Best Albums Of 2000

GOLD

1. Queens of the Stone AgeRated R (Interscope): Heavyweights in their own right, QOTSA are the closest thing we have to Nirvana right now.
2. PJ HarveyStories From the City, Stories From the Sea (Island): If she goes on for as long and as strong as Tina Turner has, I’ll die a happy man.
3. At the Drive-InRelationship of Command (Grand Royal): A densely layered, complex punk delight. Three times as exciting as any TNT James Bond marathon.
4. The Fucking ChampsIV (Drag City): Name says it all.
5. Blonde RedheadMelody of Certain Damaged Lemons (Touch and Go): As anomalous as its title, this is Blonde Redhead’s weep du jour.

SILVER

6. Sweep the Leg JohnnySto Cazzo!: An avant-jazz punk combo so beyond their time it hurts.
7. EnonBelievo! (See Thru Broadcasting): Haven’t had this much fun since I rediscovered “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.”
8. Sunny Day Real EstateThe Rising Tide (Time Bomb): At last inching toward Diary, the only thing more breathtaking was witnessing them live.
9. GrandaddyThe Sophtware Slump (V2): How could a technological wasteland be so beautiful?
10. Yo La TengoAnd Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (Matador): Could hardly make it through the entire thing, kept putting me to sleep. Yes, that is a good thing.

BRONZE:

11. QuickspaceThe Death of Quickspace (Matador): If I do get in that fatal car crash, I hope these angels are there to whisk me away to heaven … or hell.
12. Le TigreLe Tigre (Mr. Lady): Garage DJs? Never a dull moment.
13. The Murder City DevilsIn Name and Blood (Sub Pop): Funny, these are the guys my mom always told me to stay away from.
• “Spencer Moody On Murder City Devils’ Breakup: ‘Everyone Was Ready For A Change’
14. Mondo GeneratorCocaine Rodeo (Southern Lord): QOTSA side project nastier than a dope dealer with scurvy … devouring rats … in a dumpster.
15. The Black Heart ProcessionThree (Touch and Go): Suddenly my life doesn’t seem so bleak anymore.

Honorable mentions: BroadcastThe Noise Made by People (Warp); Bright EyesFevers and Mirrors (Saddle Creek); UnidaCoping With the Urban Coyote (Man’s Ruin); Chicks on SpeedThe Un-Releases (K); the Brian Jonestown MassacreZero EP (Bomp).

Originally published as “Special Olympics 2000” on VirginMega.com.

More lists:

Best Albums of the 2000s
Best Albums of 2009
Best Albums of 2008
Best Albums of 2007
Best Metal Albums of 2007
Best Albums of 2006
Best Albums of 2005
Best Albums of 2003
Best Albums of 1909

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