Finer Feelings: My Favorite Albums of the ’00s, #50-41

Now that we have crossed into the top half, you’ll find that my feelings for these albums are a lot stronger.  Many of these albums were my introduction to various bands, or hold some kind of significance to me that other, more popular albums by the respective artists might not.  Again, I’m not saying that these are the best or greatest albums, just my favorites (so, best in my opinion, you might say).

All of last week’s installments are tagged, and you can go through them all HERE.

On with the fun!

50. Bright EyesI’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning

My first Bright Eyes album, and still my favorite.  Country, folk and acoustic pop with classic Oberst moping.

49. Pink MartiniHang On Little Tomato (2004)

Pink Martini - Hang On Little Tomato

Elegant, timeless lounge-pop from one of the coolest bands around.  The look on the kid’s face on the cover says it all.

48. WilcoSky Blue Sky (2007)

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Even Wilco‘s “boring” album is a tour de force.  More listenable than A Ghost Is Born (though that’s not too hard), Sky Blue Sky is a gentle masterpiece.

47. The Ghastly OnesTarget: Draculon (2006)

The Ghastly Ones - Target: Draculon

My favorite surf band returned from what seemed to be an indefinite hiatus to bring us this album of eerie and outlandishly entertaining music.  With a full-time organist snatched from The Bomboras, the Ghastly Ones‘ material stays fresh and strong.

46. GrindermanGrinderman (2007)

Grinderman - Grinderman

Nick Cave and a handful of The Bad Seeds set aside some time to make ferocious, hi-octane garage rock.  Mean and obscene, this is Cave at his most energetic.

45. The Dandy WarholsThirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)

The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

A dreamy, focused set from the otherwise unpredictable Dandys.  Of course, they’ve done nothing but try to shake off this album in years since, but it’s still their most solid.

44. Sondre LercheDuper Sessions (2006)

Sondre Lerche - Duper Sessions

Stepping out from his singer-songwriter persona, Lerche takes a jazzy turn on this delightful album.  Songs sound like they should be part of musicals or lost gems from the Great American/Norwegian Songbook.

43. The New PornographersChallengers (2007)

The New Pornographers - Challengers

Even when they slow things down, the New Pornos can still make incredibly creative power-pop.  Destroyer‘s self-referencing “Myriad Harbour” is one of his finest compositions, and the band sounds like they’re having a ball singing it.

42. Sufjan StevensCome On Feel The Illinoise! (2005)

Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise!

The album that (literally) put Sufjan on the map.  But, if his recent comments and Illinoise-free concerts are any indication, don’t get your hopes up for 48 more state albums.

41. The Raveonettes Lust Lust Lust (2007)

The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust

This is what The Raveonettes are supposed to sound like: icy, noisy, but nevertheless melodic.  An  over-the-top return to form turned out to be just what the duo needed to kick themselves back into production.

…who’s ready for Part 6?


~ by E. on November 16, 2009.

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