Never too early to start ranking the best albums of the year. I’ve bought a ton of music in the past 6 months, so I’m going to rank my current 5 favorite albums with 2005 release dates. Disclaimer: haven’t bought Coldplay or the Foo Fighters yet.
- Bloc Party Silent Alarm
- The White Stripes Get Behind Me, Satan
- Beck Guero
- The Shout Out Louds Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
- The Decemberists Picaresque
Honorable mention: M83 Before the Dawn Heals Us, Stephen Malkmus Face the Truth, The National Alligator.
Disappointments so far: Gorillaz, Aimee Mann. And this year’s Electrelane, Axes, isn’t nearly as great as last year’s awesome The Power Out. Also The Mars Volta Frances The Mute.
Trend – I seem to be buying tons of these somewhat interchangeable British 80s resurgence bands (Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Dead Sixties, Futureheads, British Sea Power, The Doves) that are all pretty good. Even New Order’s new one is supposedly pretty good… Interstingly, The Doves and British Sea Power have seemed to get there on their second albums after being more straight-up indie on their first. Also with the European indie – M83, The Shout Out Louds, and last year’s Phoenix and The Concretes.
How’s about y’all?