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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Mojo's Year In Review

As promised, this is that separate post on Mojo's year-end coverage. Despite its length, this is but a small excerpt; there's much more in the mag, including artists on "the best thing I've heard all year" and more top 10 genre album lists.

Mojo's Albums of the Year

1. Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
2. Arcade Fire - Funeral
3. Kate Bush - Aerial
4. Bruce Springsteen - Devils & Dust
5. My Morning Jacket - Z
6. Ry Cooder - Chavez Ravine

Ry Cooder - Chinito Chinito (from Chavez Ravine)

7. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
8. Malcolm Middleton - Into the Woods

Malcolm Middleton - Devastation (from Into the Woods)

9. Amadou & Mairam - Dimanche A Bamako

Amadou & Maiam - Coulibaly (from Dimanche A Bamako)

10. Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
11. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
12. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
13. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
14. The White Stripes - Get Behind Me, Satan
15. The Go Betweens - Oceans Apart
16. Black Mountain - Black Mountain
17. U2 - How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
18. Gorillaz - Demon Days
19. Robert Plant And the Strange Sensation - Mighty Rearranger
20. Four Tet - Everything Ecstatic
21. Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made
22. Konono No.1 - Congotronics
23. Circulus - The Lick On A Tip Of An Envelope Yet To Be Sent
24. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
25. Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
26. Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
27. Sigur Ros - Takk
28. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
29. M.I.A. - Arular
30. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - In The Heart Of The Moon
31. Neil Young - Prairie Wind
32. Paul Weller - As Is Now
33. Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering
34. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
35. Goldfrapp - Supernature
36. The Reverend Al Green - Everything's OK
37. Coldplay - X&Y
38. Nada Surf - The Weight Is A Gift
39. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
40. Supergrass - Road To Rouen
41. Stevie Wonder - A Time To Love
42. Phantom Buffalo - Shishimumu
43. John Legend - Get Lifted
44. Joy Zipper - The Heartlight Set
45. Smog - A River Ain't Too Much To Love

Smog - I'm New Here (from (A River Ain't Too Much To Love)

46. Roots Manuvs - Awfully Deep
47. Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
48. Six Organs of Admittance - School Of The Flower

Six Organs of Admittance - Words For Two (from School Of The Flower)

49. Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die
50. Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

Genre Albums of the Year: (more in the mag)


1. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
2. Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
3. Brian Eno - Another Day on Earth
4. Kano - Home Sweet Home

Kano - Nobody Don't Dance No More (from Home Sweet Home)

5. Chelonis R Jones - Dislocated Genius
6. The Juan Maclean - Less Than Human
7. Capitol K - Nomad Junk
8. Roger Robinson - Illectica
9. Colder - Heat
10. Matthew Herbert - Plat Du Jour


1. eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
2. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
3. John Prine - Fair & Square
4. Los Super 7 - Heard It On The X
5. Ronny Elliot - Valentine Roadkill
6. Bonnie "Prince" Billy
7. Vic Chesnutt - Ghetto Bells
8. Calexico/Iron & Wine - In the Reins
9. Todd Snyder - East Nashville Skyline
10. South San Gabriel - The Carlton Chronicles: Not Until the Operation's Through

Reissues of the Year:

1. The Band - A Musical History
2. The Fall - The Complete Peel Sessions
3. Bob Dylan - No Direction Home
4. Joe Meek - The RGM Legacy: Portrait of A Genius
5. Various Artists: One Kiss Can Lead to Another - Girl Group Sounds
6. Various Artists: Hearing Is Believing (Jack Nitzsche Story 1962-1979)
7. Various Artists: Chess Originals
8. The Ramones: Weird Tales of the Ramones
9. Gene Vincent - Road Is Rocky (The Complete Studio
10. Various Artists: Good For What Ails You: Music of the Medicine Shows 1926-1937

DVD of the Year: Dig!

Artist of the Year: Bob Dylan

Debutants of the Year: Arcade Fire

Trend of the Year: Bands Playing Their Classic Albums In Full

(For example, The Lemonheads played It's A Shame About Ray, Belle And Sebastian played If You're Feeling Sinister, and The Stooges played Fun House this year. Mojo names several bands they'd like to hear play particular albums next year, such as The Stone Roses' playing The Stone Roses and The Jesus & Mary Chain playing Psychocandy)


Blogger xolondon said...

Goldfrapp is too low on their list!! It should be much higher!
(in my very-right opinion...)

8:30 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Hey, at least she's on the list! Where are Art Brut, The Rakes, The Decemberists, Minus the Bear, Echo & the Bunnymen, The New Pornographers, Stars, Andrew Bird, Seth Lakeman, and British Sea Power (to name just a few ;) )? The list could be much better, (in my very-right opinion).

10:43 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Good lord, how is Eels Americana? And LCD Soundsystem is certainly more rock than electronica. Someone needs to go over there and explain genres to these confused Brits. Except for the cool inclusion of Amadou & Mariam, these may well be the worst best-of lists I've seen thus far...

8:57 PM  

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