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Added by the giraffe 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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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 411 Average listal rating (297 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Gorillaz - Gorillaz
Favorite song: "Tomorrow Comes Today"
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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 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.6 IMDB Rating 0
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 24 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
Tomahawk - Tomahawk
Favorite song: "Cul de Sac"
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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 0
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 (35 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Favorite song: "Art Star"
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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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Favorite song: "Dog Faced Boy"
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (92 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 0
Tenacious D - Tenacious D
So much fun.
Favorite song: "Double Team"
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People who added this item 328 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 0
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 0
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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Burst & Bloom - Cursive
Favorite song: "Sink to the Beat"
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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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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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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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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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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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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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