50 Cent “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” (2003)

     A long weekend winds down with a return to the wave of hip-hop and the #1 selling album of 2003, “Get Rich or Die Tryin’”, the debut album from 50 Cent.  This album is the next extension of the hip-hop lineage from Dr. Dre, with a significant assist in production and performing from Eminem,Continue reading “50 Cent “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (2003)”

Coldplay “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (2002)

     We have a pretty significant change of pace today, with a brief departure from the ever-expanding world of hip-hop for an album that is pretty much the direct opposite of hip-hop, “A Rush of Blood to the Head” by Coldplay.  I always assumed that Coldplay was pretty much a shell operation for Chris Martin,Continue reading “Coldplay “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (2002)”

Eminem “The Eminem Show” (2002)

     Just yesterday I highlighted the relative rapping skills of Eminem in comparison to Jay-Z, and today we have the next release from Eminem, his fourth album “The Eminem Show”.  Continuing to expand his reach and grasp on his audience, this album was the #1 selling album of 2002.  In general, I remain a fanContinue reading “Eminem “The Eminem Show” (2002)”

The Shins “Oh, Inverted World” (2001)

     I spent a lot of driving time this weekend listening to album #8 on the list from my son, “Oh, Inverted World” by American indie rock band The Shins.  Primarily the creative outlet and product of singer and guitarist James Mercer, I will say this was a return to favor after not loving theContinue reading “The Shins “Oh, Inverted World” (2001)”

Linkin Park “Hybrid Theory” (2000)

     “Hybrid Theory”, the debut album from Linkin Park, is another one of those albums that just completely captivated me upon its release.  I remember that my friend Barrett burned me a copy on a gold CD, and said, somewhat jokingly, “I think you will like this a lot, but whoever wrote these songs hasContinue reading “Linkin Park “Hybrid Theory” (2000)”

The Avalanches “Since I Left You” (2000)

     Today is the 8th installment of my son picking an album to be on the list, and this one will not go down as one of my favorites.  Featuring the debut album, “Since I Left You”, from the Australian electronic group The Avalanches, this is a record I tried to embrace as always, butContinue reading “The Avalanches “Since I Left You” (2000)”

U2 “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (2000)

     In the 2000-ish timeframe, I wasn’t terribly connected to the world of music, but this record helped me to reconnect, both with a contemporary release as well as reuniting with an old musical love.  U2 and I were on a bit of a break through the latter half of the 1990s, as they wentContinue reading “U2 “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (2000)”

OutKast “Stankonia” (2000)

     I’m not sure if there is another artist that has consistently exceeded my expectations as much as OutKast.  Although I certainly enjoyed “Aquemini”, I find their next album “Stankonia” to be on an entirely different level.  I think this has quickly emerged as one of my favorite hip-hop albums, and perhaps overall albums IContinue reading “OutKast “Stankonia” (2000)”