What Is The Album Of The Decade?

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This article is a compilation of the best music albums from the noughties. This runs from the year 2000 – 2009. It has been compiled from two sources – America’s Rolling Stone Magazine and Britain’s New Musical Express or more popularly known as the NME. This is to gain a mixed batch of artists from both sides of the Atlantic, bringing the best from positions 1 and 2 of each year of the noughties. The list is, thus,

  • Eminem – The Marshall Mathers L.P,
  • U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind,
  • Primal Scream – Exterminator,
  • Radiohead – Kid A,
  • Bob Dylan – Love and Theft,
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor,
  • The Strokes – Is This It,
  • Radiohead – Amnesiac,
  • Beck – Sea Change.
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,
  • Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head,
  • The Vines – Highly Evolved,
  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
  • Radiohead – Hail To The Thief.
  • Muse – Absolution,
  • Kanye West – The College Dropout,
  • Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose,
  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand,
  • The Libertines – The Libertines,
  • Kanye West – Late Registration,
  • The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang,
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Employment,
  • Bloc Party – Silent Alarm,
  • Bob Dylan – Modern Times,
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Stadium Arcadium,
  • Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,
  • Kasabian – Empire,
  • Mia – Kala,
  • Bruce Springsteen – Magic.
  • Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future.
  • Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worse Nightmare.
  • TV on The Radio – Dear Science,
  • Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs - Bootleg Series Volume 8,
  • Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night.
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular,
  • U2 – No Line On The Horizon.
  • Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream,
  • The Horrors – Primary Colours and
  • The XX – The XX.

Rolling Stone’s compilation was formulated from the Critics Choice, whereas NME was compiled from the Pop Poll.

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The Nominations

2000

  • Eminem – The Marshall Mathers L.P, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Primal Scream – Exterminator, Source: NME Magazine
  • Radiohead – Kid A , Source: NME Magazine

2001

  • Bob Dylan – Love and Theft, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • The Strokes – Is This It., Source: NME Magazine
  • Radiohead – Amnesiac, Source: NME Magazine

2002

  • Beck – Sea Change, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Source: NME Magazine
  • The Vines – Highly Evolved, Source: NME Magazine

2003

  • Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Radiohead – Hail To The Thief, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Radiohead – Hail To The Thief, Source: NME Magazine
  • Muse – Absolution, Source: NME Magazine

2004

  • Kanye West – The College Dropout Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Loretta Lynn – Van Lear Rose Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
  • The Libertines – The Libertines

2005

  • Kanye West – Late Registration, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • The Rolling Stones – A Bigger Bang, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Kaiser Chiefs – Employment, Source: NME Magazine
  • Bloc Party – Silent Alarm. Source: NME Magazine

2006

  • Bob Dylan – Modern Times. Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Stadium Arcadium, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

                                                                                Source: NME Magazine

  • Kasabian – Empire, Source: NME Magazine

2007

  • Mia – Kala, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Bruce Springsteen – Magic, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future, Source: NME Magazine
  • Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worse Nightmare,  Source: NME Magazine

2008

  • TV on The Radio – Dear Science, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Bob Dylan – Tell Tale Signs - Bootleg Series Volume 8, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Kings Of Leon – Only By The Night, Source: NME Magazine
  • MGMT – Oracular Spectacular, Source: NME Magazine

2009

  • U2 – No Line On The Horizon, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream, Source: Rolling Stone Magazine
  • The Horrors – Primary Colours, Source: NME Magazine
  • The XX – The XX, Source: NME Magazine

The Winner! The Horrors with Primary Colours!

We Have A Winner! Will They Stand The Test of Time? Vote Your Favourite Now!

Now we have the winner - The Horrors with Primary Colours! But will they stand the test of time? This experiment continues and I have kept the voting open! It is only in time and reflection that a stand-out album forges its way to the future. Good music never dies, it lives on and on in generations! it is down to you to vote for the album of the noughties for today effects tomorrow and it is only tomorrow that we get a true perspective on today!

It will be interesting to see how this article evolves and changes over time!

Good Luck and Start Voting Now!

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And The Winners ARE...

Shazwellyn's Biased List - Best Of The Noughties!

Looking on the voting list, I am not happy… So, I have compiled my own biased list. Why? Because I can!!

Shazwellyn’s Best Of The Noughties…

  • 2000 - Radiohead – Kid A
  • 2001 - Elbow – Asleep In The Back
  • 2002 - Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights
  • 2003 - Muse – Absolution
  • 2004 - Keane – Hopes and Fears
  • 2005 - Arcade Fire – Funeral
  • 2008 - Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid


2005 was such a great year for music. I want to acknowledge Editors ‘The Back Room’, The National’s ‘Alligator’ and Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’. However, at a push, I had to go with Arcade Fire’s ‘Funeral’ – there is not a dull track on an album with big anthem sounds - it blew me away! As such, it has to be my album of the decade.

Get Voting!  The Poll Closes At 12 Noon GMT, January 1st 2010!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Fun hub and I liked many of the artist you featured. But if I may interject how can you not have "American Idiot " by Greenday. It really is one of the most significant albums of the decade.And the Killers debut album was excellent too.

But i like outkast and Arctic monkeys and U2 and oh the whole lot of em good choices !


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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Great choices! I voted maybe you could break them into groups based on genre' that may gives us more attempts to vote. I love U2 and Alicia Keys along with Outkast so it was hard to vote for just one. Great Hub however! :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

@ Tony.. The list is compiled purely from America's 'Rolling Stone' Magazine and Britain's NME. I took each year's albums that came 1st and 2nd. This nailed it down to four - 2 from RS magazine and 2 from NME.

These were not my choices, but winners from previous years... it has been compiled purely on the research!

Thanks for your input! x


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

@AEvans Thanks for your vote! It is a hard task to vote for the best over ten years! But, someone has to do it! LOL

Genre's would be interesting, but many merge nowadays! I had to compile it based on the last ten years of research and nail it down to the selective few. It isn't based on my personal opinion... :(

Glad you liked my hub! x


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

Hey! I generally like to wander a little off the beaten track, but I know a quality album when I see one, and there are a hell of a lot of tough choices in that list! Congratulations on the hub, a lot of work's gone into it, and I love music so it was great for me :) Keep doing more great hubs! :D


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Jeffrey Neal 6 years ago from Tennessee

Voted! Kid A sort of changed things, in my opinion, and is one of my favorites. Great idea for a hub, BTW!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Great Hub. Very enjoyable read. I am lobbying for "Modern Times" by Dylan.


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TN21 6 years ago from USA

Kid A broke the wave for the electro-rock bands. Plus, it was something different from a "rock band."


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Dogs...Glad you like the hub. Good you took the time to vote. Keep coming back and see how it progresses.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

@Jeffrey. I voted Kid A, it was a hard choice out of the list. However, Primary Colours is pretty genius too. A lot like Joy Divisonx

Thanks for voting and please call again, see the progress grow! x


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Ken... Dylan.. well - what can I say? I havent actually heard his later stuff, so will give this album a listen.

Thanks for reading! xx


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

TN21, Yeah.. Kid A was pioneering and looking at the latest NME, they recon it is the Album of the Decade, so it will be interesting with the mix of research that I have done, whether this will come top. It is leading presently!

Saddle your way back soon! x


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

Cool hub, I voted muse absolution. It is one of my favourite albums by my favourite band, your right though it has been a great decade for music and if that wasn't there it would have been a really tough call, great list.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Wrenfrost.. I love that album too. I also like Origin of Symmetry but absolution is very classical in places - e.g. butterflies and hurricanes. I love hysteria for ... well, exactly as the title suggests.

Thanks for your vote - a good one! x


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

The Horrors are doing amazingly well here!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Yes... It often happens, the 'latest' great sound is foremost in peoples mind. This is why I want the poll to continue over time... I want to see which one actually stands the test of time.

I've seen the horrors play 4 times. Glastonbury festival, both first and second albums, the Thekla in Bristol. When they were slated by the NME, I could see more to them. When Primary Colours was released, it blew me away but it is very 'Joy Division' - new sound for the younger generation, but Ive been there and done that - if you know my meaning! This is why I had to vote Radiohead's Kid A. It is one of those defining albums that has helped change the course of music! Rather like Joy Division did.

However, I do love every track of Primary Colours and I have raved about it on myspace, days within its release!

My biased section, see above, I had to choose the Maccabees, purely because it is so different. If you like indie, give them a listen and check out my hub.

Thanks for coming back, my friend x


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Rayalternately 6 years ago

It's Kid A for me, as it's the thing I still play most repeatedly from the nominations, but there's loads of cracking stuff there. Surprised to see the Horrors so well known; I thought they were way less popular than they appear to be.

Great article though, a very pleasing distraction. Thanks.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Kid A is defining - I think looking 5 years into the future, people will remember this album as one that helped evolve music into another direction. OK Computer is one that is still remembered as defining today!

The Horrors album is very highly thought of as a pinicle album within the indie scene. Bands like The Rakes, British Sea Power and Maximo Park have this album in high regard. Horrors have gone from (first album 'thumbs down' - I actually like it!) the scapegoat of shoegazer to the darlings (Primary colours).

I was happy that Elbow won the Mercury Music prize but disappointed that it wasn't the horrors- does that make sense? The Seldom Seen Kid is the album that has put Elbow to the forefront of popular. I personally prefer 'Leaders of the Free World', but then I have been following Elbow since since their beginning! One of my ambitions is to meet Guy Garvey and I am always on the look out for him at the festivals!

The Horrors are one of the 'secret society' where shoegazers, look side-ways at each other - give a nod and wink and slither off into blue yonder knowing that they have met a fellow Horror follower. They slink off into the darkness and disappear in a depressive dark hue of the moonlinght.

Many Horror fans have demonstrated this on this hub. They made a journey here, stole a vote and slunk off without a sniff of a comment. hehehe


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JesusYourSavior 6 years ago from Heaven

As Jesus, I had no choice but to vote for Kanye


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Praise the lord!

I think the only way Kanye is going to win is with divine intervention! But, then, I am biased!

Thanks for your vote x


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

I'm actually REALLY surprised at The Horrors on here, and I'll be honest, slightly dissapointed. Some albums on here have defined a generation, and I don't think that album did anything like that :/


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Well, as i said, this was information from the best of two polls - what can I say? Personally who would say Ali Keys was in the running?

I gave my biased list, year by year. Would love to have your biased list. Shaz x


Brona 6 years ago

Hmm, Do you mind if I don't vote? None of the above nominations really float my boat. Hell, you've missed out most of the best stuff of the last decade!!

What about?

2000: Segundo by Juana Molina

2001: Quiet is the new loud by the Kings of Convenience

2002: Sunshine Hit Me by The Bees

2003: The Civil War by Matmos

2004: Tripper by Efterklang

2005: (1) Tower of Love by Jim Noir or (2) These Were The Earlies by The Earlies

2006: Matinee Orchestra by the Matinee Orchestra

2007: (1) Raising Sand by Robert Plant/Alison Krauss or (2) In our Nature by José González or (3)

Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh : Kitty Lie Over

2008: (1) Flight of the Conchords by Flight of the Conchords or (2) Vampire Weekend by the Vampire Weekend

2009: The jury is yet out!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

I am really glad you commented, thanks. As you can see in my hub, the research was done from two sources - it isnt a personal selection. The compilation was taken from positions first and second from the stated years - NME and Rolling Stone Magazine. Much on the list, I havent even heard of myself, but will endeavour to give a listen - good education for great music that I may have missed!

I loved Vampire Weekend's debut! I saw them at Festivals and Bristol on Halloween of 2008. They really grew on me, loved the oh sooo Peter Gabriel! lol Not heard much from the new album, but sounds ok, so far... similar to the debut?

Anyway, I understand you not voting. The problems with short lists, typical of all polls, is that many great bands are left without a mention! :(

I love it when people post their own lists! It helps expands all our minds into new unknown musical territories! x


lyricsingray 6 years ago

great hub and yes I voted! Thanks for the fun, Kimberly


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camlo 6 years ago from Cologne, Germany

Thanks for giving me the link. I have voted.

Great idea for a Hub, shame I hadn't seen it before going to the Forum.

All the best, Camlo


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kingbyname 6 years ago from south devon, uk

Great idea for a hub. I'd forgotten just how many great albums have been released in the last decade. I agree with you about The Arcade Fire's Funeral. It was a tough choice but Kid A genuinely stands out for me because it was such a radical change of direction for an established band so have voted accordingly.

My personal favourite from the decade is The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs (2000).


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hey Lyrics! Thanks for voting... what was it? Are you an indie rock chick or kewl r n b er?

Rock on!

x


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Camio... Glad the Kaisers have had lift off in the poll! Thanks fro representing them! I look forward to hearing from you more.

Watch out for Stornaway and the lyarbirds next year!

Keep in touch x


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

@Kingbyname 'My personal favourite from the decade is The Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs (2000)', released in Sept 1999 (does this count?), a cynical view of love songs, in 3 volumes - pop, ballad and comedy. A concept album, experimental. It crosses all genres, except hip hop, rnb and heavy metal.

I think it defines and summerises the last millennium, with its varied styles. It is definately unique and pioneering. It links and ends a millenium, in my opinion, putting a full stop to the past. The age of romance and belief in love has come and gone, years 2000+ is a time where we all become far more logical and cynical of what love really is.

Actually, looking deeply in the list above, there isn't much reference to the old ways at looking at love, is there?

'Every day I love you less and less'- Kaiser Chiefs is a prime example of an anti love song, dont you think? and looking at society as a whole, it seems we are less concerned with love, perceived by earlier generations. Its more on physical representation and lust, rather than love to die for.

Just a thought!


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

There are only 3 albums on this list I did not care for so this was a hard vote. I'm not going to reveal what the 3 were as I try to be a positive person, lol. I voted for Wilco. It's for personal reasons.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

bat115... I saw Wilco at the Green Man festival this year! They are supposed to sound like The National... I don't think so, but the stuff they performed was their newer material. I think I shall give Yankee a listen, next year though. I can't let a classic album slip through, now, can I?

Thanks for commenting x


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

My biased list:

2000: Kid A

2001: Is This It

2002: A Rush of Blood to the Head

2003: Absolution

2004: Franz Ferdinand

2005: Silent Alarm

2006: Empire

2007: Myths of the Near Future

2008: Only by the Night

2009: Primary Colours

Although I wouldn't say you could vote album of the decade from this list (for me anyway, it's a bit too indie for me :P)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thats great Dog! LOL. What would be album of the decade for you, without strings then?

Thanks for participating! x


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

Vena Sera by Chevelle. It just does it for me, I dunno why XD

It's tough though, there are a lot of great albums of different genres. The problem is of course, if I did a hub like this no-one could vote because they wouldn't know the albums :P


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Yes, but I think one of the great things about hubpages, is that you can bring something unusual to the people. You don't have to do a poll like this, but you could certainly publish a hub of the great unsung bands that you wish you had heard of but haven't. I hope that you might do this and broaden my music knowledge, certainly!

x


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DogSiDaed 6 years ago from UK

Well I've published two hubs. My only concern is the silly or ridiculous bands that interspace the normal ones people might really like XD But they're there to check out if you want? :)


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K Partin 6 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

Wow fun hub! Too tough to choose. I gotta go with the old man Springsteen...thanks K.


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nikki1 6 years ago

Wow, very informative


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Kerry... Im glad someone has put in a vote for the Boss, he has had a raw deal on the voting here! Thanks for your participation!

Nikki... Im glad you liked it. Keep tracking this.. I have a feeling things will change! x


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

full and nice selection, great info Shaz, Maita


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Maita.. I wonder what your album of the decade was?

As always, my friend, thanks for reading x


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

shazwellyn, did you ever listen to the Wilco album? I recommended it to a friend of mine. She hated it. I guess I just have bad taste in music sometimes.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Bat115 - I saw Wilco at the Green Man festival last year. They are supposed to be one of the bands that I am supposed to like - Im a great 'The National' fan http://hubpages.com/entertainment/The-National-Roy... .

I was disappointed with Wilco - they really didnt do it for me. I know they have a great following and I can see how others can like them.

I might give them another try - they may have had a one off bad day at Green Man x


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

that's cool. my friend says I owe her 12 bucks for making her waste money on their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot cd.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

bat115 - she should have downloaded it for free! lol

I was discussing wilco the other day. They were so 'off' that I went for a wander and hit upon a brilliant two piece! They sound just like THE DOORS! Really good, called 'The Golden Animals' from 'The Desert' (soooo Jim Morrison!lol) Take a listen and let me know what you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF5e8y1bKUQ


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epigramman 6 years ago

this hub absolutely rocks my world ... and the best album of the decade -in the 70's - is BERLIN by Lou Reed - the most depressing album of all time but great art!!!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Well.... you couldnt expect any better from a pioneer of the velvet underground now could you?

Thanks for reading :)


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danielbatista 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

I like your personal choices, Turn On The Bright Lights is such a good album, Boxer and Funeral too.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

danielbatista - Love dark indie and these are just soooo up there! Thank you for stepping by!

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