Pretentious Record Store Guy’s 30 Most Underrated Albumns of the Last 10 Years

Posted by Carlos Gabriel Ruiz on September 21st, 2007

30 Most Underrated Albums of the Last 10 Years

What do critics know?  Nothing or else they would be in a band making music.  Fuck the critics, especially rock critics.  Most of them are thirty to forty year olds, predominantly male, slighlty balding, potential pedophilles who live in their parents’ basement and have little to no social interaction with the outside world  and sit around listening to music all day because music is the only thing that fills the void in their meaningless existence.  Man, that hits a little too close to home (except for the potential pedophille remark), but I digress.


When most records come out a seemingly in the know rock critic will listen to the record about three times and then write a review.  Most of the time, the assignment of who reviews what is either random or a writer will volunteer to review a certain new release.  Either way, the writer will automatically bring in their own preconceived notions about the music before he even listens to it.  So if the lead singer of a great band happens to have made out with the writer’s girlfriend in front of the writer at the after, after show party, then the writer is obviously going to write a less than favorable review.  Furthermore, who knows what sort of mood the deadline obsessed writer will be in when he finally comes out of his marijuana induced coma to write the review.  Lastly, some records are simply ahead of their time; their luminosity and brilliance  showing over time to be appreciated like a fine wine.


Anyways, here is my list of the 30 Most Underrated Albums of the Last Ten Years.  Enjoy.




1.  Weezer – Pinkerton
2.  Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West
3.  Outkast – ATLiens
4.  The Verve – Urban Hymns
5.  Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
6.  Evan Dando – Baby I’m Bored
7.  Mos Def Black on Both Sides
8.  Ambulance LTD. – S/T
9.  Muse – Absolution
10.  The Dandy Warhols – 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia

11.  Vue – Down For Whatever

12.  Q-Tip Kamal the Abstract

13.  The Stratford 4 – Love & Distortion

14.  Clearlake – Ceadars

15.  The Shins – Oh Inverted World!

16.  Jesse Malin – The Fine Art of Self Destruction

17.  The Dust Brothers – Soundtrack to the motion picture Fight Club

18.  Mitch Hedberg – Strategic Grill Locations

19.  Superdrag – In the Valley of Dying Stars

20.  Goodie Mob – Still Standing
21.  Ours – Distorted Lullabies

22.  Palo AltoHeroes and Villans

23.  Pavement Brighten the Corners

24.  Josh Rouse – 1972

25.  Ugly Casanova – Sharpen Your Teeth

26.  Ben Harper Live from Mars

27.  Rancid Life Wont Wait

28.  Harvey Danger King James Version

29. Pinback Blue Screen Life

30.  Old 97s Too Far to Care

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