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2004: Re-Vision Of Love

Here are two more albums that I enjoyed in 2004:

U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb

I have an up and down relationship with U2. While I admire them greatly as a band, I think they are not served by the ubiquitiousness of their hit songs, which have become so familiar as to be as much admired as the wallpaper. So when I heard Vertigo approximately 679 times as part of the iPod advertisement, things didn't look good for thier new CD. But, strangely, I still haven't tired of Vertigo or any other song on the CD. For me, it's their most complete album ever. Yeah, I said it.

Green Day - American Idiot

For whatever reason I initially resisted putting this in the top 10, but now I've corrected that mistake. There's no lack of appreciation in me for the accomplishment that this album is, both commercially and (more importantly) artistically.

And you might remember the rest...

Brian Wilson - Smile
Olympic Hopefuls - The Fuses Refuse To Burn
Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
Prince - Musicology
The Roots - The Tipping Point
Sloan - Action Pact
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Beastie Boys - To The 5 Boroughs


Anonymous said…

Wow, you have a lot of willpower to hold off until February to make your list. I could barely wait and end up working on a one-month lag every year because of all the releases I skipped by making it early.

Hey, where did you get your copy of Danger Mouse? I've always been curious about it. Anywhere online I can download it with out having my computer hijacked?

Betty Rocker
Paul V. Allen said…

Believe me, I'm usually thinking about my year-end list as early as July, so I don't have that much willpower.

I found the Danger Mouse album for sale at a local record store (I won't name it...I don't want to get them in trouble) but it was a very pleasant surprise...the price wasn't even inflated. I got the last copy they had and haven't seen it since.
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