Finer Feelings: My Favorite Albums of the ’00s, #80-71

Geez, this project seems to be chugging right along, huh?  In case you’re just tuning in, you might want to catch up with Part 1 and Part 2.  Now that you’re up to speed, let us progress to Part 3 of my favorite albums of the decade!!

80. The Minus 5The Minus 5 (2005)

The Minus 5 - The Minus 5

Incredible power pop from the revolving cast of misfits.  Their country stuff is more mature, but being a knucklehead can be just as fun.

79. Grizzly BearVeckatimest (2009)

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

I might not listen to it again after this year, but this is one lovely, strange, compelling pop record.

78. Erin McKeownSing You Sinners (2006)

Erin McKeown - Sing You Sinners

Jumpy interpretations of the Great American Songbook.  McKeown‘s lone songwriting contribution blends in seamlessly; a testament to her creativity.

77. Béla Fleck & The FlecktonesThe Hidden Land (2006)

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones - The Hidden Land

Typically impressive blugrass/bebop from the masters of the self-created genre.  Jeff Coffin still might seem like he’s filling in for Howard Levy, but it’s a damn fine substitution job here.

76. Stephen Malkmus & The JicksReal Emotional Trash (2008)

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Real Emotional Trash

The ex-Pavement leader makes a striking, epic effort with his new band.  Songs are long, but The Jicks fill every second masterfully.

75. Okkervil RiverThe Stage Names (2007)

Okkervil River - The Stage Names

Will Sheff‘s complex, poetic lyrics are the real stars here.  Doesn’t hurt that they’re set to some dynamic indie-folk.

74. Vampire WeekendVampire Weekend (2008)

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

We’ll see how long they last into the next decade, but this debut album is just one reason to keep listening to new music.

73. Love Of DiagramsMosaic (2007)

Love Of Diagrams - Mosaic

Non-stop, jagged post-punk that wasn’t made twenty-five years ago.  Still hard to believe these gals (and guy) are a new band.

72. Os MutantesHaih… Or Amortecedor… (2009)

Os Mutantes - Haih... Or Amortecedor...

Whether it’s on record or in concert, the Tropicalia pioneers are back in a big way.

71. of MontrealHissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (2007)

of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

While I’m not sure I always get Kevin Barnes, this album is a densely-packed mix of electronica, power-pop and more power-pop.  What’s not to love?

Part 4 is ready, are you?


~ by E. on November 11, 2009.

One Response to “Finer Feelings: My Favorite Albums of the ’00s, #80-71”

  1. Of Montreal scare me.

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