There have been lots of lousy "Top 10 (or 50) albums of the Decade" lists floating about the blogosphere, and most of them have been complete crap. The AV club picked White Blood Cells by The White Stripes. Wrong! Pitchfork selected Radiohead's Kid A. How predictable can Pitchfork get? Both NME and eMusic selected Is This It by The Strokes. As if! Paste choose Sufjan Stevens Illinois. Barf! Paste's readers picked Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco. Don't get me started!
Full Disclosure: I own all of these albums and they are all actually really good.
The real best album of the decade came out in 2000. All hail Slobberbone's Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today. It starts out with "Meltdown" a metaphor on a relationship falling apart. "Hey baby, its the end of the world, I hope you had fun." Then takes it up several notches with "Placemat Blues," possibly the most rocking song of the decade. The record just gets better from there.
EYTWRWWT perfectly blends punk rock and country, and uses a wide range of instrumentation, from horns to banjo to harmonica. It even resurrects the power ballad with "Josephine." My favorite song is "Lazy Guy" which I have posted before. Its my theme song. Check out these lyrics:
I'm a lazy guy
I'm amazed at the way some people try and try and try
To erect and then perfect some kind of proof that they're alive before they die
Well not me, 'cause I'm a lazy guy
Now that's just good song writing. No pretense here. Yeah, I'm talking to you Wilco and Radiohead.
Lead singer Brent Best has the perfect country/rock voice, sometimes sounding like he gargles with Jim Beam, and at other times sounding like a sweet raspy-voiced folk singer. Here's a funny quote by Best about EYTWRWWT from a recent interview, "What the hell do you do with a Grammy anyways? Can you Ebay them for cash?"
You can hear how influential this album was to subsequent 2000s releases, most obviously Lucero's new album 1372 Overland Park.
Although Slobberbone disbanded in 2004, they have recently resurfaced for a new tour. And, my man on the ground tells me that a new album is in the works. Can't wait!
Buy: Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today (2000)