To conclude my three-part wrap-up of the year and the decade, we come to the part of this exercise that was the most fun for your Rockologist.
This is where I got to go back and relive a lot of memories from the past ten years by listening to my favorite albums from that same period. Not all of those memories were good ones mind you, but even during the bad times these were the records that helped get me through them.
So right about now, I need to be clear about one thing. I'm not saying these were the best albums released during the past ten years — only that they were my personal favorites. I also need to add that what a lot of you may be seeing as artists or bands missing in action — including people like the White Stripes, Amy Winehouse, Ryan Adams, My Morning Jacket, and the Killers — would be here if I were to expand this list to twenty.
But since I've already spent quite a bit of time on this whole end-of-year, end-of-decade business, I thought it best to keep this list somewhat short in the interest of brevity. The last thing I want to do here is bore all of you to death.
That said, I'm also going to cheat a bit here.
Although I've decided to limit my choices to one album apiece from each artist, please don't shoot me if I slip a few of their other albums under some of these entries. Some rules are just made to be broken — especially when I'm the one who is making them. With that said, here we go:
10. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet (2007)
PT were my personal major new musical discovery this decade, and this album represented that point of entry. I've since gone on to the rest of their catalog, which includes many albums better than this one — including this year's The Incident. Nonetheless, FOABP is always going to be a little special for me, because it was my introduction to a band I have since come to believe may be the single most underrated in all of music. The songs "Anesthetize" and "Sentimental" alone qualify this one for inclusion.