Cuckoo's Eleven - The Best of 2001

 

Top Eleven Songs of 2001:

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  1. The Strokes - "Last Nite"

  2.  Rufus Wainwright - "California"

  3. U2 - "Stuck in a Moment"

  4. Travis - "Side"

  5. Stereophonics - "Have a Nice Day"

  6.  Pete Yorn - "Life on a Chain"

  7.  Eve feat. Gwen Stefani - "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"

  8.  Weezer - "Photograph"

  9. GORILLAZ - "Clint Eastwood"

  10. STP - Hollywood B****

  11. Remy Zero - Save Me

Honorable Mentions:
Mick Jagger - God Gave Me Everything
Incubus - Wish You Were Here
David Gray - Please Forgive Me
Tool - Schism
REM - Imitation of Life

 

1 Pete Yorn - musicforthemorningafter

"Waitin' for a bottle of truth/I'm just a lonely guy in my youth."

Jersey born drummer turned frontman to his own band.  This is an essential album for 2001, and is likely to open the for the alt-country genre.

 
2 Mick Jagger - Goddess in the Doorway

Hired guns like Pete Townsend, Bono, and Lenny Kravitz contribute to this album, but this is definitely not to be compared with Santana's album.  All written by Jagger.  A solid buy on the Goldman Sachs scale.

3 Travis - The Invisible Band

"An eye on all my horses/you've slept with all my men/I'm never going to get it together again."

While it's not quite the masterpiece that their sophomore album, The Man Who, this band from Glasgow is finally getting American radio support after two and a half years time as the biggest band in the UK.

4 New Order - Get Ready

"I don't want to be like other people are/Don't want to live in peace/Don't want to wash my car."

The Musical Equivalent or Billy Sims coming out of retirement & rushing 1,000 for the Lions.  I was really surprised by this . . . Depeche who?

5 Weezer - Weezer

28 minutes of simple, harmonic, geek music.  Toned down from Pinkerton with a broader appeal.

6 The Strokes - Is This It

Young American band with strong influences from the Kinks & Guided By Voices.

7 Stereophonices - Just Enough Education to Perform

"He started straight off, 'Comin' here is hell.'/Those were his first words/We asked what he meant/He said, 'We've all become the same.  Only our accents change."

This band from Wales's frontman, Kelly Jones, is Rock's unofficial best storyteller via songwriting.

8 Ryan Adams - Gold

"Just a nobody girl/With a radar to the scene/When the emptiness fins you/You find all the numbers you need.."

Former lead singer of Whiskeytown's sophomore effort.  A rival to Pete Yorn in the alt-country genre.

9 The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

"Well I'm finding it harder to be a gentleman every day"

A Detroit based band that ... well, they're just out there.  I was going to call The Strokes visceral, but then what would I call these guys?  Kudos for turning down GAP to appear in a TV commercial.

10 Paul McCartney - Driving Rain

"I tried to get over you/But all I can ever to/Is fill my mind with thoughts of you"

This is a really strong effort that is introspective about the loss of his wife & finding love again.

11 Bob Dylan - Love and Theft

This album evokes the impression Dylan is driving his convertible Cadillac with his knees; his arms resting behind his head, laughing all the way back to Monterrey.

Honorable Mention

John Mayer - Room for Squares

Clinic - Internal Wrangler

Cake - Comfort Eagle

Radiohead - Amnesiac

Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs



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