(t5!) Albums Of The 2000s (Redux) [200 to 151]

See how my taste evolved from the last time I did this! Twenty at a time for the next two weeks, all blurbs from allmusic.com. Fight!

#200: Four Tet — Rounds
Released May 5, 2003

She Moves She | Spirit Fingers | Slow Jam

“The record offers something for nearly every audience that could approach it, with a bit of a groove for electronic fans, an obtuse sense of music-making for experimentalists, and a dreamy melodicism sure to endear it to indie pop fans.”

#199: Junior Boys — Begone Dull Care
Released March 24, 2009

Dull To Pause | Hazel | Sneak A Picture

“…the duo’s painstaking attention to detail and nuance — traits they recognized in McLaren’s work — gradually glints through…”

#198: Liars — They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top
Released October 30, 2001
Gernm Blandsten

Mr You’re On Fire, Mr. | Nothing Is Ever Lost Or Can Be Lost My Science Friend | We Live NE Of Compton

“With sufficiently angular guitars, British-tinged vocals, and a truly pummeling bass presence, the group rocks with phenomenal energy and absolutely no restraint.”

#197: The Dears — End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story
Released June 13, 2000

Where The World Begins And Ends | End Of A Hollywood Bedtime Story | There Is No Such Thing As Love

“Lead singer and songwriter Murray Lightburn plumbed the emotional depths of his soul to create a kind of song cycle to lost love, heartbreak, and pain…”

#196: Slim Thug — Already Platinum
Released July 12, 2005
Star Trak

3 Kingz | I Ain’t Heard Of That [Remix] | Miss Mary

“Throughout the album, Slim Thug ably lugs his deep, thick, smoothened drawl through a series of infectious flows.”

#195: Viktor Vaughn — Vaudeville Villain
Released September 16, 2003
Sound Ink

A Dead Mouse | Let Me Watch | Saliva

“With his mush-mouthed delivery as currency, the charismatic MC delivers a phone book of impressionistic rhyme trails, barmy anecdotes, and twisted punchlines that siphon humor into the grayest scenarios.”

#194: T.I. — Paper Trail
Released September 26, 2008
Grand Hustle

No Matter What | Swing Ya Rag | Swagga Like Us

“…there is a sense of urgency and a new dimension of self-reflection not touched upon throughout the holding pattern that was T.I. vs T.I.P.

#193. Sigur Rós — ( )
Released October 28, 2002

Untitled 1 (Vaka) | Untitled 3 (Samskeyti) | Untitled 4 (Njósnavélin)

“The relentlessly funereal tempos, the elegant arrangements, and the high-pitched warbling/cooing remain in abundance.”

#192. The Tough Alliance — A New Chance
Released May 21, 2007
Sincerely Yours

Something Special | A New Chance | Neo Violence

“As effortless, and effortlessly enjoyable, as it is perplexing to define, its remarkably fresh-feeling fusion of dance music and classic pop has all the omnivorous eclecticism, bright-eyed playfulness, and epic emotional earnestness of Saint Etienne’s Foxbase Alphaand Primal Scream’s Screamadelica

#191. Elliott Smith — Figure 8
Released April 18, 2000

Somebody That I Used To Know | Everything Reminds Me Of Her | I Better Be Quiet Now

“the sound of Smith’s melancholy has largely shifted from edgy to sighingly graceful, although his lyrics are as dark as ever.”

#190: Modest Mouse — The Moon & Antarctica
Released June 13, 2000

3rd Planet | Gravity Rides Everything | Paper Thin Walls

“Modest Mouse’s Epic debut, The Moon & Antarctica, finds them strangely subdued, focusing on mortality as well as the moody, acoustic side of their music and downplaying the edgy rock that helped make them indie stars.”

#189: M83 — Before The Dawn Heals Us
Released January 24, 2005

Don’t Save Us From The Flames | I Guess I’m Floating | Teen Angst

“M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez loves crafting antigravity masterpieces of layered and meandering synthesizers.”

#188: OutKast — Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Released September 23, 2003

The Way You Move | She Lives In My Lap | Hey Ya!

“the two albums do prove that the music can be solo in execution but remain OutKast records through and through.”

#187. Zomby — Where Were U In ‘92
Released September 9, 2008
Werk Discs

Euphoria | Float | Where Were U In ‘92

“The press materials describe Zomby’s debut full-length as “the rave album that was never made in the early ‘90s,” which seems a fairly apt way of getting the idea across — though in fact, this batch of tracks would have sounded distinctly strange at any rave of the period.”

#186: Mariah Carey — The Emancipation Of Mimi
Released April 12, 2005

We Belong Together | Shake It Off | Mine Again

“since the reserved, tasteful adult contemporary pop of 2002’s Charmbracelet failed to revive her career, she’s done a 180 and returned to R&B…”

#185: Mylo — Destroy Rock & Roll
Released May 24, 2004

Valley Of The Dolls | Drop The Pressure | Need You Tonite

“Though Mylo is a bit of a musical chameleon in that he raids influences from acid house to ambient techno to downtempo trip-hop, the album is held quite cohesively together by a smart sense of humor and what might be called a case of the warm fuzzies.”

#184: Girl Talk — Feed The Animals
Released June 19, 2008
Illegal Art

Play Your Part (Pt. 1) | Still Here | Play Your Part (Pt. 2)

“… Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals finds Gregg Gillis continuing to reinvent the mash-up with his everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach.”

#183: Kate Bush — Aerial
Released November 7, 2005

Joanni | Sunset | Nocturn

“… Aerial will sound exactly like what it is, a new Kate Bush record: full of her obsessions, lushly romantic paeans to things mundane and cosmic, and her ability to add dimension and transfer emotion though song.”

#182: The Clientele — Suburban Light
Released November 28, 2000

Reflections After Jane | Monday’s Rain | (I Want You) More Than Ever

“Even as the Clientele’s hazy, soft-focus pop suggests the influence of virtually every musical ancestor worth acknowledging, the band’s pastoral beauty nevertheless conjures a dreamscape entirely its own…”

#181: The National — Alligator
Released April 12, 2005
Beggars Banquet

Abel | The Geese OF Beverly Road | Mr. November

“ Berninger’s wry, filthy, and often eloquently sad tales of materialism, sex, and loneliness are augmented by the stellar duel-sibling attack of Aaron Dessner (guitar) and Bryce Dessner (guitar) and Scott Devendorf (guitar/bass) and Bryan Devendorf (drums), who flesh out each track with so many little creative flourishes that it takes a few listens to break them down into palatable portions.”

#180: Belle And Sebastian — The Life Pursuit
Released February 6, 2006
Rough Trade

The Blues Are Still Blue | For The Price Of A Cup Of Tea | Mornington Crescent

The Life Pursuit, is a sleek, stylish affair that finds the group quietly pursuing new ground without forsaking its trademark witty, literary, tuneful pop.”

#179: Rjd2 — Deadringer
Released July 23, 2002
Definitive Jux

Good Times Roll Pt. 2 | Ghostwriter | Chicken-Bone Circuit

“His debut LP for Definitive Jux, DJ/producer RJD2’s Dead Ringer is a deeply creative and musically poignant hip-hop record for summer 2002.”

#178: No Age — Nouns
Released October 30, 2001
Sub Pop

Miner | Teen Creeps | Errand Boy

“…what matters is the sound coming down the wires as Nouns clatters and hisses on through to your ears.”

#177: My Morning Jacket — It Still Moves
Released September 9, 2003

Golden | One Big Holiday | I Will Sing You Songs

“In all, My Morning Jacket may be a journey through the past, but it’s also a solid step into something rock & roll has been missing for an awfully long time in the mainstream arena: melody, extremely catchy and well-written songs that aren’t afraid of the mainstream, and a love of the great pop continuum that translates into something new.”

#176. Broadcast — Tender Buttons
Released August 19, 2005

I Found The F | Tears In The Typing Pool | Corporeal

“Sparingly applied beats, intricate but subtle guitars, and hazy synths dominate the album, providing a restrained backdrop for Keenan’s quietly commanding voice and crossword-puzzle lyrics.”

#175: Neko Case — Blacklisted
Released August 20, 2002

Lady Pilot | I Wish I Was The Moon | Runnin’ Out Of Fools

“her big, bold, but silky smooth voice is still a thing of beauty, and if anything, she’s still learning more remarkable things she can do with it, with the result being some of her finest and most insightful performances to date.”

#174: Mogwai — Rock Action
Released April 30, 2001

Sine Wave | Take Me Somewhere Nice | 2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

Rock Action incorporates bristling distortion, propulsive drums, and electronic textures…but the album’s most remarkable moments revisit and reinvent more traditional sounds.”

#173: Clipse — Lord Willin’
Released August 20, 2002
Star Trak

Grindin’ | Hot Damn | When The Last Time

Lord Willin’ is an oft-scary trip down the backstreets of Tobacco Road as Malice and Pusha T recount the trials and tribulations of the drug trafficker-turned-MC.”

#172. Britney Spears — Blackout
Released October 26, 2007

Gimme More | Piece Of Me | Radar

“As an album, it holds together better than any of her other records, echoing the sleek club-centric feel of In the Zone but it’s heavier on hedonism than its predecessor, stripped of any ballads or sensitivity, and just reveling in dirty good times.”

#171. The Dears — No Cities Left
Released October 12, 2004

We Can Have It | The Second Part | Warm And Sunny Days

No Cities Left…is a sweeping chamber pop nightmare of post-apocalyptic heartbreak.”

#170: Cam’Ron — Purple Haze
Released December 7, 2004

Down And Out | Harlem Streets | Dip-Set Forever

“This lack of quality control will both provide ammo for Diplomat haters and frustrate Diplomat supporters, even if there’s a durable 45-minute album in here somewhere.”

#169: Joanna Newsom — The Milk-Eyed Mender
Released March 23, 2004
Drag City

Sprout And The Bean | Peach, Plum, Pear | Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie

“Classically trained harpist Joanna Newsom uses her appreciation of Appalachian folk and bluegrass for an oddly alluring set of indie rock melodies.”

#168: Girls — Album
Released September 22, 2009
True Panther Sounds

Lust For Life | Ghost Mouth | Hellhole Ratrace

“Girls offer up a…thrifty and drug-addled ode to the warm climate, but filtered through a pair of green-tinted hippie shades.”

#167. Booka Shade — Movements
Released May 16, 2006
Get Physical

Night Falls | Mandarine Girl [Album Version] | In White Rooms

Movements humanizes the duo’s sometimes chilly electronica with disjointed bass squelches set against retro drum machine rhythms”

#166: Jens Lekman — Night Falls Over Kortedala
Released September 5, 2007

The Opposite Of Hallelujah | Into Eternity | Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo

Night Falls Over Kortadela is witty, pretty, silly, and wise; and filled with instantly memorable melodies, thrilling moments of surprise in the arrangements, and laugh-out-loud lyrics”

#165: T.I. — King
Released March 28, 2006
Grand Hustle

What You Know | Why You Wanna | Top Back

“…it does carry the best set of productions he has been given to work with, and it guarantees that he won’t be leaving the singles charts any time soon.”

#164: Beach House — Devotion
Released February 26, 2008

Gila | Heart Of Chambers | Home Again

“Their music is so lonely, so haunting, that the only beach house it evokes is a deserted one, stranded on a winter night so desolate that summer isn’t even a memory.”

#163: Dr. Dog — Fate
Released July 22, 2008
Park The Van

Army Of Ancients | From | The Beach

“They’ve still got all the right classic rock moves, clever production ideas, and the ragged-but-right vocals and bouncy bass of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken’s tough guitar and sweet vocals.”

#162: Midlake — The Trials Of Van Occupanther
Released July 25, 2006
Bella Union

Roscoe | Young Bride | You Never Arrived

The Trials of Van Occupanther jumps with both feet into the ’70s of Laurel Canyon troubadours and soft rock balladeers.”

#161: Radical Face — Ghost
Released March 20, 2007
Morr Music

Welcome Home, Son | Wrapped In Piano Strings | Homesick

Ghost is something that lives up to its name — a strange, murky presence that sometimes is not entirely there, but in the best, most suggestive way.”

#160: Fleet Foxes — Fleet Foxes
Released June 3, 2008
Bella Union

White Winter Hymnal | Ragged Wood | Blue Ridge Mountains

“Borrowing from ageless folk and classic rock (and nicking some of the best bits from prog and soft rock along the way), on their self-titled debut album Fleet Foxes don’t just master the art of taking familiar influences and making them sound fresh again, they give a striking sense of who they are and what their world is like.”

#159: The Walkmen — Bows + Arrows
Released February 2, 2004
Record Collection

The Rat | The North Pole | New Year’s Eve

Bows + Arrows fuses that heady atmosphere with the band’s angular rock into songs that are equally noisy, dreamy, angry, and romantic.”

#158: M83 — Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
Released April 14, 2003

Run Into Flowers | In Church | Cyborg

“On the list as one of the most radiant keyboard albums, M83’s absurdly lush Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts combines a small arsenal of antiquated synths and drum machines with a shoegaze aesthetic to create a giant starburst of sound and analog miasma.”

#157: Rilo Kiley — More Adventurous
Released August 17, 2004

Does He Love You? | Ripchord | I Never

“For More Adventurous, Rilo Kiley’s Warner-distributed hello to the big time, the Los Angeles band is more cohesive, more spotless, and tidier in its tangle of indie pop, torch song, and too-cool-for-school cynicism than ever before.”

#156. St. Vincent — Actor
Released May 4, 2009

The Strangers | The Party | Just The Same But Brand New

“Musically and lyrically, the album often feels like a duel (and occasionally, a duet) between Clark’s collected, literate side and her raging emotions.”

#155: The Killers — Hot Fuss
Released June 7, 2004
Lizard King

Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine | Mr. Brightside | Smile Like You Mean It

“The Las Vegas foursome introduce a perfectly tailored new wave-induced art rock sound on their debut…”

#154: Spoon — Girls Can Tell
Released February 20, 2001

Everything Hits At Once | Believing Is Art | Me And The Bean

“Their third full-length, Girls Can Tell, reflects the group’s lean, hungry stance in its spare, spiky, immaculately crafted songs.”

#153: Kanye West — 808s & Heartbreak
Released November 24, 2008

Say You Will | Love Lockdown | Paranoid

“…the constant flutter of West’s processed voice, along with a seldom interrupted sluggish march of aching sounds, is enlivened by the disarming manner in which despair and dejection are conveyed.”

#152: Ryan Adams — Love Is Hell
Released May 4, 2007
Lost Highway

Wonderwall | The Shadowlands | Hotel Chelsea Nights

“If Love Is Hell has the edge over Rock N Roll, it’s because it’s more carefully considered in its production and writing, and he manages to hide his allusions better than he does on Rock, where every title and chord progression plays like an homage.”

#151: Califone — Quicksand/Cradlesnakes
Released March 18, 2003
Thrill Jockey

Horoscopic, Amputation, Honey | Michigan Girls | Vampiring Again

“Califone still explores the shadowlands between acoustic and electronic sounds, but the experimentation is more focused here, more in support of the song.”

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