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Harris’ Top 20 Albums of the Decade (10-6)

Good morning everyone. I hope that everyone’s Christmas Day’s are going great. Although I am currently in Colorado with my family doing what Jews do on Christmas — ski — I thought I would continue my top ten albums of the decade with numbers 10 through 6.

10. Continuum, John Mayer (2006): When you release an album with a song like “Waiting On The World To Change” on it, you better be ready to stand behind it. This album,which was launched with a few great songs, has withstood the test of time and helped give Mayer a strong following in the States. Using a mixture of exotic instrumentation and sensational guitar, Mayer’s voice is really what everyone comes to see, and this mellow album is a great example of him using all his tools.
9. Songs for Silverman, Ben Folds (2005): In one of the most sad and trying albums of the decade, Folds showed us inside his soul and just how dark things can get. The album is a pure blend of piano and voice, as Folds is a master of writing, and shows us some of the most deep lyrics you will ever hear. The soft side of this nerd-rocker makes his appeal wide as he reaches college audiences and older folk with one swift press of a key on his piano. If you want to sleep or to be sad, this is the album for you.
8. THE E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies), The Black Eyed Peas (2009): 2009 saw a huge swing in pop and hip-hop as more and more groups went to an electronic sound. No album embraced that concept more than “The Energy Never Dies.” Instead of fighting Auto-tune and other music trends that are looked down upon, the Peas embraced these techniques and used them to their advantage, sculpting a perfect blend of raging club hits and slow electronic ballads.

7. Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, Limp Bizkit (2000):Probably not what you expected when you woke up to read the list this morning. Coming in at #7 on my greatest albums of the decade, Bizkit and frontman Fred Durst created one of the heaviest and filthiest albums of the decade. Rapping the word F**k 48 times into one song, the album goes much deeper than cursing. Melodically it is a masterpiece of heavy metal and rap. Personally, my favorite songs on the album are “Take A look Around” and “My Way,” but the rest of the album really comes through and provides a great listening experience. Not recommended for parents or grandparents, anyone with a moral flexibility towards cursing will love this album.

6. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem (2000): It’s really hard to put you into the correct mindset to understand this album and what it did for America. At a time when censorship was on the rise, Eminem dropped his first album of the new millennium. The album offended everything and everyone ruthlessly. He talked about rape, gays and suicide in a dark manner that gave Marshall the image he held on to for the rest of the decade. Without understanding what the music industry was like at the turn of the century it is hard to realize what an album like this did for music. Nowadays, this would be a normal album, but then, it was a statement by the most talented lyricist of our generation.

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