Best albums of 2005?

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Best albums of 2005?

Post by junkstar » Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:15 am

OK, it's Christmastime which menas I pick one or two albums to buy for all my family and friends. This could be the first year in many that I cannot think of a single super duper strong album to give out. What the hell were the best albums this year?

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Post by John Jeffers » Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:25 am

Queens of the Stone Age, "Lullabies to Paralyze"

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Post by mjau » Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:57 am

Unless I'm forgetting something, 2005 wasn't that great of a year for me when it came to new albums. Beck's Guero was cool, but not great. The last great new album I've heard was by Earlimart, but that was 2004. Frusciante did some cool stuff this year (or was that last year, too?).

I haven't bought it yet, but I did like Sigur Ros' Takk and the one put out by Elvis Costello was pretty good, too.

Oh, and I finally got a copy of inverseroom's 100 song album. Give that to all of your family and friends. Best bargain in the music biz. Only $0.20 per song.

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Post by chris harris » Wed Nov 30, 2005 7:11 am

this year I've listened to these albums quite a bit:

My Morning Jacket - Z
Kanye West - Late Registration
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Minmae - I'd Be Scared, Were You Still Burning

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Post by lsn110 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:24 am

Caribou - The Milk of Human Kindness
Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
Iron & Wine/Calexico - In the Reins EP

my picks...YMMV

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Post by EasyGo » Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:42 am

Kanye West 'Late Registration'
Common 'Be'

Two very different albums produced by Kanye, to very different effect.

Jon Brion's arrangement work on 'Late Registration' is awesome. The songs are there on both albums.

Also dig the most recent Spoon album, the title of which escapes me (its a creeper).

Check Damien Marley's 'Welcome to Jamrock' for its apocalyptic title track; stay for the variety of reggae, dancehall, and genre-mixing.

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Post by pedrohead » Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:48 am

In addition to some of those mentioned above (Sigur Ros, Spoon, Sufjan...)

I also highly enjoyed:

Steven Malkmus "Face the Truth"
Broken Social Scene "S/T"
Feist "Let it Die"

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Post by Fieryjack » Wed Nov 30, 2005 9:52 am

Supergrass - Road to Rouen
Roger Waters - Ca Ira

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Post by musikman316 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:28 am

Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
Broken Social Scene - s/t
John Davis - s/t
Ed Gein - Judas Goats & Dieseleaters
Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself
Iron and Wine/Calexico - In the Reins
Ricky Fitts - Wizard Lisp
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise

Also, a new Chariot EP comes out next week.

Probably more, just can't think of them all right now,
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Post by horacesqueeze » Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:51 am

Akron Family - S/T
Antony and The Johnsons - I am Bird Now
Pelican - The Fire In Our Throats Will Becon The Thaw
Quasimidio - The Further Adventures of Lord Quas
Miles Davis - The Complete Live at The Cellar Door

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Post by Esmo » Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:43 am

the new malkmus one or the queens of the stone age one.
Also, Oneida's 'The Wedding' is awesome.

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Post by cashed checks » Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:51 pm

Andrew Bird "...and the Mysterious Production of Eggs"

if you can get past the title you're rewarded with amazing songs with lines like "i'm going to drill a tiny hole into your head."

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Post by mjau » Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:54 pm

astronaut wrote:Andrew Bird "...and the Mysterious Production of Eggs"

if you can get past the title you're rewarded with amazing songs with lines like "i'm going to drill a tiny hole into your head."
Forgot about that one. Great album, definitely.

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Post by ryanlikestorock » Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:56 pm

Broken Social Scene - s/t
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
Page France - Hello, Dear Wind
k-os - Joyful Rebellion
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Pixel revolt

Post by mattmlpdx » Wed Nov 30, 2005 3:30 pm

John Vanderslice's Pixel Revolt is my favorite recording of the year by a long, long ways. I have been listening nonstop since it came out and I still crave it at least every other day.

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