Best of 2005: Music

(Yes, I realize it’s nearing the end of 2006. I intend to post a best-of for this year at some point, but it’s a bit early for that, and I want to write something.)

The Top Ten Albums of 2005
1. Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
2. Ryan Adams: Cold Roses
3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
4. The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree
5. Calexico/Iron & Wine: In the Reins
6. Ryan Adams: Jacksonville City Nights
7. The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema
8. The Magic Numbers: The Magic Numbers
9. Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine
10. The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

Ten Great Tracks from Other Albums
Of Angels and Angles (The Decemberists, from Picaresque)
Til Kingdom Come (Coldplay, from X&Y)
The Wind That Blew My Heart Away (Fruit Bats, from Spelled In Bones)
I Turn My Camera On (Spoon, from Gimme Fiction)
Boston (Augustana, from All the Stars and Boulevards)
Salesman at the Day of the Parade (Rogue Wave, from Descended Like Vultures)
When I Go Deaf (Low, from The Great Destroyer)
Here Comes the Sun Again (M. Ward, from Transistor Radio)
Girl (Beck, from Guero)
Factory (Martha Wainwright, from Martha Wainwright)

Five Albums I Haven’t Given Enough Attention To
My Morning Jacket: Z
Devendra Banhart: Cripple Crow
Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary
Death Cab for Cutie: Plans
LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem

Five Most Disappointing Albums
1. Spoon: Gimme Fiction
2. Gorillaz: Demon Days
3. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois
4. Rufus Wainwright: Want Two
5. Blackalicious: The Craft

It occurs to me that I haven’t given the “most disappointing” albums a lot of attention, and that someday I might regret listing them here under that heading. But for now, they’re just not doing it for me. These are all albums for which my hopes were high, and which I initially considered (and still consider) mediocre or worse.

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