Albums of the Decade: Top Three

I’ve gone back and forth here on my favorite albums of the decade. There have been three albums that have emerged as my favorite of the past 10 years or so. As far as I know, none of these are critical darlings. Most hardcore critics would laugh that I don’t have Radiohead or Kanye or The Strokes here as the most important albums of the decade. But these are the sets of songs that I’ve listened to the most and, thus, they’re my favorites. I really can’t rank these because I love all three of them equally. So, here’s the pantheon of great albums of the 00’s for me.

David Crowder Band’s A Collision

I’d never been acquainted with Crowder’s work until this 2005 release. But after listening to this brilliant concept album, I was hooked. The album blends different song styles and genres: bluegrass, punk, piano ballads, rock opera. But the common denominator in this eclectic set is that each of these different songs is directed heavenward. Isn’t that what worship is about, a diverse people united to worship a common God? Simply a great album.

U2’s No Line on the Horizon

Some will argue that the band’s most important work came nearly two decades ago. Maybe so, but I’m pretty sure this will go down as my favorite U2 album. And that’s saying something. I’ve already written about this album in my year end list; in my opinion, the band has never sounded better. I just don’t think there’s a bad song on the whole set.

The Avett Brothers’ Emotionalism

These North Carolina bluegrass-rockers are getting a lot of notoriety these days for their major label release I and Love and You, and rightfully so. But this ’07 release captures the spirit of the band’s more raucous live shows. “Go To Sleep” and “Paranoia in B Major” will go down as two of my favorite songs ever. If I had to pick one of these three as the king of the hill, I’d probably go with this one, although the margin of victory is slim.

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