Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Best Of 2005: Albums

My Favorite Albums of 2005

10. Black MountainBlack Mountain – I suppose it’s rather odd that, given that 2005 was the Year Of The Canuck, this is the only Canadian album to make my Top 10 list. Black Mountain updates the soundtrack of doing bongs and bathes it in a maple-leaf red haze.

9. Antony & The JohnsonsI Am A Bird Now – It begins and ends with that voice like no other. “Hope There’s Someone” just has to be the most arresting songs heard this year (or most other years).

8. LCD SoundsystemLCD Soundsystem – The first ten seconds of “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” tells you that riffs will be used to their ultimate purposes. Dance if you will, but smile you must.

7. The White StripesGet Behind Me Satan – A different kind of White Stripes. A little more experimental, but in the end chunky guitar chords played on the piano are still chunky guitar chords.

6. The Hold SteadySeparation Sunday – The chunkiest riffs of ‘70s rock updated in an ongoing tale of adolescent angst.

5. KraftwerkMinimum-Maximum – The godfathers of electronica in a live set that encompasses everything that’s lovable about Krautrock.

4. The DecemberistsPicaresque – Don’t believe that songwriting is a lost art – Colin Meloy still knows how to do it.

3. The Mars VoltaFrances The Mute – Prog rock makes its glorious return. Is the four-part opus “Miranda That Ghost Just Isn’t Holy Anymore” not enough? Then try the five-part “Cassandra Gemini” on for size.

2. Bloc PartySilent Alarm – Maybe it’s only the best Gang Of Four record since 1981, but isn’t that enough?

1. SpoonGimme Fiction – The best band around right now. Their best album yet = the best album of the year.

Just Missed
Keren AnnNolita
Andrew BirdAndrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Birds
Silversun PickupsPikul EP
Death Cab For CutiePlans
Sigur RosTakk
The New PornographersTwin Cinema
Sufjan StevensIllinois


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