The Word Magazine: The Best Albums of 2005
The 10 Best Albums of 2005:
1. The Arcade Fire - Funeral - "New wave guitars, tinkly keyboards, icy violins and the trembling voices of husband and wife Win and Regine melt together so magically you swear you're hearing the music of the afterlife."
2. Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous (released in 2004 in the U.S., in 2005 in the U.K.) - "It's funny, dry and woefully sad, a perfectly arranged slice of super-charged poetry. The songs are so vivid and so rammed with narrative they're like movies in miniature"
Rilo Kiley - Accidntel Deth (from More Adventerous)
3. Sylvie Lewis - Tangos And Tantrums - "Certainly her record is the most ingratiating friend I've made this year."
4. Gorillaz - Demon Days - "An inspired use of the studio as an instrument by the David Bowie of his generation."
5. Richard Hawley - Coles Corner - "His voice is as broad as Roy Orbison's and as deep as the River Don, and his tales of love found and lost are full of Scott Walker's drama, Morrissey's charm and Jarvis Cocker's unaffectedness. Impossibly lovely."
Richard Hawley - Born Under a Bad Sign (from Coles Corner)
6. Goldfrapp - Supernature - "Pop music for grown-ups, in every respect."
Goldfrapp - Slide In (from Supernature)
7. Martha Wainwright - Martha Wainwright - "one of the year's most compelling and playable records, distinguished by naggingly melodic songs and a voice that's easy to live with."
8. Eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations - "He's halfway between the Neil Young/Bob Dylan demographic and the Elliot Smith/Beck one, and this would delight anyone who likes any of them."
Eels - Trouble With Dreams (from Blinking Lights and Other Revelations)
9. The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers - "Though its sweetness is tempered with just enough indie-rock 'clang' to save it from kitsch, it's a great big sincere hippie hug of an album, full of the strength and sadness of bloodied-but-unbowed incorrigible romantics."
10. Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV - "Hard Fi's muscular power-punk - grimy and raucous but full of melody and a yearning for open spaces - turned out to be one of the joys of the year."
The Word's pick for best movie (and DVD) of the year is Sideways. Philip Roth's The Plot Against America is their choice for best book.