Thursday, December 22, 2005


It's that time of year again when everyone is putting out lists. One list I'm particularly keen on are the best albums of 2005.. And I must say that I'm mighty pleased to see a lot of top albums lists and they are varied and interesting, not the boring, unoriginal crap that commercial radio likes to flog.

Looking through the lists from Pop Matters, The Onion AV Club, Tiny Mix Tapes, Pitchfork Media and Triple J, there are a few artists who appear regularly..

I think Sufjan Steven's has had a BIG BIG year with his album Illinoise, which tops or least appears in every single list. Also Wolf Parade, M.I.A, The Decemberists, Sigur Ros (of course!), The New Pornographers, Sleater-Kinney, Andrew Bird and so many others! Unfortunately I've only heard about 1/2 of those albums... I'm gonna try and get MIA and Sufjan Stevens' CDs before I head to Jervis..

So, anyways, time for me to put up MY top albums (so far)

  • Architecture In Helsinki - In Case We Die When I first heard this I didn't think it was as good as their previous album, Fingers Crosseed. But after a fewe listens it hit me. Really hit me. Now I'd rate this as my favourite album ever! Displacing OK Computer after 7 years at #1.
  • Sigur RÛs - Takk They can do no wrong. Less atmospheric and more accessible than their other works, but still magical and ethereal.
  • Cat Empire - Two Shoes Quieter and more introspective than their first album, but still infectious and just simply FUN!
  • Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set - What Was Left The only thing more beautiful than Clare herself are her songs. Absolutely gorgeous.
  • Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman The surprise packet of 2005. Album isn't uniformly strong, but the good bits are brilliant. One to watch.
  • Bernerd Fanning - Tea And Sympathy Powderfinger's frontman is a revelation. Slightly country, definately genius. Ryan Adams should learn from him.
  • Little Fish (Soundtrack) This should be in the list purely for Sara Blasko's version of Flame Trees. Never have I thought a cover would be so much superior to the original. The other songs don't suck either.

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