New Classics: Albums

I had a conversation with someone the other day about how a particular album was a classic. Then I remembered it was released in 2000, making it just over a decade old. Do you think that things can be considered "classic" even though they're so incredibly young? I do.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a classic as "serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value" or "historically memorable", so I totally think new classic is a thing. I've thought long and hard about the list of albums that I consider to be new classics, and I think you might enjoy them, too. Don't get me wrong; there are a ton of albums that have helped shape me and my musical taste over the years that are from a different time, but these ones are all from 2000 or beyond and I think they deserve a little recognition.

We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes by Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes

This album isn't perfect, and it's not the most lyrically profound or musically advanced, but it's by far the album that made me fall in love with them. I'm sure I'm not alone in that.

Full of sad love songs and the occasional coming-of-age epic, this was a great album for emotional kids in the early 2000's yet is somehow still relatable today. Fun fact: 405 is the only album I've ever been able to play on the guitar, so it had to be special, right?

"I may have got an invitation, but I wasn't invited. But I thought that this meant something more than broken hearts and new addictions."

LISTEN: Scientist Studies

Cassadaga by Bright Eyes


This album came to me during a really rough period in my life, and as cheesy as it sounds, it really helped me through it. Cleanse Song in particular was a huge wake-up-call, but deep issues aside, this is an epic album. I love the country-inspired twang (that came back with Conor's latest release Upside Down Mountain, too.) I love that he (probably) wrote Classic Cars about Winona Ryder. I love that he sounds like a Bob Dylan reincarnate in If The Brakeman Turns My Way. I love that Conor was inspired by the supernatural-obsessed city of Cassadaga and wrote an album about it.

I love this album.

"If life seems absurd, what you need is some laughter and a season to sleep and a place to get clean, maybe Los Angeles - somewhere no one's expecting."

LISTEN: Cleanse Song

The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most by Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most

Some may say this brand of music is too emotional or whiny, but I just call it raw. It's heartfelt, it's emotional, and it's a little dramatic, but when this album was released thirteen years ago *gasp*, it was exactly what I was feeling in my angsty little preteen heart.

The simplicity of this album is what makes it perfect, because while the lyrics are complex and poetic, the melodies are easy to digest and more importantly, belt along with. Chris Carrabba has made a number of songs and albums that rival this one, but I just find it so hard to beat.

"I begged you to not to go. I begged you, I pleaded. Claimed you as my only hope and watched the floor as you retreated."

LISTEN: The Good Fight

Give Up by The Postal Service

The Postal Service Give Up

The elusive Postal Service (comprised of Death Cab's Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel) made this album and left us wanting more... but never delivered. Knowing that these two will probably never make an album together again makes this one so much more precious to me.

Abandoning his traditional acoustic driven brand of folk-pop, Gibbard's voice sounds magical atop a blend of electronic drums and synth, sprinkled with a bit of poetry, of course. And even though I'm angry I'll never hear new material, part of me is glad because I doubt anything could compare.

"I know there's a big world out there, like the one that I saw on the screen in my living room late last night - it was almost too bright to see."

LISTEN: This Place is a Prison

So Jealous by Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara So Jealous

So Jealous is as radio-friendly as it is beautiful, something I think a lot of people will appreciate. Instead of being mysteriously hip, these Canadian twins profess their emotion amongst a grand soundtrack that makes me want to dance and cry at the same time. Weird? Maybe.

There's something this album has that their newer ones don't, and although I love their material so much, I really prefer the simplicity of this one. Something about it just feels so innocent and real, despite the mega-success they found with I Know I Know I Know and Walking With a Ghost.

"If I'm gonna get up, I'll just admit it: I only get up for you."

LISTEN: Downtown

What are your new classics?

Maybe I'll do a post on my true classics someday. Ah, so many choices though!