My Music for 2005
After repeated recommendations, I have yet to check out Destroyer, (sorry Tom,) so Sufjan's Illinois is probably my pick for '05. While not every song on the album takes me to the higher plane I seek when listening to music, a few of them take me higher than *any* music has taken me in a long time. "Chicago" just might be the greatest song ever composed. "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." is an almost perfect example of what songwriting should be. "They are Night Zombies!" gracefully creates a hypnotic lull, enchanting me into an unspeakable world. Many of the songs on Illinois feel like a journey to a new continent never explored in music before. Almost perfect. As far as I can tell, the only 5 star album to be released in 2005.
(Note-- In Blender Magazine, Illinois ranked as the 37th best album of last year, unfortunately being beat out by the A-Team of the craft of songwriting, such as Shakira (ranked 19th) Mariah Carey (ranked 12th) and, of course, Coldplay. (8th) Way to go Blender!
Broken Social Scene- Broken Social Scene
Bright Eyes- I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
The Mountain Goats- The Sunset Tree (almost 5)
Stars- Set Yourself on Fire
My Morning Jacket- Z
Bloc Party- Silent Alarm
Metric- Live It Out
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Go! Team- Thunder! Lightning! Strike!
The New Pornographers- Twin Cinema
Wilco- Kicking Television
Feist- Let It Die
Sigur Ros- Takk
The White Stripes- Get Behind Me Satan
Fiona Apple- Extraordinary Machine
The Decemberists- Picaresque
Gorillaz- Demon Days
Wolf Parade- Apologies to the Queen Mary
Devendra Banhart- Cripple Crow