What are the truly great albums since 2000?

Debating over the kitchen table, what the really truly stellar top draw albums are since the year 2000?

Not just what you like, but what can really be considered top class, up there with the best/ genre defining etc.

So far we’ve come up with a poor selection (shit memory)

  • The Strokes ‘Is this it?’
  • White Stripes ‘Elephant’
  • Kings of Leon ‘Youth and young manhood’
  • D’Angelo ‘Black Messiah’

Listening to one now , gladiator , if that counts

Muse - Black Holes and Revalations

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Leonard Cohen - 10 New Songs


MIA ‘Arular’

Elbow - Leaders of the Free World



I was going to nominate Elbow for Seldom Seen Kid

Lorde - Pure Heroine

You want it darker is close to a masterpiece.

I can’t get my head around this. Stuff that I don’t necessarily like, but can be considered top class? Stuff that sells well? Eh? Genre defining? What?

Maybe I need more beer

Burial: Untrue


Critic foo.

Beard stroking nods…

Only album of recent times I think is close, is Arctic Monkeys. First and last.

After that I’ll have to wonder.

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There are just loads. For me, the 2000s and 2010s have been far stronger than the 90s. I’m not sure we’ll see another 1960s, but the whole world has changed since then. The 70s were floppy, and the 80s divisive.

Bob Dylan - Love and Theft

Beck - Sea Change

The National - Trouble Will find Me

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Amy Winehouse - Back to Black

Love her or hate her, this was pure class


Bowie - Blackstar

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We were thinking of out and out stonking classics like Prince ‘Purple Rain’, Stevie Wonder ‘Innervisions’, Pixies ‘Surfa Rosa’, Rolling Stones ‘Beggars Banquet’…

We then thought what are the modern equivalents, after 2000.

Bon Iver: Bon Iver