The Top 10 lists of several websites and periodicals have been popping up with more frequency now that this decade is about to come to a close. No stranger to Top 10 lists ourselves, we understand the time and care that goes into choosing a list such as this one. Entertainment Weekly recently released their "10 Best Albums Of The Decade" list. While some of them I agree with, others not so much. Let's take a look at it together, shall we?
- The College Dropout, Kanye West (2004)
- The Blueprint, Jay-Z (2001)
- Kid A, Radiohead (2000)
- Stankonia, OutKast (2000)
- Love And Theft, Bob Dylan (2001)
- Home, The Dixie Chicks (2002)
- Funeral, The Arcade Fire (2004)
- I Am... Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé (2008)
- FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake, (2006)
- You Are Free, Cat Power (2003)
- For starters, I agree mostly with this list, especially given that EW is a Pop culture outfit. Albums 1-4 are good choices, but to place Kanye's The College Dropout above Jay-Z's instant classic The Blueprint--this list in order of decreasing importance--makes me all uncomfortable and itchy. Did they put Kanye above Jay in this instance because he has production credits on this album? I'm confused.
- But let's revisit the 4th album on this list. Outkast's Stankonia got best album of the decade honors over Speakerboxxx/TheLove Below? I'm very perplexed about this one. While Stankonia was cool and yielded singles on the Pop chart ("Miss Jackson" & "B.O.B"), musically Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was stellar when compared to their previous album. I'm really restraining myself now. I constructed an altar to Andre 3000's The Love Below when it dropped. It really meant that much to me.
- The other choices in the lower half of the list are more indicative of EW being a Pop culture entity than anything else. I haven't listened to The Dixie Chicks, Cat Power, or Arcade Fire, and I really can't deal with Bob Dylan at all. It just seems strange that Justin Timberlake's Future Sex/Love Sounds trumped the more stellar (IMO) Justified. Again, I imbibed the nectar of this record until I became a virtual Bacchus, prancing through the streets singing its praises with my autographed--yes, autographed--CD in hand. I don't really talk about Justin in that way anymore, since, you know, "the incident."
- Beyoncé, her over-the-top-self, of course required her own separate paragraph because the world just can't bear to see her lumped together with any one else. I personally wasn't really feeling I Am... Sasha Fierce. I did like B'day, however, and she sounded more relatable, more soulful, and less histrionic. But again, this is strictly my opinion.
I don't mean to get all nitpicky with EW's list, but we here at SoulBounce believe in a spirited debate as much as we believe in constructive criticism. Feel free to leave your opinion about my thoughts or EW's Best Albums List in the comments.
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