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Top five albums of the 2000s

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, December 27 2009   /  02:06 pm

Some believe that music stopped evolving in the late 1960s, following The Beatles' breakup. Others contend that it died in the early 19th century with the passing of Beethoven. But unless you live under a rock, there has never been a dearth of evidence to prove the late 1960s' aging hipsters and the classical purists wrong. Every new decade has given birth to a novel musical style that shattered conventional wisdom. The malaise of the late 1970s spawned punk; the Cold War paranoia of the 1980s nurtured new-wave and heavy metal; the early 1990s Reagan-Thatcher era malcontent bred grunge. The authoritarianism that prevailed in early 1980s Indonesia was the fear that launched a thousand pop cengeng (soppy pop songs) tunes that sucked dry any potential for popular resistance. Although there may not be a single musical style that defines the 2000s, some of the albums released during...