Top 10 Albums of 2005
As 2005 draws to close, it's time for that insufferable ritual -- Top 10's. Why do we do it? To justify re-reviewing our insufferable reviews? Or to see whose list contains the most obscure albums?
Whatever the reason, without further adieu, here are some favorites and the Top 10 CDs from Thrasher's Blog:
1. "Z" - My Morning Jacket
MMJ's "Z" is definitely not causing Zzzzzz's. While Jim James doesn't like to be compared to Neil Young, we still like him because he reminds us of Neil.
2. Back To Me - Kathleen Edwards
"Much of the disc stomps along like Tom Petty touched by some of Neil Young's ragged glory, but Edwards is often at her best when she's at her most subdued."
3. "Okemah & The Melody of Riot" - Son Volt
Jay Farrar seems to be channeling Woody Guthrie's spirit.
4. "Kicking Television" - Wilco
Another example of why live music is better.
5. "Countryman "- Willie Nelson
OK, so Willie doing reggae is not Bob Marley, but it's still fun to try.
6. "Live at the Fillmore" - Lucinda Williams
Influenced by Neil Young's Live Rust with minimal talking and excellent live recording fidelity.
7. "Cold Roses" - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals"The results suggest what Whiskeytown might have sounded like if its brand of alt-country had absorbed the influences of Neil Young and the Grateful Dead and had replaced its fiddle with steel guitar."
8. "Forgotten Arm" - Aimee Mann
A concept album in the best of traditions, from music, vocals, down to art design. Sort of like Greendale on the dark side of town.
9. "Howl" - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
A big departure from previous work. And that's a good thing. Totally uncategorizable music. Johnny Cash meets Jesus & Mary Chain. Acoustic, rockabilly, feedback, goth American rock. I don't know what it is, but I like it.
10. "Devils & Dust" - Bruce Springsteen [The song] " 'All I'm Thinking About", seems to be either a homage to or parody of Neil Young. It features a rough approximation of Young's wobbly falsetto and lyrical references to his doomy 1970s track 'Don't Let It Bring You Down', allied to the sort of carefree Chuck Berry chug that the perennially troubled Young couldn't muster if you put a gun to his head."
"Prairie Wind" - Neil Young
And for #11? A Neil Young album -- just because I happen to enjoy his music.
Not enuf? Over on Chromewaves, Frank has a rundown on a bunch of the Best of 2005.
Also see, Thrasher's Blog: Top 10 Concerts of 2005.