Album reviews & rarities – The defining records of the noughties
“Every decade music writers, review mongers and critics decry the state of modern music, preaching the end of the quality of their youth. However, hindsight usually proves them wrong and the noughties have been no exception.”
Every decade music writers, review mongers and critics decry the state of modern music, preaching the end of the quality of their youth. However, hindsight usually proves them wrong and the noughties have been no exception with a huge amount of great albums that have been released between 1st January 2000 and 31st December 2009.
The 2000s kicked off with an admittedly week year. Badly Drawn Boy put out The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, Coldplay broke onto the music scene with Parachutes and The Dandy Warholes hit their best in Thirteen Tales of Modern Bohemia.
2001 saw Gorillaz appear for their self-named first cartoon album and Daft Punk’s Discovery brought us Digital Love. However, the year was made by the emergence of both The Strokes with Is This It and White Stripes’ brilliant White Blood Cells.
Foo Fighters released One By One in 2002, alongside Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head, The Coral with their self-titled debut album, The Flaming Lips with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Red Hot Chilli Peppers released By The Way. The best of the year, though, was The Libertines Up The Bracket and The Doves’ Last Broadcast.
2003 saw Blur return with Think Tank, Radiohead Hail to the Thief, The Coral Magic and Medicine, Snow Patrol Final Straw, Jet Get Born and The Strokes Room on Fire. The most defining albums were White Stripes Elephant and Kings of Leon Youth and Young Manhood.
2004 was massive. We had Franz Ferdinand with Franz Ferdinand, Graham Coxon’s Happiness In Magazines, The Futureheads, Razorlight Up All Night, Embrace Out Of Nothing, Kasabian, Green Day American Idiot, The Zutons Who Killed...... The Zutons, and Gwen Stefani Love. Angel. Music. Baby. But then on top of all that we also had The Killers’ Hot Fuzz, The Libertines self named second album, Arcade Fire’s Funeral, Interpol Antics and Kings of Leon Aha Shake Hearbreak as the soundtracks to 2004.
2005 brought us Bloc Party Silent Alarm, The Doves Some Cities, The Kaiser Chiefs Unemployment, Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyse, Stereophonics Language. Sex. Violence. Other?, Gorillaz Demon Days, Oasis Don’t Believe the Truth, Coldplay X&Y, White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan, Editors The Back Room, Kanye West Late Registration, Pussycat Dolls PCD, Sigor Ros Takk..., Franz Ferdinand You Can Have it so Much Better and We Are Scientists’ With Love and Squalor.
In 2006 The Strokes were back once again with First Impressions of Earth, along with Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones, The Zutons Tired of Hanging Around, Hot Chip The Warning, The Killers Sam’s Town and Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. But the big bangs for the year came in the appearance of Arctic Monkeys with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and The Flaming Lips At War With The Mystics.
2007 introduced The View with Hats Off to the Buskers, along with Jamie T Panic Prevention, The Klaxons Myths of the Near Future, Bloc Party Weekend in the City and The Killers Sawdust among others. It also brought us the might of Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible, Kings of Leon Because of the Times, Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare and The White Stripes Icky Thump.
2008 saw Jay-Z headline Glastonbury, but it also saw Hot Chip Made in the Dark, Young Knives Superabundance, We Are Scientists Brain Thrust Mastery, Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple, Kings of Leon Only by the Night, Oasis Dig Out Your Soul, and M.I.A. with Kala featuring the brilliant Paper Planes. But it was MGMT Oracular Spectacular, Vampire Weekend, The Kills Midnight Boom, The Last Shadow Puppets The Age of the Understatement and The Killers Day and Age that the year is probably best known for.
2009 saw White Lies Lose My Life, Yeay Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz!, Bat for Lashes Two Suns, The Doves Kingdom of Rust, La Roux, Florence and the Machine Lungs, Arctic Monkeys Humbug, Jay Z’s The Blueprint 3 as some of the best of the year. However, it was saved a little late in the year by Julian Casablancas’ comeback with Phrazes for the Young and the arrival of Them Crooked Vultures.
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