Classic Albums That Are Turning 20 This Year

Warning: Albums mentioned may contain language that some find to be offensive

Greeting, everyone! Welcome to Album of the Week with Ariyana Whitsey & Malcolm Skiver.

Each week, we intend to bring you album releases to check out from new to old, varying genres, and well-known classics to hidden gems.

This week, we’re bringing you classic albums that will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year.

Metaphorical Music by Nujabes

In 2003, we got the debut studio album of the Japanese hip-hop producer, Nujabes. He is said to be a pioneer in the lo-fi genre. He occasionally features underrated rappers such as Shing02, Substantial, Cise Starr, and more on this magical jazz-rap instrumental album.

Top 5 Songs:

  1. Lady Brown
  2. Latitude [Remix]
  3. F.I.L.O
  4. Think Different
  5. Beat Laments the World

Transatlaticism by Death Cab for Cutie

This midwest EMO and indie rock album is acknowledged as one of, if not the best, album from Ben Gibbard. It has somber and introspective lyrics that endure the listening throughout the album.

Top 5 Songs:

  1. Transatlaticism
  2. Tiny Vessels
  3. The New Year
  4. Titles and Registration
  5. The Sound of Settling


Velocity : Design : Comfort by Sweet Trip

20 years ago, Sweet Trip cemented themselves as legends in shoegaze and glitch pop with this album.

It has a dreamy and beautiful sound. It is experimental yet easily enjoyable.

Top 5 Songs:

  1. Dsco
  2. Chocolate Matter
  3. To All the Dancers of the World
  4. Pro : Lov : Ad
  5. Fruitcake and Cookies


Speakerboxx/The Love Below by OutKast

In 2003, Big Boi and Andre split up and each made a half of this double album that’s sure to have at least 1 or 2 songs for everyone. Andre’s half showcased him trying out pop rap and neo-soul, proving him as not just a tip tier rapper, but a top tier artist. Big Boi, on the other hand, stuck to the traditional southern hip-hop he’s known for.

Top 5 Songs:

  1. Hey Ya!
  2. Reset
  3. Roses
  4. Flip Flop Rock
  5. The Love Below


Boris At Last -Feedbacker- by Boris

We’re starting and ending this week with artists from Japan, first with Nujabes, and now we have drone metal and noise rock band Boris. This album has a dark apocalyptic sound, like some sort of void. It is an interesting album with its powerful sound, as well as 40-minute runtime with only 5 songs (therefore, we can’t really do a top 5 for this one)



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