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9 of the best – sounds of noughties

It would seem that 2004 was peak noughties (to these ears…):

The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2000)

 The Strokes – Modern Age (2001)

The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (2002)

Broken Social Scene – Stars And Sons (2003)

The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle (2004)

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla (2005)

 Midlake – Bandits (2006)

Beirut – Nantes (2007)

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Honourable mentions also go to: Lambchop for ‘Up With The People’ (2000); Outkast for ‘Ms. Jackson’ (2000); Ian Brown for ‘F. E. A. R.’ (2001); The Shins for ‘New Slang‘ (2002); Kings Of Leon for ‘Red Morning Light‘ (2003); Radiohead for ‘A Wolf At The Door’ (2003); Mew for ‘Comforting Sounds’ (2003); Kasabian for ‘Club Foot’ (2004); Danger Mouse for his remix of ‘Public Service Announcement’ (2004); The Good, the Bad and the Queen for ‘Herculean’ (2006); The Hold Steady for ‘The Chillout Tent‘ (2006); The Strokes for ‘You Only Live Once’ (2006); and Jay Electronica for ‘Exhibit C’ (2009).

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Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – Proud Irene (2015)

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Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon

The Walkmen may have been on studio hiatus for the last few years, but that’s not to say that frontman Hamilton Leithauser has been quiet. He released a solo LP Black Hours in 2014 and has since been collaborating with another member of the band, guitarist Paul Maroon. Last year, the two of them teamed up for Dear God. ‘Proud Irene’ is the opening track on the album.

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The Walkmen – The Rat (2004)

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In 2001, The Strokes had made rock’n’roll believable again. Their song ‘Last Nite’ (and what followed) was a clarion call and its echoes can still be heard today. Three years later, The Walkmen would respond with their own derivative of the New York revival. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser spits out “You’ve got a nerve to be asking a favour/You’ve got a nerve to be calling my number”… anger, isolation, sadness, a snappy title, New York. With its abundance of punk anthem credentials, ‘The Rat’ was understandably released as a single. It also features on their long player Bows + Arrows.

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