Reading higher ed blogs, you may get the feeling we’re a serious bunch. Nothing could be further than the truth. We like to have fun and many interests … music among the most common. So I was quite flattered when Andrew Careaga asked me to join his Magnificent Seven Higher Ed Critics Top 100 albums of the 2000s poll.
We’re releasing those discs favored by our seven picky music fans in 10 exciting installments over at this blog. Check it out!
Here’s the top 10 from my list, with a bit of commentary. I only consider new studio albums, not compilations or live records, releases since 2000. Of all the great music I bought this decade, I found these the creme de la creme:
1. Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism — I played this album more than any other this decade. Nuff said.
2. Avett Brothers, I And Love And You — Masterfully written, performed and produced. Easily the album of the year.
3. O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack — Not only an outstanding collection, it did the seemingly impossible by making bluegrass cool in the mainstream.
4. Tegan and Sara, So Jealous — The Quin twins have produced a lot of great music, but this is their masterpiece to date.
5. The Killers, Hot Fuss (Bonus Edition) — And to think some critics don’t like The Killers? Just jealous of Brandon Flowers’ looks and charisma, I guess.
6. Radiohead, Kid A — This album was a kick to the head to the world of rock’n’roll … in a good way.
7. Arcade Fire, Funeral — An record that seemingly came out of nowhere to become loved just about everywhere.
8. Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope — But when will the SUNY Purchase grad produce something else rivaling this gorgeous effort?
9. Feist, The Reminder — 1,2,3,4, I wanna play this album more.
10. Matthew Good, Vancouver — The newest and best of a very impressive catalogue.
Interested in more? Here’s my entire Top 100. What do you think?