Uncut's Greatest Albums Of The Decade

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Uncut's Greatest Albums Of The Decade

The current issue of Uncut features a countdown of the 150 greatest albums of the 21st Century so far. Here, we pick out the top 25, starting with Radiohead's 'Kid A' (Parlophone, 2000), described as "a way out of the complex rock music prison the band had built" (with 'OK Computer').

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24: Arctic Monkeys, 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' (Domino, 2006). Uncut say: "Young, chippy, dynamic and with, in Alex Turner, a lyricist of uncommon wit and precision, the Monkeys sat moodily, but fittingly, in the great tradition of The Jam, The Smiths and The Libertines." Photo: Dean Chalkley

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23: Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man, 'Out Of Season' (Go!, 2002). Uncut say: "A fragile, seductive and defiantly autumnal record."

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22: Blur, 'Think Tank' (EMI, 2003). Uncut say: "A graceful and mature record, from the warm, Arabic vibe of 'Caravan' to the beautiful pop of 'Out Of Time'. Photo: Kevin Westenberg

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21: Joanna Newsom, 'Ys' (Drag City, 2006). Uncut say: "A ravishing fantasia that could be compared with one of Newsom's obvious antecedents, Kate Bush."

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20: Amy Winehouse, 'Back To Black' (Island, 2006). Uncut say: "At once comfortably familiar and dangerously confessional, it felt like an instant classic on release." For the full list of the decade's 150 greatest albums, pick up the current issue of Uncut. Photo: Tom Oxley

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19: Bruce Springsteen, 'The Rising' (Columbia, 2002). Uncut say: "Springsteen's response to 9/11 reunited him with the E Street Band to thrilling effect."

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17: The White Stripes, 'Elephant' (XL, 2003). Uncut say: "A roaringly ambitious reassertion of the duo's strengths, with White amping up his neurotic, lovelorn persona to the max."

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16: LCD Soundsystem, 'Sound Of Silver' (DFA, EMI, 2007). Uncut say: "An electronically thrilling thrilling upgrade of Bowie, New Order, Talking Heads and The Fall."

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15: Radiohead, 'In Rainbows' (2007). Uncut say: "The fullest realisation yet of the band's paranoid techno and baroque live rock."

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14: Primal Scream, 'XTRMNTR' (Creation, 2002). Uncut say: "It's rare that a band's sixth album should be considered their best, but with 'XTRMNTR', it felt like Primal Scream broke new ground." Photo: Dean Chalkley

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13: Gillian Welch, 'Time (The Revelator)' (Acony, 2001). Uncut say: "Welch and partner David Rawlings' third album pulled traditional blues, country and folk into bold new shapes."

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12: Portishead, 'Third' (Island, 2008). Uncut say: "An apocalyptic, uncompromising clash of Krautrock, folk, electronica, even techno, cut through with a sense of foreboding that seemed to soundtrack a world in meltdown."

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11: Flaming Lips, 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' (Warner Bros, 2002). Uncut say: "An expansive sci-fi treatise on mortality, war, compassion, and the incredible resolve of the human spirit."

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10: Fleet Foxes, 'Fleet Foxes' (Bella Union, 2008). Uncut say: "Technically Fleet Foxes originated from Seattle, but listeners could've been forgiven for imagining they came from a kind of American Arcadia, such was the bucolic magic summoned up by the 11 tracks."

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9: Ryan Adams, 'Heartbreaker' (2000). Uncut say: "His first solo album promised a glorious future for Adams' perfectly nuanced Americana."

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8: Bob Dylan, 'Modern Times' (Sony, 2006). Uncut say: "Traversed disparate musical territories with intuitive panache and graceful aplomb."

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7: Arcade Fire, 'Funeral' (Rough Trade, 2005). Uncut say: "Theatrical, intense and ultimately cathartic." Photo: Dean Chalkley

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6: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, 'Raising Sand' (Rounder, 2007). Uncut say: "A regal celebration of the diversity of American roots music."

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5: The Strokes, 'Is This It' (Rough Trade, 2001). Uncut say: "A joyful, lyrical and intelligent evocation of being young in pre-9/11 New York City." Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem

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4: Brian Wilson, 'Smile' (Nonesuch, 2004). Uncut say: "An unimaginable coup: a historical reconstruction that could satisfy even the most fanatical, bootleg-coveting Beach Boys fan." Photo: PA Photos

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3: Wilco, 'A Ghost Is Born' (Nonesuch, 2004). Uncut say: "An ispired hybrid of rock classicism and leftfield adventure, epitomised by the 11-minute long 'Spiders (Kidsmoke)', ostensibly stadium Krautrock."

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2: Bob Dylan, 'Love And Theft' (Sony, 2001). Uncut say: "Dylan's first album of the 21st century was a keleidoscopic engagement with the American songbook in all its vast and energising diversity." Photo: PA Photos

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1: The White Stripes, 'White Blood Cells' (2001). Uncut say: "This raging, innocent album still stands - just! - as Jack White's masterpiece." Photo: Dean Chalkley

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To read the entire list of 150 albums, pick up the current issue of Uncut, which comes with a a 15-track accompanying CD, as well as an interview with Uncut's Man Of The Decade, Jack White.

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