WILCO (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born, Sky Blue Sky)
I like A Ghost Is Born & Sky Blue Sky but Wilco it’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot that really knocks my socks off. To me it’s easily one of the top 10 albums of the decade. It’s just one of those special albums that totally puts you into it’s world.
THE FLAMING LIPS (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War with the Mystics)
I do think that The Flaming Lips best decade was definitely the 1990s and the fact that they’ve only released two albums and only one really good album (Yoshimi) in the ’00s is something of a disappointment. It’s also disappointing that they don’t seem to be moving forward musically or in their live show anymore. If there was one thing you could count on the Flaming Lips for since they started it was that they would always be moving forward and trying something new. That really wasn’t the case with At The War With The Mystics or with their recent live shows.
All of that being said, I couldn’t leave them off this list. While At War with the Mystics is probably their worst album since the ’80s, it still has some pretty cool songs if you can get over the somewhat plastic sounding production that strangles a lot of the life out of them.
Sadly if you look at the album charts you’d think that At War with the Mystics was their big breakthrough album. It’s their highest charting album (by far) in the US (it reached #11) and in the UK (#6.)
Anyway, I would like to get to the positives of The Flaming Lips and why I included them as one of the best five bands/artists of the decade. Yoshimi is a pretty great album (although it hasn’t aged quite as well as I was thinking it would) and while their live shows have become somewhat stagnant they are still a special experience. If you’ve never seen them before, I highly recommend you catch ’em. The problem is really that they don’t change things up enough for repeat concert goers.