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Top 10 albums of 2004

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:24 pm
by Kean
So the new releases are slowing to a trickle as the holiday season approaches, which means only one thing: year-end music lists!! I'm still sorting mine out at the moment, but I thought I'd dump them all here and sort through them later. Feel free to throw your two cents into the ring, discuss, argue, make fun of musical tastes, etc.

Definitely top ten material (unsorted):

The Arcade Fire - Funeral
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Brian Wilson - Smile
Wolf Parade - EP

The remaining five spots will be duked out by:

Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands / Nino Rojo
Dios - S/T
Feist - Let It Die
The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
Freeform Five - Strangest Things
The Futureheads - S/T
Girls Aloud - What Will The Neighbours Say?
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Stike
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
The Kings of Convenience - Riot on an Empty Street
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Shake The Sheets
Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
Pinback - Summer in Abaddon
Scissor Sisters - S/T
Secret Machines - Now Here is Nowhere
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
Unbunny - Snow Tires
Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles

I really regret losing touch with the prog house stuff, though -- those albums are almost impossible to find online, and the damn CDs cost so much more that they've priced me out. The new Way Out West and Gabriel & Dresden stuff is pretty awesome, but I doubt they'll have much lasting appeal.

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:31 pm
by neil
Oh man, Wolf Parade is better than Iron and Wine?! I'd better stop thinking about this or it will take me a week...

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:39 pm
by Kean
...I also have yet to listen to complete albums by Erlend Øye, William Basinski, Orbital, Dungen, and The Foreign Exchange, but I like what I've heard of them so far. There may be more thrown into the ring if I ever get round to listening to 'em...

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:42 pm
by Mr Blue Sky
1-Jean Leloup - La Mygale Jaune
2-The Dears - Thank You Good Night Sold Out (Canada release)
3-Metric - Old World Underground Where Are You Now?
4-The Tea Party - Seven Circles
5-The Delgados - Universal Audio
6-Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
7-The Hives - Tiranosaurus Hives
8-Mononc Serge & Anonymus - L'académie du massacre
9-Muse - Absolution
10-Team America World Police soundtrack

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 1:50 pm
by chris
Someone needs to include The Unicorns in this discussion.

Arcade Fire though is a shoe-in. holy COW is that a good album...

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:00 pm
by Kean
Neil wrote:Oh man, Wolf Parade is better than Iron and Wine?!
You say this like it's a bad thing. :wink:
chris wrote:Someone needs to include The Unicorns in this discussion.
I dunno... the only thing they released this year was their 2014 EP, and it certainly wasn't the eye-opener Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? was for me last year. The Unicorns are pretty awesome, though.

Mr. Blue Sky, it's interesting that The Tea Party is that high on your list. I haven't heard the new album, but I worry that it's going to be more of the same as their last couple of albums (which I thought weren't all that great). What's it like?

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:02 pm
by neil
Didn't the Unicorns album come out last year?

Well my list will probably be culled from these:

A.C. Newman: The Slow Wonder
Air: Talkie Walkie
The Arcade Fire: Funeral
Adem: Homesongs
Blonde Redhead: Misery Is a Butterfly
Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands and Niño Rojo
Elliott Smith: From a Basement on the Hill
Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand
The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat
Hayden: Elk Lake Serenade
Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days
James Yorkston & the Athletes: Just Beyond the River
Jens Lekman: When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog, You Are the Light, and Maple Leaves
Joanna Newsom: Milk-Eyed Mender
Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street
Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose
Mirah: C'mon Miracle
Modest Mouse: Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Morrissey: You Are the Quarry
Owen: (The EP)
Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse
Sufjan Stevens: Seven Swans
TV On the Radio: Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
The Walkmen: Bows and Arrows
Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles

Hm I dunno... Like Kean, I regret not listening to a lot more.

I was let down by new albums by: The Streets, Wilco, Erlend Øye, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, and Clinic. They won't get on my list. Hmph!
Kean wrote:You say this like it's a bad thing.
You're on crack. And that's a bad thing. :D Maybe...

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:08 pm
by Kean
Oh, I completely forgot about Adem. Good call. And Neil, I am so not on crack. You're the one on crack. :P

Letdowns for me this year: Wilco, TV On The Radio, Modest Mouse & The Walkmen (although the latter two have some absolutely incredible singles, the albums themselves just don't stand up for me on repeated listenings).

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:12 pm
by neil
Hehehe I'm just kidding, your taste is amazing Kean.

But.. you were let down by TV on the Radio?? Listen to "Staring at the Sun" and "Dreams"! Amazing...

Posted: Mon Nov 08, 2004 2:25 pm
by Kean
After their mind-blowing Young Liars EP from last year, my expectations were a little different going into Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. I was just disappointed that they never fully explored the direction that they had set out on their EP. I'm not saying DYBTB is a bad album -- far from it -- but I had some really high hopes for it, and it let me down. As a stickler for nicely produced songs (proof that I more or less jumped on the bandwagon for acts like Stars, The Mountain Goats, and Iron & Wine after they got a nice production boost to their music), this is one of the few times that I have to say that a slicker production hurt the songs more than they helped them.

Nevertheless, I just popped both of their albums into my CD changer. We will kiss and make up, and all will be better.

Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 6:36 am
by bluebottle
oooh, have to get in this

in alphabetical order (some may be older, but albums I got this year)

a silver mount zion - pretty little lightning paw (ep actually but...)
the darkness - permission to land
explosions in the sky - the earth is not a cold dead place
interpol - antics
mano negra - l'essentiel
muse - absolution
nick cave and the bad seeds - abbatoir blues/ lyre of orpheus
pinback - summer in abaddon
polyphonic spree - together we're heavy
supergrass - 10 (the best of here so cheating a bit)

i'll probably think of some i forgot but... we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 9:55 am
by Ayo
PJ Harvey Uh Huh Her
PJ Harvey B-Sides
Non-Phixion The Green CD
Ill Bill What's Wrong With Bill?
Sebac [Red] Sebacalypse: A Change Gon' Come

Granted I've only purchased exactly five albums that came out this year, but...

...wait...did The Offspring's Shatter come out this year? I think so. I got that too, and it was good. I got it for free.

Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:36 am
by Kean
More Wolf Parade business for you fellas. I think I'd definitely rank their EP #2 of 2004, right behind The Arcade Fire. I don't think anyone else can come close to reaching the heights of these two Montreal bands. Insound has available for download an MP3 of "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts" from their aforementioned EP.

Posted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:51 am
by Mr Blue Sky
Actually the Tea Party changed their sound to something rawer (does that word even exixts?) and more authentic. Plus it features an awesome version of Daniel Lanoie's The Messenger.

If you want to listen to some songs just go to their website:

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 7:46 am
by Niall
I'm rubbish at making lists and stuff, but for me, three of the best (in terms of being original, innovative, and just plain good albums) albums that were released this year were:

Circle Takes The Square - As the roots undo.
I was a bit wary of checking these guys out, because I saw them described as screamo, but this is really good, it's uber chaotic, but in a good way.

Isis - Panopticon
This is like ambient progressive metal or something, I dunno.

Million Dead - A song to Ruin
I really like this album.

I didn't buy that many new albums this year, for instance I bought old modest mouse and sonic youth albums instead of new ones.

Bluebottle, what's that silver mount zion ep like?