Top 10 For The Week of 12/13/04
I figured this would be as good a time as any to trot out my Top 10 Records of '04. I'm keeping the blurbs purposely short not only because I'm lazy, but because a far more thorough list should be available at Cokemachineglow at the beginning of next week.
1. Franz Ferdinand - S/T
Hugely popular need not mean hugely awful. Extremely catchy and now extremely fashionable. I'd be kidding myself if I said I hadn't listened to it more so than anything else this year.
2. Beta Band - Heros to Zeroes
These guys seriously pissed me off by breaking up. Still their best effort since the 3EP's by a longshot.
3. Interpol - Antics
Very strong sophomore effort. Fantastic production makes for much better headphone listening than their first record. Album three will need to exhibit some stylistic changes though...
4. Arcade Fire - Funeral
Overhyped, but still very good and quite heartfelt. An intrguing amalgamation of Interpol, Neutral Milk Hotel, dancepunk bands, and even The Polyphonic Spree, who still couldn't pull off "Wake Up" on their best day.
5. The Tragically Hip - In Between Evolution
Another fine justifaction for moving to Canada.
6. The Cure - S/T
Borrows liberally from their career highlights, but unquestionably their finest record since Disintegration. Robert Smith sounds angry again!
7. Mclusky - The Difference Between You and Me is that I'm Not on Fire
Wales's reigning clown princes of Albini-fueled ROCK. The band's onstage patter at their gigs is almost more fun to hear than the songs themselves.
8. The Futureheads -S/T
The overlapping vocals on their album have forced me to reconsider the quality of acapella groups (although I probably wouldn't like these guys nearly as much without their guitars), and their live show blew me away. I will never get "Decent Days and Nights" out of my head for as long as I live.
9. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
Let's see you make a record this good when you're 50.
10. Scissor Sisters - S/T
Call me cheesy, I don't care. I like unbelievably catchy, Elton-inspired piano-pop, you don't have to.