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75 Cinderpop: The Skies Are Beautiful 2006
And the music was beautiful too.
74 Radiohead: Kid A 2000
Released to a chorus of What the Fucks, Kid A has become a lesson in how to do things your own way in the music industry.
73 The Go! Team: Thunder Lightning Strike 2004
Bolt from the blue. Australia in fact.
72 The Fall: Reformation Post TLC 2007
Mark E Smith is Mr Dependable and has been recording excellent records since the end of the Boer War. With a suitably bizarre title, Reformation Post TLC is among the best of them.
71 The Futureheads: The Futureheads 2004
Sharp guitars and razor-blade songs.
70 Orbital: The Altogether 2001
The Hartnoll Brothers enjoyed a spectacular 90s, taking electronica to a new level. The Altogether was their last good album, featuring vocals from David Gray, a sample of Ian Dury and the Dr Who theme.
69 Cornershop: Handcream for a Generation 2002
No longer brimming with Asha but a far more rounded, considered act.
Forty years on from The Kinks’ heyday and Davies has lost none of the ability to transcribe a typically English scene into song.
67 David Holmes: Bow Down to the Exit Sign 2000
Bow down to the Ulsterman.
66 New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us To Remember Even This 2006
The mother of all comebacks: three decades after their last and this certainly blew away the cobwebs.
65 Maximo Park: A Certain Trigger 2005
Young and brash with an imagination to boot.
64 bis: Return To Central 2002
Electro subtelty from a much-missed band immersed in the DIY/ fanzine culture.
63 Doves: The Last Broadcast 2002
A highly infectious sound, marrying Northern soul and indie.
62 Echo and the Bunnymen: Flowers 2001
An 80s legend which has lost none of its verve and class.
61 Coldplay: Parachutes 2000
Forget how corporate-driven they have become, this remains an excellent debut from a hungry, focused band.
60 Luke Haines: Off My Rocker at the Art School Bop 2006
Haines has recorded in many guises and under his own name recorded an album that allowed total freedom for his bizarre take on life.
59 Billy Bragg: England, Half English 2002
Fighting the good fight, exposing racist and anti-immgration sentiments in the UK and how they’re whipped up by a narrow-minded, manipulative right-wing press.
58 The Proclaimers: Born Innocent 2003
Tacky they may be at times but there’s humour and politics here.
57 The Ordinary Boys: Over the Counter Culture 2004
Given the seal of approval by Morrissey and on this occasion he was very right.
56 Dusted: When We Were Young 2000
A strange one by a member of Faithless that developed that band’s love of haunting electronica.
55 Various Artists: Flying Nun 25th Year Boxset 2007
Recently bought up by its original owner, Roger Shepherd, the world could again hear some those delightfully bizarre sounds from New Zealand’s South Island. This is a reminder of the groundbreaking stuff that bands like Exploding Budgies and Tall Dwarfs regularly released.
54 Franz Ferdinand: You Could Have It So Much Better 2005
Not, as some critics have suggested, as good as their self-titled debut but a raucous, adventurous follow-up nonetheless.
53 Hikoikoi: Hikoikoi 2009
Reggae lives on, four boys from the boatshed, recording in a studio on the banks of the Hutt River.
Britpop’s senior gentleman continuing his convivial tales of working class life.
51 Manic Street Preachers: Journal for Plague Lovers 2009
Taken from words by Richey Edwards, it revealed who the real talent in the band was.