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Monday, January 02, 2006

Top 20 Albums of 2005

01 M.I.A. “Arular”
So much ink has been spilled hyping and trying to classify Ms. Diplo that no one ever got around to championing her not for what influences she has, but how she’s certain to propel pop music into the next evolutionary echelon. She had me at “Galang.”

02 Sufjan Stevens, “Illinois”
Sufjan Stevens cemented his place as the King of Indie Preciousness with this, his second “state” concept album and latest declaration of unparalleled songwriting genius.

03 Annie, “Anniemal”/”DJ Kicks”
Annie made bubblegum cool again and prompted some of the greatest remixes of the year, while her “DJ Kicks” contribution showed she was just as much fun behind the decks.

04 Jamie Lidell, “Multiply”
Everytime I play this for someone I preface it by saying “Get ready for the white Englishman that sounds like Otis Reading.” The sing-along album of 2005…

05 Rachel Stevens, “Come and Get It”
… Whoops. Nevermind. This is. Expertly crafted pop song craft universally ignored by critics and consumers.

06 Vitalic, “OK Cowboy”
The French dance masterpiece I was hoping for when “Human After All” came out.

07 The Magic Numbers
Perfect, handclapping brother-and-sister pop folk sing-alongs.

08 Fiona Apple, “Extraordinary Machine” (Leaked Version)
When robbed of the metallic chimes of Jon Brion’s production, Fiona’s lush third effort feels less like a complete album and more like an eked out spoken word monologue about high school breakups.

09 Gorillaz, “Demon Days”
A high-concept that should have failed spectacularly but achieves something spectacular.

10 Kanye West, “Late Registration”
He has every right to brag.

… The Rest
11 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
12 Beck, “Guero”
13 My Morning Jacket, “Z”
14 Bloc Party, “Silent Alarm”
15 Robyn
16 Isolee, “We Are Monster”
17 Major Swellings
18 Franz Ferdinand, “You Could Have It So Much Better”
19 Spoon, “Gimme Fiction”
20 Kelley Polar, “Love Songs in the Hanging Garden”/ Whitey, "The Light at the End of the Tunnel is a Train"

And an amazingly huge round of applause should go to DFA Records, which put out some of the most challenging and wonderful records of the year. Without further ado, here is the top 5 DFA Records of 2005.

01 LCD Soundsystem
02 The Juan Maclean, “Less Than Human”
03 Hot Chip, “Coming On Strong”/”Over and Over”
04 DFA Holiday Mix 2005
05 Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Rossum, “The Days of Mars”

And the Top 5 DFA Remixes...

01 Hot Chip "Just Like We Breakdown (DFA Remix)"
02 Goldfrapp "Slide In (DFA Remix)"
03 Gorillaz "DARE (DFA Remix)"
04 Nine Inch Nails "The Hand That Feeds (DFA Remix)"
05 Chemical Brothers, "The Boxer (DFA Remix)"