Monday, October 05, 2009

Sunless Shortlist: Best of 2000's (25, again)

I made a very serious error while compiling this list. I completely forgot about one of my favorite albums. Not just any favorite albums, but like one of my favs ever! In fact, when I was just thinking about this list I was thinking about where to put this album. It's just that I completely didn't think when I was pulling albums out of my shelves to work on this.

Now because of this (and indecision), I've reordered things slightly. The only album so far this affects is Yo La Tengo's I Am Not Afraid of You and Will Beat Your Ass. That album now comes in at 26. So I guess I can make this my favorite 26 albums of the decade.

As I said before, this whole list was extremely difficult to put together. There were quite a few albums that were close, but not quite there (Gold, Twin Cinema, A Rush of Blood to the Head to name a few). Actually some of these were originally on this list but I was less thrilled listening to them for the first time in years.

So anyways, let me get things straightened out again for the last time. This album, by the way, was not the album I forgot...

25. Guided By Voices - Isolation Drills (2001)

GBV went through a very short-lived phase at the turn of the century while they were on TVT Records: They sounded like an actual band. It worked too. It's not necessarily the best era of their career, but it really sounded great. This phase also rang in the final era of GBV. Oh lord, not the end of Robert Pollard's songwriting career though. However, the last truly great thing he put together was this album. It's not necessarily a great GBV album, but it's just a great album.