Friday, December 4, 2009

Top 50 Albums of the Decade - Part 1 (50-31)

Over the next few days, I'll be counting down what I feel are the fifty best albums that I've listened to from the 2000-2009 period. I'm sure there's plenty of stuff that I've yet to experience that's awesome, but I guess you need to have a cut-off at some point.

Note that I've only allowed 2 albums per artist/band in this list, though collaborations are considered separate. Also to save giant posts, I'll only be making additional comments about albums if I feel like it. But enough introductions, part 1 is 50-31

50. Set Fire to Flames - Sings Reigns Rebuilder
49. Kayo Dot - Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
48. a-fei - Nymphéas
47. sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus
Thanks to Whatever Takes Your Fancy for turning me on to this one.
46. Khanate - Clean Hands Go Foul
This album is, quite easily, the heaviest album I've listened to. Not due to that it's really fast or really loud, it's neither of those things. What Khanate does is play doom metal stripped back to a snail's pace, but with the most agonising vocals I've ever heard. The result is a sound so emotionally heavy, listening to it is quite physically draining. Definitely a unique experience.
45. Sunn O))) - Black One
44. Ben Frost - By The Throat
43. Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters
42. Neurosis - Given to the Rising
41. Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
I can't stress just this album is. Death From Above 1979 have no pretensions of grandeur or significance, they're just here to rock, which they do well. Very well.
40. Lightning Bolt - Wonderful Rainbow
My concert review should already tell you that I think these guys are pretty awesome.
39. Massive Attack - 100th Window
Release the new album already!
38. Om - God is Good
37 - Thom Yorke - The Eraser
36. mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind
Despite my occasional criticisms of this album, I can't deny it's brilliance.
35. Venetian Snares - Songs About My Cats
lol, breakcore.
34. Sunn O))) - La Mort Noir En Esch Alzette
33. mono - You Are There
32. At The Drive In - Relationship of Command
There's a reason there aren't many post-hardcore bands these days. There's no point now that Relationship of Command has come and gone.
31. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
Great album by a great band.

Stay tuned for tomorrow post where I count down 30-16.

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