#13 - Interpol
Interpol's 2002 debut album Turn On the Bright Lights remains to me as one of the greatest first albums by a band in music history. The amazing thing to me about this album is that it's clearly the sound of a weary, veteran band wanting to create something lasting, even though it was produced by a band that had just come into existence. The Joy Division comparisons are still pretty spot-on (especially in Paul Banks vocal style), but this band was clearly a force to be reckoned with all to themselves in the early to mid part of the decade. After their most recent album being a bit of a flop, the promise of a return to the old sound has been made, and Interpol could carry on into the 2010's with something huge.
My Favorite Albums:
1. Turn On the Bright Lights (2002)
2. Antics (2004)