2004: The year of hits. We had the guilty pleasures (Britney Spears’ “Toxic” or OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”) those you’ll still sing in the shower (The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside”) and those that still get the occasional meme dedicated to them (Kelis’ “Milkshake or Blink-182’s “I Miss You”). On the other hand, you also had albums like these:
This Providence: Our World’s Divorce
After getting into their self-titled record I backtracked to this one, which I think is actually their best. It’s not nearly as polished as any of the band’s other albums, but that just adds to its charm. It’s earnest and well written. If nothing else, just give the A-side a try (I have a feeling it’ll keep you hooked).
Modest Mouse: Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Say what you will about “Float On” getting too much mainstream attention, or how they “sold out,” but I’m not buying it. Every song from “Ocean Breathes Salty,” to “Bukowski,” to “Blame It On The Tetons” has it’s own vibe, but it all fits together. Plus, you can’t deny the genius of a line like “Life handed us a paycheck/ We said ‘We worked harder than this’ “ (“Bury Me With It”).
I never understood the hate for this album. Honestly, this is my favorite NFG album (despite the nostalgic value of Sticks and Stones). All of the songs are catchy as hell, though “Constant Static” is a bit weak, and “I Don’t Wanna Know” can be boring at times. I’m not helping my point now, but ignore that, because the rest of the album is killer.