Monday, December 19, 2005

Top 10 Albums Of 2005 (Updated)

This has been a funny year, a long year, but a good one. It's not yet over, but I'm pretty sure that I can sit here and make a solid judgment on the top 10 albums of 2005. Solid because I know what I'm talking about. Besides number one, this list is in no particular order:

1.Sufjan Stevens - Illinois: Quite simply the best album of the year. The second record in Stevens attempt to create an album for all 50 American States, paints an often whimsical portrait of the history, the landmarks and the people. From songs about love to sympathetic looks at the mind of a serial killer ("John Wayne Gacy, Jr), Stevens never disappoints. BUY THIS.

2. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans: The second the "OC" generation adopted Deathcab as their new favorite band, I wanted to dislike this album. I wanted to hate this album. Front to back this is a great album though. As their major label debut, it's polished a little more so than previous releases, but all the shine and gloss simply accentuate the near perfect pop/rock cuts.

3. Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine: Guitar Driven. With strong bass and drums, it flows like a cooler QOTSA. One of many Canadian rock bands that came out of nowhere this year.

4. The Decemberists - Picaresque: Strong story telling carries this record with an almost 17th century traveling gypsy feel. One or two minor disappointments don't take away from the strength of the rest of the album.

5. Sigur Ros - Takk: Perfect soundtrack to life. Put it on and go about your day.

6. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning: Probably the second best written album on the list behind Illinois. Sometimes amazing song writing coupled with smooth and mellow arrangements. Front to back a great record.

7. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm: They were "it." They were "the next big thing" and then they were over. Too over hyped and too overplayed. None of that takes away from the fact that they were "it" and overplayed for a reason. They don't disappoint.

8. Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die: Who are they? What do they sound like? I don't know. They switch between styles and melodies so often that it's almost dizzying. What I do know is that the album kicks ass. Just don't think too much or your brain might explode.

9. Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary: Some say they sound like Modest Mouse. I don't like modest mouse, so I'm going to say they sound better.

10. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute: Take what I loved about 'At The Drive In' and then mix that with what may be some of the most experimental song writing of the past decade and you get an amazing album with few disappointments.


Blogger Marnsickle said...

nice music choices

3:13 PM  

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