Sunday, November 29, 2009

My 25 Favorite Artists of the 2000s - #2

#2 - Animal Collective

The single greatest band to come entirely from this decade, Animal Collective will one day be looked back upon in the same light that the Beach Boys are seen today. If there were any band that can be compared to AC, as a matter of fact, it would have to be the Beach Boys, actually. Like the 60s band, both rely heavily on beautifully harmonized vocals and a very experimental way of doing things in the recording studio. Beginning early in the decade with a largely acoustic, free form sound, the group led by vocalists Panda Bear and Avey Tare produced a few great albums early. Beginning with 2004's Sung Tongs, though, the band began to incorporate more of a pop element into their music, and their sound became one of the greatest, and most unique things in music history. Just this year they've released two of their greatest records, only going to prove that this is one band that could continue to make hugely important music for years and years to come.

My Favorite Albums:
1. Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
2. Sung Tongs (2004)
3. Fall Be Kind (2009)
4. Strawberry Jam (2007)
5. Feels (2005)
6. Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (2000)
7. Campfire Songs (2003)
8. Water Curses (2008)
9. Here Comes the Indian (2003)

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