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And this: “I don’t rap, I just shit like a newborn.” It’s dedicated to Wayne’s grandma, and he hopes you got it for free. Mary Lattimore: Silver Ladders. “(Just Like We) Breakdown” proved a knowing rejoinder to proclamations of wimpdom. Of course they never did it again; how could they have? But that us-against-the-world magic was lost. –Matthew Murphy, Listen: Neko Case: “I Wish I Was the Moon”. Author: TheWatchtower. © 2018 Condé Nast. –Ian Cohen, Listen: Mclusky: “To Hell with Good Intentions”, 2 Many DJs ushered in the anything-goes, nothing-matters, shuffle-meltdown vibe of ’00s parties, blogs, and DIY remixers, and some have never forgiven them. Music reviews, ratings, news and more. In its stead poured a tidal wave of alligator jaw hi-hats, battered timpani, and a furious pace. Radiohead, 'Kid A' "Kid A is like getting a massive eraser out and starting again," Thom Yorke said in … Taken all at once, Rubies is decadent, mapping a haute couture class system of well-off hipster intellectuals, idle painters, subcultural demigods, and of course, the beautiful women always just out of reach; Bejar further cuts his observations with tweedy references to Ezra Pound, Tchaikovsky, the Incredible String Band, and Greek mythology. Pitchfork's 200 Best Albums of the 2000s - Page 2 show list info From M.I.A. And they don’t leave, either, so you feed every detail through your memory machine until all they ever seem to say is goodbye, and they’re gone. Auto-Tune? Stagnation! Lil Wayne’s most recent truly great mixtape should probably be remembered as the one that forced its stoned creator to look outside rap if he wanted to get much higher. But the real magic of Mass Romantic lies in Carl Newman’s uncanny ability to craft a cohesive record without diluting the personalities at hand—note how Newman picks up a submissive falsetto to complement Case’s lead vocal in “Letter From an Occupant,” and how Bejar’s staggered phrasing is maintained even as “Breakin’ the Law” is transformed from hushed acoustic demo into fist-pumping album closer. But during their Arista years, Pusha and Malice seemed to be doing just fine. Komplette Liste (20-1) Komplette Liste (50-21) Komplette Liste (101-51) Komplette Liste (200-101) Komplette Liste (500-201) But there’s an urgency and intimacy to Sea Change—its heartbreak feels real, and uncontainable—that’s oddly timeless. Jens Lekman: “The Opposite of Hallelujah”, The New Pornographers: “Sing Me Spanish Techno”, Erlend Øye: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”. And they don’t leave, either, so you feed every detail through your memory machine until all they ever seem to say is goodbye, and they’re gone. scattered willy nilly amongst whatever electro sides the Dewaele brothers could clear. Fairy tale parables of animal liberation and lessons learned through sadness and family illustrate, in the end, the urge only to beat boundaries. Jay had been in elder-statesman mogul stride since, , but before his brief respite, he never lost the regal bloodthirst of his younger lines. –Grayson Currin, Listen: Joanna Newsom: “Sawdust & Diamonds”, Heading into the 2000s, Beck Hansen was the poster-boy for self-aware emotional detachment—his most famous come-on (“I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me?”) may have very well helped usher in the (not so golden) age of irony. It’s probably a stretch to call Do Dallas “subversive” when the production gives your speakers razor burn and the “ballad” is called “Fuck This Band.” But think about 2002, when the prominent memes of rock music were wish-fulfillment fantasies of empathy, togetherness, hope, solace... heck, most of the anger was more of a cry for help than anything. A certain old-timey feel prevails—there’s even a waltz, “Marla,” written 70-odd years ago by a late relative of singer Ed Droste—but the shadowy, dust-moted depth of the music moots its rootsiness. Drugs! That sense of defiance drives this album’s personality even more than the nods towards house and electro that augment his characteristic soul-infused production. –Marc Hogan, , and you’ll find a performer whose work (both in-studio and onstage) was often derided as amateurish. But it also makes room for club-rap synth-beeps and biblical reggae consternation—this time, Jay sticks even harder to the beats, and the Timbaland track doesn’t sound tacked-on. Seven years and many diminishing returns later, it still manages to overwhelm like it did whenever you first let it wash over you. Though My Morning Jacket kickstarted their critical and popular acclaim repping Kentucky, marathon live shows, Flying Vs, and flying hair, what makes them one of the great rock bands of the decade is how their best record turned out to be a stunningly concise, 45-minute, retro-futurist opus helmed by the guy who produced The Bends. Even as “Homage” melts your face or “Baudelaire” boogies its way into your brain, you half-expect whatever’s next to fail. But it’s “Over and Over” that reveals most. It’s a place we can go for function or for emotion, or just if you want to lay around counting ceiling-fan rotations and letting the record’s gentle propulsion move Voigt’s hisses and clicks around your brain. And despite the bullshit whispery Neptunes tracks and a tiny bit of filler, the end result is nearly as viscerally satisfying. Comedy may equal tragedy plus time, but on, , the Furries get their laughs in before it’s too late: “Earth will become Saturn II,” Gruff Rhys declares on the title track, describing a planet so addicted to consumption that it’ll one day be encircled by its own waste. –David Raposa, You wake up one morning, last’s night’s ill-advised champagne dump still slick against your brow, crumpled up invitation-to-everywhere next to the bed, and there’s this other person in there. Lists can be great fun and great frustration, but … Together the two duos made a jarring, indelible sound. But really, after. At some point the grandiosity should turn to bloat right? The band would go on to release a string of similarly catchy records, but Mass Romantic is their most charmingly character-driven piece. And it’s pretty amazing that his grand pop coronation didn’t come at the expense of his antisocial snarl or the bluesy heaviness of his beats. –Rob Mitchum, It’s as streamlined as anything Kraftwerk ever put to tape, and yet sounds like it’s about to come unhinged at any moment. But Vespertine’s docile tranquility offers its own form of strength. Recorded in Tucson with backing from stalwarts Calexico and Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb, Blacklisted is a jewel of dusky Americana, its every move shadowed by longing and veiled menace. Site also contains reviews, ratings & more. It’s glam for guys who wear off-the-rack Wranglers from Wal-Mart. But on the back of 11 well-crafted, brutally executed scorched-earth lighter-raisers, it succeeds. The push-and-pull of an on-again-off-again relationship! “You’re trying too hard—surrender,” she tells herself; “I can’t say no to you,” she admits. Now, of course, it seems strange if an indie release doesn’t contain some sort of dancefloor bounce. , what else did a free-associating New Orleans rap star have left to try? Freddie Gibbs / The … –Sean Fennessey, Ghostface Killah is the preeminent grown-ass man of contemporary hip-hop. Before Soulwax’s DJ alter egos, “eclectic” still tended to go hand in hand with “tasteful”—classic mixes like Coldcut’s 1995 Journeys By DJ ranged across a breakbeat genrescape but never lost a sense of discernment. –Amy Phillips, Listen: The Decemberists: “16 Military Wives”, Over the course of the 1990s, Primal Scream had rightfully earned a reputation as consummate hedonists. OK, he did that, too. And knowing it! –Jess Harvell, Nerdiest indie rock album of the decade? Look at what follows it, and the backhanded buzzword for naysayers and disgruntled fans is “professional.”, is, to this point in her career, the last time that Chan Marshall has sounded like the Cat Power most admire—the doe-eyed waif gifted with an awkward poetic grace and burdened with world-weary wisdom. –Tim Finney, Listen: Tough Alliance: “Something Special”, In retrospect, it’s sort of hilarious people made a big deal of this album as an indie-dance crossover; the notion that rock listeners might recoil in horror at the thought of—gasp!—a minimal beat underneath a pop track. –Matthew Perpetua, Belle and Sebastian: “The Blues Are Still Blue”, The most-played song in my iTunes has no name: It’s “Untitled,” the opening track from Gas’. Ghostface Killah – The Pretty Toney Album ; Clipse – Lord Willin' Bloc Party – Silent Alarm ; Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow ; Destroyer – Destroyer's Rubies ; Girl Talk – Night Ripper ; Deerhunter – Cryptograms ; Air France – No Way Down ; Wu-Tang Clan – The W ; DJ/rupture – Uproot 100 Best Albums of the 2000s 100 Best Albums of the 2000s At once unassuming and swoon-inducingly gorgeous. “Boy From School” marked a trembling sense of vulnerability, without sacrificing groove. Change does emo a few better by eschewing melodrama (well, mostly) for the real heartbreak of heartbreak: how very mundane it gets, feeling like shit about somebody. Lil Wayne’s most recent truly great mixtape should probably be remembered as the one that forced its stoned creator to look outside rap if he wanted to get much higher. –Ryan Dombal. The music couldn’t be further from dub, but something of the latter’s haunted quality inhabits Grizzly Bear’s tape-soaked music. Nominally a withdrawal into Lekman’s most provincial fantasies, Kortedala lets insularity become a Trojan horse for globalization—after all, Gothenburg is a place where national indie-pop heroes argue over tennis about Christina Aguilera remixes. February 26, 2002. The tics and themes that make his music so undeniably his are all here, as is the shaggy jazz and folk-rock, the coy glam posturing, and the swatches of lives cast in abstruse metaphors. –Ian Cohen, Listen: My Morning Jacket: “Wordless Chorus”, One weird blind spot when people look back at the British Invasion is the tendency of bands to go off on flights of childlike imagination. –Grayson Currin, Heading into the 2000s, Beck Hansen was the poster-boy for self-aware emotional detachment—his most famous come-on (“I’m a loser, baby, so why don’t you kill me?”) may have very well helped usher in the (not so golden) age of irony. But it also makes room for club-rap synth-beeps and biblical reggae consternation—this time, Jay sticks even harder to the beats, and the Timbaland track doesn’t sound tacked-on. Now that Wikipedia has spoiled all the Easter eggs, Night Ripper still sports brilliantly catchy (Big Boi Breeders), bizarrely virtuoso (Juelz Mangum Airplane), and oddly emotional moments (Biggie John) to tide you over as you squeeze a five-course meal into a piece of gum, Willy Wonka–style. It’s a Pied Piper in a stained white T, leading an irony-enfeebled generation to a candy colored land of unfettered joy. –Tom Ewing, The fact that her most explicitly sexual album is also her most submissive might be a bummer to those who got off on Björk-as-huntress power trips of yore. , still feels shocking: Arguably the most artistically ambitious indie rock enterprise of the decade, mobilizes a dream team (Steve Albini, Van Dyke Parks, Jim O’Rourke, Bill Callahan, and more) to wrap Newsom’s contrapuntal harp, arresting voice, and vivid librettos in luxurious glory. Even more breakups! When we looked at Pitchfork's 20 Greatest Songs Of The '00s, we also went through the entire list and found the 15 songs they included from 2009, … All we needed was someone to step up and act as filter to the unstoppable torrent of pop music bursting our cognitive dams, saving us the time of listening to 500 songs sequentially and giving us the best parts in an overlapping and interlocking efficiency! The Welsh pop futurists’ 2001 opus, touches upon all the Big Issues of our time—military aggression, evangelicalism run amok, environmental disaster—but presents them as the backdrop to some bizarro video-game version of the world: To wit, the war-pig sadists targeted in the psych-folk centerpiece “No Sympathy” quite literally get blasted away by an invading army of happy-hardcore techno beats in its final two minutes. Pitchfork's Top 200 Albums of the 2000's. Still, Beck was routinely acclaimed for his clever, scrappy assemblages and committed crooning about the salesgirls at J.C. 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