Based on scientific research (scanning my music collection mainly but also looking thru best of year lists) this is THE most comprehensive survey of the past decade’s albums. Oh yeah. The remainder will be posted over the next few days.
100 The Incredible Bongo Band: Bongo Rock 2007
An entire album of songs such as Apache versionised by a band from the Congo …. playing the bongo.
99 REM: Accelerate 2008
Bongo-free but mighty nonetheless as Michael Stipe looked back without any fondness on some of the Bush regime’s maddest moments.
98 Kate Bush: Aerial 2005
Her first recordings for more than a decade is a seminal double that confused and captivated in equal measures.
97 Billy MacKenzie: Auchtermatic 2005
One of many posthumous releases from the former Associates star which made the world realise just how much the Dundonian is missed.
96 Amsterdam: The Journey 2005
Pop music with anger and ideas from a Liverpudlian band with admirable political views.
95 Susheela Raman: Salt Rain 2001
Traditional Tamil music infused with the sound of London, providing Raman with a Mercury Music Prize nomination.
94 Lomax: A Symbol of Modern Living 2003
Abrasive post-punk act who’s lasting legacy, if they have one, is this collection of wonderfully tuneless angry tracks.
93 The Chameleons: Why Call It Anything? 2001
Noel Gallagher knows a thing or two and he will back me up on the rapacious beauty of this.
92 Manda Rin: My DNA 2008
bis is the way to do it.
91 The Stooges: The Weirdness 2007
Full-on rock and roll like it should be from Iggy and the Asheton brothers.
90 Neon Neon: Stainless Style 2008
Give me more albums about failed car-building projects.
89 The Tutts: Get In The Club 2008
88 dDub: Medicine Man 2008
There must be something in the smokes in Aoteoroa. This is as good a second album you can get even allowing for the final few songs tailing off a bit.
The seeds of content from the Man in Black (and occasionally purple).
86 Asian Dub Foundation: Time Freeze 1995-2007
Enough new stuff and rarities to make it feel like a new-ish album from the Asian-British activists.
85 The Phenomenal Handclap Band: The Phenomenal Handclap Band 2009
This is what the next decade could sound like.
84 The Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not 2006
They came with a great deal of hype but few can deny they were not worth it with this eclectic electric debut.
83 Various Artists: Rough Trade Shops Post Punk Vol 01 2003
A double mixing late 70s/ early 80s post-punk and their descendants. Still waiting on Vol 02.
82 Super Furry Animals: Mwng 2000
Sung entirely in Welsh and entirely excellent.
81 Barry Adamson: King of Nothing Hill 2002
Give this man a Bond filmscore for God’s sake.
80 Thievery Corporation: The Richest Man in Babylon 2002
And let these guys do the music for a Coen brothers movie.
79 The Rakes: The Rakes 2005
Garden of delights from housing estate Brits.
78 Madness: The Liberty of Norton Folgate 2009
The Nutty Boys were in their element on a work that’s entirely about London, and especially of its individuality, despite its size and power.
77 Fat Freddys Drop: Dr Boondigga and the Big BW 2009
Their last studio album was in 2005 so you can excuse them for releasing well over an hour’s worth of that famous Freddy take on soul, reggae and dub.
76 Radio 4: Gotham 2002
Among the best of the post-punk revivers. And there were many.