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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Favorite 10 albums 2005

10. Human After All; Daft Punk: Universally panned, but I commend Daft Punk for going in a different direction. I think they could have easily made an album that sounded similar to Discovery, but they decided to change things up a bit (not too many electronic artists strive to do this) so my hat is off to them. All that being said I like Discovery and (especially) Homework much more. Download or Steal/"Technologic"/"Emotion"

9. The Understanding; Royksopp: More electronic, done very well. Some dancey shit and some shit reminiscent of Brian Eno. Totally solid effort. Download or Steal/"Sombre Detune"/"Follow My Ruin"

8. Broken Social Scene; Broken Social Scene: A much denser album than its predecessor but a marvel nonetheless. 17 members yada yada, these guys are no novelty act, the music speaks for itself. Download or Steal/"Fire Eye'd Boy"/"Hotel"

7. Demon Days; Gorillaz: Not up to par with their explosive debut album (one of my favorite 20 albums all-time) but a great cd in its own right. Albarn can do no wrong in my eyes (he probably could but hasn't even come close to disappointment yet) sadly he's a musical genius who will never get the proper respect he deserves. The singles off this album are fucking incredible, but everyone already knows that. Download or Steal/ "Feel Good Inc."/"Dare"/"Last Living Souls"

6. Silent Alarm; Bloc Pary: Killer debut from across the pond. I was (and still am really) a British music junkie, but Canada and New York have passed up England in the past few years. I'm really glad to see these guys come around, I think they have staying power. Download or Steal/"Price of Gas"/"Like Eating Glass"

5. Invisible Invasion; The Coral: Best album yet from The Coral (a very young and prolific bunch, 4th album in the last 3 years) a band who is underappreciated, also a distinct sound from all the other new music that I listen to. The only real strike against this album is that I was unable to put it on my computer (meaning no iTunes or iPod action) that did piss me off quite a bit. Download or Steal/"Leaving Today"/"Warning to the Curious"

4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah; Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: This album received hype for all the right reasons, the music is great. This album has indie sensibilities (I don't know what the fuck that means) and a cool new-wave vibe (that is true) running through some of the songs. There isn't a bad song on this album. Download or Steal/"Over and Over Again (Lost and Found)"/"In This Home on Ice"/"Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood"

3. Cosmic Game; Thievery Corporation: Wow, is all I can say. This is loungey electronic music done almost perfectly. I don't skip songs on this album (and that never happens in this genre of music). TC are also masters of using guest vocalists another trick that is hard to pull off successfully (David Byrne, Wayne Coyne, Perry Farrell amongst others). Download or Steal/"Amerimacka"/"The Heart's a Lonely Hunter"/"The Time We Lost Our Way"

2. Twin Cinema; New Pornographers: I'm so happy that I actually picked this album up. I'd heard from everyone that these dudes were great but I was reluctant b/c I thought to myself that I don't really like pure pop music. Boy was I wrong. I would recommend this to anyone who likes music even a little bit. They are guaranteed to like this collection of songs. This is probably the best album of the year, but I like one a little bit better. Download or Steal/"Use It"/"Jackie Dressed in Cobras"/"The Bones of an Idol"

1. Apologies to the Queen Mary; Wolf Parade: It's totally simple, this is easily the most listened to album of the year (by me). I haven't even considered taking out of my car, I still listen to it almost obsessively three months after its release. A top three release of the new millennium (along with Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics) in my opinion. Download or Steal/"We Built Another World"/"Shine A Light"/"Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts"/"This Heart's on Fire"


Anonymous bones said...

Good choices, man. Ok, fine, in truth, I've only listened to two of your choices. But yeah, Clap your Hands and Twin Cinema were really damn good!

And I finally heard that Lady Lumps song. You were right. Fergie is going receive some harsh Karma payback for that one...

Friday, December 23, 2005 11:02:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great choices. The New Pornographers album is so underrated it's obscene. Although in terms of a more complete album, I'd take Bloc Party...there are a few tracks on the NP album that just stink.

Friday, December 23, 2005 12:32:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monkey business is good

Saturday, December 24, 2005 2:02:00 PM

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Anonymous elliott said...

i think i listened to "sing me spanish techno" about 20 times in a row when i first got that album. "star bodies", "stacked crooked", "use it". jesus.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005 1:29:00 PM

Anonymous Robbo said...

Good picks Sanders. You should pick up 'The National-Alligator'. It was released last yeat and it's great. It's sort of dark with some great guitar work and easily relatable lyrics.

Monday, January 30, 2006 4:07:00 PM

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