Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Passing Opinion Off As Fact Since 2009

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

25 Favorite Albums of the 00's

I actually completed this list six months ago, however I felt weird posting it without any other content surrounding it. So without further ado, the list:

OK, a quick ado. I try to star rate all my music in my iTunes on a 1-5 star scale. In parentheses throughout the list are the corresponding star ratings of each albums' tracks. For example (4-3*, 1-4*, 1-5*) means four 3 star songs, one 4 star song, and one 5 star song.


26. Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor (4-3*, 1-4*, 1-5*)
25. Incubus - Morning View (8-3*, 2-4*)
24. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest (4-3*, 3-4*)
23. Kanye West - The College Dropout (6-3*, 1-4*)
22. Radiohead - In Rainbows (7-3*, 1-5*)
21. Feist - The Reminder (7-3*, 1-4*)
20. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (3-3*, 3-4*)
19. Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak (2-3*, 1-4*, 1-5*)
18. John Legend - Once Again (7-3*, 4-4*)
17. Jessica Lea Mayfield - With Blasphemy So Heartfelt (7-3*, 1-4*)
16. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend (8-3*, 1-4*)
15. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (3-3*, 1-4*, 1-5*)
14. John Mayer - Continuum (5-3*, 1-4*, 1-5*)
13. The National - Alligator (7-3*, 1-4*)
12. Dark was the Night (14-3*, 2-4*, 1-5*)
11(tied). Japandroids - Post-Nothing (5-3*, 1-4*, 1-5*)
11(tied). The Antlers - Hospice (7-3*, 1-4*)
10. Cold War Kids - Robbers & Cowards (4-3*, 5-4*)
9. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (7-3*, 2-4*)
8. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (4-3*, 2-4*, 1-5*)
7. The Strokes - Is this it? (6-3*, 3-4*)
6. TV on the Radio - Dear Science, (5-3*, 3-4*)
5. The Black Keys - Rubber Factory (6-3*, 3-4*, 1-5s)
4. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not (7-3*, 5-4*)
3. The Hold Steady - Boys & Girls in America (8-3*, 3-4*)
2. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - Tyranny of Distance (4-3*, 3-4*, 2-5*)#
1. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (2-3*, 5-4*, 1-5*)


For Emma, Forever Ago is my favorite album, period## (sorry Talking Book). After seeing him live, I immediately rushed home to see what songs I could find on the Internet. To my luck, the entire record was being streamed on his Virb page. For the next three months, if I had Internet access, I was on the page. Then the record was officially released and I would venture to say that for the next two years I did not go a week without listening to it at least once. Every month a new song would appear as my favorite, every day I became obsessed with a new little excerpt: The faint siren noise in the background of “Wolves Part I & II” – the sound of his turning off the microphone at the very end of the record – “Go find another lover/To bring and string along” surrounded by an album of abstract and hushed lyrics, this brief moment of emotional frankness constantly floors me. Now three years later, I cannot listen to the record with divided attention; I only choose to play it when listening is the only activity taking place. It is not music I play at work, when I do dishes, when I am reading, or hanging out with friends – it is the record I listen to when I am listening to this record. I like it.



# Fun Fact: I like Ted Leo. Here is the star break down for his three other major releases of the decade: Hearts of Oak (7-3*, 2-4*), Shake the Sheets (8-3*, 2-4*, 1-5*), Living with the Living (7-3*, 4-4*). If there wasn't a one album per band limit, Ted would probably have 4 in the top 25.
##I have never written “period” in this way before. I have only spoken it. Is this how it would work? Or is actually using a period enough?

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