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Old 01-10-2009, 01:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The Mars Volta "De-Loused In The Comatorium" is the first one that comes to mind.
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:13 PM   #12 (permalink)
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One of my friends wrote an essay on what bands (and summarily albums) would be classics in the next twenty years. I've come to the conclusion that there are these that I'd like to remember (and hopefully pass on to posterity):

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R (2000)
This is when I believe Josh Homme's songwriting finally began to click. It's a vast departure from his desert rock beginnings but it still has that hard-edged tinge to it.

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The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
The Flaming Lips have evolved over the last score of years to become one of the quirkiest group of individuals, and this album is a summary work of everything they've accomplished, from psychedelia to space rock. Few records can live up to this work's genius.
Good call on both of these! I can't believe I didn't think of either one (although I might have gone for Songs for the Deaf instead of Rated R).

Also, even though presently I think a lot of people think They Were Wrong, So We Drowned is the weakest Liars album, I bet in the future it will be recognized as the work of genius that it is.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Show Your Bones

I think time will give this the credit it deserves.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:30 PM   #14 (permalink)
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We're coming to the end of the decade this year, and I wanted to know what everyone thought were sort of the new "classic" albums. Every decade has them, and while this may be sort of early, I think it could be an interesting discussion. In any case, it could be a cool way for people to catch up on some albums they may have missed from the last while.

Anyway, here are some albums that I think will be appreciated as classics in time:

Muse- Origin of Symmetry
Arcade Fire- Funeral
Coldplay- A Rush Of Blood To The Head (not perfect, but it's mainstream success will ensure that it is remembered)
The Killers- Hot Fuss (again, its one of those albums that people will remember just because of how big it was at the time
Bloc Party- Silent Alarm
Of those, I guarantee none will be remembered as classics save Funeral. Not because it's necessarily better than the others, but because none of the others really have anything near enough the critical acclaim nor the pervasive popular music-geek support necessary to end up classics.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:30 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Also, even though presently I think a lot of people think They Were Wrong, So We Drowned is the weakest Liars album, I bet in the future it will be recognized as the work of genius that it is.
They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top is Liars best album IMO, the self titled is excellent too whilst They were Wrong... has its moments.

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The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows. I think this is particularly underrated, its a superb album, the musicianship is excellent and the barrage of fast paced, energetic noise the collective creates is infectious. Not a weak song on it.

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Old 01-10-2009, 02:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
A unilateral work of genius by another one of my favorite songwriters, Jason Pierce. This is certainly no Spacemen 3 album. It's thick, a masterpiece in sonic production, but it still has incredible aesthetic appeal as well in the poignant lyrical themes.
This is no doubt, one of my favorite albums. I still seem to enjoy Spacemen 3 more though. *sigh* What I wouldn't give for a reunion between Sonic Boom and J. Spaceman.
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They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top is Liars best album IMO, the self titled is excellent too whilst They were Wrong... has its moments.
I love all of Liars albums but I have to say They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top sounds a little too much like its influences to be considered a classic for me. Even though I like that album a lot, I'm glad they changed their sound after that. I think I would've lost respect for them if they kept sounding like early Gang of Four album after album after album.
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This is no doubt, one of my favorite albums. I still seem to enjoy Spacemen 3 more though. *sigh* What I wouldn't give for a reunion between Sonic Boom and J. Spaceman.
I like Spacemen 3 but it seems like most of their work revolves around a wall of distortion. I guess that must be Sonic Boom's influence on the band. I have heard that his drug addictions were getting to be problematic towards the end, which is why the other three members split.

Which reminds me, I seem to have lost every Spiritualized album sans We Are Floating in Space, must get back on that...
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i appreciate the progression they took but i think it just became too experimental as to almost be rendered alienating. Dont get me wrong, i love experimental music, but Drums Not Dead in particular was bewildering, its overemphasis on percussion didnt work in my opinion. They Were Wrong... is better, its quite abrasive and angular which appeals to me, but i cant maintain focus on it as an entirety. I think the self-titled is excellent, its experimental whilst retaining a sense of accesability, it has a pop sensibility immersed within it somewhere. I have to agree though, on the whole an excellent band.
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Have we lost sight of the discussion a bit? The topic's supposed to be what will go down as a classic. The only reasonable way of predicting that is by looking at how much acclaim it garnered from critics and the generality of fans at the time. Like um, say Fleet Foxes from last year. That will unquestionably go down as a classic.
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