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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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?"