December 22, 2004

The top 10 albums of 2004

It's that time of year again. On television, magazines, websites and blogs worldwide, writers and presenters reflect on the best of the year's books, music, and films. It would be rude not to include my own opinions.

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
– Lush vocals and guitar playing from this multi-instrumentalist.

The Arcade Fire Funeral
– A grandiose release from a band Im struggling to categorise.

Interpol - Antics
– A solid second album, though not as good as TOTBL which was an incredibly hard act to follow.

Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
– Catchy pop/rock songs. One can't ask for much more.

Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
– They continue to create great music despite their age.

The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
– Great instrumental tracks with interesting samples.

65 Days of Static - The Fall of Math
– Original fusion of post rock and IDM.

Blonde Redhead - Misery Is a Butterfly
– Haunting female vocals, dark melodies.

Aberfeldy Young Forever
– Upbeat debut album from this highly promising Scottish indie pop ensemble.

The Dears No Cities Left
– The Smiths reincarnated have released a brilliant albeit slightly long album.

I don't find it easy to rank albums on a scale of one to ten, nor do I think its a particularly useful undertaking. The appeal of a given album changes day by day, hour by hour. Dont be put off by my less than eloquent descriptions; the above albums are essential listening for indie rock/pop and electronic music enthusiasts.

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  1. Are The Arcade Fire as brilliant as I've been led to believe by many people (well, at least three people)?

    Thumbs up too for Interpol, Blonde Redhead and of course Sonic Youth.

    23 Dec 2004, 01:58

  2. can't stop listening to Sonic Nurse….

    23 Dec 2004, 15:13

  3. Overdo

    If I hadn't seen you post this before the Daily Telegraph released their list today, I'd have thought you'd copied them! ;)

    23 Dec 2004, 17:41

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