2000s Album Reviews

The first decade of the 21st century feels like my home territory. I spent my teenage years in the 1990s catching up with the 1960s and 1970s, so the 2000s were the first decade in which I actively engaged with new music.

In the 2000s music splintered further into sub-genres – it’s more difficult to find consensus favourites. Acts that I enjoy and would like to cover include Spoon, Girls Aloud, and Phoenix.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire
For a band, there are essentially two different career trajectories for a recording career. Like Radiohead or The Beatles, you can start your career with an embryonic album with hints...

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The Decemberists

The Decemberists
The band most likely to win a Scrabble tournament, The Decemberists hail from Portland, Oregon, and are notable for flaunting their extensive vocabulary in song. Despite their American heritage, they're staunch...

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The Hold Steady Album Reviews

The Hold Steady Album Reviews
Vocalist Craig Finn and guitarist Tab Kubler started their careers with the indie-rock band Lifter Puller. They formed The Hold Steady after watching The Band's The Last Waltz. But unlike...

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LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem
James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem blurred the lines between electronic and rock music in the 21st century. Murphy's original career plan was to become a sound engineer or a drummer, but...

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Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis
When Jenny Lewis released her first solo album in 2006, it was her third high-profile career. She'd already enjoyed success as a child actor in the 1980s, appearing in movies...

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M.I.A. Album Reviews

M.I.A. Album Reviews
Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam was born in London but spent most of her childhood in Sri Lanka, where her father was a Tamil activist. She originally planned a career in the...

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The New Pornographers Album Reviews

The New Pornographers Album Reviews
Canadian indie pop band The New Pornographers took their name from a 1966 Japanese anthropological film, The Pornographers. The term super-group has always felt a little misleading for this conglomerate...

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Paramore Album Reviews

Paramore Album Reviews
Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams moved from Mississippi to Tennessee at the age of 13. She met Josh and Zac Farro in a program for home-schooled students. Drummer Zac Farro...

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Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse
Nebraskan born singer-songwriter Josh Rouse grew up inspired by British bands like The Smiths and The Cure, and his music reflects both the homespun feeling of the American Midwest and...

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Sigur Rós

Sigur Rós
Iceland's most famous post-rock band  is named after the sister of singer/guitarist Jónsi Birgisson, who was born on the same day as the band was formed in Reykjavík in 1994....

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Sufjan Stevens Album Reviews

Sufjan Stevens Album Reviews
One of the most consistently fascinating musicians to emerge in the 21st century, Sufjan Stevens is nominally an alt-folk artist, with his hushed, vulnerable vocals and predominance of acoustic instruments....

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Transatlantic Album Reviews

Transatlantic Album Reviews
Transatlantic are a progressive rock supergroup, plucking members from other successful neo-prog acts. Bassist Pete Trewavas has been a member of Marillion since 1982, while drummer Mike Portnoy is a...

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The White Stripes

The White Stripes
There are many examples in popular music of stripping away the superfluity and getting back to basics, but it doesn’t get much more basic than Detroit’s The White Stripes. Dispensing...

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2000s Miscellany

2000s Miscellany
This page collects miscellaneous reviews for artists who don't have their own page. Coldplay | David Gray | The Mendoza Line | Andy Thornton | Steve Wynn Coldplay Parachutes 2000,...

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