Modern Classics

Our periodic album review feature which reviews exceptional rock albums released during the decade of the 2000s.


Mylo Xyloto by ColdplayOctober 24, 2016

Coldplay is a band that people either love or hate. Their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto may be just as polarizing as loyal fans were a bit thrown off because it is a drastic change from the group’s aerlier, piano-driven soft core sound.

Mylo Xyloto review


The Crane Wife by The DecemberistsOctober 3, 2016

Led by composer Colin Meloy, The Decemberists made the leap from indy heroes to major label stars with their album, The Crane Wife. Centered on a couple of multi-part musical suites, this extended length album is an odyssey of sound, melody and sonic textures.

The Crane Wife review


Hot Fuss by The KillersSeptember 26, 2015

The Killers released an impressive 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, a critical and commercial success. Much of the album was recorded independently as the group forged their unique sound during their formative years.

Hot Fuss review


Echoes Silence Patience Grace by Foo FightersJuly 31, 2015

For their sixth studio album, Foo Fighters decided to forge an original sound and approach to recording. The result, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, contains a perfect blend of acoustic and electric elements as well as songs with unique arrangements.

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace review


Farmhouse by PhishMay 31, 2015

Usually known for their long, improvised jams, Phish took a different approach in recording their eighth studio album, Farmhouse. This mid-2000 release contained much shorter and more accessible songs and has fared well enough to be our Modern Classic for May 2015.

Farmhouse review


Modern Times by Bob DylanMarch 31, 2015

Modern Times is a raw rendition of traditional jazz, blues and country by Bob Dylan. Released in 2006, the album was the first in Dylan’s five decade career to debut at the top of the charts.

Modern Times review


Audioslave 2002 debutFebruary 25, 2015

The three remaining members of Rage Against the Machine brought on ex-Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell to form the “supergroup” Audioslave, which released their self-titled debut album in 2002.

Audioslave review


Kid A by RadioheadJanuary 29, 2015

January’s Modern Classic examines the 2000 album Kid A by Radiohead, which saw the post-grunge rockers take a radical turn into experimental and electronic music to both critical and commercial acclaim.

Kid A album review


Funeral by Arcade FireNovember 29, 2014

Our Modern Classic for November looks at the debut album from Arcade Fire, the 2004 release Funeral. This sprawling concept album explores the collision between the naiveté of childhood with the heavy real-life issues of truth, circumstance, and death.

Funeral Album Review


Snakes and Arrows by RushOctober 27, 2014

While in their fourth decade of major rock and roll production, Rush showed they still had the ability to produce an absolute gem with Snakes and Arrows. Released in 2007, this album may also be the strongest ever for guitarist Alex Lifeson.

Snakes and Arrows Album Review


American Idiot by Green DaySeptember 30, 2014

Green Day bounced back in a big way with American Idiot in 2004. With a fine blend of raw punk, accessible pop/rock, and some prog-rock elements, this 21st century rock opera struck the right chord for its time and place and we recognized it in September 2014 as our Modern Classic of the month.

American Idiot Album Review


Them Crooked VulturesAugust 26, 2014

The 2009 self-titled debut album by the super group Them Crooked Vultures is loaded with powerful and interesting compositions. This Modern Classic features vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl back behind the drums full time for the first time since his days with Nirvana.

Them Crooked Vultures Album Review


Black Holes and Revelations by MuseJuly 26, 2014

The 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations, brought the modern alternative band Muse critical and commercial accolades along with international recognition. As our Modern Classic for July 2014, we take a n in-depth look at this album of diverse styles and sonic treats.

Black Holes and Revelations Album Review


Brainwashed by George HarrisonJune 26, 2014

Modern Rock Review launched a brand new monthly series called Modern Classics with a review of Brainwashed, the 2002 posthumous final album by the legendary George Harrison. This brilliantly produced record was forged over a course of 14 years and does great tribute as a final output for the former Beatle.

Brainwashed Album Review