My mom is on your lips: Best of 2000


Two of my favorite albums of the decade at the top, a couple others I still listen to, including Lou Reed’s last collection of songs qua songs, and lots of eh. My singles list from a couple months ago tickles my fancy, though. No way do I love the estimable Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea more than PJ Harvey’s baffling, protean Is This Desire? Too many critics, often male, were quick to embrace another album in which a woman became human on discovering she likes sex in relationships.

Also missing: the new millennium’s most acclaimed album, a slight, amiable little thing that Robert Christgau correctly pegged — in a positive review, let me add — as dinner music; and the year’s most controversial album, on whose behalf more copy was filed than on any analysis of George W. Bush’s platform and intentions, although I’m sure Elton John would have played at the inauguration had Ricky Martin been snowed in. Eminem was often good in bits, but I don’t see the point in thirty-minute standup comedy satirizing easy targets either, and The Marshall Mathers LP is twice that length.

Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
The Go-Betweens – The Friends of Rachel Worth
Merle Haggard – If I Could Only Fly
Lou Reed – Ecstasy
Outkast – Stankonia
Saint Etienne – Sound of Water
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again
Sleater-Kinney – All Hands on the Bad One
D’Angelo – Voodoo
N Sync – No Strings Attached
The New Pornographers – Mass Romantic
Clinic – Internal Wrangler
Mystikal – Let’s Get Ready
DJ Quik – Balance and Options
Madonna – Music
Sade – Lovers Rock
De La Soul – Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
Elastica – The Menace
Pink – Can’t Take Me Home

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