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Best Of Decade 2000-2009 - 2010 jeffrey343

ARTIST: Best Of Decade 2000-2009 (jeffrey343)

Better late than never, I guess. Coming in two years after most everyone else's list, here is mine. But I do have a good excuse. I really didn't know much about new melodic rock or how to get it until sometime in 2005, and it took me a while to really get caught up. So I wanted to make sure I had time to find all the good stuff from the decade. My list is more heavily weighted to the 2007 - 2009 years, as you might expect.

In Summary

1 - Marcello Vestry - Marcello Vestry (2008)
This one really blew me away in 2008. Frank Vestry's vocals were a perfect fit to a superb batch of songs. Excellent guitar & keyboard work by Rob Marcello really brought this album to a major sweet spot for me.

2 - KISS - Sonic Boom (2009)
Surprising, because I was never a huge KISS fan. This album really benefitted from the track order. No bad songs on here, but starting with an absolute killer and having three of the last four also being absolute killers meant that I played this through time and time again. Just a fun album to crank in the car or while I was going for a run.

3 - Daughtry - Daughtry (2006)
Debut album from 4th-place finisher on American Idol season 5, so he got a lot of major label love to help him and his band ride his wave of popularity. Songs from this album were played non-stop on U.S. radio for over two years, helping it easily reach multi-platinum sales. If I dropped two of the songs towards the end and made this a ten-song album with the other songs being bonus tracks, it would be pretty much a perfect modern rock album.

4 - The Eagles - Long Road Out Of Eden (2007)
Like KISS, I was not a huge fan of anything other than their hits. But I got caught up in the hype of this one, and there are some absolutely stellar songs here. It's a 2 CD album, and I could condense it into one CD of about 12 songs. This one has a good amount of variety in both song styles and vocals (with four vocalists, you'd expect it to).

5 - The Donnas - Bitchin' (2007)
Glad I stumbled across this one. If you haven't heard anything by these gals since the very early years of this decade or before, you'd be surprised. This is pure hard party rock done very well. While the song themes are simple, there are some clever lyrics here.

6 - Daughtry - Leave This Town (2009)
Second album from Daughtry. The twelve songs on the main album didn't quite measure up to those on the first one - Chris Daughtry did more of the songwriting than he did on the debut, and some songs were more reflective than rocking. But it was not at all a big dropoff. And there are seven bonus tracks that were released separately that I think could be the bulk of a killer album on their own.

7 - Journey - Revelation (2008)
Journey has been more of a singles band than an album band for me in the past, but they were able to put together a darn fine album. Arnel Pineda was able to pull off sounding enough like Steve Perry that this definitely sounds like a Journey album. It has some killer anthems and killer ballads. I still don't think the production is as great as it should have been, and some songs do drag on past their logical conclusion. But it is my favourite Journey album start to finish.

8 - Elevener - When Kaleidoscopes Collide (2008)
This one has been all over the place for me. I initially loved the songs but not the vocals. But then the vocals grew on me to the point I could play this over and over. And hearing the 2011 album with a different vocalist just reinforced how good this one was.

9 - Mecca - Mecca (2002)
The oldest album on my list. This had been on my radar for several years before I got it (Amazon recommended it for me). Really good mix of songs on here, with the obvious Jim Peterik sound on many of them. Fergie Frederiksen and Joe Vana split the vocal duties very nicely.

10 - H.e.a.t - Heat (2008)
These guys are one of the top new acts around. This debut hit a major sweet spot for me with strong songs, strong vocals, and excellent guitar & keyboard interplay. And I believe they're on the rise, as their second album was even better (at least to me).

Other contenders:

Foreigner - Can't Slow Down (2009)
Loverboy - Just Getting Started (2007)
House Of Lords - Come To My Kingdom (2008)
Khymera - The Greatest Wonder (2008)
Final Frontier - The First Wave (2003)
Final Frontier - The Second Wave (2004)
Final Frontier - High Tension Wire (2005)
Final Frontier - Freelight (2006)
Stan Bush - Shine (2005)
Stan Bush - In This Life -(2007)
Seventh Key - The Raging Fire (2004)
Harem Scarem - Human Nature (2007)
Frederiksen/Denander - Baptism By Fire (2007)
Khymera - A New Promise (2005)
Giant - III (2001)
Two Fires - Two Fires (2000)
Myland - No Man's Land (2008)

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#1 | jeffrey343 on February 08 2012 17:58:02
Took me two years, but I finally got a best of decade list out there for y'all.
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 22 2013 04:14:39
I can't see any big changes in this list since last year. I might replace Journey with Khymera, and put House Of Lords somewhere in the top ten. But I hate to drop H.e.a.t from top ten.

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