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24. Dez. 2005, 20:22

This is the time of year people make lists. Who am I to argue with tradition? So, with that in mind, here are my top ten favorite albums released this year, in no particular order because I can't decide on a hierarchy. Subject to change, obviously, as I hear more music. But this is close enough to a final list.

Dwight Yoakam - Blame the Vain
Andrew Bird - Mysterious Production of Eggs
Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
My Morning Jacket - Z
Richard Hawley - Cole's Corner
M.I.A. - Arular
Laura Cantrell - Humming by the Flowered Vine

Ten favorite songs from albums not on this list, again in no particular order. Heavily focused on alt-country, but with some indie rock and (Christian!) folk. What can I say? It worked out that way. This one is a bit shakier than the other list.

Freakwater, "Hi Ho Silver" (Thinking of You)
Rodney Crowell, "Don't Get Me Started" (The Outsider)
Shelby Lynne, "I Won't Die Alone" (Suit Yourself)
Maria McKee, "Horse Life" (Peddlin' Dreams)
Ryan Adams, "The End" (Jacksonville City Nights)
Ryan Adams, "Sweet Illusiions" (Cold Roses)
Spoon, "I Turn My Camera On" (Gimme Fiction)
Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell, "Coversations About A Friend (Who's In Love With Katie)" (Begonias)
Dar Williams, "Teen for God" (My Better Self)
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez, "Red Dog Tracks" (Red Dog Tracks)

I feel bad about a few omissions, namely the New Pornographers and Sufjan Stevens. I liked both of their albums a lot. But they didn't make the cut, unfortunately.

Edit: The omission of Josh Rouse is almost criminal. "Why Won't You Tell Me What" -- and many others from Nashville -- is a better song than "Teen for God." Yikes.

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  • talking_animal

    You go! Dwight Yoakam and M.I.A. on the same list!

    26. Dez. 2005, 18:30
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