004
Funeral is by far the best “emo” album ever released. While some may yell at their computer screens saying I’m crazy, just hear me out first. The genre of “emo” has been taken out of context to the point where today “emo” is another word for pop-punk. “emo” is short for emotion/emotional, Funeral has raw emotion and that what makes the album so touching. While all these teenagers were listening to the “emo” Fallout Boy and Panic At The Disco!, they should have been listening to this.
1. Rated R – Queens of the Stone Age – 2000
Rated R is one of those album that just hits the spot. On top of the fact that it probably sparked the revival in rock music in the early years of the naughties, while The Strokes’ Is This It is often regarded as the said “spark”, I do believe Rated R was more important and was also a better constructed album. It starts with the brilliant Feel Good Hit of the Summer and never really drops in quality from that first riff that is infused in the rest of the album. It’s quirky, yet dark, pop attributes allow the album to “release the weird”.