Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Sunless Shortlist: Best of 2000's (20-16)

20. Beulah - Yoko (2003)

This is the last Beulah album. And listening to this album, you know that it's the last Beulah album. It's unfortunate that Beulah is no more, but at least they went out with the highest note they had as a band.

19. James - Pleased to Meet You (2001)

Ah memories. I don't know what else I can say about this album without just defending it. It's not like this album is well-known, even among James fans. But I just love this album, and that's all I can say. The return of Brian Eno is exactly what James needed, and they killed it on this album. It's may be James' most underrated album, and it deserves more attention than it has received.

18. The National - Boxer (2007)

The most cozy album of the decade. Something about this album just makes me very comfortable. Everything will be okay while you listen to this album. This is the sound of summer Friday nights. It's all romantic. It's all sweet. Just thinking about how beautiful this album is will change your day.

17. Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)

I know I give Conor Oberst plenty of shit, but I cannot deny how excellent he was in Bright Eyes' prime. This album is nearly perfect, and maybe that's why I can't stand Conor now. This was his peak. The self-destruction was so genuine on this album. It was beautiful to hear. So many bands this decade wanted to flaunt how self-destructive they were, but there was no flaunting on this album. It just was, and it was great.

16. Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer (2008)

Quite possibly the most underrated album of the decade. While their debut got plenty of attention in 2005, this album barely caused a blip last year. It's unfortunate because this is one truly amazing album. There is no way you cannot get into a song like "California Dreamer." And "Kissing the Beehive" closing the album is by and far one of the best songs in years. It's a crime that this album isn't defended more, and it gets better every time I listen to it.