Over the past decade, Atlanta has been home to many talented artists. This city offers a sound like no other whether it’s hip-hop or metal. While it’s nearly impossible to narrow down the best albums released from Atlanta, there are ten that have truly defined the past decade.
Deerhunter’s enigmatic 2010 album “Halcyon Digest” helped shape the start of the decade with its atmospheric instrumentation and hypnotic vocals. This album created a melting pot of all previous decades and culled the best part from different eras. The single “Earthquake” is reminiscent of the slowcore movement while another song from the album, “Revival”, is the polar opposite and offers a doo-wop, surfer rock sound.
With an unmistakable tone and catchy, infectious lyrics, CeeLo Green more than impressed with her 2010 third solo album, “The Lady Killer.” “Forget You”, originally titled more explicitly, became an instant hit with its repetitive hook that couldn’t help but get stuck in listeners’ heads after one listen. While this song alone makes this album worthy of being on this list, the other tracks on the album are definitely worth listening to.
Atlanta-based metal band Mastodon had long made a name for themselves, but 2011’s album “Hunter” further cemented their rise in the city’s grindcore and progressive metal community. This group has established itself as one of the biggest influences on the rise of progressive rock in Atlanta and beyond. Standout tracks “Black Tongue” and “Blasteroid” feature intricate rhythms and caustic vocals that linger long after listening.
On his 2012 album, “Based on a TRU Story,” rapper 2 Chainz helps carry the torch of those who came before him with his drawling Southern hip-hop and marries it with his signature “trap music” sound. This album is sprinkled with heavy synths and obscene lyrics. 2 Chainz’ flow is one of a kind, and he proves it with the tracks “Birthday Song” and “I’m Different”. This album strikes the perfect balance between its sampling and vocals without neglecting any of the components.
Although Atlanta royalty, Outkast, hasn’t released an album this decade, half of the acclaimed hip-hop duo, Big Boi, has released quite a few solo albums since leaving the group. On his 2012 album, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors”, Big Boi pays tribute to the city that made it with the song “In the a” and features other notable Atlanta rappers Ludacris and TI. This album reminds listeners how influential Big Boi was. fried country hip-hop.
Compton-bred rapper, YG, brought his West Coast sound to Atlanta in 2014 when he recorded his album “My Krazy Life” in Home Park, a neighborhood a stone’s throw from Georgia Tech. YG fuses hometown pride and gangster rap with an Atlanta-produced sound. Tracks “Left, Right” and “BPT” adopt heavy bass lines and percussive sampling with searing lyrics.
Atlanta’s trap music golden boys, Migos, released “Culture” in 2017 and made a big mark on the city’s rap scene. The track “Bad and Boujee” featured tight drumming and a rapping flow that mimics the track’s backing instrumentation. This song also helped popularize the term “Bad and Boujee” around the world. Another standout track that became an overnight anthem is “T-Shirt.” The rap trio is best known for their funky trap and triplets sound.
This Atlanta-based alternative rock band, Manchester Orchestra, did more than impress when they released their fifth studio album, “A Black Mile to the Surface,” in 2017. The album is full of anecdotal lyrics and lyrics. heartbreaking. voice. For an album that only took a few months, it feels like it took years to make. Standout tracks “The Grocery” and “The Alien” center around complex and philosophical themes. Each song offers great depth and intricate storytelling, making it feel like a complete book.
Misnomer is a collective of musicians who challenge the jazz genre. Their 2018 album, “Neighborhood,” strikes the sweet spot between funk and big band sound. The standout tracks “Rippin” and “Breakdown” both have a groove that can’t be ignored by listeners, even those who aren’t jazz fans. They will be performing at Vinyl towards the end of this month for anyone who wants to check it out
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Rising alternative folk artist Faye Webster captured national attention in 2019 following the release of her third studio album, “Atlanta Millionaires Club.” It could be listened to from cover to cover without ever wanting to skip a track. Webster’s singing is a step above the whisper, but her soft manner works beautifully as she tells a new story with each song. The standout tracks “Jonny”, “Room Temperature” and “Kingston” exemplify his unique voice and attention-grabbing tone.