View Full Version : Albums of the Year

03-12-2003, 11:29:56
Well it's December, i think i can justify starting this thread.

Here's mine:

Fever to Tell - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - The heart hoped against it, but the head said there was no way that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs could turn the genius shown on the 'Bang' single into a whole albums worth of material. Well stupid old head was totally wrong. Not only does the album maintain the intensity of the earlier stuff, but they also show a musically mature and decidedly un-naff softer side. Probably my favourite album of the year.

The Decline of British Sea Power - British Sea Power - I bought this on a whim on the back of some half remembered recommendations from an old friend about their early stuff. But what a pleasant surprise, almost my favourite of the bunch. Big riffs and t s eliot inspired-lyrics, this is the acceptable face of art rock.

Youth and Young Manhood - Kings of Leon - I found myself consciously avoiding this lot because of the hype about them, but unfortunately I soon realised that all their songs were really really good. Now i really regret not going to see them at Glastonbury :(

Elephant - White Stripes - Great singles, great videos, and another filler-free album. The White Stripes continue to maintain an energy and emotion in their music that many bands can only dream of.

Frengers - Mew - Wow what a revelation. Saw them live at Reading uni and had no hesitation in buying the album. Veers from the tender to the toe-tapping to the rifftastic with total ease.

Absolution - Muse - The most consistent album Muse have released. Never quite reaches the heights of Newborn or Plug-in Baby, but totally dud-free. Seamlessly blends the pomp-rock with the radioheadesque guitar stuff.

Room on Fire - The Strokes - Bah, all of those people who said that it was too similar to the first album can sling their fucking hooks. More perfect garage pop.

Delousing the Crematorium - The Mars Volta - So intense and so brilliant. Almost makes you glad At the Drive In broke up.

03-12-2003, 11:36:34
Bad year then.

03-12-2003, 11:37:25
Actually the Mars Volta I've heard is good.

Scabrous Birdseed
03-12-2003, 11:40:34
I think my Album of the Year will have to go to the Ying Yang Twins and the album Me & My Brother- incredibly intense Crunk with both electro hardness and rock delerium. Brilliant production by the eminently browncardable Beat-in-Azz, it feels throughout like you're an airplane about to take off.

I really liked the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, White Stripes, Moneyybrother and Dizzee Rascal albums as well.

03-12-2003, 11:41:46

I am so out of touch.

03-12-2003, 11:52:11
Originally posted by protein
Bad year then.

yeah fuck you too prick

why don't you just say nothing instead of crap like that

this is why no one comes to the music forum

03-12-2003, 12:05:27
I honestly thought it must be a bad year if the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were considered to be the best.

I have opinions on music as do you but I'm not going to call you a prick just because my opinions differ.

03-12-2003, 13:36:10
i'm calling you a prick because rather than articulate your own opinions you just dismiss mine with a pathetic little swipe at them

why don't you just list your own albums of the year like scabby did or keep your snide comments to yourself

Mr. Bas
03-12-2003, 13:40:19
I like what I heard so far of the White Stripes, British Sea Power and Muse albums, but I haven't bought any of them so far. I might in the near future though. I've also listened to some of the other albums you mentioned, but so far I can't really appreciate the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the strokes, kings of leon and the mars volta albums. To be honest, I have bought only fairly few recent albums.

Riot Act was pretty solid, but not spectacularly good, like all Pearl Jam albums after Vitalogy.
High Anxiety is the best Therapy? album in years, I really enjoyed it. They were great live as well.
I loved Horse of the dog, by the 80's matchbox b-line disaster. Great stuff.

Err, that's all I can think of for now. More to come later. Maybe.

03-12-2003, 14:38:13
I haven't had much time to listen to other people's music. I haven't had the money either. The very small amount of music I've heard this year that I haven't produced or seen live hasn't really excited me. I've heard the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I don't like them.

I like Mew but I don't know if they released an album this year. I'm terrible at names, dates and statistics regarding music to be honest.

The only music that I really want to spend time listening to has to be awesome and I haven't heard any new albums like that apart from Mew. Did they release an album this year?

I've heard My Morning Jacket once. They are good.

I could list the bands that I have worked with if you like.

Gramercy Riffs
03-12-2003, 15:36:32
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

03-12-2003, 18:53:20
Matmos - The Civil War.

03-12-2003, 19:17:23
American IV: The Man Comes Around - Johnny Cash

North - Elvis Costello

03-12-2003, 19:35:11
I love you Zmama!

Uh...just bought "Welcome Interstate Managers" by Fountains of Wayne.
That's a 3 1/2 out of 5 star record...some great tunes, some filler.

Sadly, the only aforementioned album I own is the White Stripes. It's good...but not earth shaking IMO, but I am in a very weird larval stage of listening, personally, with all my old faves no longer producing and no newly discovered favorites.

I might have to look into some of these, but I must be assured that someone who likes Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, Pixies, Elvis Costello, Fugazi, Toots Hibbert, etc. will enjoy them.

03-12-2003, 19:49:21
Fountains of Wayne is opening for MB20. :hmmm:

03-12-2003, 19:52:16
Originally posted by Sean
Matmos - The Civil War.
Oh, great booklet-thing as well as being a damn fine album.

03-12-2003, 19:53:41
I love you too BGH...even though you're too old for me! ;)

So what are some of the great tunes on "Welcome Interstate Managers" I'm on dial up and don't wanna waste my time.

03-12-2003, 20:09:21
Try "Valley Winter Song" and "All Kinds of Time".

03-12-2003, 20:29:45
Cute pop tunes....kinda sugary but nice.

Lazarus and the Gimp
03-12-2003, 21:55:45
"Come get some" by Willis

"Hobosapiens" by John Cale.

New soul sensation and a crusty old Welsh git. Good combination- and better albums.

03-12-2003, 23:33:55
The Mars Volta, Dizzee Rascal, Mew

04-12-2003, 00:05:52
Originally posted by BigGameHunter
I might have to look into some of these, but I must be assured that someone who likes Johnny Cash, the Grateful Dead, Pixies, Elvis Costello, Fugazi, Toots Hibbert, etc. will enjoy them.

You'll love It Still Moves by My Morning Jacket.

Check it out here (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000C0FBM/qid=1070496244/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/102-8542832-1764166).

04-12-2003, 02:00:31
Madonna- American life (because I found it surprisingly personal and inventive..or derivative not sure. I really loved Nothing fails which is like a rewind and reverse on Like A Prayer)

Norah Jones- Come Away With Me (soothing Sunday music)

Justin Timberlake- Justified (the boy can really sing! And I thought this was very high quality, no filler shit)

Christina Aguilera- ( I love this album, she has an incredible voice and I just love her refusal to be a Britney pop tart. A diva in the making perhaps)

I like a kickin choon, so I will also enjoy the Ministry of Sound Trance doo dah album thats just out, and also....I love Michael jackson's early stuff (he lost me with Dangerous) so I want to buy the no 1's album but I feel weird about it since the paedo stuff and also- isnt it just the same as History???

Hmm not sure if all those were released this year but its what i've been listening to.

I'm sensing that I'm unfashionably mainstream!!

04-12-2003, 10:39:59
Originally posted by Gramercy Riffs
My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves

No Phantom Power? I would have put it in myself but i just haven't listened to it enough to really make my mind up.

Gramercy Riffs
04-12-2003, 10:52:13
I'd put Phantom Power at number 2, with Muse at a close 3 I think.

04-12-2003, 11:03:05
Power in the number two slot?

04-12-2003, 12:26:56
I initially thought that this had been a fairly week year from my point of view, but having pondered over it more carefully there have actually been quite a few albums released that I've liked a hell of a lot:

Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Kristin Hersh - The Grotto

Carla Kihlstedt - 2 Foot Yard

Tomahawk - Mit Gas

Killing Joke - Killing Joke

Pretty Girls Make Graves - The New Romance

04-12-2003, 12:30:09
And honorable mention to McLusky for the Ain't No Fool In Ferguson single.

05-12-2003, 09:25:11
I want to hear the My Morning Jacket Album.

05-12-2003, 09:31:05
I want to try it. I know I'll be able to handle it. Come on. Give me a hit.

05-12-2003, 09:39:06
Also, what's Phantom Power?

05-12-2003, 12:28:08
Phantom Power is the new Super Furry Animals album.

05-12-2003, 13:04:00
* comment about the Super Furries held back for fear of name calling *

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05-12-2003, 13:26:49
Jesus wept.

Gramercy Riffs
05-12-2003, 13:27:48
Swearing makes Baby Jesus cry.

05-12-2003, 13:30:40
What cartoon is that picture from?

Gramercy Riffs
05-12-2003, 13:36:43
www.whimsy.demon.co.uk/gold/pix.html (http://www.whimsy.demon.co.uk/gold/pix.html)

05-12-2003, 13:42:20
Cities of Gold?

Gramercy Riffs
05-12-2003, 13:44:38
You not remember it?

05-12-2003, 13:50:06
It didn't say the name on the website. The URL has gold in the title so I had to guess.

I didn't really like it. I was more of a Rolf's Cartoon Club and Nightmare sort of a kid.

Gramercy Riffs
05-12-2003, 14:06:07
My parents always used to tell me I was a Nightmare kid.

I never what they meant till now.

05-12-2003, 14:33:07
Why don't you venture into the main part of the forum. Are you scared?

Gramercy Riffs
05-12-2003, 14:40:30
Should I be?

05-12-2003, 14:43:06
Not really. K_G might try and bum you in there though.

Gramercy Riffs
05-12-2003, 14:51:56
That doesn't suprise me.

He tries that every Friday night.

05-12-2003, 20:54:20
Bought the British Sea Power album. It’s good, but not as good as The Civil War (The Struggle Against Unreality Begins is almost worth a nomination on its own).