Links to all Top 50 articles: (50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11, 10-1)
|40||Wilco / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
This excellent album became even more amazing once I learned about the story behind it. A good friend of mine recommended I watch the 2002 documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart about the recording of this album, and my appreciation for it grew. Although I still consider it Wilco's best piece of work, they've done a great job on a couple of their newer albums as well. I can probably shut up now, you already know all this.
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|39||Constantines / Shine A Light (2003)
Constantines play rock music filled with sweat and spit, and no other album conveys this about them better than Shine A Light. They have just completed a series of concerts scheduled to celebrate their 10th anniversary and it's albums like Shine A Light that help a band get to that milestone. Is it too early to call this album a Canadian classic?
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|38||Spoon / Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007)
After Spoon's 2005 album Gimme Fiction attracted many new listeners, including me, there were a lot of people looking to see what they would do for a follow-up. When I first caught word the album was going to be titled Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, I was a little apprehensive. While Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga was built on the same basic foundation as Gimme Fiction, it accentuated all the good things that Spoon has to offer. This album grew on me even more than the preceding efforts, and fits easily into this list.
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|37||Said The Whale / Islands Disappear (2009)
Man, I love this new album from Said The Whale. Starting more than a year ago, my friend Tom kept telling me this was a band I needed to go see on concert. Clearly he could see something strong in their performance that just wasn't quite getting across to me in their recorded material. Whatever it was, he was right because this album is definitely one of my top 10 of 2009, and I think I will still be listening to it in a few years time.
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Media: Camillo (The Magician) (mp3, video)
|36||The Kooks / Konk (2008)
The Kooks debut album Inside In/Inside Out was excellent, with a couple of songs bringing me back for repeated listens, but Konk improved on it with more reasons to listen to the album from start to finish. They managed to create an album that is excellent brit-pop fun – catchy vocal melodies, guitar hooks, and a sound that makes this a great evening warm-up album.
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|35||Mother Mother / O My Heart (2008)
Mother Mother was recommended to me multiple times before I got my act together and finally listened to O My Heart. Definitely one of the more quirky albums I've come across in the past year or so, but that aspect of Mother Mother doesn't hinder the musical enjoyment even a little. Starting right from the title track, there isn't a bad song on the album, although some are definitely weirder than others. Excellent recommendation!
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|34||The American Analog Set / Know By Heart (2001)
Floating, mid-tempo rock that can be exactly the right listen for a late Sunday afternoon when the sun beams are streaming through the back windows. Song titles like Punk As Fuck and Choir Vandals may sound harsh, but the music certainly isn't, which is perhaps better represented by songs like Like Foxes Through Fences and We're Computerizing And We Just Don't Need You Anymore.
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|33||The Parlor Mob / And You Were A Crow (2008)
And You Were A Crow by The Parlor Mob includes unabashed musical references to their influences throughout this incredible hard rock album, but that doesn't prevent it from feeling original. I learned about them in earlier this year when they played a show with Vacuity, and got completely hooked on the song Everything You're Breathing For. That one song was the start, but the entire album really grew on me.
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Media: Everything You're Breathing For (stream)
|32||Vacuity / At The Command of The Blanket Sky (2008)
This album by independent band Vacuity took spot #4 of my Top 10 Albums of 2008. It's a carefully crafted piece of modern rock with masterful guitar work and melodies. Vacuity is a forward thinking band, and has embarked on a project they call Kill The Format whereby they are planning a series of digital only releases. As part of the project, they are offering At The Command Of The Blanket Sky for free, link below.
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Media: Beckoning (mp3), At The Command Of The Blanket Sky (download page)
|31||Kings Of Leon / Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005)
I discovered Kings Of Leon in early 2005, not too long after the release of Aha Shake Heartbreak in February of that year, and I was instantly hooked on songs like Slow Night So Long, Taper Jean Girl, and Soft. I featured them as a Pete's Pick in 2006, photographed them in concert in 2007 and 2008, and when they returned in 2009 after the release of Only By The Night, they were playing the ACC. It's satisfying to see great bands achieve success.
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Media: Sex On Fire (video), Use Somebody (video)