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Great Albums of the 21st Century

Richard Magrath
 
100 Broken Windows
100 Broken Windows
"My first ever gig was Idlewild's 100 Broken Windows tour. Not at all the boring indie record it appears to be, Idlewild here create a unique sound mixing punk guitars and warm vocals. Very Scottish."
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
"Deserved to win all those awards. Deep - kind of Nick Cave goes funky, sometimes hard, always hypnotic and melodic. My nu-metal friends don't like it, so that's a good recommendation there."
Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine
Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine
"I saw this band live as well, pity that the lead singer has left. Yes, they are Byrds-esque, but they've obviously listened to some modern albums too - vintage REM for example."
Dog in the Sand
Dog in the Sand
"There's loads I can say about this record, but I've said most of it in my Amazon review. I must have played it about 1000 times, no other modern album has touched me quite like it. Brilliant."
Holes In The Wall
Holes In The Wall
"I knew this band were going to be big since their first single (which I have a signed copy of!). Indie at it's best - refusing to be bound by musical genres. One of tomorrow's classics."
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
"Some people say that BDB is the poor man's Beck. Fools! Play this record on your car stereo as you drive around Manchester in the summer, and *then* you will understand it."
Yeah Yeah Yeahs E.P
Yeah Yeah Yeahs E.P
"Yes, it's an EP, but it does have 5 tracks. Simply put: cool, modern punk rock that is not descended from the overused Nirvana/metal template. Better than the Strokes and Stripes put together."
Get Ready
Get Ready
"Genuinely on a par with their '80s stuff. Out goes the dated early '90s dance-pop of World in Motion and Regret, the band playing as if they'd never written anything since Ceremony. In a good way."
Rings Around The World
Rings Around The World
"Incomparable to 'Fuzzy Logic' (& not as good), 'Rings' is much more quiet and less experimental, but you can't fault those tunes even if they sometimes come close to (good) Beautiful South territory."
Flowers
Flowers
"One of the best bands ever finally makes another album worthy of their name! A few dull tracks, and a lot of absolute gold. I was there at the Live in Liverpool LIPA recording..."
Tenacious D
Tenacious D
"It's Dudley Moore and Peter Cook play the Pixies' Surfer Rosa. It's Spinal Tap with much more swearing. It's surprisingly melodic and the between-song comedy sketches are actually quite funny."
A Concise History of the University of Cambridge
A Concise History of the University of Cambridge
"...well, those were the albums I *thought* the best, around mid-2002. But even I disagree with some of my choices now I've been to university for a year. So here are some recent ones I like more:"
Saucy Haulage Ballads
Saucy Haulage Ballads
"While I can't agree with the Cambridge student-murdering sentiments of 'Blood on the Quad', tracks 1-3 are ace. Lyrically clever (and funny!), and musically like The Fall going pop."
Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
"If I was writing this chart in order of quality (in fact it's sort of chronological) Franz Ferdinand would be number 1. I love the tunes, the style, the lyrics (esp. Matinee), the videos, the voice..."
You Are The Quarry
You Are The Quarry
"Sounds remarkably different from The Smiths, but still remarkably Morrissey. Side 2 in particular has some great melodies (and The First of the Gang)."
Mclusky Do Dallas
Mclusky Do Dallas
"Buy it if only for track 1. Buy it if only for the lyrics to Gareth Brown Says: "All of your friends are c*nts | Your mother is a ballpoint pen-thief | You've never been to Alton Towers""
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
"I've always had a soft spot for '90s American alternative bands (though not really grunge), and to me this album captures the fresh, exciting quality of it (esp. the Pixies-esque Bury Me With It)."
The Beginning Stages Of... [CD + DVD]
The Beginning Stages Of... [CD + DVD]
"See above about American alternative music. But this has the bonus of actually making me feel happier when I listen to it."
Up the Bracket
Up the Bracket
"Every year, X number of interesting albums are released. You buy a few of them, and like just a few of those. I didn't buy this one and I regret it. In contrast, who regrets not buying the Vines' CD?"
Hits
Hits
"In retrospect, weren't Pulp great? Like a latter-day Smiths."
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
"I haven't even listened to the Speakerboxxx CD, this is for The Love Below only. Even when I was an indie kid, I was never above liking an album just because it had so many good songs on it..."