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Friday, December 30, 2005

My top 25 albums of 2005 in somewhat slipshod order

Here are 25 albums I heard this year that I thought were remarkably good. It might be a sign of a fruitful year for good music that I realized early on that there was no way I would be able to limit this list to just 10.

  1. Beck - Guero (So many good songs.)
  2. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers (Ditto)
  3. Coldplay - X&Y
  4. John Doe - Forever Hasn't Happened Yet (*This bluesy, folky album from the former X member, should make Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ashamed of themselves.)
  5. Spoon - Gimme Fiction (It's just plain amazingly good. How does he do it?)
  6. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now (Beautiful and heartbreaking.)
  7. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
  8. Amusement Parks on Fire - Amusement Parks on Fire (Wow.)
  9. Nada Surf -The Weight is a Gift (This album is a gift.)
  10. The Pony's - Celebration Castle
  11. Metric - Live it Out
  12. British Sea Power - Open Season
  13. The Frames - Burn the Maps
  14. Echo and the Bunnymen - Siberia (Their best Album since Ocean Rain)
  15. New Order - Waiting For the Siren's Call (If they keep at it, someday they'll make a perfect album. This isn't it either, but they keep getting better.)
  16. New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
  17. White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
  18. Decemberists - Picaresque
  19. Sigur Ros - Takk (No, thank you!)
  20. Kingsbury Manx - The Fast Rise and Fall of the South (A sleeper, but it's not too late to discover the classic feel of this disc.)
  21. Animal Collective - Feels
  22. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Album title is a good description of the contents)
  23. The Clientele - Strange Geometry (Same mellow, wispy stuff as they ever did, but it keeps growing on you.)
  24. Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made (Almost didn't make my list, but it does deserve a spot.)
  25. Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger (A lot of stuff sounds similar to this album, but this is the one you really need.)

Here are a few more albums I'm guessing might be in my top 10 once I've heard them all the way through. I've heard bits and pieces or have read things that make me believe I might have to revise my list further once I get me some more ejumacation:

  • My Morning Jacket - Z
  • Neil Young - Prairie Wind
  • Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard
  • Kanye West - Late Registration
  • Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers (some amazing songwriting born of some really, really bad life experience)