A Decade Of Music – 50 Best Albums Of 2001

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For the next few weeks as the “noughties” wrap up we’re looking back at NME’s best albums of the decade. Here are the top 50 albums from 2001, as chosen at the time. At number 50: Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, ‘How I Long To Feel That Summer In My Heart’. NME said: “Gorky’s should have no regrets about leaving the bright lights of major labeldom behind them.”

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49. Zoot Woman, ‘Living In A Magazine’. NME said: “As soulful and superficial as an Athena poster.”

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48. Gorillaz, ‘Gorillaz’. NME said: “Who needs flesh and blood?”

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45. Future Pilot AKA, ‘Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea’. NME said: “A mesmerising and profound third album that’s by far the Future Pilot’s finest.”

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44. The Tyde, ‘Once’. NME said: “A surprise treasure, from the least likely of sources.”

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43. The Beta Band, ‘Hot Shots II’. NME said: “Organic comedown electronica, surreal hip-hop and some startling melancholic pop songs.”

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40. N*E*R*D, ‘In Search Of…’. NME said: “An ambitious conceptual record with ideas aplenty.”

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38. Four Tet, ‘Pause’. NME said: “A breath of fresh air all round.” Check out the top 50 albums of 2000 here

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36. Beanie Sigel, ‘The Reason’, NME said: “One of the darkest and compelling gangsta rap albums of the year.”

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34. REM, ‘Reveal’. NME said: “Summer, nostalgia and an unusually desperate desire to recapture past glories.”

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33. Kings Of Convenience, ‘Quiet Is The New Loud’. NME said: “Britain melted at its simple, skippy charms and, briefly, wearing a duffel coat looked like a serious option again.”

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30. The Charlatans, ‘Wonderland’. NME said: “The Charlatans pull their head-spinning party masterpiece from the ashes.”

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29. Clearlake, ‘Lido’. NME said: “…charming on the surface, but with a hint of something very odd besides.”

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28. Mogwai, ‘Rock Action’. NME said: “Once again, one of the most important bands in Britain have carved modern music into tremendous new shapes.”

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27. Mark Lanegan, ‘Field Songs’. NME said: “The blues have never sounded so black.”

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24. Low, ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’. NME said: “Slow it may be, but it gets there in the end.”

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23. Travis, ‘The Invisible Band’. NME said: “So while it might not be the year’s most cutting-edge album, it’s the one you’re most likely to sing when happily drunk.”

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22. Sparklehorse, ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. NME said: “In the past, it has rained in his heart. Here there was a promise of a brighter outlook.”

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21. Stephen Malkmus, ‘Stephen Malkmus’. NME said: “…a quiet and intelligent joy.” Check out the top 50 albums of 2000 here

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20. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, ‘No More Shall We Part’. NME said: “This is a drop of the dark stuff for those early mornings long after the storm has passed.”

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19. Fugazi, ‘The Argument’. NME said: “An undisputed triumph.”

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18. Roots Manuva, ‘Run Come Save Me’. NME said: “Bubbling with a rough ‘n’ bumpy energy, laced with freaky noises and as rooted in the sub-bass and rawness of raga and UK garage as it is hip-hop.”

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17. Pulp, ‘We Love Life’. NME said: “Britpop may be gone, but Pulp continue to march on.”

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16. Daft Punk, ‘Discovery’. NME said: “Very disco indeed.”

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14. Air, ‘10,000 Hz Legend’. NME said: “This was, undoubtedly, the best album of 2001 to feature Beck, a whistling solo and a man wearing a cape.”

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12. Elbow, ‘Asleep In The Back’. NME said: “The year’s most cohesive album.”

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11. Super Furry Animals, ‘Rings Around The World’. NME said: “A spectacular exercise in wild over-spending at the expense of a shell-shocked record company and, surprisingly enough, a rather good record too.”

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10. Aphex Twin, ‘Drukqs’. NME said: “Certainly scattershot.”

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9. Andrew WK, ‘I Get Wet’. NME said: “Brief and to the point…a beautiful and brutal riff-seared endorsement of life itself.”

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6. Slipknot, ‘Iowa’. NME said: “Impossibly fierce, but also naggingly melodic.”

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4. Jay-Z, ‘The Blueprint’. NME said: “Nobody can compete with his delivery or with in this form.”

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