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Old 01-10-2009, 10:03 AM   #1 (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
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Well Kill Me Tomorrow's The Garbageman and the Prostitute will certainly be a classic for me, probably not for most people though.
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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MuM - Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK
Nothing else sounds like MuM's debut album, except perhaps some moments in their succeeding records. Though their sound has been watered down to sound slightly less impressive over the years, their debut still sounds incredibly original, disorienting, and thus classic.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
I've said it before and I can't believe that amount of disagreement! This is Wilco's defining moment, combining eccentric production with brooding Americana. This is a deep record whose meaning and purpose will fly over some people's heads, but don't let it fly over yours.

Sufjan Stevens - Come on Feel The Illinoise
I have a feeling this is going to be, if not his last, then Sufjan Steven's most impressive state dedication. It mixes religion with state philosophy and the human spirit. All the songs are memorable, even the interludes, and its so effortlessly seamless it can be nothing but a modern classic.

Radiohead - Kid A
What's there to say about Radiohead's Kid A that hasn't before? Their most engrossing effort may not be their most ambitious but it's still a solid effort.

Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
Will be remembered by underground rap enthusiasts for breaking the trend that rap has been setting for the past few years. It's not money, crystal and hoes for Dizzee Rascal.
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Although Neon Bible is often considered their better effort, Funeral was the album that got the Arcade Fire where they are today. Its the most personal of the two albums they have out so far and thus their most relatable.

These are the albums I know will make it to most critic's decade end lists.
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Just talking in terms of popularity, I would also add:

Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory
My Chemical Romance- The Black Parade

You can argue about the quality of those ones all you want, but they sold well. People listened to those albums, and because of that those ones are going to be remembered.

Also, they're not disposable albums. I think that both are great, so I think they'll stay with people.
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Looking back at the ones on this thread, if they are going to be remembered as the classics of this decade then I have no objections to no more new music ever being created again.

There are plenty of amazing albums in my collection alone to keep me entertained for a lifetime and even more out there that I have yet to get. It really wouldn't bother me one bit if not one more album or song was written.
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Just talking in terms of popularity, I would also add:

Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory
My Chemical Romance- The Black Parade

You can argue about the quality of those ones all you want, but they sold well. People listened to those albums, and because of that those ones are going to be remembered.

Also, they're not disposable albums. I think that both are great, so I think they'll stay with people.
I've never heard either one of those albums. Heard of them, but I've never listened to them.
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I've never heard either one of those albums. Heard of them, but I've never listened to them.
Personally, I think that their great, and would definately reccomend them. Although, both have some sentimental value attached for me, so i'm not exactly the most objective person to ask for this.
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Personally, I think that their great, and would definately reccomend them. Although, both have some sentimental value attached for me, so i'm not exactly the most objective person to ask for this.
From what I've heard of both bands neither album really seems like it would be my cup of tea, but maybe someday I'll give them a listen.
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From what I've heard of both bands neither album really seems like it would be my cup of tea, but maybe someday I'll give them a listen.
TBH The Black Parade is MCR's worst effort to me. Hybrid Theory, I can see being considered a classic nu-metal album someday.
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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.

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.

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.
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