Best of 2005: Editors' Picks in Alternative Rock

A Listmania! list by Chordstrike "Amazon Music Editors" (Seattle, Washington)
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Z
1.  Z by My Morning Jacket
The list author says:
  "With high-pitched vocals that rival the Flaming Lips, songs that merit repeated listens, and far more keyboard than guitar wankery, MMJ manage to break new ground while gaining a wider audience."
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Come On Feel the Illinoise
2.  Come On Feel the Illinoise by Sufjan Stevens
The list author says:
  "He gets flack because the press calls him brilliant, but what if they're right for once and the guy IS brilliant? This concept album is beautiful and big; indie chamber-folk never sounded better."
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Separation Sunday
3.  Separation Sunday by The Hold Steady
The list author says:
  "Springsteen may never collaborate with the Fall but don't worry about it because we have this terrific MN+NY band to do the trick. Wistful, wordy, intense rock with GBV hooks and no choruses. Wow."
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Magic Numbers
4.  Magic Numbers by The Magic Numbers
The list author says:
  "The Magic Numbers are a welcome surprise. They play beautiful harmony-rich folk-rock that sounds like it came from both the past and the future, or from a yet-to-be-made Wes Anderson film."
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I am a Bird Now
5.  I am a Bird Now by Antony and the Johnsons
The list author says:
  "Antony's voice has all the timbre and power of Nina Simone, while his chamber-rock-style backing band is both dangerous and precise. The songs are transgressive, personal, and oddly transcendent."
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Silent Alarm
6.  Silent Alarm by Bloc Party
The list author says:
  "Another arty, angular retro post-punk group from England, eh? Bloc Party starts with the same template as a hundred other bands, then breaks out of it entirely with pure pop melody and actual wit."
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Plans
7.  Plans by Death Cab for Cutie
The list author says:
  "Seattle's DCFC trade in the rock clubs for the stadiums with this excellent, mature release. No one does the soaring ballad thing quite like they do; Ben Gibbard breaks ten hearts a minute."
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Thunder, Lightning, Strike
8.  Thunder, Lightning, Strike by The Go! Team
The list author says:
  "Take the spirit of ye olde Manchester, the energy of a cheerleading squad, and a band as in love with rock as they are funk and hip-hop, and you've got one of the most chaotically fun debuts in years."
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
9.  Clap Your Hands Say Yeah by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The list author says:
  "One of the great success stories of the year. The Brooklyn-based outifit's been favorably compared to the Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and Jonathan Richman for their rousing, heart-on-sleeve indie-pop."
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Popsicle
10.  Popsicle by Diamond Nights
The list author says:
  "It's easy to imagine yourself zooming down a dim-lit freeway late at night in a TransAm with the windows down when you listen to this album of testosterone-heavy, Thin Lizzy-ish rock."
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