2005 is almost over so it's time to post my year end lists.
As always when posting lists like this I feel the need to stress the obvious fact that I am only familiar with a very tiny part of all the great music released in 2005. So years from now when I have listened to a lot more music, my list of the best albums/songs of 2005 will most likely look completely different!!!!!
BEST ALBUMS OF 2005
#15 Diefenbach - Set & Drift
A few weak moments prevents this album from being in my top 10!
#14 The Arrogants – You’ve Always Known When Best To Say Goodbye
Not just the bargain of the year. Also very good!
#13 The Lucksmiths – Warmer Corners
A late bloomer. This band is one of the revelations of the year!
#12 Moi Caprice – You Can’t Say No Forever
Perfect when the sun is shining! Perfect when it's snowing!
#11 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
Didn't really believe that I would like it. But I did!
#10 The River Detectives - King Of The Ghost Train Ride
Probably the most pleasant surprise of 2005. Never expected to hear from these guys again!
#9 Coldplay – X&Y
Not the groundbreaking and earthshaking album many hoped it would be. But still very good!
#8 The National – Alligator
Somehow I managed to ignore this one for months.
#7 The Consultants – Work From Home
A late addition to my CD-collection and it probably would have been even higher on my list had I "discovered" it at the time of its release!
#6 Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
Listened to this one over and over again when it was released!
#5 Spleen United – Godspeed Into The Mainstream
I was a bit hesitant at first, but now there is no doubt that this is the debut album of the year.
#4 The Raveonettes – Pretty In Black
An early favorite for best album of the year, but the second half of the year changed that!
#3 Kent – Du & Jag Döden
At first I was disappointed, but it really grew on me. Still the best band in the world.
#2 Kashmir - No Balance Palace
It only took one listen to realize that this is a fantastic album.
#1 Mew - And The Glass Handed Kites
Much has been said and much will will be said. But it doesn't change that this (in my opinion) is the very best album of 2005!
Close but no cigar:
Athlete - Tourist
Figurines - Skeleton
Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
Supergrass - Road To Rouen
Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
BEST SONGS OF 2005
Not necessarily the ones I've listened to the most, but simply the songs I think are the best.
#15 Idlewild – Love Steals Us From Loneliness
#14 Hard-Fi – Hard To Beat
#13 Moi Caprice – My Girl You Blush
#12 Death Cab For Cutie – Soul Meets Body
#11 JJ72 – Coming Home/She’s Gone
#10 Forest Giants – Beards
#9 Coldplay – Talk
#8 Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
#7 The Lucksmiths – The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco
#6 Mew – Apocalypso
#5 Kent – 400 Slag/Dom Som Försvann
#4 The Raveonettes – Love In A Trash Can (Video)
#3 Moonbabies – War On Sound (MP3)
#2 Leisure Alaska – Hey There Mr. (Video)
#1 iLiKETRAiNS – A Rook House For Bobby (Video)