Over the next couple of weeks, we will be counting down the Top 100 Oklahoma Albums of the 2000s. Every weekday, we will unveil another ten Oklahoma albums that helped shape the way Oklahoma music is heard by the outside world.
We asked three dozen musicians, fans and journalists for their opinions on the top albums of the past decade. With their guidance and our own opinions, we compiled what we hope is a decent and fair list.
Hopefully, there’s a good bit of reflection, discovery and enjoyment when listening to these albums through Lala (when available). Enjoy!
70. Engine Orchestra – Become My Army (2009)
“Like the winter bite that spawned it, “Become My Army” is dark and icy throughout, an impressive first outing from an Engine build that could break down beautifully with future wrenching.” – Joe Wertz (Oklahoma Gazette)
69. Twenty Minutes to Vegas – Hit It! (2004)
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DOWNLOAD: Twenty Minutes to Vegas – “Blew Reed”
“Hit It!” was a self-released debut that had the feel and intensity of a band with much more experience. This is perhaps the most promising and potentially frightening aspect of TMTV: with each recording and every show, the band is better by leaps and bounds.” - George Lang (The Oklahoman)
“Recorded at Bell Labs in just two days, the record sounds just like it was recorded: quick and loud, with no fucking around. No long intros, no unnecessary solos…just thirty minutes of straight ahead rock n’ roll.” - Ryan LaCroix (OklahomaRock.com)
68. Ghosts – Space Elevator Music (2008)
“It’s like Lennon, McCartney, Brian Wilson, Roger Waters, Pete Townsend, an alien that Wayne Coyne keeps in his basement, and Boba Fett made a drunken orgy sperm cocktail and impregnated a smoke machine. I make my kids listen to this music until they cry and ask me to stop. And then I make fun of them. Such is Ghosts.” - T.J. Clark (Scurds)
67. Mayola – Everybody EP (2008)
DOWNLOAD: Mayola – “Everybody”
“Mayola has developed a sound that’s both unique and familiar. It’s a manic, eclectic blend of country-tinged indie rock that takes a cue from the blue-collar aesthetic of Pacific Northwest bands like Modest Mouse and Grandaddy, though it lacks the excess of the former and the tongue-in-cheek melodrama of the latter. It’s at times contemplative (with recurring lyrical themes of spiritual confusion and the confrontation of mortality), but the energy level is never less than raucous.” - Josh Kline (Urban Tulsa Weekly)
66. Sherree Chamberlain – The Wasp In The Room (2009)
“When I’m in a deep melancholy mood I plug in my earphones and loose myself in the poetic lyrics. Sometimes I can feel the brokenness behind her voice and relate to each emotion. I think that is what makes a good songwriter. You have to feel the music to be able to treasure it” - The Undeveloped Story
65. Hosty Duo – Hosty Duo (2004)
64. John Moreland & the Black Gold Band – Endless Oklahoma Sky (2008)
“With Endless Oklahoma Sky, Moreland takes a big leap toward proving he could very well still be around and doing this in another 20-30 years. While comparisons with Springsteen are abundant, the similarities don’t lie in the lyrics or Moreland’s vocals so much as the instrumentation and band dynamics.” - G.K. Hizer (Urban Tulsa Weekly)
“The Black Gold Band calls Tulsa, Oklahoma home. So it isn’t that surprising that the Endless Oklahoma Sky sounds like a piece of heartland Americana rock. What is surprising is that it peels the paint off the wall and makes John Mellencamp sound like Olivia Newton John.” - Twangville
63. Chainsaw Kittens – The All American (2000)
“…the four-piece steps up the energy level a bit from the self-titled release while not completely blasting out all over the place as in earlier days. It’s a good balance that suits a band that’s been around long enough to do exactly what it wants, and bless the Kittens for sounding as inspired and lovely as ever.” - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)
62. Elliott the Letter Ostrich – Blood Cape (2005)
“These crazy cats sound like a blend of Meatloaf and The Unicorns, and while they occasionally might make you laugh, there’s no kidding around when it comes to their music. Blood Cape’s subject matter is just as dark as its name implies. The focus is on vampires, baronesses, and some delightfully gothic and morbid subjects. However, even songs about knife fights are likely to bring a smile to your face; for that is the magic of Elliott the Letter Ostrich.” - You Ain’t No Picasso
“From their band name to their song titles…Elliott the Letter Ostrich ooze self-conscious pretension, exuberantly stomping all over the line between cute and twee. But they’re damn cute.” - Sarah Zachrich (Spendid Magazine)
“All in all, a rollicking, blood-soaked good time will be had by all.” - Erasing Clouds
61. P.D.A. – Act II: A Different Victim (2007)
DOWNLOAD: PDA – “Get Together”
“The resulting CD, Act II: A Different Victim, displays a variety of styles that could fit multiple formats. From house and dance to pop, Hip Hop, R&B, and old school funk, the music is all over the board. The disc even sports samples from Rob Zombie (”Lame”) and a very Beatle-esque tune (”Dwell on the Past”) as well as a very straight-forward ballad (”Good Night, Sweet Girl”) with only piano and vocals. Lyrically, however, the songs all link in a manner that ties the entire album together as one cohesive work.” - Gary Hizer (Urban Tulsa Weekly)