Top Ten 2005
10. Sigur Ros - Takk
A story told from the first to the last song. Simply an unique and a beautiful release.
09. Editors - Back Room
Someone would say it's not original, we've heard that with Joy Division, Interpol or even Depeche Mode. But is it good? Hell yes. It's one of my favorites in 2005.
08. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
Conor Oberst worked hard in this year. Two full-length albums, one live album and a number of collaborations with other artists. This album is the Bright Eyes best release up to now, compact and powerful.
07. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
Devendra Banhart has already established himself as the one of the most important figures in the so-called freak-folk community. With the Cripple Crow his arrogance is obvious, he's self-assured more than ever delivering probably his best album up to now.
One of the most exciting surprises in the past year. Sri-Lankan born hip-hop singer collaborating with the well-established figure in the world of electronic music - Diplo (Diplomats), delivered highly praised release that one must have.
05. Decemberists - Picaresque
Decemberists have a number of releases behind them. This one is certainly their most complete release, the one that shows the maturity of the band and their music.
04. Antony & The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
With this album A&J won the Mercury prize. Strongly filled with emotions and beautiful sounds this album is the must for everyone.
03. My Morning Jacket - Z
This albums is the highlight in the work of My Morning Jacket. It's a gem, a piece of art that would be hard to repeat.
02. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
This album is so good that I afraid that it may turn to mainstream. Franz Ferdinand have fulfilled the expectations and confirmed that they rule the new brit-rock scene.
01. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
When the band delivers something really unique that comes from their own kitchen and it's really refreshing and good, then it deserves to hit the top of the list. CYHSY are definitely my top choice for this year and I recommend it highly.
Some other releasess worth listening:
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
Babyshambles - Down In Albion
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Art Brut - Bang Bang R'n'R
Okkervill River - Black Sheep Boy
Caesars - Paper Tigers
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
The Tears - Here Come The Tears
The Capes - Hello
Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
Stars - Set Yourself On Fire
Metric - Live It Out
Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
I expected more from (black list):
Billy Corgan - The Future Embrace
Adam Green - Gemstones
Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
Keep your eyes on:
The Strokes - First Impressions Of The Earth
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am ...
I will not post in the next two weeks. Until next year. Bye.