The 2000s were a downgrade for rock music when compared with the 1990s, but there was still a multitude of great acts during this decade.
Bands such as The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, System of a Down, and The Libertines were amongst those lauded by fans and critics alike, and many of them continued their success into the following decade as well.
But such bands are not typical. A devoted fanbase and worldwide tours are an irrelevance to the average music critic, and as such, there are plenty of well-known rock and metal artists whose material wasn’t always looked upon favourably.
Throughout the 2000s there were a number of records that were wrongly underappreciated or panned by music journalists. Sure, it’s their job to look for flaws, but sometimes it feels as if they’re criticising things the average listener simply won't concern themselves with.
What’s more, given it’s hard to assess how influential a record is going to be in the future, some of these albums are now held in much higher esteem than they were at the time of their release…