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Kingblind.com Top 15 Albums of 2005 (#9 thru #5)

Well folks here it is… our final top 15 albums of 2005. From 38 writers in 8 countries we have tallied all the votes, crunched the numbers and POW… this is it… broken down into 3 groups (15 to 10. – 9 to 5. then 4 to 1.) Here is our list. And just in case you are wondering, the number 1 was a real bitch. We thought that a tie might be in order, however, we did finally decide on just ONE… Well enough talking.. ONTO THE LIST!!! Number 9 thru number 5

5) LCD Soundsystem:: S/T
In the same way that Trail of Dead’s Source Tags and Codes was a homage to Sonic Youth and other ’80s underground favorites, LCD Soundsystem is also a tribute of sorts. To all of the great electronic and alternative artists that are finally getting their due (The Fall, Can, This Heat, Brian Eno, etc), this album is a direct product of their contributions. Only the very best can pay tribute without coming off as total poseurs. James Murphy has paid his dues for years and played an important role in bringing his musical heroes back into the popular consciousness. And while LCD Soundsystem is grounded in the past, quality and talent make it an album deserving to be listened to for years to come.
Tribulations:: (Quicktime Music Video)
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6) Kanye West:: Late Registration
West blew up last year with the bling/backpack synthesis of The College Dropout, the preppy-fabulous debut smash that people still can’t stop arguing about. For some, Dropout proves hip-hop is in a rut, as an example of what everybody else isn’t doing; for others, it proves hip-hop is still evolving, as music nobody outside hip-hop could make. Whatever your pet theory on the state of hip-hop, Dropout gave you a challenge, flaws and all. But Late Registration is an undeniable triumph. And an easy choice as one of the best albums of 2005
Golddigger:: (MP3)
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7)Animal Collective:: Feels
Feels is a big, daring collection with recurring themes of psychedelia, folk-rock, prog-rock, jazz, and modern classical composition. Above all the album is cohesive and tangible. This music spreads out ethereally, pulsates, and is ambitious and strange, punctuated by echoes of George Harrison, Brian Wilson, and Motown. Animal Collective seems more inspired by the elements within, rather than in an imitation of that music: There are bombastic drums that would be at home on Pet Sounds on the dynamically thrilling “Grass,” and on “Flesh Canoe” there are guitar voicings taken from the pages of Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. Perhaps the loveliest of domestic love songs exists in “Purple Bottle,” a relaxed transitional ripple that has not one but three build-and-release crescendos. Lead by Avey Tare, AC can be gentle and engulfing, but then will just as easily bare its teeth, even on a beautiful washy song like “Bees” where fright mingles with an rusted autoharp, a spare confluence of harmonized voices, and tucked-in, dreamy synthesizers. On “Daffy Duck” AC tries on a late-’90s Aphex Twin mood, just without the metallic, chrome coldness, and that idea envelopes into an identifiable heart-on-sleeve yearning. Feels should restore faith in the idea that rock musicians can take time and create complete albums that are equally bold, inventive, and meaningful–a far cry from the current vogue of releasing a collection of disparate singles as an album.
Grass:: (MP3)
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8) Wolf Parade:: Apologies To The Queen Mary
Apologies to the Queen Mary is a diamond in the rough – though the rough is duly eclipsed by the shine of the diamond. Despite its filthy surroundings, it is plainly glorious for all to see.
You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son:: (MP3)
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9) My Morning Jacket:: Z
It’s both rare and marvelous to hear a good band make its first really great album. This hasn’t been an era for disciplined, focused LPs, which makes listening to My Morning Jacket’s Z—with its 10 fantastic tracks packed tightly into 47 minutes—so bracing that it’s hard to trust. Maybe Z is all surface, and will tear easily with repeated use. And isn’t it kind of choppy? My Morning Jacket usually follows a smoothed-out boom-and-twang sound, but Z is all over the map stylistically, and the songs don’t fit together too neatly. Or maybe they do. Better play it again. It’s not hard.
Wordless Chorus:: (.Mov Audio)
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