2005 has been a fantastic year for music. So, I'm going to capitilize on that and cash in with my top 20 albums of the year. As much as I listen to music (and that's a lot), I don't listen to nearly enough to create anything I would consider a definitive and comprehensive list. This list represents the 20 albums that I've enjoyed the most this year. Feel free to agree or disagree, and to convince me of the error of my ways. The worst that could happen is that I would discover something new.
In any case, picking only 20 albums to represent this year was really hard. The first time I made the list off the top of my head, I ended up with 31 albums (and Muzzle of Bees beat me to that idea). Trimming that additional 11 was hard work. When I reveal the final five, I'll list the others that I thought long and hard about.
So without further ado, the top 20 begins with albums 16 through 20. For the next three weeks (the rest of the month), I'll continue the countdown five albums at a time.
20. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy
I only recently discovered Okkervil River. I'm glad a did. Anyone that knows my musical taste will know that I'm a sucker for a bit of twang and a bit of organ shimmer. Okkervil River supplies both.
19. Sigur Rós – Takk
I'm not sure what to make of Sigur Rós. I'm a relative newcomer to their music, having only discovered their ethereal but addicting songs this year. All I know is that I keep looking for it on my iPod, whatever the situation. This album was a lifesaver on especially long travel days.
18. Feist – Let it Die
Broken Social Scene member, Leslie Feist, provides the #17 album of 2005. I'm not usually draw to singer-songwriter music, but this is a great exception (even if that description isn't especially descriptive). Her show inspired me to run out and grab this outstanding album.
17. Broken Social Scene – Self Titled
I really liked Your Forgot it in People, so I eagerly anticipated this release. At first, I was honestly a little disappointed. I thought it a little too chaotic at times (which is to be expected from such a large collective). It has really grown on me though. I suspect that if I were compiling this list sometime next month, it would crack the top 10.
16. The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
This list is suddenly looking awfully Canadian isn't it. Dan Bejar's work on this album convinced me to give his solo project, Destroyer, another try. And any band that can take advantage of Neko Case so well would be hard pressed to fail. Add all this to Carl Newman's songwriting talents and success ensues.
Related: Top 20 Albums of 2005 (Honorable Mentions)
NP: "Learn How" - Mission of Burma