NME's 50 Best Albums of 2001

NME's 50 Best Albums of 2001

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49.

Zoot Woman - Living in a Magazine
May 1, 2001
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

48.

Gorillaz - Gorillaz
June 19, 2001
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

46.

Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
85
7 reviews
Carving one of the most potent, profound albums of the year, Cannibal Ox’s reality-drenched psychedelia renders most of the empty, cliché-ridden braggadocio of hip-hop today totally obsolete. A ‘What’s Going On?’ for the hip-hop age, its pathos and poetry will scar you for life.

44.

The Tyde - Once
March 20, 2001
Critic Score
69
3 reviews

43.

The Beta Band - Hot Shots II
July 17, 2001
Critic Score
76
7 reviews

41.

Oxide & Neutrino - Execute
March 12, 2001
Critic Score
70
3 reviews

40.

N.E.R.D. - In Search of...
September 28, 2001
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

39.

Aaliyah - Aaliyah
July 7, 2001
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

38.

Four Tet - Pause
October 2, 2001
Critic Score
83
4 reviews

37.

Turin Brakes - The Optimist LP
March 5, 2001
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

36.

Beanie Sigel - The Reason
June 26, 2001
Critic Score
67
5 reviews

35.

Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun
October 27, 1999
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

34.

R.E.M. - Reveal
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
64
9 reviews
'Reveal' is the slippers, fire and photo album - but this doesn't mean REM have resigned themselves to the placid lethargy of age. It just means that they've found a place to sit back and take stock after a long, colourful journey.

32.

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

31.

New Order - Get Ready
August 27, 2001
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

30.

The Charlatans - Wonderland
September 10, 2001
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

29.

Clearlake - Lido
March 26, 2001
Critic Score
63
4 reviews

28.

Mogwai - Rock Action
April 21, 2001
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

27.

Mark Lanegan Band - Field Songs
May 8, 2001
Critic Score
70
2 reviews

26.

Missy Elliott - Miss E... So Addictive
May 15, 2001
Critic Score
86
11 reviews
It's a blessing that the surrogate mum to the hip-hop youth of America is out there pushing for sounds as deranged, commercial, newly kinetic, and socially risque as those licking your ears in 'X-tasy' and 'Slap! Slap! Slap!'.

25.

Radiohead - Amnesiac
June 5, 2001
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

'Amnesiac' hints at a darker, better truth: this is a record that choses its rarefied isolation, feels its elevation, a damaged record, yes, but not a fragile one.

24.

Low - Things We Lost in the Fire
February 6, 2001
Critic Score
89
7 reviews

23.

Travis - The Invisible Band
June 11, 2001
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

21.

Stephen Malkmus - Stephen Malkmus
February 13, 2001
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

19.

Fugazi - The Argument
October 16, 2001
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

18.

Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me
August 13, 2001
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

17.

Pulp - We Love Life
October 22, 2001
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

'We Love Life' is a grandiose, symphonic affair buoyed by succinct orchestration and white-light choral interludes. At times, the music really sparkles as it soars above Cocker's bleakly-intoned spoken-word meditations.

16.

Daft Punk - Discovery
March 13, 2001
Critic Score
76
12 reviews
Call it pop. Call it art. Call it retro-cheese neo-fusion with a side order of emperor's new arse. But play this orgasmically great record until your brain implodes with joy. That's what it's there for.

15.

Destiny's Child - Survivor
May 1, 2001
Critic Score
72
6 reviews

14.

Air - 10,000 Hz Legend
May 28, 2001
Critic Score
66
8 reviews

13.

Basement Jaxx - Rooty
June 26, 2001
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

10.

Aphex Twin - drukQs
October 22, 2001
Critic Score
63
10 reviews
What ‘Drukqs’ never is, of course, is boring. It’s also beautifully paced. No track sounds like the one before, even though Aphex rarely strays far from the musical palate that’s served him so well in the past.

9.

Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet
November 13, 2001
Critic Score
67
6 reviews

7.

Mercury Rev - All Is Dream
August 27, 2001
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

6.

Slipknot - Iowa
August 28, 2001
Critic Score
60
6 reviews
And if their world revolves around them and their paranoia, it’s because they’ve constructed it to do just that. Like the art of the insane, every possible space is covered in scrawl and cymbals: guitars, percussion, electronic squall, subhuman screaming, Ross Robinson’s production ensuring the music lets no light in, that you can never quite see round the edges.

5.

Starsailor - Love Is Here
October 8, 2001
Critic Score
71
9 reviews

4.

Jay-Z - The Blueprint
September 11, 2001
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
Jay-Z is the don of the one-liner, the couplet, the verse and the chorus too.

2.

Spiritualized - Let It Come Down
September 25, 2001
Critic Score
84
10 reviews

1.

The Strokes - Is This It
August 27, 2001
Critic Score
88
12 reviews

There's nothing unnecessary here. 'Is This It' is an album by a band that knows its strengths, knows its collective mind. It doesn't sound like one songwriter and some other donkeys.

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