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Clash’s 50 Greatest Albums Of The Last 5 Years

brandon | April 27, 2009 - 9:09 am

Not the band, we’re talking about ClashMusic.com: The UK site’s recounting the best albums that have come out during its existence. It might not reap many classics, but it’s a valid exercise, especially for people with short attention spans or failing grades in history. That’s the cynical take. On the other hand, it could work as a nice refresher course in what took place in recent years, since years do have a habit of blending together. The most interesting part is its electronic streak. The least interesting part is a lot of the albums on it. Just to prep you in advance so you don’t hyperventilate: There’s no Grizzly Bear. I won’t give away the winner, but they say this about it: “Frankly, if you don’t own this album (and love, and cherish it), you quite probably don’t deserve to have any music in your life whatsoever.” Got it? Appropriately dramatic words for the collection holding the no. 1 spot:

50 The Killers – Hot Fuss
49 Kasabian – Kasabian
48 Deerhunter – Microcastle
47 Bat For Lashes – Fur and Gold
46 Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
45 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
44 Portishead – Third
43 Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
42 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
41 Santigold – Santigold
40 Late Of The Pier – Fantasy Black Channel
39 Sigur Rós – Takk…
38 Efterklang – Parades
37 Liars – Drum’s Not Dead
36 The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
35 Hot Chip – The Warning
34 Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
33 Benga – Diary Of An Afro Warrior
32 Feist – The Reminder
31 Broadcast – Tender Buttons
30 Battles – Mirrored
29 Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
28 Tunng – Mother’s Daughter And Other Songs
27 The Libertines – The Libertines
26 Kanye West – The College Dropout
25 Apparat – Walls
24 Burial – Burial
23 Gallows – Orchestra Of Wolves
22 Caribou – The Milk Of Human Kindness
21 Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
20 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
19 Soulwax – Nite Versions
18 The Bug – London Zoo
17 Brian Wilson – SMiLE
16 Isolée – We Are Monster
15 My Morning Jacket – Z
14 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
13 Joanna Newsom – Ys
12 Modeselektor – Hello Mom!
11 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
10 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
09 J Dilla – Donuts
08 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
07 M.I.A. – Arular
06 LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
05 The Knife – Silent Shout
04 TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain
03 Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
02 Radiohead – In Rainbows
01 Arcade Fire – Funeral

You can read their complete writeup of Funeral at www.clashmusic.com.

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