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Muzix, 2005

R.P. Tristram Coffin IV "Handle Your Business."
The list author says: "2005 was one of the happiest years of my life and that was even despite Coldplay's X&Y album. I had done two lists that year, both to 25, so I could deliver my top 50 of the year. However, with Amazon expanding their list capacity to 40 items, I looked over the list, took stock it the cds that have had staying power over the last 3 years, cut 10 and consolidated 2005 into this one list. You might remember it was a good year for music."
Gimme Fiction
Gimme Fiction
"Its usually a meaningless compliment to call something 'Beatlesque'  but its the most apt way to describe this 4th Spoon set (as well as the other 3). With GF, they add a trashy T-Rex wink and a smile. Gimme Fiction is the best set from the most consistent band of the decade."
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
"Since January Awake has held off every disc in an exceptional twelve months to retain itself as my album of the year. It is a classic and will go down in history as such. As for companion album Digital Ash only Arc of Time was on par with these songs."
Come On Feel the Illinoise
Come On Feel the Illinoise
"Ambitious, Lush & Gorgeous - this song-suite with a thousand places to trip is instead impossibly flawless. Now if people would only say his name right.  Its like "Soofyan" if you're worried about it."
I am a Bird Now
I am a Bird Now
"With the most colorfully unique voice since Bjork, Antony's cabaret spirituals won Britain's Mercury Prize, lit by a torch."
Arular
Arular
"A cd I respected immensely and enjoyed occasionally, M.I.A. will be a critic favorite come Best of 2005 issue time."
Late Registration [Edited]
Late Registration [Edited]
"West's producing skill is impressive enough; adding Brion makes the embarassment of riches almost intolerable. And despite the awe-inspiring precision, there wasn't a more listenable cd in pop music."
Black One
Black One
"See my review of this album, "Evil Is A Spirit""
Apologies to Queen Mary
Apologies to Queen Mary
"With the Arcade Fire riding high, the addition of 'Apoligies' makes it difficult to overstate Montreal as an epicenter of the current indie scene. You'll be hard pressed to find a more pleasing set."
Leviathan
Leviathan
"Metal albums that impress me are few and far between but this disc simply kicked almighty arse like nothing since by pubescent days as an Iron Maiden fan."
Kenose
Kenose
"Its considered an EP but boy it doesn't sound like it. While only 3 long tracks, there are more ideas here than most bands can pack into 2 albums, yet this isn't pedantic. Well, no more than it means to be. Profound sht..."
Worn Copy
Worn Copy
"Low-fi pop or what paper mache would sound like in music form. I really loved this an no one else noticed it this year."
Silent Alarm
Silent Alarm
"It-band of the year Bloc Party is easy to like regardless of trend and fashion.  Narcissistic indie kids will pout but that doesn't make this album any less enjoyable"
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
"Adroitly written self released cd and derived from critic friendly influences CYHSY were MMVs best new band; twelve indie songs gliding on butter and mud."
Separation Sunday
Separation Sunday
"Craig Finn understands passion is what makes rock great but when he loads his plate so high you struggle taking him seriously, he follows it with the earnestness of  a guy impossible to dismiss."
The Woods
The Woods
"Indie vets Sleater-Kinney expand on One Beat continuing to broadening their artistic palette all the while playing with even more vitriol. One day The Woods may become their defining moment."
Coles Corner
Coles Corner
"This one missed a lot of peoples radar but is most enjoyable. Melding Johnny Cash with Lawrence Welk should be supremely wrong but it's, oddly, rather irresistible. Perhaps, the most romantic album of the year."
Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Bang Bang Rock & Roll
"This was a big critic darling at the time and I didn't get it.  I was more interested in Ariel Pink, the Books and Architecture in Helsinki. So then, recently, I popped this in on a lark and effn loved it. LOL Go figure."
LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
"This disc filled the gap left by a substandard Daft Punk release making it perhaps more desirable for LCD Soundsystem to play at your house."
Feels
Feels
"Along with the Blood Brothers' Burn Piano Island Burn, AC prevous album Sung Tongs is among the most inventive of the last couple years.  This is a less profound but very worthy successor."
Qvaris
Qvaris
"Uncategorizable by all measure, the blues mentioned in their name is a complete misnomer.  The structures  too complex to recognize so it sounds like this native-american, folk, jazz organic..."thing""
Black Sheep Boy (Definitive Edition)
Black Sheep Boy (Definitive Edition)
"Alt-folk/indie-pop gem inspires with its atypical style, opulence of color  and rare sincerity of feeling.  Its a bit precious at times but I consistantly fall for it just the same."
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
"Elegaic, meloncholy and lovely E reckoned to accomplish something special with this double album.  Its a succuss that makes Radiohead look silly for declaring "Ambition makes you look pretty ugly.""
Takk
Takk
"Any Sigur Ros release is news and here the post-adolesent Icelandic prodigies are focusing on tighter structures and surely there is a lot of room for that."
Hypermagic Mountain
Hypermagic Mountain
"I just listen to the drummer and think of Tazmanian Devil cartoons."
Picaresque
Picaresque
"Colin Meloy has released his third gem.  His flair for theme and camp remain as spot-on as ever.  And 'We Both Go Down Together' is deliciously naughty."
Mouse & The Mask
Mouse & The Mask
"Dangermouse's collab with MF Doom was a big deal before we got 'crazy' with Cee-lo. Doom is actually much harder on his collab with Madlib, Madvillany, but Mouse is in top form. Plus, the Aqua Teen samples were fun."
Get Behind Me Satan
Get Behind Me Satan
"The Stripes are slowly boring holes in their cherished self-imposed restrictions. With Elephant Jack discovered bass guitar; Satan musta taught him the marimba.  Some songs though sound unfinished."
Lost and Safe
Lost and Safe
"L&S's assorted clicks acoustic samples and electronic treatments mix the organic with the digital with nonconventional arrangements. If you can figure it out in the first place its an adventure 4 sure."
Runners Four
Runners Four
"A very interesting record that I got into somewhat after the fact. I bought this in 05 amid its considerable press, hated it and didn't like it till much later, frAnkly... LOL funny how music does that sometimes."
Ta Det Lugnt
Ta Det Lugnt
"This psych-rock, jazz fusion and Nordic folk swirl of alchemy reminds me what Patrick Fugit must've meant in Almost Famous calling Stillwater incindiary.  A surprisingly accurate late 60s time capsule"
From Mars to Sirius
From Mars to Sirius
Alligator
Alligator
"It is a good National album with one great song that would point the direction of the band. That song is Daughters of the Soho Riots. It and Masterfade remain two of my favorite songs from 05 even 5 years later."
Be
Be
"Before Kanye's cd made it redundant, this was among my favorite cds of the year.  Its still quite good including the devilish "Testify""
In Case We Die
In Case We Die
"An impossibly harmonious noise AIH love sound in numbers evidenced by the instument checklist in the disc jacket.  They also love a great pop tune evidenced by Wishbone. At its best, you get both."
Twin Cinema
Twin Cinema
"As smart as anything they've done, Carl & Co. step back the overtly lyrical choruses in favor of smash up punctuation and Neko's balladeering. And yet as if by accident, it's still catchy as ever."
The Sunset Tree
The Sunset Tree
"A cathartic release of pain owed to growing up with an abusive step-father ST is resilient, even celebratory. That the artist blesses his misery-maker makes this a victory march of overcoming demons."
Alaska
Alaska
X&Y
X&Y
"Listening to it today, its not so bad as much as its not so good either...and everyone expected it to be what Chris Martin had claimed, "the best thing anyone had ever heard." Well, that's not gonna work, is it?"
Z
Z
"I personally loved It Still Moves' glorious sprawl but if one legitimate criticism exists its the need of some editing. Z takes the MMJ sound and condenses it into more bitesize morsels of bliss."
Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production of Eggs
"Slightly off-kilter singer/songwriter can sound like he's channeling Thom Yorke and not in a good way but the highs here are just glorious such as "Masterfade" and "Banking On a Myth""