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Laurence Station's Top 10 Albums of 2000

1. Radiohead: Kid A (Capitol)
Not an experiment, just the next step forward.
 
2. OutKast: Stankonia (LaFace/Arista)
Breaking old rules and creating new ones with each successively innovative release.
3. PJ Harvey: Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (Island)
The most intensely focused, musically polished work of her career.
 
4. Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (Matador)
The best sounding album the Hoboken outfit has recorded.
5. Sunny Day Real Estate: The Rising Tide (Time Bomb)
Brilliantly orchestrated pop garbed in a prog rock greatcoat. Amazing.
 
6. Super Furry Animals: Mwng (Flydaddy)
Welsh pop has never sounded so good.
7. Sigur Rós: Ágćtis Byrjun (Fat Cat/Bubble Core)
In Icelandic the band's name means "Victory Rose," the album title, "Good Start". A Lush, eerie soundtrack for the next ice age.
 
8. Godspeed You Black Emperor!: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (Kranky)
Orchestral rage defined.
9. Ryan Adams: Heartbreaker (Bloodshot)
Countrified rock done just right.
 
10. Sleater-Kinney: All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars)
No pretensions, just straight ahead rock 'n' roll from a band that consistently delivers.
 
Notable near misses:
 
  • At The Drive-In: Relationship Of Command (Grand Royal)
  • Avalanches: Since I Left You (Modular)
  • Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast (Twisted Nerve/XL)
  • Jeff Buckley: Mystery White Boy (Columbia)
  • The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia (Capitol)
  • Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (Interscope)
  • Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain (Mute)
  • Modest Mouse: The Moon & Antarctica (Epic)
  • Pinetop Seven: Bringing Home The Last Great Strike (Truckstop)
  • Primal Scream: XTRMNTR (Creation)
  • The Sea And Cake: Oui (Thrill Jockey)
  • Amon Tobin: Supermodified (Ninja Tune)
  • Kathryn Williams: Little Black Numbers (Caw)

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