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Best Album in the past 10 years?

JamesKeenanJamesKeenan Registered User regular
edited September 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
First, I'll lay down my own criteria for best album.


The album's songs should individually be of a certain high quality, but as a whole, the album is even better. Like Voltron. The album should be more than the sum of its parts, the songs don't all have to be about the exact same thing, but they should at least speak some bit of a single underlying message, or compliment each other thematically.

Secondly, the lyrics should be meaningful. They should say something. And personally, I feel or would prefer they say something meaningful and poignant about our modern life. Maybe even make me look at things differently. It should provide some intelligent perspective or give some recondite truth about life in the 2000's. It should be a work of art of the times. Timeless in its own, sure, but also an introspective work of its era.

To say that I want the music to be of respectable quality is like saying I want to there to be music at all. It goes without saying. But if I have to specify something about the music itself... I suppose the singer's voice must be at least tolerable, if not excellent.



In all, I think the album should make a statement. It should actually be art, as well as quality music.




Now, those are just my own criteria, but they aren't everyone's. And maybe what I consider the #1 album would only be someone else's #2.


Admittedly, I haven't even found my #1. I'm still looking for something that fits well enough...

But here, we can find that, and even propose our own albums with our own reasonings.

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  • variantvariant Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    In my opinion, Thrice - Vheissu and Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.
    Simply because it's what I listen to the most.
    No matter what mood I'm in I feel very... comfortable when listening to them.

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  • CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Mastodon - Leviathan

    Honestly, most of my music collection consists of albums that are older than ten years, so I don't have a ton of contenders, but I love this album. Moby Dick is my favorite classic novel, and I think Leviathan absolutely captures the most prominent themes. It provides a flowing, erratic composition throughout, and I rarely find myself able to listen to any one song without playing the entire album afterwards. The pacing is fantastic, going from highs and lows to an outstanding climax in Hearts Alive. It remains both lyrically and melodically impressive, and doesn't overemphasize riffs.

    Great, great album, reminding me just how good metal can be at times.

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  • L. KillingtonL. Killington Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Dredg - El Cielo

    One of the first albums in a long time that swallows me whole. I find it near impossible to listen without stopping what I'm doing and devoting my full attention to it. The complete album just addresses so many core human elements.

    Haunting

    So, so haunting

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  • Mike DangerMike Danger "Diane..." a place both wonderful and strangeRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Doomsday Afternoon by Phideaux. Any one song from this album is great, but when you listen to it the whole way through, it's an incredible experience. One of the few albums I'll listen to from beginning to end.
    although I admire Killington's choice

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    For the next week it's Local H's Pack Up The Cats but since it came out in '98, I'm going to have to think of what can replace it...

    It's a concept album about the rise and fall of a mid level rock star.

    You heard that we were great
    But now you think we're lame
    Since you saw the show last night


    Oh and I forget the best line on the album

    I'm in love with rock & roll
    But that'll change eventually

    In the song Hit the Skids or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Rock

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  • MuragoMurago Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
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    The Flaming Lips
    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

    I think I win.

    I guess I should explain.

    A concept album about fighting, pink robots, and the universe.

    Excerpt from "Fight Test"

    Oh to fight is to defend if it's not
    Now than tell me when would be the time that you would stand up
    And be a man - for to lose I could accept but to surrender
    I just wept and regretted this moment - oh that I - I
    Was the fool


    Excerpt from "One More Robot - Sympathy 3000-21"

    Unit three thousand twenty one is warning
    Makes a humming sound - when its circuits
    Duplicate emotions - and a sense of coldness detaches
    As it tries to comfort your sadness -


    The music is amazing. At times it is sing along space rock. At others, it is a slow drift to the center of the mind. Which is really a journey to the center of the universe.

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  • Brucelee41042Brucelee41042 Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Second Stage Turbine Blade by Coheed and Cambria

    The second in the set of albums that follows a comic book series. The Amory Wars.

    It's one of the best "story-telling" albums. Every song on the album you can sit and listen to, and enjoy.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I'd have to say The Dodos album Visiter. The lyrics are witty without losing grasp of the meaning and they grow as the album does. Not to mention the music is fantatic and that they're a really good live band.

    You can check out a complete live show here http://www.baeblemusic.com/Concerts/TheSpiegeltent/TheDodos.html

    Lyrics to Joe's Waltz
    Joke about nothing and you'll be forgiven
    the laughs are just dying out one by one
    the lonelies are coming to gather their forces
    left on a string, the emptiness forges us on and on
    on and on

    a weakness so strong you could wrap your arms around it
    smother cheeks and smothered arms
    sad but it's not maybe just for a moment
    why won't you hold me?
    why won't you carry me on and on?

    No more patient
    on and on
    no more patient

    simple you might think but wary of reason
    you give up on what you think's dying out
    your words aren't funny your poetry's false
    maybe they'll like it, maybe they won't
    you can face them on
    no more patient
    face them on
    no more patient
    face them on
    no more patient
    face them on
    no more patient

    hey there young man come understand
    the ways you need to heal
    I see your stress come take our test
    come on this shit is real

    you need help (x8)

    I went downtown to look around
    and see how people feel
    this lady beckons me to come
    and "boy why don't ya kneel?"

    you need help (x8)

    We let you in we see your face
    and then we slap you on the wrist
    and when you try to leave it's much too late
    cause we've got you on our fucking list

    you need help (x8)

    Lyrics to Fools
    Our fathers have been entangled in things
    He's been squandering, he's been squandering
    And we don't do a thing, 'cause we're busy and think
    We're just wandering, we're just a-wandering like fools

    His son is his prize, he tells a few lies
    He's got his father's eyes, it's in his father's eyes
    And he thinks in his mind that he's just getting by
    But he's a compromise, he's just a compromising fool

    And the stance that we take isn't much to bear
    Yeah, we leave things to change on their time
    And our failure to care for it leaves us blind
    'til we're tired and we're crazed in the mind

    Now he lies on his back, and they tell him it's that
    It's just a heart attack, it's just a heart attack
    Too late to return to the ones that you've earned
    No they don't give it back, no they don't give it back to fools

    And the stance that we take isn't much to bear
    Yeah, we leave things to change on their time
    And our failure to care for it leaves us blind
    'til we're tired and we're crazed in the mind

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I'll give mine...

    Johnny Hickman - Palmhenge

    This is a solo album from Johnny Hickman - guitarist of Cracker. While there are a few non-artsy "fun" songs (2 to be exact) the overall album is amazing - Little Tom is simply beautiful and Beauregarde's Retreat was on the mix cd I use to put my son to bed because "Don't let the daily news distract you from the light" is something I wish I was better at.

    Palmhenge reminds me of the albums my father used to listen to - folky rock with lyrics that tell the tale of their time so I suppose it has a strange feeling of nostalgia for me despite being a new album. It starts loud and angry about lost jobs and then flips entirely to a haunting song about an orphan - but the whole album is somehow cohesive. The lighter songs come at just the right times to avoid the album pushing too many messages at you.

    I really wish more people had a chance to hear it - it's an amazing album.

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  • Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    For me personally -

    NIN - The Fragile
    Original release date - September 21, 1999

    This is the album I continuously go back to. In my opinion, this is the best album put out by Trent Reznor. I don't have a very wide taste for music, it is pretty limited to rock and metal, but this is my best album in the last ten years.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2008
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    Circulatory System

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  • Mr BubblesMr Bubbles David Koresh Superstar Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
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    I'll probably think of a better one in a minute

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  • autono-wally, erotibot300autono-wally, erotibot300 love machine Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I really really liked californication
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  • BolthornBolthorn Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    When I saw the thread title only one album sprung to mind, Satyricon's Rebel Extravaganza.
    This is Satyricon at their best. The production is crisp and cold, which fits extremely well with the lyrical content of the album. The whole album has to be digested in one full sitting. Pulling just songs to listen to should be a crime. Some people may write it off because of the vocal style, but in doing so they're simply limiting themselves to a great album.

    It is also impossible to listen to this album while driving and not speed.

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  • TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    It's a sad sad day when people think that Muse made the best album of the last decade :|

    I don't know, it's hard to single one album out... If I had to pick some of mine out, uh, maybe Songs for the Deaf, Aha Shake Heartbreak, ...Is A Real Boy, Battle of Los Angeles or Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots or something.

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  • Mr BubblesMr Bubbles David Koresh Superstar Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Tav wrote: »
    It's a sad sad day when people think that Muse made the best album of the last decade :|

    I don't know, it's hard to single one album out... If I had to pick some of mine out, uh, maybe Songs for the Deaf, Aha Shake Heartbreak, ...Is A Real Boy, Battle of Los Angeles or Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots or something.

    OLOL opinions

    Although I agree with the Kings Of Leon there

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Songs for the Deaf is immediately disqualified for the stupid radio banter (plus the fact that their first two albums were better)

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  • syndalissyndalis Getting Classy On the WallRegistered User, Loves Apple Products regular
    edited December 2008
    I am going to get picked apart here, but Chinese Democracy was a fucking great album. Was it worth the 14 years it was in development? fuck no... no album would be; but it is the best new rock I have heard in at least a decade.

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  • XagarathXagarath Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Thea Gilmore's Liejacker
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    Ludicrous levels of quality and variety on display, and she has the most amazing voice, as well as an almost Morrissey-level talent for writing barbed lyrics.

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  • BlakoutBlakout Lordran's SpookylandRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
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    But I'm an Opeth fanboy.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2008
    I thought Rated R was boring as hell.

    First album and Songs for the Deaf are only Queens that I really care for, though I haven't spent much time with the last album.

    I couldn't include Battle of Los Angeles or Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots simply because both bands put out much better albums beforehand.

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  • MimasMimas Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Wow, I tried to think of one better than Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and I dont think I can. It would probably have to be my tops too.

    That being said, my other tops would be Catch Without Arms by Dredg, Transatlanticism or Plans by Death Cab for Cutie, Sams Town by the Killers, Hopes and Fears by Keane, and maybe Saturday = Youth by M83.

    Although of course my wife would disagree with all of these. To each their own I guess.

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  • TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Sheep wrote: »
    I thought Rated R was boring as hell.

    First album and Songs for the Deaf are only Queens that I really care for, though I haven't spent much time with the last album.

    I couldn't include Battle of Los Angeles or Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots simply because both bands put out much better albums beforehand.

    Yeah, but it's the best album of the last decade. Ruling something out because the band did better before doesn't count unless what they did better was released in the last 10 years :P

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Californication doesn't really have a whole lot of substance to it

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  • MuragoMurago Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Origin of Symmetry is good. Real good.

    Actually I think I need to listen to it more.

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  • TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I find that RHCP albums tend to have like, 6 really good songs and the rest is just awkward filler which is nice but not really that good. I still think Stadium Arcadium could have been a single album and much better.

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  • SheepSheep Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited December 2008
    If it's not Circulatory System, it's definitely this one:

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  • MuragoMurago Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Oh Yoshimi!

    They don't believe me

    But you won't let those

    Robots defeat me, Yoshimi!

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  • RyadicRyadic Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Can anything possibly top The Platinum Collection?

    If you're not going to allow compliation albums, I'll post something else, but this is by and far the greatest album ever, so it would have the be the greatest of the past 10 years.

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  • deadonthestreetdeadonthestreet Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    New music only

    (Otherwise the winner would be one of the Pavement reissues)

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  • MonoxideMonoxide Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2008
    New music only

    (Otherwise the winner would be one of the Pavement reissues)

    Terror Twilight came out in 99 though

    that could count

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  • TheBlackWindTheBlackWind Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Gonna go out a limb here and say Outkast - Stankonia.

    That's not really a limb critically, but this kind of thread seems to have less hip hop usually.

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  • TavTav Irish Minister for DefenceRegistered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Gonna go out a limb here and say Outkast - Stankonia.

    That's not really a limb critically, but this kind of thread seems to have less hip hop usually.

    You mean "less of anything that isn't indie", right? Because these threads are always full of indie.
    always

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  • TheBlackWindTheBlackWind Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Tav wrote: »
    Gonna go out a limb here and say Outkast - Stankonia.

    That's not really a limb critically, but this kind of thread seems to have less hip hop usually.

    You mean "less of anything that isn't indie", right? Because these threads are always full of indie.
    always

    Yeah, basically.

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  • NarianNarian Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    I'm guessing Live albums are also not allowed?

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  • RyadicRyadic Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Yeah. Half the bands here I've never heard of and the indie bands I've heard of before I would never listen to. And an indie band can't get "greatest album of the past 10 years" because in order to receive such an honor, they should be recognized by practically everyone and enjoyed by everyone. Indie rock doesn't appeal to everyone. There are few indie bands that I listen to and enjoy.

    But yes, Stankonia is an amazing album and can definitely be considered. I also thought The Eminem Show was an amazing hip hop/rap album. Definitely the highlight of Eminem's career. I've already said what I think the best album for the past 10 years is. But here are other albums I would consider that fall into the "new music" category:

    Rage Against the Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles
    Eminem - Eminem Show
    Outkast - Stakonia
    Outkast - Speakerboxx / The Love Below
    A Perfect Circle - Emotive
    TOOL - Lateralus
    Metallica - Death Magnet (Such an improvment from St. Anger)
    Megadeth - United Abominations
    The Eagles - Long Road out of Eden
    Queen + Paul Rodgers - The Cosmos Rock

    I could go on and on.

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  • urahonkyurahonky Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Hmm. That's tough.

    TOOL - Lateralus is up there. Senses Fail - Let it Enfold You is up there. Thrice - The Artist In The Ambulance is up there.

    If I had to choose one......... I'd probably go for Senses Fail because I can listen to that CD in any mood.

    Don't forget Postal Service - Give Up. Great album.

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  • either,oreither,or Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
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    Elliott Smith - Figure 8 for me.

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  • THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
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    YES

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  • L. KillingtonL. Killington Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    No mentions of Clutch?

    Huh

    Elephant Riders was early '98 and still holds its own.

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