Automatic for the PeopleDue to the influence of the CD reissue phenomenon, '90s music was for many artists about recreating the '60s, while simultaneously referencing those early '80s years that were far enough away to be deemed "retro." However, the post-millennial sound seems to have been about every other decade apart from itself, all of course -- for better or worse -- through the prism of a full-blown '80s revival. Although my favourite 20 albums of the last 20 years are very much of the indie, folk, and alternative country ilks, the last 10 years in particular have also seen me get knee deep in decades-old nuances of reggae, jazz, classical, and electronic music -- as well as flying headlong into '60s soul -- all thanks to the ease with which we can now learn about different genres online through sites such as

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Saint Etienne - So Tough
Blur - Parklife
Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix
Belle & Sebastian - If You’re Feeling Sinister
The Olivia Tremor Control - Music from the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle
Beth Orton - Trailer Park
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs
Elliott Smith - Figure 8
Beachwood Sparks - Beachwood Sparks
James Yorkston & the Athletes - Just Beyond the River
The Clientele - Strange Geometry
Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
British Sea Power - Man of Aran
Broadcast & the Focus Group - Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
Richard Skelton - Landings
Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls