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Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the 2000s

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100. Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs

Leonard Cohen - Ten New Songs
October 9, 2001
Critic Score
78
5 reviews

99. The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me

The Hold Steady - Almost Killed Me
March 16, 2004
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

97. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
May 15, 2007
Critic Score
78
17 reviews

96. The Streets - Original Pirate Material

The Streets - Original Pirate Material
October 22, 2002
Critic Score
89
9 reviews

95. Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor

Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
June 5, 2001
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

94. The Libertines - Up The Bracket

The Libertines - Up The Bracket
October 14, 2002
Critic Score
85
6 reviews
Eventually every song will kick in from a slightly different angle, including faux folk and cracked ballad.

93. Johnny Cash - Unearthed

Johnny Cash - Unearthed
November 25, 2003
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

92. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago

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

For Emma, Forever Ago never turns into a pity party, because Vernon has a light touch, with zero interest in narrative or confessional lyrics.

91. The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious

The Hives - Veni Vidi Vicious
April 10, 2000
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

90. Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako

Amadou & Mariam - Dimanche a Bamako
August 2, 2005
Critic Score
82
6 reviews

89. Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
June 10, 2003
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

Despite the anger and bitterness, Hail to the Thief is more musically inviting than Radiohead's last two outings. The album's fourteen tracks ... are more tuneful and song-focused than 2000's Kid A or 2001's Amnesiac.

88. Brian Wilson - SMiLE

Brian Wilson - SMiLE
September 28, 2004
Critic Score
95
10 reviews

87. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere

Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
May 9, 2006
Critic Score
81
17 reviews

86. The Postal Service - Give Up

The Postal Service - Give Up
February 18, 2003
Critic Score
82
12 reviews

84. Eminem - The Eminem Show

Eminem - The Eminem Show
May 28, 2002
Critic Score
79
7 reviews

83. The Black Keys - Attack & Release

The Black Keys - Attack & Release
April 1, 2008
Critic Score
77
17 reviews

82. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R

Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R
June 6, 2000
Critic Score
83
7 reviews

It's a strange, category-evading rock record, a mystery disc of gravity and low humor, of punk aggression and love-bead contentment; when you try to nail down the band's personality, it won't stay still.

81. Ryan Adams - Gold

Ryan Adams - Gold
September 25, 2001
Critic Score
80
8 reviews

80. Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood

Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood
August 19, 2003
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

78. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
92
20 reviews
For a musician like Stevens, going too far and trying too hard is the point, the way to get beyond where a more austere songwriter could get with a more naturalistic pose. So the most pleasurable music here is the most ambitious.

76. Sigur Rós - ()

Sigur Rós - ()
October 29, 2002
Critic Score
81
10 reviews

75. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
March 6, 2007
Critic Score
84
22 reviews

On Neon Bible, the reverb is so big and black that the beat becomes boom andthe orchestral garnish, arranged by Chassagne and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett, gets pressed to the margins.

73. Coldplay - Parachutes

Coldplay - Parachutes
November 7, 2000
Critic Score
75
5 reviews

72. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
March 9, 2004
Critic Score
84
13 reviews
The inevitable U.K.-press hype is justified: Franz Ferdinand's debut draws from beloved Brit pop and post-punk bands without the usual plagiarism. Favoring sweaty, uncertain rhythms over cold, processed beats, the album remains true to the band's original goal.

70. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
87
12 reviews

More than any previous Sleater-Kinney record, The Woods reflects the classic-rock undercurrent that runs through the punk heroines' live shows.

69. Missy Elliott - Under Construction

Missy Elliott - Under Construction
November 12, 2002
Critic Score
78
10 reviews

68. U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
November 23, 2004
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

67. Björk - Vespertine

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

63. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak

Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
November 24, 2008
Critic Score
73
27 reviews

Many of his best songs have focused on his ambivalence about materialism, but on 808s & Heartbreak, the theme has hardened into schtick.

62. Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man

Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man
October 17, 2000
Critic Score
77
4 reviews

61. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World

The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
June 19, 2001
Critic Score
85
6 reviews

60. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
May 26, 2009
Critic Score
81
24 reviews

58. Danger Mouse - The Grey Album

Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
February 3, 2004
Critic Score
89
8 reviews

57. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism

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

56. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

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

55. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
October 23, 2007
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

54. Norah Jones - Come Away with Me

Norah Jones - Come Away with Me
February 26, 2002
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

53. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night

Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
September 23, 2008
Critic Score
64
18 reviews

52. M.I.A. - Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

51. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight

Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
August 20, 2002
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
Original Source: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-best-albums-of-the-2000s-20110718
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