Year end lists / What did I miss?

I just posted my year-end list (go to the "LISTS" page linked at the top of each page to check it out) for 2005. As always, it was a lot of fun going back through everything for the year and coming up with it.

As usual, I'm taking reader-submitted lists, and I've provided code to copy and paste in your email when you submit (just change the appropriate text and don't mess with anything else, it's pretty easy).

Lastly, I know there are great albums that I didn't review on the site this year. What are some things I really missed out on and should look into?

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chris E.
2005's list follows :
Man - helping Hands (man music/sub rosa)
The National - Alligator
Antony and The Johnsons - I am a bird now
Sylvain Chauveau & Ensemble Nocturne - Down to the bone
Daniel Lanois - belladonna (anti)
Manyfingers - Our worn shadow (Sharbon records)
Portal - waves & echoes (Make mine music)
Ronroco - Gustavo Santaolalla (nonesuch rec)
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind [SOUNDTRACK] - jon brion
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Johann Johansson - Englaborn (touch)

les
two big finds for me this year was Burning Star Core (for fucked-up cosmos noise) and Zelienople (for fucked-up ethereal noise). Alas, I think both are sold out.

mmmlele

These things are always tough to do but here I go:

1. Marc Leclair - Musique pour 3 Femmes Enceintes
I just keep playing it and playing it. Akufen's
best release to date. It has lulled me to sleep at
night and woke me up in the morning. Check it.

2. AFX - Analord (1-11)
C'mon, don't deny it, and don't say he's just
rehashing...3 hours of fuck your head Aphex in
absolute technicolour.

3. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
For sheer amount of times I've listened to this
album, I have to put it way up on the list. This
album makes me feel like a kid again, and I'm a
sucker for nostalgia. 'Banquet' is up there for
best single of 2005 as well.

4. Run_Return - Metro North
Downloaded this album on a whim, and instantly
fell in love. 3 guys from San Fran making the
album BOC and Tortoise tried to make with their
last full lengths.

5. BOC - Campfire Headphase
Nevertheless, I'm still a sucker for the BOC
brothers. More enjoyable than Geogaddi, I'll
be listening to this album all 2006 as well.

6. Marsen Jules - Herbstlaub
The fullest 'ambient' album this year. On City
Centre Offices. Lovely, quiet, sweeping, etc.

7. Kanye - Late Registration
You need to pump your brakes and drive slow
homey...drive slow. What can I say? Top 40
never sounded so damn dope. Common sounds
better on this album than his own. Kanye may
be a self-centred prick, but nigga makes good
music.

8. Isolée - We are Monster
Again, I listened the hell out of this album. Fun,
smart techno. Why weren't you at mutek this
year?

9. Colleen - The Golden Morning Breaks
This and her earlier album have haunted my
daydreams all year. God bless her. I think
I want to marry her. Although she scares me a
little.

10. DJ Koze - Kosi Comes Around
Thank you Kompakt for this one. My favourite
four on the floor release this year. I wanna
dance.

I could go on until 20, but I'll just list the rest. Suffice to say, I like music. Best wishes for 2006.

11. Tristeza - a colores
12. Deaf Center - Pale Ravine
13. The Boats - We Made it for You
14. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
15. Sam Prekop - Who's Your New Professor?
16. Jose Gonzalez - Veneer
17. Jan Jelinek - Kosmischer Pitch
18. Fenton - Pup
19. Iron and Wine - Woman King
20. Buck 65 - Secret House Against the World

God that was tough. Cheers.

kp
here's my top 20 list although i find that the ones in the later teens can be interchangeable. i've been also been meaning to pick the mountain goats, deerhoof, okkervil river, isolee, andrew bird, and vitalic. i'm not quite sure where those might have fallen...

1. Broken Social Scene
2. Bloc Party
3. Wolf Parade
4. Bright Eyes
5. The National
6. Architecture in Helsinki
7. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
8. Sigur Ros
9. Sufjan Stevens
10. Decemberists
11.Iron and Wine/Calexico
12. Stars
13. White Stripes
14.Clientele
15. British Sea Power
16. Doves
17. New Pornographers
18. Kanye West
19. Spoon
20. Sleater Kinney

The Books, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Fedinand, M.I.A., Wilco, Common, Beck, Vashti Bunyan, Caribou, Ryan Adams, Edan
Animal Collective

Burt Reynolds
Several lists that defined my listening year:

My Favorite Albums of 2005 (With everything subject to change except for the three-way tie at the top)

1. Animal Collective – Feels (noise-pop)
1. Broadcast – Tender Buttons (electronic-noise-pop)
1. The Clientele – Strange Geometry (pop)
4. Excepter – Thrones / Self Destruction (“creeptronica”-noise)
5. Deerhoof – The Runners Four (quirky-noise-pop)
6. Sigur Ros – Takk… (space-Icelandic-rock)
7. The Hold Steady – Seperation Sunday (bar-rock)
8. Serena Maneesh – Serena Maneesh (shoegaze)
9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (indie-rock)
10. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Multiples (old-school-electronica-minimalism)
11. The Books – Lost and Safe (cut&paste-electronica)
12. Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary (indie-rock)
13. The Decemberists – Picaresque (ye-olde-indie-rock)
14. M.I.A. – Arular (refugee-dance-rap-pop)
15. Architecture in Helsinki – In Case We Die (full-to-the-stuffings twee-pop)
16. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (singer-songwriter)
17. Jesu – Jesu (doom-metal-shoegaze-“Doomgaze?”)
18. Art Brut – Bang Bang Rock and Roll (punk)
19. Black Dice – Broken Ear Record (electronic-noise)
20. 13 & God – 13 & God (Notwist-rap)
21. Akron/Family – Akron/Family (space-hippie-rock)
22. The Fall – Fall Heads Roll (The Fall-always the same, always different)
23. Xiu Xiu – La Foret (distrurbed-electronic-noise)
24. Birchville Cat Motel – Chi Vampires (drone-noise)
25. Shining – In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster (jazz-metal-electronica)


Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order)

- Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (post-punk)
- Caribou – The Milk of Human Kindness (electronic-pop)
- The Fiery Furnaces – EP (all-over-the-place-sunny-pop)
- Gang Gang Dance – God’s Money (Middle-Eastern(?)-noise)
- Lightning Bolt – Hypermagic Mountain (noise)
- M83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us (cinematic-synthesizer-shoegaze)


My Favorite Songs (Only thought about this now so much will be missed)

1. “In This Home On Ice” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
2. “Grass” – Animal Collective
3. “Black Cat” - Broadcast
4. “Don’t Save Us From the Flames” – M83
5. “This Modern Love” – Bloc Party
6. “Dear Sons & Daughters of Hungry Ghosts” – Wolf Parade (from Demo-version)
7. “Men of Station” – 13 & God
8. “Selina’s Melodie Fountain” – Serena Maneesh
9. “Stereo Music for Yamaha Disklavier Prototype – Electric Guitar and Computer – Keith Fullerton Whitman
10. “E.M.P.T.Y.” – The Clientele
11. “Emily Kane” – Art Brut
12. “Bucky Done Gun” – M.I.A.
13. “Stevie Nix” – The Hold Steady
14. “The Engine Driver” – The Decemberists
15. “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.” – Sufjan Stevens


My Favorite Reissues

- Belle & Sebastian – Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (twee-pop)
- The Fall – The Complete Peel Sessions (The Fall)
- Orange Juice – The Glasgow School (twee-indie-rock)
- OOIOO – Gold and Green (Japanese-krautrock-pop)

Take Care

anton ivanov
well i was listening mostly to this stuff this year:

1. world's end girlfriend "the lie lay land" (noble)
2. sun kil moon "tiny cities" (caldo verde)
3. stafraen hakon "ventill/poki" (resonant)
4. amina "aminanima" (the worker's institute)
5. piana "ephemeral" (happy)
6. hauschka "prepared piano" (karaoke kalk)
7. mountains "mountains" (apestaartje)
8. dino saluzzi "senderos" (ecm)
9. gultskra artikler "lusha" (www.hyperboloid.ru)
10. brad hamers "the cut-ups of a paper woman" (three sides of a circle)

i'd definetely recommend number 9 to you! it's just great! also you may check www.nexsound.org for gultskra artikler newest net-released album. cheers!

adam richardson
10. lightning bolt - hypermagic mountain
9. common - be
8. va - congotronics vol. 2
7. gang gang dance - god's money
6. animal collective - feels
5. the game - the documentary
4. konono no. 1 - congotronics
3. deerhoof - the runners four
2. jaga jazzist - what we must
1. dalek - absence

almostcool
No offense taken Juan. I could see how someone would think I was complacent. I mean, Pfork and lots of people picked Sufjan and so did I. I was mainly explaining that pick on my end.

Because it was just their first album, I didn't quite understand the huge amount of hype that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah got, but I suppose that happens with a couple bands just about every year (Arcade Fire last year, but at least they had another EP to their name before their full release). I guess we'll see what happens with CYHSY's next release. They're certainly going to have a lot to live up to.

At any rate, I figured I should respond to the Prefuse 73 mention, because I didn't even review his newest album. To be honest, I'm completely burnt-out on Scott Herren. I could feel it coming on when listening to his last album and EP, but then this year hit and I listened to "Surrounded By Silence" and it sounded like everything he'd ever done rehashed with vocals thrown over it. Did nothing for me. I listened to the P73 Vs The Books EP and thought it was almost a complete mess (the one good track being the one that he included on "Surrounded By Silence," one of the best songs on that album). I know he has another album coming out in about 2 months, but honestly he's going to have to re-win me over after this last year of stuff.

I haven't heard the Vitalic, but that is one that's near the top of my list of things to buy soon.

Ronnie
Hey Aaron & everybody! Aaron, thanks for the quality website. Your reviews have a lot more credibility and sincerity than most other places.

I don't see anyone loving themselves some Prefuse, Cocorosie, Royksopp or Vitalic here. I thought these were such high quality albums. Am I missing something, or crazy? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

1. Cocorosie – Noah’s Ark [Touch And Go]
2. Prefuse 73 - Surrounded By Silence [Warp]
3. Röyksopp – The Understanding [Astralwekrs]
4. M83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us [Gooom]
5. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema [Matador]
6. Vitalic - OK Cowboy [PIAS]
7. Kanye West – Late Registration [Roc-A-Fella]
8. Masha Qrella – Unsolved Remains [Morr Music]
9. Animal Collective – Feels [Fat Cat]
10. Isolée – We Are Monster [Playhouse]
11. 13 & God – 13 & God [Anticon]
12. Patrick Wolf – Wind in the Wires [Tomlab]
13. Broadcast - Tender Buttons [Warp]
14. Vashti Bunyan – Lookaftering [Fat Cat]
15. Stephen Malkmus – Face the Truth [Matador]
16. Eluvium - Talk Amongst the Trees [Temporary Residence]
17. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois [Asthmatic Kitty]
18. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm [Vice]
19. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – s/t [Self-released]
20. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary [Sub Pop]
21. M.I.A. – Arular [XL]
22. Colleen - The Golden Morning Breaks [Leaf]
23. Markus Guentner – 1981 [Kompakt]
24. Keith Fullerton Whittman – Multiples [Kranky]
25. Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase [Warp]

juan
Sorry about the misunderstanding Aaron, my English is not the best. I guess "complacent" wasn't the right word to use. I've reviewed music myself and I know how difficult it is to come up with words for such a slippery art medium (much less do it 5 times a week for 9 years!!!). Some records I respond positive to at the first impression may disappoint me years down the road (and vice versa), so I know it's tough to make such a quick assessment of a piece of art that may influence whether a reader coughs up $14 or disregards it because of the words that your write.
Keep up the good work, I'll be tuning in every friday morning like I have been for the past 5 years.

thanks.

almostcool
Good discussion this week. Year-end lists are tricky and always invoke a lot of discussion, simply because they come down to likes versus dislikes, and those things are hard to quantify in writing a lot of the time.

Replying to Juan below, thanks for the compliment on the reviews. I would say that I don't think that I get complacent. I'm not trying to please anyone in particular with my list, and although I go through short periods where I feel a little burnt-out, I feel like my passion for music is always running pretty high. That said, rather than complacently, I guess the feeling is something more like overwhelmed. I'm sure that everyone goes through it, and it hits especially hard during the end of the year when reading lists and seeing albums that you haven't yet heard. I have that problem all the time. There's simply not enough time in the day (or money in my pocket) to hear everything.

Regarding Sufjan, I've loved his work for years. If you look back to my 2003 and 2004 lists, he was in the top 5 of both of those. I'm not lying when I say I think he's one of the most talented singer/songwriters working today, and things just seemed to converge with him for "Illinois" in that it made an absolute ton of year-end lists and got great ratings. Personally, I'm happy for him. I hope he keeps on writing great albums, although as with any artist that receives a great deal of press, there's going to be a bit of a backlash (and I think I've already been seeing that to some extent with his work).

So yeah, sorry if people thought I was jumping on the hype train in some cases. I don't have any ads on this site and I'm not really beholden to anyone. I've had labels stop sending me stuff because I've written a couple negative reviews about things they've sent me, and I've had other small labels send me an email and thank me for reviewing their releases. It goes both ways, and I'll do my best to keep covering a decent mixture of well and lesser-known releases.

juan
yeah, I agree with Gwen. I think Pitchfork 's influence is way outta hand, to the point that it's readers are conforming to their recommendations (i.e. sufjan, davendra and Clap your hands... what a crock of shit that is). Aaron does a stellar job but I'm sure by the vol. of releases he has to plow through he gets a little complacent as well.

e benoit
my top ten, for what it's worth... i think the top five titles are in order, after that the following five could all be number six. :) some days saint etienne is above jim noir... but, i wanted to give him top slot as he is a relative new comer and saint etienne have more than proved their worth through the years. true talents each and everyone one of them...

jim noir: tower of love (my dad recordings)
saint etienne: tales from turnpike house (sanctuary)
nils okland: bris (rune grammofon)
james blackman: sunshrine (digitalis)
songs of green pheasant: s/t (fat-cat)
fovea hex: bloom (die stadt)
biosphere: dropsonde (touch)
team lg: the way we do it (kennington)
toolshed: s/t (twisted nerve)
henrik b: the wound (illgorhythm)

Alex
:k, I just go about hearing new things in my own little way. There are no record stores in my area, so I rarely get "accidental" exposure to anything new, so most of my finds end up being connected with other music I like. Example: got into cLOUDDEAD (and then all other Anticon stuff) because Doseone and Why? do some guest vox on Hood's brilliant album Cold House.

: k
"Albums that everyone loves, but I haven't heard: M.I.A., Sufjan Stevens"

Alex - you are a brave, honest and very smart being. M.I.A. is a bubbling mystery to say the least - what's, uh, the deal?

Gwen
Sorry, but I could not contain this any longer. I hate the fact that Devendra Banhart and Sujfan Stevens have suddenly become popular and over hyped with their latest releases. I will stand my ground that Banhart's double LP Rejoicing in the Hands + Nino Rojo (recorded in one session in an old Southern plantation house in Georgia, how friggin quaint is that) and Steven's Seven Swans and the Michigan album are WAY BETTER than their new releases that have everyone's indie hipster panties in a twist.

andreas

soft hearted scientists - uncanny tales from the everyday undergrowth

a lovely album you may have missed.

John S.
Top 13
1. Animal Collective - Feels
2. Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
3. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
4. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
5. The Clientele - Strange Geometry
6. Beck - Guero
7. British Sea Power - Open Season
8. Spoon Gimme Fiction
9. Eluvium - Talk Amongst the Trees
10. Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
11. Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
12. My Morning Jacket - Z
13. MIA - Arular

Marshall
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "s/t" (no label) Maybe overhyped, but I don't care, I think this album is fantastic.
Rosebuds - "Birds Make Good Neighbors" (Merge) I can't believe this hasn't shown up on more lists.
<Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary" (Sub Pop) See above, CYHSY
Feist - "Let it Die" (Interscope) This came out originally last year in Canada, but hot damn this is a great record!
Menomena - "Under an Hour" (FILMguerrero) Completely different from their first, but this is a completely unique and beautiful piece of work. Buy it now.
Red Sparrowes - "At the Souless Dawn" (Neurot) Isis meets Explosions in the Sky.
Neon Blonde - "Chandeliers in the Savanah" (Dim Mak) What it looses in metal, it makes up for in sass. Members of Blood Brothers
Sigur Ros - "Takk" (Geffen) Not their best, but still pretty damn good
Holopaw - "Quit +/ or Fight" (Sub Pop) I agree with others on this, taken as a whole this record has a great feel to it.
The Double - "Loose in the Air" (Madador) I'm having a hard time describing this record to anyone, but for those that read this site, it's worth checking out.
The Decemberists - "Picaresque" (Kill Rock Stars) Glad I saw them a few times before they signed to Capitol.
Southeast Engine - "Coming to Terms with Gravity" (Bettawreckonize) No one here will know of these guys, but it's an electric mix of indie rock/folksy country. Saw them open for Songs Ohia and blew them away.
Low - "The Great Destroyer" (Sub Pop) Completely different from their earlier records but it still sounds like low
Iron & Wine - "Woman King EP" (Sub Pop) I met Sam Beam this past June and have a picture of us both throwing the metal sign. Rock.
Bell Orchestre - "Recording a Tape the Colour of Light" (Rough Trade) This album just keeps getting better and better. Some sort of weird mix of Arcade Fire and Godspeed.

I really really emphasize checking out the Menomena and Southeast Engine records. Please don't let the fact that I think Sufjan Stevens is really good but also really overrated affect your decisions via these albums....

chris
black mountain didn't make anyones list?

bruno
at first i was scared...2005 didn`t look that promissing...but the last 6 moths...wow!
here are some of the best i heard this year...and they`re everywhere...

animal collective - feels (the best...sincerely)
gang gang dance - god`s money
vashti bunyan - lookaftering
excepter - self destruction & throne
deerhoof - the runners four
sufjan stevens - illinois
sunn 0))) - black 1
m.i.a. - arular
art brut - bang bang rock and roll
wilderness - wilderness
six organs of admittance - school of the flower

Alex
Cool. I'm noticing a lot of Hood - Outside Closer in people's lists.

One album that I started off lukewarm on , but just recently started spinning a lot is Fourtet - Everything Ecstatic. Just huge.

Albums that everyone loves, but I haven't heard: M.I.A., Antony and the Johnsons, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Wolf Parade.

Josh
Releases by two Dutch artists:

Kettel-Volleyed Iron (lush ethereal ambient)
Secede-Tryshasla (a magical world of drifting ambient soundscapes)


EXTREMELY recommended by me. Anyone who missed these two releases this year are missing out on some of the best of 2005, or 2004 for that matter. Essential for ambient listeners.

almostcool
It ain't no thing that people posted their lists here. If I have time, I'll probably try to re-post them on the lists page and delete the pertaining list from this page (simply for clutter reasons), but the cut-n-paste isn't so fun. The code template makes me happy.

Re: Deerhoof - The Runners Four. I have a couple Deerhoof albums in my collection, and I didn't find that "The Runners Four" stood out at all in my mind over any of their other work. It doesn't help that their normal output isn't at the top of my "cup of tea" list, but at any rate, it just wasn't something that I loved.

dry
I didn't see a review here of Deerhoof's "The Runners Four".
If you are mainly interested in songs for the lyric content or vocal stylings, then this may not be to your liking. But musically, it contains some tasty sounds.

Matt
Aaron might get mad at me for saying this, but can't you people read? This is the list page. The lists page is http://wwww.almostcool.org/mr/top05b.php

Neil
Already posted in the 2005 List, but here it is again...

1. Nadja - "Truth Becomes Death" (Alien8 Recordings)
2. Jesu - "Jesu" (Hydra Head)
3. Part Chimp - "I Am Come" (Rock Action)
4. Port-Royal - "Flares" (Resonant)
5. Bastro - "Antlers: Live 1991" (Blue Chopsticks)
6. Hrsta - "Stem Stem In Electro" (Constellation)
7. Esmerine - "Aurora" (Madrona)
8. Lightning Bolt - "Hypermagic Mountain" (Load)
9. Mika Vainio - "Kantamoinen" (Sahko)
10. Noise Bitch - "Bastard" (Mentalist Association)
11. Explosions In The Sky - "How Strange, Innocence" (Temporary Residence)
12. Envy - "Compiled Fragments 1997-2003" (Sonzai)
13. Hunter's Loaf - "Solomon's Radio" (Unlabel)
14. Kate Bush - "Aerial" (EMI)
15. Low - "The Great Destroyer" (Rough Trade)

risko
i couldn't agree more with Moka on Paavoharju,,,,
also, i'm surprised you haven't reviewed Dirty Three's Cinder (it's a bit uneven but still a lovely record)

: k
do find 'Dust From 1000 Years'

hello.

Ezra
My top 10-

The Books- Lost and Safe
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
Minotaur Shock- Maritime
Hood- Outside Closer
Animal Collective- Feels
Sufjan Stevens- Illinois
Boards of Canada- The Campfire Headphase
Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary
Pelican- The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw
Devendra Banhart- Cripple Crow

I also really liked Mogwai's Government Commissions.

dry
If you're in the mood for something fun, check out Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll. Outplays other neo-wave groups and delivers with a sense of humour.

Pjotr
You should definitely have checked out ES - "Sateenkaarisuudelma".

Aragorn
Aragorn here my top 13: 1 Iron and Wine+Calexico - In The Reins
2 Lorna - Static Patterns and Souvenirs
3 Wilderness - Self-Titled
4 Dirty Three - Cinder
5 Nudge - Cached
6 This is...Tunng - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs
7 Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
8 Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
9 Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
10 Colleen - The Golden Morning Breaks
11 Psapp - Tiger My Friend
12 Pinetop Seven - The Night's Bloom
13 By The End Of Tonight - A Tribute To Tigers
This is my modest list of this year.

matt
here are my top 10:

1. Xiu Xiu / "La Forêt" / 5RC
2. Caribou / "The Milk of Human Kindness" / Domino
3. Fog / "10th Avenue Freakout" / Lex
4. Why? / "Elephant Eyelash" / Anticon
5. Mount Eerie / "No Flashlight: Songs of the Fulfilled Night" / P.W.
Elverum & Sun
6. The Books / "Lost and Safe" / Tomlab
7. Hood / "Outside Closer" / Domino
8. Dirty Projectors / "The Getty Address" / Western Vinyl
9. Jens Lekman / "Oh You're So Silent Jens" / Secretly Canadian
10. The Chap / "Ham" / Lo Recordings

and my runners-up (in no particular order):

-Animal Collective / "Feels" / Fat Cat
-Sufjan Stevens / "Illinois" / Asthmatic Kitty
-Brian McBride / "When the Detail Lost Its Freedom" / Kranky
-Alog / "Miniatures" / Rune Grammofon
-Lightning Bolt / "Hypermagic Mountain" / Load
-Patrick Wolf / "Wind In the Wires" / Tomlab
-Out Hud / "Let Us Never Speak of It Again" / Kranky
-Four Tet / "Everything Ecstatic" / Domino
-Broadcast / "Tender Buttons" / Warp
-Colleen / "The Golden Morning Breaks" / Leaf

And for good measure, my top 5 EPs of the year (because EPs are people
too):

1. Animal Collective (ft. Vashti Bunyan) / "Prospect Hummer" / Fat Cat
2. Jason Forrest / "Lady Fantasy" / Sonig
3. Why? / "Sanddollars" / Anticon
4. Mobius Band / "City Vs Country" / Ghostly
5. Deerhoof / "Green Cosmos" / Menlo Park

hope everyone's holidays are treating them nicely (new grado headphones for me! yes!)

fred
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almostcool
I'm going to respond to some of the albums mentioned below, in regards to why they didn't make my list (or why they didn't get reviewed at all).

First, Sigur Ros - Takk... I really like this album, but after I owned it for awhile, I found myself barely listening past the halfway point. It peaks so early, then gets muddled down with some longer tracks about halfway through and never really pulls itself back again. A couple weeks after I reviewed it, it faded...

Fiery Furnaces - Rehearsing My Choir - I listened to this album and I love, love, love the first song. It's amazing. It reminds me of Different Trains / Counterpoint by Steve Reich. From there, though, the group gets all proggy and electronic and it just doesn't meld as well in my mind. Completely loses me after the first track, which sorta bummed me out.

Jamie Lidell - Multiply is a fun album no doubt, but for some reason just never really stuck to my ribs. I had it for a couple weeks, then traded it in.

Regarding the new Decemberists, I thought the album was good, but ultimately it faded after time and I honestly can't pick it apart from either of their earlier discs.

I still haven't heard the New Pornographers, Colleen, and Jose Gonzalez, but want to check them out along with a bunch of the other stuff mentioned below.

Gwen
You MUST MUST MUST check out Laura Veirs' Year of the Meteors, released this year. Carbon Glacier is an earlier release, but just as amazing.

Sam P
How come takk didn't get a mention on the list

Moka
And you didn't review cocorosie or colleen either. Not as important but they released two albums this year better than some of the stuff you reviewed throughout the year.

Moka
Oh you're definitely missing Paavoharju. Or at least Yha Hamaraa is a record I came back to alot this year.

Fred T
This is my year end list. The only thing that counts for me in making this list is the number of time I get back to an album. So this list shows the albums that I enjoyed the most in 2005, with no consideration of vague criteria like artistic value. :) Feel free to disagree with my choices.

1 - Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
2 - The Arcade Fire – Funeral
3 - Depeche Mode – Playing the Angel
4 - Annie – Anniemal
5 - Chemical Brothers – Push the Button
6 - LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem
7 - Gorillaz – Demon Days
8 - Doves – Some Cities
9 - Elbow – Leaders of the Free World
10 - Broken Social Scene – Broken Social Scene
11 - Mickey 3D – Matador
12 - DangerDoom – The Mouse and the Mask
13 - Bloc Party – Bloc Party
14 – Sufjan Stevens – Come on Feel the Illinoise
15 - Death Cabs for Cutie – Plans
16 – Goldfrapp – Supernature
17 - The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
18 - Spoon – Gimme Fiction
19 - New Order – Waiting for the Siren’s Call
20 - Coldplay – X & Y
21 - Katerine - Robot après tout
22 - TTC - Bâtards sensibles
23 - Buck 65 - Secret House Against the World
24 - Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
25 - Roots Manuva - Awfully Deep

J Neij
although I have to disagree w mr almost cool about Rideau being Tape best album yet. In my opion the two prior album are very hard to beat... they are just about perfect! Not to mention their originality! Now they seem to goten drunk on german krautrockbier and started to play monotonrock?! Still great and in a class beyond class but not nearly as engaging as their prior efforts!

J Neij
I have listened a lot to Paavoharjus beutiful "Yha Hamaraa" (Fonal records)recently - superb stuff!

Great swedish stuff from the year:

Majessic Dreams (pure dope for fans of J Bailiff on oscillatone.com)
Miadaircondo (typerecords.com)
Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words
A Taste of Ra (Nicolai Dunger)
Tape - Rideau (both on www.hapna.com)
Erik de Vahl - Friendly Fire (http://erik.devahl.com/)
Det Gamla Landet (www.a-double-a.com also check out their sweet podcasts)
Rojo.Tachen.Nosordo - compilation (www.nosordo.com also got cool podcasts)

almostcool
Arg, I was missing a closing tag on my #4, therefore causing my #5 not to show up. Sadly, it is not Lightning Bolt. Instead, it is the wicked Venetian Snares. Boom!

Sebastien
Here is mine

Hood : Outside closer (Domino)
Logh : A sunset panorama (Bad taste records)
Matt Elliott : Drinking songs (Ici d’ailleurs)
Broadcast : Tender buttons (Warp)
Paavohaarju : Yhä Hämärää (Fonal)
Manyfingers : Our worn shadow (Sharbon records)
World’s End Girlfriend : The lie lay land (Noble)
Désormais : Dead letters to lost friends (intr_version)
David Sylvian : The good son vs the only daughter (Samadhi sound)
The boats : We made it for you (Moteer)
Piano Magic : Disaffected (Talitres)
Animal collective : Feels (Fat cat)
Taylor Deupree / Eisi : Every still day (Noble)
Tujiko Noriko & Aoki Takamasa : 28 (Fat cat)
Man : Helping hand (Sub Rosa)
Reigns : We lowered a microphone into the ground (Jonson family)
Songs of green pheasant : s/t (Fat cat)
Vashti Bunyan : Lookaftering (Fat cat)
Squares on both sides : Dunaj (Hausmusik)
Brian McBride : When the detail lost its freedom (Kranky)
Mitchell Akiyama : Small explosions that are yours to keep (Sub Rosa)
Murcof : Remembrenza (Leaf)
Fenton : Pup (Plop)
Smog : A river ain’t too much to love (Drag city)
The Remote Viewer : Let your heart draw a line (City Centre Offices)
The Montgolfier Brothers : All my bad thoughts (Vespertine and son)
Piana : Ephemeral (Happy)
L’Altra : Different days (Hefty)
Colleen : The golden morning breaks (Leaf)
Mice parade : Ben vida montade (Bubble core)

Bubbachups
Great list! I have the same top 3 but with The Books on top in front of Sufjan.

These albums are highly recommended:
Jack Rose - Kensington Blues (VHF Records)
Akon/Family - s/t (Young God)
Akron/Family & the Angels of Light - s/t (Young God)
Six Organs Of Admittance - School Of The Flower (Drag City)
Dirty Three - Cinder (Touch & Go)
Phosphorescent - Aw Come Aw Wry (Misra)
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar)
Wooden Wand - Harem Of The Sundrum & The Witness Figg (Soft Abuse / Time Lag)
World's End Girlfriend - The Lie Lay Land (Noble)
Fifths Of Seven - Spry From Bitter Anise Folds (DSA)

Also an album which is from 2004 but was released in the US in 2005 and is very much recommended:
Konono n1 - Congotronics

Almost all of these are in my top 15. Because we share the same top 3 I'm sure you'll enjoy most of them. Give them a try.

aaron d.g.
Jamie Lidell's 'Multiply' was my favourite non-Fiery Furnaces album of the year, and I think everyone should hear it. Deerhoof's 'The Runners Four' is another great one, it's among the most original indie rock albums I've heard in a while, just really interesting and enjoyable. I'm glad to see 'The Milk Of Human Kindness' and 'Broken Social Scene' so high on your lists, those are both fantastic follow-ups (actually I like 'Milk' even more than 'Up In Flames'). But my definite favourite album of the year is The Fiery Furnaces' 'Rehearsing My Choir', an endlessly absorbing narrative where I hang on to every word spoken and sung, and the music is just so appealing to me; it's everything I love and I can't really explain it but oh is it ever good. it's really good.

Sam P
The Jamie Lidell album was really good. Also Jose Gonzales and Gorillaz but i'm sure you've seen gorillaz everywhere. Why didn't untilted get a review- even though it wasn't that good

Samuel
I'm curious as to whether you've heard this year's albums from The Decemberists and The New Pornographers. Two bands you've been keen on in the past, but not reviewed this time. The Decemberists' record in particular I think is their most accomplished so far, even if their sound has remained little changed.

Otherwise, I agree with you above the rough charms of Clap Your Hands - though this was enough to help top my list, even above Sufjan, which I think is the more ambitious and probably longer-lasting album.

Kristian
Two albums named "wilderness" you maybe missed:

Archer Prewitt - Wilderness
Wilderness - Wilderness

richie
I'm one of the few who wasn't too hot on M.I.A. I guess I like it conceptually more than I do musically. It's cool and all but some of the songs just kind of annoy me. That's my unpopular and maybe unwise opinion.

david
No number 5? I'll just assume that spot belongs to Lightning Bolt.

almostcool
I knew that Antony And The Johnsons and M.I.A. would both come up pretty quickly. Interestingly enough, I actually own both albums and enjoy them, I just didn't take the time to review them for some reason. Neither made my list obviously, but I like both of them. The Malkmus I was pretty lukewarm on, and I haven't heard the Rosebuds (but I'll check it out).


Antony and the Johnsons - "I Am A Bird Now"

M.I.A. - "Arular"

Stephen Malkmus - "Face the Truth"

The Rosebuds - "Birds Make Good Neighbors"

richie
Although I haven't heard everything from the year that I want to hear yet, I can safely agree that Sufjan would take the top spot for the year. Animal Collective, Sigur Ros, and Antony and the Johnsons are all up there as well.