Rolling Stone Magazine’s latest issue is a round-up of the “best” music of the decade. Radiohead’s Kid A tops the list, a choice I find both apt and unsurprising, as the album is a textured experiment in rock music that started the decade off with a great buzz. I was a college freshman when it was released, and I remember buying Kid A (back when people bought albums, not downloaded them) the day it came out, only to hear it echoed in virtually every room down the hallway of my dorm. Listening to it nearly ten years later, it still feels pertinent and new.
Although I do love Kid A, Rolling Stone and I differ when it comes to the best of the decade. My favorite album is another year 2000 release: PJ Harvey’s Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (available via MeLCat). Every song on Stories is a miniature masterpiece, creating a pure rock album that ruminates on love, life, and death with a New York City backdrop. I find myself returning to this album time and time again.
Other favorites of mine, in no particular order, include:
Le Tigre—This Island (2004)
The Fiery Furnaces—Widow City (2007)
CocoRosie—La Maison de Mon Reve (2004) (available via MeLCat)
Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins—Rabbit Fur Coat (2006) (available via MeLCat)
Spoon—Gimme Fiction (2005)
Regina Spektor—Soviet Kitsch (2004)
Gorillaz—Gorillaz (2001) (available via MeLCat)
Bat for Lashes—Fur and Gold (2007)
Neko Case—The Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006)
Interpol—Turn on the Bright Lights (2002)