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Top 50 Albums of the Decade (20 to 11)

30-Dec-2009 02:45 pm Contributed by: pete Music News

I'm down to the top 20 albums of the decade, and so here are numbers 20 through 11. I have a feeling that this part of the list might start to deviate from what people were expecting (if it hasn't already). Either way, I hope you're checking out any albums that you were previously unfamiliar with, even if that means just listening to a 30 second sample to see if it's something you think you might like.

Links to all Top 50 articles: (50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1)

  20 Plants and Animals / Parc Anenvue (2008)

This album opens with the anthemic indie-rock composition Bye Bye Bye, with excellence that continues through a number of other songs. There's something so addictive about the gentle melody of À L'orée Des Bois placed carefully in the middle of the album. Other great songs include the three part Faerie Dance, which is even better when played live, and Good Friend. Influences from some of the more obscure Pink Floyd albums (such as Atom Heart Mother) can be heard in here.

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Media: Bye Bye Bye (mp3)

  19 Arkells / Jackson Square (2008)

Does anyone really need to hear me rant about the Arkells again? I've probably listened to Jackson Square more than any other album in the past year, which should explain how this 2008 album ended up in my top twenty for decade. If ten more years go by and I'm not still listening to this album, I owe you a drink.

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Media: Pullin' Punches (video), The Ballad of Hugo Chavez (video)

  18 Super Furry Animals / Rings Around The World (2001)

Although I have a large collection of Super Furry Animals albums, this is the only one that I listen to with any regularity. In fact, I own most of their other albums just because how much I like Rings Around The World. Every single song on this album is good, but the way they hang together is better. Tracks like Sidewalk Serfer Girl, Receptacle For The Respectable, Shoot Doris Day, and Run! Christian, Run! still get stuck in my head like they did the first time I listened to it.

Info: Super Furry Animals | Connect: MySpace, Facebook

  17 The Flaming Lips / Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002)

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots isn't just any album, it's The Flaming Lips at their most accessible, but still with all the brilliance of both their earlier and later work. As could be seen during numerous concerts that followed the release, Yoshimi became what could be considered mixed-media art, combining music with a unique stage show. Achieving gold status four years after its release emphasizes how important the concerts were to the success of this amazing concept piece.

Info: The Flaming Lips | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  16 Joel Plaskett Emergency / Down At The Khyber (2001)

This is the album that I realized how much I can like East coast Canadian music. Joel Plaskett currently defines East coast music and his influence can be heard within the music of more and more bands. His recent release, Three, is also an amazing piece of work, but Down At The Khyber remains my favourite Plaskett album.

Info: Joel Plaskett | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter

  15 The Decemberists / The Hazards Of Love (2009)

This recent release was not at all what I was expecting. The album consists of 17 songs that tell a folk story, and when combined with 70's influenced music we're taken into indie-rock-opera territory. There's a plethora of influences hidden throughout, bits of Pink Floyd are exposed regularly, a taste of Black Sabbath surfaces, and maybe even a touch of Kansas. Mixed with the alt-folk vocals of front man Colin Meloy, it is an incredible listen. After seeing them perform the album in its entirety at the Koolhaus, I had even more respect for it.

Info: The Decemberists | Connect: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter
Media (from previous albums): Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect (mp3), 16 Military Wives (video)

  14 Built To Spill / Ancient Melodies Of The Future (2001)

I was already hooked on Built To Spill prior to the release of Ancient Melodies Of The Future, mostly due to a number of songs from their 1999 album Keep It Like A Secret. Ancient Melodies Of The Future was an exention of that guitar-rock brilliance and songs like Strange, In Your Mind, and Don't Try are some of my favourites of the past ten years.

Info: Built To Spill | Connect: MySpace, Facebook
Media: Hindsight (mp3), Conventional Wisdom (video)

  13 Secret Machines / Now Here Is Nowhere (2004)

As I mentioned in my review of the Secret Machines show at Lee's Palace in 2008, the Secret Machines "are the creators of one of my favourite albums of this decade with their 2004 release Now Here Is Nowhere", so inclusion here is really just a follow-up on that statement.

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Media: Nowhere Again (mp3, video), Atomic Heels (mp3)

  12 Supergrass / Supergrass (2000)

This self-titled album from Supergrass was their third full-length album and the one that turned me into fan. I'm also a pretty big listener of their 2005 album Road To Rouen, and as much as I like both their newer and older music, I still consider this turn-of-the-millenium album their peak.

Info: Supergrass | Connect: MySpace, Facebook
Media: Tales Of Endurance (mp3), Road To Rouen (stream)

  11 Beulah / The Coast Is Never Clear (2001)

I think the most disturbing thing about me discovering Beulah in 2005 is that they had already disbanded in 2004. If only the recommendation technology I used to find out about Beulah in 2005 had been a part of my like back in 1999, I could have been listening to them for six extra years. And maybe if more people had discovered Beulah, we could have kept them together for a couple of more albums.

Info: Beulah | Connect: MySpace
Media: Emma Blowgun's Last Stand (mp3)


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