FEATURE: 2001: A Fine Vintage: The Albums That Defined an Extraordinary Year




2001: A Fine Vintage


IN THIS PHOTO: The White Stripes in New York in June, 2001/PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/Press

The Albums That Defined an Extraordinary Year


IT may seem random…


 IN THIS PHOTO: Destiny's Child backstage in the summer of 2001/PHOTO CREDIT: Gillian Laub

but I am keen to explore musical years from this century and make a case in regards their quality. There are many who say the music pre-2000 is a lot stronger than music that has come since – many others say very few genius-level albums have arrived this millennium. I feel some of the best records arrived in the 1990s and 1960s but we have seen some truly remarkable records since 2000. 2001, especially, was not shy when it came to immense L.P.s and, accordingly, I have curated and collected some of the very best from the year. For those who feel this century has produced few wonders and nothing to match what has come before; have a look at these golden albums and I am sure you will find much…


 IN THIS PHOTO: Radiohead in New York in 2001/PHOTO CREDIT: Danny Clinch

FOOD for thought.

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The Strokes - Is This It

Released: 30th July, 2001

Label: RCA Records

Genres: Punk; Alternative; Indie-Rock


Björk - Vespertine

Released: 27th August, 2001

Label: Polydor Records

Genres: Electronic; Trip-Hop; Ambient


Basement Jaxx - Rooty

Released: 25th June, 2001

Label: XL Recordings

Genres: House; U.K, Garage; Big Beat


The White StripesWhite Blood Cells

Released: 3rd July, 2001

Label: Sympathy for the Record Industry

Genres: Garage-Rock; Alternative-Rock; Blues-Rock


Daft PunkDiscovery

Released: 26th February, 2001

Label: Virgin Records

Genres: House; French House; Synth-Pop


Radiohead - Amnesiac

Released: 5th June, 2001

Label: XL Recordings

Genres: Rock; Jazz; Experimental; Electronic


Missy ElliottMiss E… So Addictive

Released: 15th May, 2001

Label: Elektra Records

Genres: R&B; Hip-Hop


Alicia KeysSongs in A Minor

Released: 5th June, 2001

Label: J Records

Genres: Soul; R&B; Contemporary


The Shins Oh, Inverted World

Released: 19th June, 2001

Label: Sub Pop

Genres: Indie-Pop; Indie-Rock; Indie-Folk


MuseOrigin of Symmetry

Released: 17th July, 2001

Label: MCI Records

Genres: Alternative-Rock; Progressive-Rock; Space-Rock


Destiny’s Child - Survivor

Released: 1st May, 2001

Label: Columbia Records

Genres: R&B; Pop


Gorillaz Gorillaz

Released: 26th March, 2001

Label: Parlophone

Genres: Rock; Alternative; Electronic; Hip-Hop