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Top Twenty Albums of 2004 
16th-Dec-2004 03:12 pm
Okay, so obviously twenty is completely ignoring that pesky top five rule, but I figured I'd post this here in addition to my own journal because... well, it's a list, and we do like looking at lists don't we? I do two lists annually, top 20 albums and top 200 singles, and this is my tenth anniversary of doing them both, so it just goes to show that dorks like me were making lists long before they were trendy in Spin or Q magazines, and long before I discovered the internet. I guess I just do them for my own personal amusement/enjoyment. Whatever. Enjoy.

Honourable Mentions: You're A Woman, I'm A Machine - Death From Above 1979, Reise Reise - Rammstein, Hot Fuss - The Killers

The favourite band of Karl Marx.
020. Armed Love - The (International) Noise Conspiracy

Favourite Tracks: "All in All"/"Communist Moon"/"Armed Love"

Culture Club or Men Without Hats for the 2000's.
019. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

Favourite Tracks: "Jacqueline"/"The Dark Of The Matinee"/"Michael" (gay anthem of the year!)

Country music... but Swedish. Swedish country music.
018. Long Gone Before Daylight - The Cardigans

Favourite Tracks: "You're The Storm"/"For What It's Worth"/"Couldn't Care Less"

I have to pretend I don't like this cause my girlfriend just bought it. Crap.
017. Final Straw - Snow Patrol

Favourite Tracks: "Wow"/"Run"/"How To Be Dead"

Albums of cover songs usually don't do it for me... but this is able to be an exception.
016. Studio 150 - Paul Weller

Favourite Tracks: "The Bottle"/"Wishing On A Star"/"If I Could Only Be Sure"

She's a redhead...
015. Auf Der Maur - Auf Der Maur

Favourite Tracks: "Followed The Waves"/"Beast Of Honor"/"Lightning Is My Girl"

Had a little problem with the ketchup packet.
014. The Empire Strikes First - Bad Religion

Favourite Tracks: "Los Angeles Is Burning"/"The Empire Strikes First"/"Sinister Rouge"

Gee... put a damn tree on there or something.
013. Hopes & Fears - Keane

Favourite Tracks: "Bend and Break"/"Call Me What You Like"/"She Has No Time"

Drug music.
012. Kick Up The Fire & Let The Flames Break Loose - The Cooper Temple Clause

Favourite Tracks: "Talking To A Brick Wall"/"Music Box"/"Promises Promises"

I'm running low on incredibly witty comments by this point...
011. Absent Friends - The Divine Comedy

Favourite Tracks: "The Happy Goth"/"Absent Friends"/"Come Home Billy Bird"

Ahhh... we've been in dire need of some Scandinavian metal on this list. Metal and OPERA that is...
010. Once - Nightwish

Favourite Tracks: "Nemo"/"Dark Chest of Wonders"/"Ghost Love Score"

Drug music redux.
009. Bubblegum - Mark Lanegan

Favourite Tracks: "Methamphetamine Blues"/"Hit the City"/"Bombed"

A good hip hop album... for a change.
008. Showtime - Dizzee Rascal

Favourite Tracks: "Stand Up Tall"/"Dream"/"Everywhere"

I wish I could draw that good.
007. The Cure - The Cure

Favourite Tracks: "Us Or Them"/"Lost"/"Labyrinth"

Disco metal... or something.
006. Decadence - Head Automatica

Favourite Tracks: "Dance Party Plus"/"Beating Heart Baby"/"Please, Please, Please (Young Hollywood)"

Disco.... drug music.
005. Louden Up Now - !!!

Favourite Tracks: "Hello? Is This Thing On?"/"Me And Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard (A True Story)"/"Dear Can"

Elegiac pop.
004. Lifeblood - Manic Street Preachers

Favourite Tracks: "1985"/"The Love Of Richard Nixon"/"A Song For Departure"

The king of all cult bands.
003. Kleptomania - Mansun

Favourite Tracks: "Getting Your Way"/"Love Remains"/"No Signal/No Complaints"

From Captain to supercop to Bret Hart's manager... don't make us wait another thirty years for your next album.
002. Has Been - William Shatner

Favourite Tracks: "Common People"/"Real"/"I Can't Get Behind That"

The search for individuality in a culture of conformity and close-mindedness.
001. American Idiot - Green Day

Favourite Tracks: "American Idiot"/"Boulevard Of Broken Dreams"/"Jesus Of Suburbia"
17th-Dec-2004 01:54 am (UTC) - I Got to Tell you...
I got to tell you, that a top twenty Album list for 2004, is impressive enough, because I don't think I could do a top twenty albums including every album I've ever listen to.

Also screw the top five rule. When, or if you already have, post that top 200 singles list it be interesting to look at since you seem to be the resident musicphile.
17th-Dec-2004 02:46 am (UTC)
Wow, twenty ALT comments. You're a machine.
17th-Dec-2004 03:45 am (UTC) - No, no...
You're the machine, dude...

Well, I heard you are anyway... according to Skooch's mom

17th-Dec-2004 04:52 am (UTC) - GODDAMMIT!
I am proud that I do own (or will own) your top two albums of the year. Interesting note, in Canada, we had that awesome Cardigans album LAST year, which shows how awesome we truly are.

& the Top Five is a name, an homage if you will, to High Fidelity, the book or the movie, not so much of a rule per se.
17th-Dec-2004 06:12 am (UTC) - Re: GODDAMMIT!
Well, here's the deal... I allow myself to cheat a little bit when I make these lists every year. Because I consider myself to be a 'man of the world', whatever international release happens first is usually the one I count. For instance, Boy In Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal or Absolution by Muse would not count for me this year, because I had them in 2003 (they both came out in the UK, whereas it wasn't until 2004 they were released in the US). On this year's list, the album Lifeblood isn't even released in the US until next week, but it's been out in England for awhile.

However... I didn't get around to listening to The Cardigans latest album until maybe March of this year, when it was released here. So I broke my own rule, but only because I'm an awesome macdaddy.
17th-Dec-2004 08:13 am (UTC) - Re: GODDAMMIT!
But you're not a Bad Mamma Jamma, brought up on the mean streets of Calgary Alberta.
17th-Dec-2004 08:25 am (UTC) - Re: GODDAMMIT!
Listen my commonwealth cousin... I was brought up on the rough 'n rumble streets of Blackburn, Lancashire. We got 4,000 fuckin' holes in the ground, a'ight?

This can only be settled in a cage.
17th-Dec-2004 08:37 am (UTC) - Re: GODDAMMIT!
You ever try driving the Deerfoot? You put your life in the hands of moronic drivers going well over the posted speed limits on a less than spectacular driving surface. You ever been to Forest Lawn? You have to walk around in one of those shark cages so nobody gets too close to you.
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