Niagara Gazette


December 17, 2009

MUSIC: Best of the Decade


Ten more great albums of the decade:

Badly Drawn Boy, “The Hour of Bewilderbeast”

Neko Case, “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood”

Fleet Foxes, self-titled

The Futureheads, self-titled

MGMT, “Oracular Spectacular”

Of Montreal, “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?”

Okkervil River, “Black Sheep Boy”

The Shins, “Chutes Too Narrow”

Spoon, “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga”

Wilco, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”


The earlier part of the decade was ruled by Eminem and Outkast; the later years saw breakthroughs from T.I. and Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne’s album “Tha Carter III” and Outkast’s “Stankonia” and “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” were a few of the most acclaimed albums of the 2000s.

But perhaps the most dominant figures in hip-hop during the past 10 years were Jay-Z and Kanye West. Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint,” another one of the decade’s most acclaimed hip-hop albums, owed a great deal of its success to the production skills of West. West would soon after start his own rapping career, which took off immediately with the release of his debut, “The College Dropout.”

West’s persona is in stark contrast to the gangster rappers, such as 50 Cent, who had his own fair share of popular albums in the decade. 50 Cent released one of the decade’s biggest commercial successes in “Get Rich or Die Tryin,’ ” but he famously told MTV that he would retire if his 2007 album “Curtis” was outsold by West’s “Graduation.” Both albums were released on the same day. 50 lost that battle, but like many rappers, he couldn’t walk away from the game.

Out of the mainstream, rapper MF Doom was a dominant figure, for both his solo work and his work in the duo Madvillain.


by Britney Milazzo

Classic country artists from Johnny Cash to Willie Nelson never die, but who are the musicians stepping up to take their places, today?

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