2006-01-13 - 9:35 p.m.
My Top Ten Recordings for 2005!
But first, some ado:
A note to my musical friends: I learned my lesson years ago about ranking friends' CDs, and I've limited myself here to stuff put out by people I don't know.
Ben Lee - Awake is the New Sleep
The sunniest break-up album ever. Fourteen songs of loss, lust, love, and ultimately, spiritual renewal. I love that he thanks his guru in the liner notes, that's so un-punk.
Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
Groundbreaking? Hardly, but they do the new wave retread thing with wit, hooks, and goofy charisma.
Spoon - Gimme Fiction
The best songs of their career.
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
This is how you turn angst to art
Boubacar Traore - Kongo Magni
This Malian guitar virtuoso writes songs that manage to be lilting and bluesy at once.
Frank Black - Honeycomb
Even with the all-star Nashville backing band, he still sounds like Frank Black, only better. His most inspired solo album since Teenager of the Year.
Heartless Bastards - Stairs & Elevators
Powerful guitar-rock from the heartland that sidesteps bombast, featuring Erika Wennerstrom's authoritative vocals
The National - Alligator
The indie world is full of kids, but National leader Matt Berninger sings and writes like an adult. I was gonna say "like a man," but I couldn't say that with a straight face.
Brendan Benson - Alternative to Love
Because someone needs to keep the tradition alive--the rootsy singer-songwriter with punk leanings, pop instincts, and a gorgeous, supple voice
Much more exciting and eclectic than I was expecting it to be.
Not quite eligible but I still loved 'em
The Fame - Get on the Beat e.p.
Yellow Pills compilation
Greenhornes - Sewed Soles comp.
50 Foot Wave - Golden Ocean
Anthony Hamilton - Ain't Nobody Worryin'
Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
BRMC - Howl
Chocolate Genius - Black Yankee Rock
Deadly Snakes - Porcella
Fripp/Eno - Equatorial Stars
Go! Team - Thunder Lightning Strike
Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolution
Jolie Holland - Escondida
Kate Bush - Aerial
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
M.I.A. - Arular
The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Manual -Azure Vista
Paul Motian - I Have the Room Above Her
Randy Travis - Glory Train
Raveonettes - Pretty in Black
Rogue Wave - Descended Like Vultures
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering
Songs I Listened to Eleventy Billion Times
Ben Lee - "Gamble Everything for Love"
Kaiser Chiefs - "I Predict a Riot"
Sinead O'Connor - "Untold Stories"
The Raveonettes - "Love in a Trash Can"
The Go! Team - "Panther Dash"
My Morning Jacket - "Gideon"
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