Wasn't it Depeche Mode who said 'Well I know five years is a long time and that times change'? Well 10 years is twice as long and times have certainly changed for me - I live in a different continent for god's sake... Anyways, here are my 10 favorite LP's of the last decade (in no particular order...)
The Go! Team: Thunder, Lightning, Strike
Sonic Youth guitars, 70's cop themes, Sesame Street, double-dutch chants and hip-hop - The Go! Team's post-nostalgia mash-up was the freshest sound of the naughties...
The Dears: No Cities Left
Who'd have thought the 'new Morrissey' would be from an ethnic minority - Canadian! Montreal anglophile Murray Lightburn and his excellent band bring previous efforts sharply into focus with an epic set of mellow-dramatic classics...
Radiohead: Kid A
How do you follow 'OK Computer' - the x-generations' 'Dark side of the moon'? You don't... 'Kid A' was an LP Radiohead fans either loved or hated as the band ditched the guitars in favor of chilling, eerie, subliminal electronica.
The Strokes: Is This It
The LP that made indie music hip. The New York press darlings transport us back to CBGB's circa 1977 with a garage rock classic.
Arcade Fire: Funeral
An emotionally wracked masterpiece that jumped seemlessly between chamber pop melodies and angular art-rock.
The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
All the Lips previously ramshackle efforts suddenly focused into one conceptual masterpiece.
Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
Conor Oberst's clearest vision yet - an alt-country classic which gives his brilliant lyrics a sparkling platform...
Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast
The many layered award-winning folktronic classic bared repeated listening. He had some good hats too.
Hip-hop, pop and cartoons from the Hoxton supergroup. Apparently they were only doing it for the kids - and the kids loved it!
Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
For me, the only listenable band in this god-forsaken beardy folk revival. A camp-fire classic to be sure...
Also worthy of mention were:
The Streets: Original Pirate Material - increasingly unlistenable output throughout the decade soured Mike Skinner's chances...
Broken Social Scene: You Forgot it in People - the Montreal quota was already used up by The Dears and Arcade Fire...
Portishead: Third - a little too scary for repeated listening...
Who made your Top 10?