Best album in the decade 2000-2009

Wednesday, 19 May, 2010

Maybe I mistake most important album with most important band.
Maybe the album isn’t even their major masterpiece, that one was released in the 90ies.
Maybe half of you who read this disagree, but my choice is far that controversial as the release of the album.
To me it is a “safe choice”. Maybe many of us are wrong, when we pick an album of the last decade so close after leaving the former decade.
But this album is a landmark. Their so-called masterpiece from ’97 promised an inheritor to U2. Not extrovert, rather introvert and sneering. And while Ok Computer is facing backwards, Kid A is forward-looking into the new decade, maybe even century.

I met with a couple of guys, just the same from the previous “Night before New Years Eve”, and we played two songs from albums within three categories:

  • Most important album from a musical perspective.
  • Most important album from a personal perspective.
  • And most important album from Denmark.
  • As introduced above I chose Radiohead “Kid A” from a musical perspective. My friends chose the following albums:

      Scott Walker – The Drift
      Elbow – Asleep in the Back
      Modest Mouse – Moon & Antarctica
      Eels – Blinking Lights and other Revelations
      The National – Alligator
      Battles – Mirrored
      Kevin Drumm – Sheer Mellish Miasma

    From the personal perspective I have been very fond of Thee Silver Mt Zion. But if I should bring out an album that has meant the most to me I’d say Man’sbestfriend “New Human is Illegal”. The poetry, the aggression, the samples, the humor, everything is just a perfect ‘unit’. My friends chose:

      Ilyas Ahmed – Between Two Skies / Towards the Night
      Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
      Sigur Ros – ()
      Christian Kjellvander – Songs from a two-room chapel
      Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
      The National – Alligator
      Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – More Revery

    In the last category I and one other chose Efterklang “Tripper” to be the best album from Denmark in the same decade. Other picks were:

      Manual – Azure Vista
      Moi Caprice – The Art of Kissing Properly
      Tiger Tunes – Absolutely Worthless Compared To Important Books
      Decorate Decorate – Normandie
      Speaker Bite Me – If Love is Missin It must be Imposed
      Mikael Simpson – Bsider, udtag og meget triste radiomix

    Oh my a lot of albums have not even been mentioned above. But if you like some of the choices above, do check out Pitchfork > P2K. Maybe you find your own favourite there.

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    I think I learned about Last.fm at svingninger.dk, but I’m not really sure. I did immediately sign up and began to use it. I liked the idea of counting how much I’ve listened to one or another song. Also when this included Britney, Mariah Carey or what ever. .chrz and Lasse were hooked too. Asbjørn did never get to use it fully. At the “Night before New Years Eve” there were made a small change. DJ Caine cancelled and newbie Jesper had been invited.

    My choice of a top five this year was

    The Knife – Mothers health (Rabid Records)
    Beirut – Postcards from Italy (Badabing records)
    Infadels – Jagger 67 (Wall of Sound)
    Oh no ono – Am I Right (Morningside Records)
    Matmos – Rag for William S. Borroughs (Matador)

    I don’t think this was the best year regarding releases. But I missed both Horse Feathers and Tim Heckers albums, which both had tracks that definitely would have made it to the top five. But this is also a premise.

    This year the joker was to play a song from the album with best cover artwork. I chose Peeping Tom. It was a disappointing album, but the interactive cover art is fun!