My favorite Dutch music magazine, Oor, this month published their top 100 of the years 'zero'. For this, they asked all music journalist to compose their own favorite top 10. As they didn't ask me, I decided to compile my own. As this is my own list, I took the liberty to compile a list of fourteen. Here goes.
- Kid A
I was very surprised to see they didn't choose Kid A as the number 1, but chose The Strokes
' Is This It
instead. A fine album, but nowhere near as influential and groundbreaking as this record. And it nicely marks the start of the decade as well.
2. John Frusciante
- Shadows Collide With People
A wonderful record where Frusciante hits his high.
3. Ben Folds
- Rockin' The Suburbs
Journalist Leo Blokhuis names this one of his all-time favorite records. I think that's too much, but it still deserves its place in this parade.
4. Franz Ferdinand
- Franz Ferdinand
In a way as groundbreaking as 'Kid A'. Revolutionary stuff.
- How We Operate
Gomez is so versatile, able to play so many stiles - but on this record they reach a Lennon & McCartney level of songwriting. And their playing adds to that, too.
6. The Mars Volta
- Frances the Mute
Sometimes difficult to follow, and at times I also wish they had a different singer, but The Mars Volta are one of a kind. On this record they reach their high.
7. Patrick Watson
- Close To Paradise
Satie influences to the pop world. Hypnotizing beauty.
Might be unknown to the international audience, but Erik de Jong's cut and paste music and lyrics are unique.
- Origin of Symmetry
It's still impressive how Muse brings Queen
and progrock to the 90ies/zeroes.
- THX Johan
Another Dutchie - fascinating indie-guitar.
11. Beth Hart
- Live At Paradiso
*The* performer of the zeroes.
- All the Falsest Hearts Can TryWill Johnson
deserves much more attention!
13. Daniel Lohues
- Allennig III
The last Dutch artist in my list - very original artist. Love this guy.
14. White Denim
One record I play very often lately. It might be too early if it will stay, but so far I like it a lot. Sort of zeroes Cream
(Caveat lector - I don't think my taste is revolutionary, just enjoy my choice...)