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.
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.