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PLEEEEEEZZZZZZ reduce the size of the thumbnails or offer a text-only link to the lists! A third of us are still stuck on dial-up and that’s just in the U.S. It is a royal pain in the ass to have to either wait for the list to load or to tease it out of the source text.
Appropos only to U2, anyone catch the Robin Williams HBO stand-up special last night? He nailed Bono at his most annoying – alone worth the price of admission.
Well, there’s your Miley Cyrus, so maybe you can stop worrying about her. ;o)
Every Animal Collective album ever made (okay, I exaggerate), but no New Pornographers, Neko Case, Metric, or K’naan? C’MON! And for that matter, if you’re going to include the “love or hate” groups like Animal Collective or Of Montreal (both of whom do deserve their place), then why not Cat Power, Belle & Sebastian, Decemberists, or Yo La Tengo? One of the better lists, but obviously not, IMHO, perfect. (Not that any of these lists ever is.) The Pitchfork dig (HA!) may not be deserved, but I am surprised that Stereogum failed to appreciate the importance or longevity of albums it failed to include such as those mentioned in all these comments. BTW, I really wish just ONE of these lists would only include ONE album by each artist. Do the heavy lifting and figure out which one is THE most influential and will have the most staying power over the years as opposed to just listing all your faves. Even the lists that include the Beatles usually only include about two or three albums for cripes sake. (Usually Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and/or the White Album, because they were the ones that changed the landscape of ALL OF ROCK AND ROLL.) If any band deserves a handful, it’s the Beatles. And maybe Radiohead. Not Animal Collective.
If they’re only going to do 10, it should be the best album of each year, and I only see one or two that qualify. And I do actually like the Dixie Chicks, and I liked Home, but to give it precedence as the token “country” recording over the final Johnny Cash American Recordings (Hello? Hurt?) or one of this decade’s T-Bone Burnett productions (e.g., O Brother Where Art Thou OST) is just plain nuts. And on an tangential note, what is the fascination with Johnny Depp? Yes, he’s good, and he’s been prolific, but I can think of so many other actors (male and female) who better qualify for the cover. I think I’ll have to go to EW and make some comments there.
First a trivia note: The “naught” play on words refers to the first decade of a century traditionally being called the “aughts.” As for the list, as usual, most of the artists are probably appropriate to the overall pop/rock landscape, but we couid do with a little bit less Coldplay and a few more important artists, like the aforementioned and the Decemberists, Neko Case, Jose Gonzalez, Josh Ritter, Stars, Feist, Metric, and Belle & Sebastian. At the very least, include Broken Social Scene for it’s groundbreaking structure, style and spin-offs. And, of course, the choice of material and order of precedence is stupid. For example, M.I.A.’s “Paper Airplanes” is far more significant than Kala, especially as it was a major part of the soundtrack of Oscar-winning Best Film. I am also one of those annoying indie lovers who also loves U2 (probably b/c I’m a geezer who fell in love with them when they were indie post-punk at the same time as Joy Division), but *No Line on the Horizon* has no place on any best-of list. (The other two albums I’ll grant ‘em, and ATYCLB actually belongs IMHO.) And I would really like it if the folk weighing in would pay attention to covers. There is probably no song on this list covered more this decade than “Heartbeats,” and yet it is #87? I don’t think so. Even if you don’t like the song, pay attention to the artists who do. And no “Breathe Me” (Sia) when it was all we heard the summer of 05? (It was just as ubiquitious as “:Crazy” was the following summer, and Feist was later that year.) I AM glad to see LCD SS & Radiohead getting love (although, again, I’d do some re-arranging, except for Kid A), and I do like the hip-hop inclusions, but as for the latter, the exclusion of K’naan is also unforgivable. Another commenter said it well, none of these lists will do justice to the artists we love, and we just have to make our own.