Noughties albums

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If I’m honest, and I almost always am, if we didn’t start 2010 by looking back at 2009 in order to applaud the good and jeer the bad, I’d feel that something’s not quite right (much like the quibbling as to how this new year should be referred: is it ‘twenty-ten’ or ‘two-thousand-and-ten’?), so let’s start with the decade’s finest long-play offerings and maybe we’ll think about the tunes another time.

(I’m curious to learn if you’re playing, never mind buying, fewer albums in favour of single tracks; I know I am, and I can’t help but feel slightly sad about that whilst, at the same time, uncomfortably asking myself whether many of the albums I have recalled as high points of the past ten years are really good ‘albums’ or just decent collections of songs, some of which are really good.)

Anyway, The Times jumped the gun slightly and produced this diverse, yet somewhat incomplete, list in November.

Here’s mine, trimmed down to leave one from each year, which wasn’t difficult for 2003, but was considerably so for 2006. What a fine musical year that was.

On an Island is obviously a given, so, should you choose to nominate a favourite on a year-by-year basis as I have done, please list another from 2006.

– Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, The Blue Trees (2000)
– Starsailor, Love is Here (2001)
– The Mooney Suzuki, Electric Sweat (2002)
– Kings of Leon, Youth and Young Manhood (2003)
– Jet, Get Born (2004)
– Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Howl (2005)
– Neil Young, Living with War (2006)
– Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
– Neil Diamond, Home Before Dark (2008)
– Ray Davies, Kinks Choral Collection (2009)

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

65 thoughts on “Noughties albums”

  1. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
    Tool – Lateralus (2001)
    Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf (2002)
    Damien Rice – O (2003)
    Kasabian – Kasabian (2004)
    Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (2005)
    Tool – 10,000 Days (2006)
    Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
    Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash (2008)
    Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures (2009)

    Although it’s a different genre, Tool could be called the Pink Floyd of the last decade in my opinion. Their concept albums are really strong and their music is innovative in pretty much the same way Pink Floyd’s was.

    1. Songs for the Deaf is on my list, too. The Mooney Suzuki just pipped Queens of the Stone Age as my pick of 2002, but only just.

  2. you could do a flip sight worse then try marillion’s albums : happiness is the road from 2007 , marbles from 2004 or 2001’s anoraknophobia . if i may advertise you can buy the legal download versions from marillion.com .

    p.s. i hope you had a good christmas and new year fet ed . sorry i haven’t been round in ages .

  3. Fountains of Wayne/Welcome Interstate Managers (2003)
    Badly Drawn Boy/One Plus One Is One (2004)
    The Fratellis/Costello Music (2007)
    Peter Salett/In the Ocean of the Stars (2006)
    Hem/Rabbit Songs (2000)
    Wilco/Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Ben Folds/Rockin’ the Suburbs (2001)
    Colin Hay/Topanga (2005)
    Flaming Lips/Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
    Flight of the Conchords/Flight of the Conchords (2008)

  4. … Amarok helped my filter out the candidates for each year, so that I could find out which year had the best music. I marked the ones that are on my decade list with *:

    2000: Stiff Upper Lip – AC/DC
    *2000: Brave New World – Iron Maiden
    2000: Transcendental Sky Guitar – Uli Jon Roth
    *2001: Dreams And Expressions – Michael Schenker
    *2002: By The Way – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    *2003: Dance Of Death – Iron Maiden
    *2004: Velvet Revolver – Contraband
    *2005: Angel Of Retribution – Judas Priest
    2006: Back To Black – Amy Winehouse
    2006: Billy Talent II – Billy Talent
    2006: On An Island – David Gilmour (out of competition!!)
    *2006: A Matter Of Life And Death – Iron Maiden
    2006: Damage Case – Lemmy
    2006: Wolfmother – Wolfmother
    *2007: Libertad – Velvet Revolver
    2008: Black Ice – AC/DC
    2008: Live in Gdansk – David Gilmour
    2008: The Odd Couple – Gnarls Barkley
    2008: Nostradamus – Judas Priest
    2008: And You Were A Crow – The Parlor Mob
    *2008: The Music 1972 – 2008 – Phil Manzanera
    *2009: Billy talent III – Billy Talent
    2009: Cosmic Egg – Wolfmother

    Best regards,

    Taki

  5. Iron Maiden – Brave New World (2000)
    Rammstein – Mutter (2001)
    David Bowie – Heathen (2002)
    Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts (2003)
    Franz Ferdinand (2004)
    Depeche Mode – Playing the Angel (2005)
    MUSE – Black Holes and Revelations (2006)
    Beastie Boys – The Mix Up (2007)
    Coldplay – Viva La Vida or Death And… (2008)
    Splean – Signal From Space (2009)

  6. Muse – Origin of Symmetry
    Radiohead – In Rainbows
    Marillion – Marbles
    David Gilmour – On an Island
    Porcupine Tree – Lightbulb Sun
    Muse – Absolution
    Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet.
    Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
    Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires
    Arcade Fire – Funeral

  7. I checked out The Times link mentioned in the introduction, scrolled through the 100 albums and found that aside from maybe the White Stripes – I have no use for anything else on that list. Justin Timberlake? Missy Elliott? Britney Spears? Why didn’t they include Hannah Montana, Hillary Duff or Lindsay Lohan?

    HOWEVER, scrolling that article I came across this somewhat interesting article. Somewhat interesting cause I felt that the questions could have been better. What would the next Zep release have sounded like if Bonham didn’t die? Give me a break. The one question I wish they would have asked him is if he would ever officially release the O2 concert footage as either a DVD or live CD. I hear that is very possible but have yet to see anything official.

    In any case, Jimmy and Robert are dogged with the same question that is put in front of David time-and-time again. And aside from essentially the same answer, they also have one other thing in common now. Both have an album cover on a postage stamp. Why they chose that PF release instead of DSOTM I’ll never know?

    I’ll have to think further on albums from the past decade but I can tell you it will be different than The Times list. Maybe I’m just an old fart but I do agree that over the last few years I am more interested in particular songs that complete releases.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. Why they chose that PF release instead of DSOTM I’ll never know?

      Andrew,

      An article on Brain Damage relating to this explains why…

      ‘There is a technical reason behind the choice of Pink Floyd cover: the Royal Mail couldn’t consider ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ as a stamp, because there’s too much black ink in the design, and that renders inoperative the phosphor strip that enables automatic stamp sorting.’

      So now you do know why. 😉

    2. KenF,

      Thanks for that. I knew there would be someone with the answer.

      FEd,

      How about we give you our mailing address and you send us a postcard with the new PF stamp? Isn’t that a great idea?? :!

      Thanks.

      Andrew

    3. FEd,

      How about we give you our mailing address and you send us a postcard with the new PF stamp? Isn’t that a great idea??

      Um, no. 😉

  8. A happy new year from Berlin in Germany to Mister David Gilmour.

    Mister Gilmour, we wait in Germany for you, please come to Berlin in the next time and play for us your fantastic music.

    All the best for you and your family from Dagmar Hutzler

  9. Here´s my list:

    2000 American III: Solitary Man, Johnny Cash
    2001 This Is Where I Came In, Bee Gees
    2002 Mensch, Herbert Groenemeyer
    2003 Call Of A Search, Katie Melua
    2004 American Idiot, Green Day
    2005 Deadwing, Porcupine Tree
    2006 Back To Black, Amy Winehouse
    2007 Raising Sand, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
    2008 The Seldom Seen Kid, Elbow
    2009 Good Evening NYC, Paul McCartney

    Maybe not the best albums of these years because I don´t know so many. But they brought me to spend money and I like them all.

  10. Oh, no quibbling, this new year should be referred to as ‘deux mille dix’. 😉

    I think there has not been much originality in the music of the 2000s. Nowadays, all the bands sound the same and when they get some success, they don’t evolve and continue to sound the same too (eg, Coldplay).

    But I like:

    – Muse, ‘Origin Of Symmetry’
    – Muse, ‘Absolution’
    – Muse, ‘Black Holes And Revelations’
    – Muse, ‘The Resistance’
    – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’
    – Green Day, ‘American Idiot’
    – Kate Bush, ‘Aerial’
    – Red Hot Chili Peppers, ‘By The Way’
    – Noir Désir, ‘Des Visages, Des Figures’
    – Alain Bashung, ‘Bleu Pétrole’

    And the only one that could compete with ‘On An Island’ in 2006 would be ‘Alright, Still’, no? :))

    1. …this new year should be referred to as ‘deux mille dix’

      Love it, Michèle.

      It has a good resonance to it.

      ‘Der meal D’ it is, then. :))

  11. No suprises how the poll is going for the best Noughtie year (2006 is currently running away with it, with a mere 57% of the vote. Now why is that, I wonder?)

    I’ve gotta admit I’m buying less albums too, nowadays. Having said that my compilation below have all been purchased.

    So here’s my year-by-year effort.

    2000 : Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-81 – Pink Floyd
    2001 : Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd – Pink Floyd
    2002 : A Rush Of Blood To The Head – Coldplay
    2003 : Life For Rent – Dido
    2004 : A Valid Path – Alan Parsons
    2005 : Aerial – Kate Bush
    2006 : Confessions On A Dance Floor – Madonna
    2007 : This Is The Life – Amy MacDonald
    2008 : Live In Gdansk – David Gilmour
    2009 : Out Of The Tunnels Mouth – Steve Hackett

    Commiserations on your demise from the FA Cup FEd. They were very poor tonight though, I’m sorry to say. Torres and Gerrard crocked yet again. Whatever next.

    Rafa’s time is fast running out.

    1. Thanks, Ken. I’m still in a state of shock. Well, it can’t be shock as such, because they’ve been very poor for months now, but I can’t remember feeling so thoroughly sick and dejected after a defeat (excluding the many when Graeme Souness was manager, obviously). I couldn’t even bear to watch the last few minutes of extra time, it all seemed so bloody lacklustre and inevitable.

  12. My faves are from artists who have been around FOREVER!! I love The Eagles’ “Long Road out of Eden” and Paul McCartney (recording as The Fireman) “Electric Arguments.” I also love R.E.M. “Accelerate.”

    Some artists are like fine wine, getting better with age.

  13. OK, here’s my two cents. Thanks for asking: 😀

    2000-Modest Mouse/The Moon and Antarctica

    2001-“O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?” Soundtrack

    2002-Beck/Sea Change in a dead heat with The Flaming Lips/ Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (I’m sorry…. there is just no way I could choose between those two)

    2003-The White Stripes/Elephant (I think I’d say that this was my Album of the Decade)

    2004-Green Day/American Idiot (And there can be little doubt that this is an Album with a capital “A”, not a collection of singles)

    2005-Fiona Apple/Extraordinary Machine

    2006-Arctic Monkeys/Whatever People Say I am,That’s What I’m Not

    2007-Johnette Napolitano/Scarred (And so many more people should have heard this amazing woman’s work here. Heart ripping, beautiful, and true.)

    2008-Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

    2009-The Hazards Of Love/The Decemberists (Also a complete Album. And also, such a very, very good one.)

    2010- (OK, don’t smack me… I really, really enjoyed this limited release by iTunes) Flaming Lips, Star Death and The White Dwarfs, Peaches, and Henry Rollins/.. *Ulllp*… Dark Side of the Moon (It’s not Pink Floyd, but it is a very interesting interpretation of their work. Was scraping wallpaper in my kitchen during the first week in January and so to pass the time I selected “Dark Side of The Moon” and it played Pink Floyd and then it played these guys’ “take” on you. Favorite release of 2010, so far. Is that OK?)

  14. Anything by Joe Bonamassa or John Mayer in the 00s is pretty good, IMHO. The Eagles Long Road along with the live show is head and shoulders above today’s “Pop Stars”… is Karaoke taking over??? I hope not. Musicians of David’s standard just don’t come along any more like the old days… you do get some that are close but not enough in my book.

    Joe Bonamassa is the new kid on the block… long may he continue!

    Cheers
    Paul

  15. We should stop moaning, complaining about anything while such terrible events occur and destroy so many innocent people.

    Please, can I use the blog to try to help Haiti?

    Thank you for them.

    1. Thank you for the link, Michèle.

      Here is another one, if someone is interested.

      It seems there are two million children who have lost their parents and relatives in the earthquake and are completely alone now.

      Sorry for the off topic FEd.

  16. 2000 Radiohead – Kid A
    2001 Mogwai – Rock Action
    2002 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    2003 The New Pornographers – Electric Version
    2004 Arcade Fire – Funeral
    2005 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
    2006 Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards
    2007 Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
    2008 Frightened Rabbit – The Midnight Organ Fight
    2009 Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs

  17. Besides David, there were several good albums from the decade, from Tonic’s Head On Straight to Train’s Private Nation to Robert Plant’s Dreamland.

    My personal favorite is Roll Away by Back Door Slam.

    And then there was Fed by Plush. 🙂

  18. Pearl Jam – Binaural (2000)
    System of a Down – Toxicity (2001)
    Massive Attack – 100th Window (2003)
    Depeche Mode – Playing the Angel (2005)
    Neil Young – Living With War (2006)
    Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild (2007)
    R.E.M. – Accelerate (2008)
    Sting – If On A Winter’s Night… (2009)

    At the moment, I completely miss 2002 and 2004, but I’ll think about it.

    1. I still can’t find anything from 2004, but I think my choice for 2002 is Peter Gabriel’s “Up”.

  19. This may be off the dates, but Division Bell is still my favorite. “Coming Back To Life” takes me through the death of my husband eight years ago today… I miss him…

  20. We should stop moaning, complaining about anything while such terrible events occur and destroy so many innocent people.

    I’m with Michèle, so much devastation and loss of life. At the very least a silent prayer for the recovery efforts and for the people who have lost family and home. I can’t even imagine. My heart cries out.

  21. Hi FEd,

    So, this is a very short list of my favourites albums. 8)

    Jeff Buckley – “Mistery White Boy” (2000)
    Travis – “The Invisible Band” (2001)
    Bruce Springsteen -“The Rising” (2002)
    Micheal Bublè – “Micheal Bublè” (2003)
    David Arkenstone – “Atlantis” (2004)
    Coldplay – “X&Y” (2005)
    Anggun – “Best Of” (2006)
    Eddie Vedder -“Into The Wild” (2007)
    Jeff Beck -“Performing This Week Live At Ronnie Scotts” (2008)
    Sting – “If on a Winter’s Night” (2009)

    Have a good time FEd. :))

    Bye, Hydrea

  22. 2001, Gorillaz by Gorillaz
    2002, UP by Peter Gabriel
    2004, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2
    2005, Employment by Kaiser Cheifs
    2006, Modern Times by Bob Dylan
    2007, Long Road Out of Eden by Eagles
    2008, Live in Gdansk
    2009, Don’t know yet

    ash 🙂

  23. Dear FEd, Happy New Year!

    My New Years resolutions this year were to include keeping up with the blog and chat… alas… I missed the chat and first two weeks of the year. Life gets busy, does it not! Hope you are well and the holidays were good to you. You do a wonderful job with the blog and chat and many kudos out to you.

    So some of my favs are just like those above. Really impressed with come back artists and their new albums:

    Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark
    The Eagles – Long Road out of Eden
    Tom Jones – 24 Hours
    David Gilmour – On an Island
    David Gilmour – Live at Gdansk

    I’m always amazed at the amount and number of songs by Pink Floyd are played on my favorite radio station. Classic music just never dies does it?

    That’s it for now, still a busy girl. Love the blog and chat. Prayers to Haiti and Love to the World.

    PS – Love the snow flake thing.

  24. I went for the dig through the CD boxes and see what’s there option, so:

    Parachutes – Coldplay (2000)
    Ten New Songs – Leonard Cohen (2001)
    A Rush of Blood To The Head – Coldplay (2002)
    Permission To Land -The Darkness (2003)
    Good News For People Who Like Bad News – Modest Mouse (2004)
    Language, Sex, Violence, Other – Stereophonics (2005)
    My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts – David Byrne & Brian Eno (2006)
    Dylanesque – Bryan Ferry (2007)
    Fourth – Verve (2008)
    Keep Calm And Carry On – Stereophonics (2009)

  25. Hi,

    just wanted to join the chatroom via the regular link I´ve been using all the time and where one could see who is all there chatting, and that link is no longer working.

    TG Firefox stored the link to the chatroom, otherwise I wouldn’t have known how to join the chat. Where on the site is the link now?

    1. I don’t think there is one, actually, but there is a link to the chatroom at the top of all blog pages (home, about, calendar, chat, faq, gallery, myspace).

      This is the page you want to bookmark to go straight to the chatroom in future.

      Thanks for letting me know about the broken link.

  26. I’ve read through the lists posted on here and nothing is jumping out at me. Many of the ones mentioned so far are ho hum to me and there are some that I never heard of as well. To each his own.

    So, I’ll start with these three and then I’ll see what else I can think of.

    Oysterhead – The Grand Pecking Order (2001)
    Eric Clapton – One More Car, One More Rider (2002)
    Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy (2008)

    The Clapton release is live but it is probably one of the all-time best live recordings. The production of it is phenomenal and the DVD that was released along with it was also excellent.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

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  28. Welcome back and a happy new year to everyone.

    On an Island and the DVD from the 2002 acoustic concerts aside…

    2000 – Lightbulb Sun, Porcupine Tree
    2001 – Returning Jesus, No-Man
    2002 – Gravity, Anekdoten
    2003 – A Natural Disaster, Anathema
    2004 – And Life Goes On, The Black Noodle Project
    2005 – Blackfield 1, Blackfield
    2006 – Little Man, The Pineapple Thief
    2007 – Rapid Eye Movement, Riverside
    2008 – Insurgents, Steven Wilson
    2009 – Tick Tock, Gazpacho

  29. Well FEd, I’m a bit boring when it comes to this topic.

    I’ve looked at your list, the Times list and the list of others and I’ve only bought these from the Noughties and sorry they’re not in any order.

    Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden
    Neil Diamond – Home Before Dark
    David Gilmour – On an Island (CD and LP)
    David Gilmour – Live at Gdansk (5 disc set and LP set)
    U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (LP)
    Natalie Bassingthwaighte – 1000 Stars

    I know we weren’t meant to include the DG releases, but they’re 30% of my list.

    In the Noughties I found myself buying a lot of LPs from the 80s and 90s, I’m kind of stuck in the past.

    On another note I just ordered a copy of Frank Sinatra “Sings For Only The Lonely” on LP. I’m buying this on somebodies recommendation.

    Cheers.
    snow.

  30. No live albums, no compilations, no reissues:

    The Allman Brothers Band – Hittin’ The Note (album of the decade)
    David Gilmour – On An Island
    Steve Winwood – Nine Lives
    The Cavalera Conspiracy – Inflikted
    Eagles – Long Run Out of Eden
    Peter Gabriel – Up
    Nosound – A Sense Of Loss
    Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
    Robert Plant & Strange Sensations – Mighty Rearranger
    Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam

    1. Robert Plant & Strange Sensations – Mighty Rearranger

      YES! I would add that one to my list. I think that was a 2005 release.

      I like this one much more than his collaboration with Krause which bores me to tears.

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  31. Mr Gilmour,

    Please please come to Mexico.

    We would love to see you here, you and of course Pink Floyd has a lot of fans.

    Please at least consider coming here, even only one night.

  32. This is a hard one, but I have to go with 2000: Radiohead released “Kid A,” which I consider to be the first great album of the 21st century (quite a feat, after their masterpiece of the fin-de-siecle, “OK Computer”). Additionally, they recorded the songs that would appear on “Amnesiac” in 2001.

    2000 has to be the Year of Iceland, as three great albums were released from here: Agaestis Byrjun’s “Agaetis Byrjun,” Mum’s “Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today is Okay,” and Bjork’s “Selmasongs” (not her best album, but a fine one nonetheless). Additionally, Boards of Canada released their excellent EP “In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country” (a fine follow-up to ’98’s masterful “Music Has the Right to Children”), Godspeed You Black Emperor release what many consider to be their finest album (“Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven”), and “The Lost Trident Sessions” appears by the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

    And of course, Pink Floyd’s “Is Anybody Out There: The Wall Live” is released.

    But then, 2001 gave us the aforementioned “Amnesiac,” Bjork’s “Vespertine,” Nick Cave’s “No More Shall We Part,” Spiritualized’s “Let It Come Down” and Aphex Twin’s “Drukqs”… And 2002 saw perhaps my favorite album of the 2000s, the Flaming Lips’ “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”…

    Like I said, hard choice…

  33. 2006 was my absolute favorite year. ‘On an Island’, means more to me than any album that I’ve heard in years. :v

    Just wanted to share my repetitive thought for the day.

    Floyd Kramer’s ‘Last Date’ is completely embossed on my brain today. I was thinking David could probably play this it his guitar somehow. How sad could that sound?

    Strange how I wake up with music in my head like that. Sometimes I’ll wake up singing a song I haven’t heard in years.

    You know I love the new emoticons, don’t you Fed?

    Cheers!

  34. I’m surprised not that many people picked the year 2007 as the best year for new music, a lot of amazing stuff was released that stuff, certainly worth more than the paltry 9% it got from the poll.

    Hourglass – Dave Gahan
    Into The Wild – Eddie Vedder
    Year Zero – Nine Inch Nails
    In Rainbows – Radiohead
    Elect The Dead – Serj Tankian
    Mantaray – Siouxsie
    Dead Again – Type O Negative

  35. There was some good music this past decade, most of which sounded like capable copies of the music that came out in the 60s and 70s. Of course, I haven’t been able to train my ear to appreciate much of the hip hop genre, so I suppose that’s why I haven’t found anything that sounds particularly new or exciting.

    Nonetheless, there were some good albums that I have enjoyed.

    Post script: I still tend to buy albums over just songs, probably because I wouldn’t know how to organize my music otherwise. Actually, I bet that the album format, or at least the EP format, will make a comeback in the next decade or two. True artists tend to have more to say than what fits in just one song.

    Some albums I enjoyed over past decade:

    Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
    Band of Horses – Everything All the Time
    Beirut – Gulag Orkestar
    Beck – Sea Change
    Dan Auerbach – Keep It Hid
    Corey Harris – Vu Du Menz
    Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights
    Levon Helm – Dirt Farmer
    Los Lobos – Good Morning Aztlan
    Monade – A Few Steps More
    Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch
    Phosphorescent – Pride
    The Black Keys – Attack & Release
    Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
    TV On The Radio – TVotR
    My Morning Jacket – Z
    Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

    1. I like Levon Helms’ Dirt Farmer, and Fleet Foxes too.

      Wow, I’m so happy someone else does likes them. I thought I was the only one. 🙂

  36. Hello Fed!! and everyone, who remembers me, I hope so!

    It’s been a very long time, I vanished. LOL. I was very busy with my studies. But now, I take a few times to post here, because how much I miss this site. Oh Fed, it’s really a nice awesome site now. I adore it so much!

    And, regarding the blog’s topic, I’d have to say, I did not get in touch of the new music… especially in the 2000s, because I don’t think today’s music can beat any of the 60s/70s or even beat the 50s.

    Anyway, I have to agree on your list, Fed… on :

    Neil Young, The Eagles, and Neil Diamond, and I also like Jet. However, I have to add one in the 2009 (although not many will agree with me, even you, Fed :p)
    hmmm… for 2009, I have to say John Mayer’s Battle Studies.

    And may I squeeze in One Republic’s album Waking Up? (I don’t know which year, though.)

    So, I hope it’s not too late to say Happy New Year to you, Fed, and to all!! I miss you guys!

    With that, I thank you. 🙂

  37. In any case, Jimmy and Robert are dogged with the same question that is put in front of David time-and-time again.

    There is a very very simple answer to this and for me it doesn’t involve 100+ stadium tours in 50 countries like what David thinks we want and probably Robert as well.

    Just do what Cream did at the Albert Hall. That was absolutely beautiful and we are left with a definitive CD and DVD of perfect sound. With this final legacy there really cannot be any complaints about Cream reforming anymore. They nipped it the bud perfectly.

    As for Led Z… release that damn O2 concert. It’s a real nerve of Mr. Plant to say no more reunion gigs and then to leave that possible final legacy for them unreleased.

    Finally for PF, I figure a big part of David’s reluctance (putting aside Roger for a sec) to mount a tour was the whole overblown stage setup which I hated anyway. It got so large over the years that the band simply got lost in all the props. It could have been done simply and elegantly like Cream in a few shows. I always thought a revisit to Pompeii (or similar) with no audience as a final bookend would have been a blast.

    Now of course without Richard the opportunity is gone.

    Cheers, Howard

  38. I have had a long conversation with my ten year old son today about music and if modern acts are as good as the established greats. A conversation that has its merits yet is meaningless.

    Fed, you will love this.

    There is just one British act of the last ten years that we agree will continue to be regarded as one of the all time great bands. Being honest I resisted them for a long, long time, avoiding the hype telling fans that they are nothing but a second rate U2. But now I agree with those that were right all along. Coldplay is it.

    I have succumbed to their charms.

  39. I think sometimes we miss the point. Outstanding music cannot be slotted between dates. Outstanding music carries on, it is genetic. You cannot list “any one good album or track”.

    Forgive me as I’m not listing mine, I have too many to list but not from the same decade. Floyd, Ozzie, Scorpions and Queen. They are through the decades not in one. All I can do is thank them all for their music. 😛

  40. 1. David Gilmour – On an Island (2001)
    2. Troy Donockley – The Madness of Crowds (2009)

    Really sublime, this is madness, it’s ambient, it’s classical, it’s emotional, it rocks… it’s creepy. Who knows this guy?

    3. Mostly Autumn – The Last Bright Light (2001)

    Mmm, their leadsinger Heather Findlay left the band… so I’m a bit downy… so I wanted to put this on number one, but no, it’s fair this way.

    4. Mostly Autumn – Passengers (2003)
    5. Pendragon – Believe (2005)
    6. RPWL – World Through My Eyes (2005)
    7. Blackfield – Blackfield I (2004)
    8. The Reasoning – Dark Angel (2008)
    9. Iona – Circling Hour (2007)
    10. Yes – Magnification (2001)

    Wanted to mention:

    IQ – Dark Matter
    Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
    Radiohead: Amnesiac
    Magenta – Another Time, another Place
    Mangrove – Beyond Reality

  41. I feel the decade was a nice mix of new music, and many from decades gone by stepping up and producing their best music in a while. Hopefully this list reflects that:

    2000 Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
    2001 Journey – Arrival
    2002 Audioslave – Audioslave
    2003 Muse – Absolution
    2004 Alter Bridge – Alter Bridge
    2005 Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
    2006 Dave Gilmour – On an Island
    2007 Foo Fighters – Echoes Silence Patience
    2008 Blackstone Cherry – Folklore and Superstition
    2009 Europe – Last look at Eden

    The last entry (Europe) was a complete shock. Forget The Final Countdown, this is 70s inspired hard rock.

    1. Good list, Phil. I’d forgotten about Alter Bridge. That’s Creed with a new lead singer, isn’t it?

      I quite liked what their lead singer did with The Mayfield Four, as well.

      Will have to check out Blackstone Cherry.

  42. Taki may be one of the only ones familiar with this project but for 2002 I would also add Down II by Down.

    If you like the music of Pantera, you’ll probably like Down as well. This was a side project for musicians that were in Pantera and Corrosion of Conformity as well as others. Good and real hard rockin’ material.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  43. 2000: Stiff Upper Lip – AC/DC
    *2000: Brave New World – Iron Maiden
    2000: Is There Anybody Out There? – Pink Floyd
    *2001: In the Flesh Live – Roger Waters (I know, released in late 2000 so qualifies for 2001)
    *2002: Vapor Trails – Rush
    2002: Rock in Rio – Iron Maiden
    2003: Dark Side of the Moon Hybrid SACD – Pink Floyd
    2003: How the West Was Won – Led Zeppelin
    2003: Rush in Rio – Rush
    *2003: Dance Of Death – Iron Maiden
    *2004: Queen On Fire At the Bowl – Queen
    *2004: Feedback – Rush
    *2005: Angel Of Retribution – Judas Priest
    2005: A Bigger Bang – The Rolling Stones
    2006: Endless Wire – The Who
    2006: Self titled – Wolfmother
    2006: On An Island – David Gilmour
    *2006: A Matter Of Life And Death – Iron Maiden
    2006: Rush Replay X3 (3-DVD/1-CD box set) – Rush
    2006: Wolfmother – Wolfmother
    *2007: Snakes and Arrows – Rush
    *2007: Genesis 1976-1982 – Genesis
    *2007: Genesis 1983-1998 – Genesis
    *2007: Genesis 1970-1975 – Genesis
    2007: Turn It On Again The Hits 2-CD – Genesis
    2007: Piper at the Gates of Dawn 40th Anniversary – Pink Floyd
    2007: Live Over Europe 2007 – Genesis
    2007: Queen Rock Montreal – Queen
    2008: Snakes and Arrows Live – Rush
    2008: Live in Gdansk – David Gilmour
    2008: Death Magnetic – Metallica
    2008: Nostradamus – Judas Priest
    2008: Black Ice – AC/DC
    *2008: Genesis 1970-1975 – Genesis
    *2009: One Hundred Years From Now – Dennis DeYoung
    2009: Sonic Boom – KISS
    2009: Genesis Live 1973-2007 – Genesis

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