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on 20 Aug 2011 06:45

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Best albums of 2001

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For my other Best albums lists for this decade, please visit my Best albums of the 00s list. All videos chosen for quality of sound, rather than visuals.
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1. Toxicity - System of a Down
This was my soundtrack for most of 2001, as it rarely left my CD player. Every song is great and builds off the foundation they laid out on their excellent debut. Why it took them 2 albums to break through I have no idea.
Favorite song: "Atwa"
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People who added this item 366  Average listal rating (249 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
2. Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Favorite song: "Tomorrow Comes Today"
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People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
3. Full Collapse - Thursday
So much honesty and passion on display here. It might be even better without the seemingly random screaming on some of the tracks, but it's certainly no worse for it.
Favorite song: "Paris In Flames"
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
4. Hell Below/Stars Above - Toadies
I'm sure you've at least heard the singles off the debut album from the Toadies, Rubberneck, which came out in 1994. Well, they recorded a follow-up album in 1997, but Interscope Records claimed they didn't hear a single & wouldn't release it. So the Toadies went back to work & created this album, which Interscope released in 2001 but never got around to promoting. And that's why you probably didn't even know it exists, which is a shame.
Favorite song: "Jigsaw Girl"


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People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
5. Tomahawk - Tomahawk
Favorite song: "Cul de Sac"
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People who added this item 9  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
6. The Good Times - Afroman
I was shocked when I finally listened to this album & discovered that EVERY song on it is great. I figured Afroman was just a short-lived novelty act, but The Good Times proved he had some great songs in him. The fact that he composed the majority of it himself also speaks to his talent. Despite the talent on display here, however, I haven't really checked out any of his music that followed (and yes, he's still around).
Favorite song: "Hush"
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People who added this item 58  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Favorite song: "Art Star"
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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
8. They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Mo... - Liars
Look at that album cover. I couldn't stop looking at it, which encouraged me to take the album for a spin at my (then) local indie music store. And what I heard confirmed I needed it as a part of my collection.

If I had one complaint, it'd be that the final track goes on WAY longer than is necessary.
Favorite song: "The Garden Was Crowded and Outside"
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People who added this item 19  Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
9. Souljacker [2 CD] - Eels
Favorite song: "Dog Faced Boy"
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People who added this item 146  Average listal rating (85 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
10. Tenacious D - Tenacious D
So much fun.
Favorite song: "Double Team"
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People who added this item 311  Average listal rating (187 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
11. White Blood Cells - The White Stripes
Favorite song: "The Union Forever"
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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating
12. Amethyst Rock Star - Saul Williams
This maybe shouldn't be here since there's one song ("Our Father") I tend to skip over whenever I listen to the album, but that doesn't mean it's not a great debut. It's definitely light-years ahead of most hip-hop.
Favorite song: "Coded Language"
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People who added this item 13  Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
13. Burst & Bloom - Cursive
Favorite song: "Sink to the Beat"
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People who added this item 15  Average listal rating (9 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
14. Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By - Lovage
My only gripe with this album is that there's a little more filler than necessary, mostly in the form of interludes between the actual songs. They all contribute to the overall album experience, but most of the time I just skip over them to hear all the great songs Mike Patton, Dan the Automator, and Jennifer Charles composed.
Favorite song: "Book of the Month"
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People who added this item 6  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating
15. Falling Into Place - Finch
Favorite song: "Letters to You" (this version is a little more polished than the one found on Falling Into Place, but still excellent)
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People who added this item 2  Average listal rating (2 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating
16. Thelema - The Murder City Devils
Wherein Murder City Devils showed a bit of growth, maturity, & willingness to expand their sound. Then, sadly, they broke up. Fortunately we may finally get to hear what they might have done next, as the band is said to be working on a new album now after having reunited a few years ago.
Favorite song: "364 Days"
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People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
17. Hits the Miss - Chao (band)
Favorite song I could find a video for: "Gotta Go"
(Very strange to me that it's for a video game, but whatever.)


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People who added this item 8  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.8  IMDB Rating
18. Welt - OhGr
Much better than any album Skinny Puppy recorded in my opinion, mostly because it's listenable from start to finish. (Not that I dislike Skinny Puppy; I just don't enjoy their music as much as I used to.)
Favorite song: "Earthworm"
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People who added this item 1  Average listal rating (1 ratings) 9  IMDB Rating
19. Are You Man Enough - Betty Blowtorch
R.I.P. Bianca Halstead
Favorite song: "No Integrity"
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By my count there are 14 debut albums listed here (almost half the entire list), which I guess means 2001 was a good year to get started. Some of these were albums that gained their respective bands a larger following (Toxicity, Full Collapse, White Blood Cells, The Good Times, and Lateralus), which is interesting to me.

Here's what moved me then & still moves me today...

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Sep 4 9:25
Haha! "...but it's certainly no worse for it." in regards to Thursday. Love it!

Nice choice for Gorillaz. One of those bands I didn't like liking for a while, but have since found it far easier and more sensible to celebrate much of their music.

Very happy to see oHgr make your list. I spent A LOT of time listening to that CD when it first released. And I'd say, yeah that's probably the song I'd settle on as my favorite too. (Though now it's been a while since I listened to it so can't be sure.)

Oh good, I was afraid I was gonna find out you hated White Blood Cells and that I would at that point feel less hip. Wheew!

Honestly not terribly familiar with much of the rest of the list. (And sadly a trend that I can feel probably growing as the I check your more recent lists.)
Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Sep 4 22:01
Saul Williams, heck yeah! I've been listening to his self-titled album a lot lately. Of course, I got into the guy when his album "The Inevitable Rise..." which he co-created with Trent Reznor was released for free on the web. Since the computer that had those files was recycled, I suppose I'd better buy it in physical form.
Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Sep 5 3:53
Nice! Yeah, I have Niggy Tardust in both physical and mp3 form. My only complaint on the physical one is that it's got a handful of bonus tracks, including "List of Demands" and "Gunshots by Computer", both of which I already had. Worse, the extra space devoted to the bonus songs kills the introductory "Ladies & gentlemen, I proudly present...Niggy Tardust" on "Niggy Tardust." Instead it just goes right into the song, which irks me.
Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Sep 5 4:13
On the intro, or lack thereof: Now that sucks. Ah, well... It's my only route for getting the album at the moment.
Posted: 2 years, 12 months ago at Sep 5 16:24
Oh yes, I am so glad you like Tenacious D! I'm going to check into all of these lists as soon as I can, but so far seems really great.
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 14 0:41
yeah...

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