Ten Albums 2000
invasions from overseas
may have seemed like a bit of a wasted year in music. At least
that is what it appeared to be at first glance. After looking
over what came out this year, however, we were pleasantly surprised
to find a few gems hidden amongst the rap-rock of the Limp Bizkits
and the ghetto pop anthems of the Britney Spears and Christina
As we racked
our brains to see what set us in motion, both phsyically and emotionally,
we often came up with albums that came out in 1999 but that were
still rocking our world. So, back to the drawing board we went
- headphones in hand, lights dimmed, candles burning.
And what we
found is some amazing music. And what surprised us even more was
the fact that most of this amazing music was imported from our
friends overseas. No one ever said America was famous for its
quality music... but at least we know where to find it.
/ Music-Critic.com's Top Ten Albums of 2000.
has always been at the cutting edge of hip-hop, but with
Stankonia they turned it on its head with their techno-jungle-rock
beats and always fresh rhymes.
Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth" gave The Dandy
Warhols a one-hit wonder label. But this year this Portland
band showed us what they were really capable of.
van Dyk - Out There and Back
music is still an underground phenomena, not played on most
radio. Still, this Berlin DJ's trance has showed the world
that electronic music is still here to stay.
- Kid A
Computer set England's Radiohead apart as the band to
watch to see where rock music could go. With Kid A they
ventured into soundscapes when their rock met electronics.
in the Dark" garnered high praise in the film circuit.
Bjork's soundtrack to this musical was Iceland's Bjork at
her finest. Totally out there, but totally beautiful.
Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast
may have heard "The Shining" on a gap commercial,
but that pretty tune is just a sample of what this British
boy has to offer. Beautiful vocals and instrumentation make
this the come-down album of the year.
Mann - Bachelor #2
former Til Tuesday singer became an indie-rock heroine this
year when she released Bachelor #2 online and then through
an independent label. Featuring a few tracks off the Magnolia
soundtrack, the newer stuff was even better.
- All That You Can't Leave Behind
possibly their best album to date, these Irish boys returned
to their roots, leaving the electronics behind. The Edge
shined, Bono crooned, the world listened, and U2 returned.
was just the beginning. Another new brit-pop band to watch
out for, Coldplay released a mellow album full of heart
and soul - almost as good as our number one.
- The Man Who
you haven't heard this album, you must. Especially if you
are a fan of heartelt Britpop. This year's Radiohead, Travis
brought the stadiums to beautiful unison with their single
"Why Does it Always Rain on Me," and treated them
to a collection of bliss with the rest of this album.
And so, as
you can see, most of the best music came from overseas. Mostly
from Britain.. but who cares? So long as we are treated to music
like this, that is all that matters. There was plenty more great
music other than this, but only so many can be counted as the
year then... may the new millenium put the old to shame.
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