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Paste's 50 Best Albums of the 2000s

Paste's 50 Best Albums of the 2000s

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50. Björk - Vespertine

Björk - Vespertine
August 28, 2001
Critic Score
86
11 reviews

49. The Libertines - Up The Bracket

The Libertines - Up The Bracket
October 14, 2002
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

48. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose

Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
April 27, 2004
Critic Score
85
16 reviews

45. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - In Rainbows
October 10, 2007
Critic Score
88
25 reviews

In Rainbows is like a sigh of relief, a pre-apocalyptic album that’s obviously the work of a full band. It’s the sound of Radiohead funneling everything they’ve learned about space and timing and digital enhancement back into melodic, accessible songs.

44. The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music

The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music
April 8, 2003
Critic Score
72
11 reviews

42. Jay-Z - The Blueprint

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
September 11, 2001
Critic Score
81
7 reviews

41. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
March 20, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

39. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 6, 2007
Critic Score
85
25 reviews

37. Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days

Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
March 23, 2004
Critic Score
82
8 reviews

36. Pedro The Lion - Control

Pedro The Lion - Control
April 16, 2002
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

35. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
January 20, 2009
Critic Score
92
30 reviews

This is the new indie ethos: Don’t think; dance.

34. Various Artists - O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Various Artists - O Brother, Where Art Thou?
December 5, 2000
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

33. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
August 27, 2002
Critic Score
78
13 reviews

31. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
October 7, 2003
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

30. Damien Rice - O

Damien Rice - O
February 1, 2002
Critic Score
75
12 reviews

29. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

28. Paul Westerberg - Folker

Paul Westerberg - Folker
September 7, 2004
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

26. Over the Rhine - Ohio

Over the Rhine - Ohio
August 19, 2003
Critic Score
90
1 review

24. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
October 21, 2003
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

23. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker

Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
September 5, 2000
Critic Score
79
6 reviews

22. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
October 3, 2006
Critic Score
82
18 reviews

21. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
January 29, 2008
Critic Score
82
24 reviews

20. The National - Boxer

The National - Boxer
May 22, 2007
Critic Score
85
21 reviews

19. Beck - Sea Change

Beck - Sea Change
September 24, 2002
Critic Score
86
10 reviews

18. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
October 27, 2006
Critic Score
79
18 reviews

17. Kanye West - The College Dropout

Kanye West - The College Dropout
February 10, 2004
Critic Score
79
12 reviews

16. Rufus Wainwright - Want One

Rufus Wainwright - Want One
September 23, 2003
Critic Score
72
9 reviews

14. The Strokes - Is This It

The Strokes - Is This It
August 27, 2001
Critic Score
87
11 reviews

13. Josh Ritter - The Animal Years

Josh Ritter - The Animal Years
April 11, 2006
Critic Score
77
7 reviews

12. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

10. M.I.A. - Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
88
15 reviews

9. The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You

The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
September 29, 2009
Critic Score
77
15 reviews

8. OutKast - Stankonia

OutKast - Stankonia
October 31, 2000
Critic Score
90
9 reviews

6. The White Stripes - Elephant

The White Stripes - Elephant
April 1, 2003
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

5. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
January 25, 2005
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

4. Radiohead - Kid A

Radiohead - Kid A
October 2, 2000
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

3. Arcade Fire - Funeral

Arcade Fire - Funeral
September 14, 2004
Critic Score
93
19 reviews

The band has created an unquestionably sincere and autobiographical work of art, no matter how coded the lyrics prove at times. 

2. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
April 23, 2002
Critic Score
92
12 reviews

1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
92
20 reviews
If the value of individual compositions is a bit lost, the landscape is open, a flowing anthology of stories whose characters’ dreams and morals reflect freely off one another from across county lines.
Original Source: https://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2009/11/the-best-albums-of-the-decade.html
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