Continuing my list of under the radar albums of the decade. Again, I didn't want to do a list of top 10 albums because I would probably be duplicating everyone else's list. So, I decided to recognize records that I feel should get more attention. My measuring stick are lp's I can listen to from beginning to end without getting sick of them. See my previous list here.
Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs (2005)
My better half rolled her eyes when she saw this on my list. I think its because of different reasons, but maybe not. I really enjoyed this album when it came out. The quirky whistling, sampling, etc. made this one of my favorite lp's of the year. I believe that Bird peaked with this album as the last couple have been pretty mediocre. I have seen Bird more than four times in concert and honestly, he really is boring (close second to Pavement). I kept wanting to give him another chance but I just don't find him entertaining. I know that might come as a divisive statement to other bloggers but that doesn't mean his albums are bad.
The Thermals - The Body, The Blood, The Machine (2006)
I listened to this band way back when they were first called Hutch & Kathy. They played fast lo-fi punk/pop. This is without questions their best album. This album had the right wing political and religious mockery. "They'll pound you with the love of Jesus/They'll own your days/ They're only God's babies/ They follow, they know". Never had the opportunity to see these them live but I have heard they put on a good show.
The National - Boxer (2007)
Ok, this might be on some lists, but still one of the more under appreciated albums in my opinion. Whenever people (who aren't music snobs) ask me for a record they might like I always hand this to them. Haven't heard a bad comment on it yet. The piano intro of "Fake Empire" kicking things off to Sufjan Stevens appearances on "Ada" and "Racing Like a Pro". I am hoping their next album continues to expand on the band's signature sound.
Bright Eyes - Lifted, or, The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
This is one of my better half's favorites. Conor is at the top of his game with his ability to weave stories throughout the album. Its a mixture of chamber pop with just a hint of the alt-country which Conor has since evolved into. His distinct lyrics give voice to each track. This put Conor on the map for both a national audience and media standpoint.
Love is All - Nine Times That Same Song (2005)
Hailing from Sweden this group came onto the scene with their distinctive indie new wave/punk sound and loud vocals. Made up a 5 members they incorporated varying percussion devices to create a lo fi aesthetic on the album. The album sprints with a manic pace most suited to punk bands. Their last album was ok, but not in this category.