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Dec 22 2005

A Year Is A Long Time In Music

Bang goes another year / In and out of one ear / Everybody's doing it / So do it too

I'm going to have my blogging license revoked if I don't give everyone my Top 10 Records of the Year for the year 2005, so I'd better get on with it. Below were my favorite records of the year, not necessarily "the best", but my favorite, i.e. the one's I listened to the most. I was too lazy to put up downloads from each selection, but I'm pretty sure I've put up at least one song from each album at some point in the year. If you click around there might be a few MP3's from past posts still available. So without further ado (the suspense is killing you, I know), here we go:

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

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1) Mylo - Destroy Rock & Roll
I found this record in February and haven't stopped listening to it since. I'm not big on dance music but the appeal of this record is undeniable. Killer hooks, genius samples, I keep telling people this is dance music for people that don't like dance music. I believe this is getting released in the US in January.
2) Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
It's a testament to the band that 10+ years into their career they make what is easily their best record. Less prog and more rock than their previous efforts, Leaders of the Free World gives you something new each time you listen to it.
3) Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak
These guys are making the kind of records The Strokes should be making, plain and simple. Easily the catchiest rock record I heard all year. The southern accents just add to their charm. Why these guys aren't huge on these shores I'll never know.
4) Feist - Let It Die
Part folk, part pop, part trip hop, this collection of originals and covers has serious crossover potential. Probably the record I recommended most to all my friends.
5) Spoon - Gimme Fiction
This record was a grower for me and it took longer to click than a Spoon record should. But once it did, Gimme Fiction showed surprising depth, especially on the latter part of the album. Funny how this record gets forgotten in the conversations about danceable indie rock, but it's the easiest to shake your shit to.

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6) Cut Copy - Bright Like Neon Love
Two dance records in my Top 10. Two! I hesitate to call this record Mylo or Daft Punk-lite, as it's a serious disservice to Cut Copy, but that's basically what it is. But it's catchy as all hell and has grooves for days.
7) Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
THIS is what the latest Gorillaz record should have sounded like.
8) Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft
Their most ELO-riffic record, Love Kraft took a quite a few listens for me to appreciate fully. During the first few listens, I couldn't find enough Furrypop goodness for my tastes, but repeated listens revealed that they were just buried farther in the record than they usually are. In all honesty, the Furries needed to shake up their sound a bit and they did a hell of a job.
9) Brendan Benson - The Alternative To Love
I can't even begin to describe this record. I immediately thought of Sloan when I heard it, for the straight up pure pop chops, but this record is more than that. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
10) Tom Vek - We Have Sound
A record that lived up to the immense hype, at least for me. Lo-fi white boy hip pop, this record has insanely catchy hooks and gets better and better with each listen.

Honorable Mention: Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth, Giant Drag - Hearts and Unicorns, Annie - Anniemal, Echo & the Bunnymen - Siberia, Maximo Park - Apply Some Pressure, New Order - Waiting For The Sirens Call, Bloc Party - Silent Alarm, Kasabian - Kasabian

RECORDS I DIDN'T THINK I WOULD LIKE AS MUCH AS I DID
Idlewild - Warning/Promises
Supergrass - Road To Rouen
Beck - Guero

BEST EP
Colin Meloy Sings Morrissey
Silversun Pickups - Pikul

BEST RECORDS FROM '04 (AND BEYOND) THAT I FOUND IN '05
Phoenix - Alphabetical
St. Etienne - Finisteere
Futureheads - The Futurheads
Stars - Heart
Laila Puna - Faking The Books

RECORD THAT I LIKED THAT NO SELF RESPECTING BLOGGER WILL COP TO LIKING
The Bravery - The Bravery

Posted by Kyle in Misc. Music | Permalink

Comments

Not to give you more work, but how about "Most Overrated Records" or "Records I Can't Understand Why Everyone Likes"?

"If you don't have anything nice to say, come sit next to me." -- Alice Longworth Roosevelt

Posted by: Raul at December 22, 2005 11:50 AM

I'll cop to it: I like The Bravery. So there you have it. I've gone and lost the Cool Contest.

That Cut Copy album is fantastic, isn't it? Not in my top ten but it's worthy of a mention. Maybe I should write some kind of post that collects runners up and mentionables and favorite concerts, etc etc.

Posted by: Coolfer at December 22, 2005 12:20 PM

I have no self-respect when it comes to blogging, so I might have to put The Bravery's album on my still-needs-to-be-written Top 10.

Posted by: seeking irony at December 22, 2005 1:41 PM

think you're brave fessing up to liking the bravery? think that makes you cool or different? maybe it just makes you suck.

Posted by: emorockchris at December 25, 2005 3:24 PM

i just wanted to say that i am in love with this blog. i have been for all year. and i always look forward to reading it every day.

happy holidays.

Posted by: aubrey skibicki at December 25, 2005 7:36 PM

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