Thursday, January 22, 2015

Best Albums: 2000 to 2009

2000: Bachelor No 2 by Aimee Mann

By far the best album of Aimee Mann's career.  My wife and I played this album to death in 2000.  2000 also gave us Lovers Rock by Sade, I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack, Music by Madonna, O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack, Return of Saturn by No Doubt, and Lazy Dog by Ben Watt.

2001: Back to Mine by Everything But the Girl

Back to Mine was a music series where they asked different people to put together a mix tape.  The idea was that this would be something you would throw on at your house for entertaining your guests.  This particular one from Everything But the Girl is brilliant.  2001 also gave us Fever by Kylie Minogue, M!ssundaztood by Pink, and Rock Steady by No Doubt.  If you think the 90's are harder to remember than the 80's try the 2000's.

2002:  Easy by Kelly Willis

Finally Kelly Willis broke through and grabbed the top spot.  2002 also gave us Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips, Sea Change by Beck, Come Away With Me by Nora Jones, One By One by Foo Fighters, 200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane by t.A.T.u., A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay, and Let Go by Avril Lavigne,

2003: American Life by Madonna

How bad was 2003 that this was my top album.  Pretty bad.  2003 also gave us Elephant by The White Stripes, Fever to Tell by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Metamorphosis by Hillary Duffy,

2004: Beautifully Human by Jill Scott

I absolutely loved this album in 2004, but for me Jill Scott had such a drop off in her music after this album that it actually impacted my listening to this album.  Can't remember the last time I put this album on.  2004 also gave us Hot Fuss by The Killers, Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinanad, Thunder, Lightening, Strike by The Go! Team, and Under My Skin by Avril Lavigne,

2005:  Love, Angel, Music, Baby by Gwen Stefani

This album came out at the end of 2004, but it dominated by 2005.  This was a great album and in many ways set the stage for the 80's influences that are such a part of the mainstream right now.  2005 also gave us Demon Days by Gorillaz, Aerial by Kate Bush, Arular by MIA, and Robyn by Robyn,

2006:  The Dutchess by Fergie

So for the second year in a row my year was dominated by a female artist who was the lead in a band releasing their first solo album.  In both cases I played the albums to death and now never listen to them.  Also neither artists was able to match the success with anything else.  One thing I remember from spring 2007 was running in a 10K and this being the only album I had on my MP3 player.  2006 also gave us The Crane Wife by The Decembrists, Future Sounds/Love Sex by Justin Timberlake, St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley, I'm Not Dead by Pink, Sweet Escape by Gwen Stefani, Alright, Still by Lily Allen, and Back to Basics by Christina Aguilera.

2007:  White Shoes and the Couples Company by White Shoes and the Couples Company

They released this album in 2005, but it wasn't released in the United States until 2007.   A great album in a very solid year for music.  2007 also gave us Graduation by Kanye West, Echoes Silence Patience and Grace by Foo Fighters, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon, War Stories by UNKLE, Beauty and Crime by Suzanne Vega, There's An Elephant in the Room by The Noises 10, Tim's House by Kate Walsh, I Am by Chrisette Michele, and One Cell In the Sea by A Fine Frenzy.

2008:  Hideaway by The Weepies

This album was a family top pick for 2008.  Fun when you and your spouse can both really enjoy an album together and this album filled our house a lot of weekends.  2008 also gave us Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend, Out of the Woods by Tracey Thorn, Meet Glen Campbell by Glen Campbell, Perfect Symmetry by Keane, One of the Boys by Katy Perry, and Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield.

2009:  My Guilty Pleasure by Sally Shapiro

Easily my top album of the decade.  I still listen to this album a lot. If I haven't written a 5 star review for it, I need to. 2009 also gave us Middle Cyclone by Neko Case, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix, The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga, Fantasies by Metric.

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