Moroccan Role: November 2006

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Top Albums of 2005 (Revisited)

After reading a 2005 Revisited post on Gorilla vs. Bear, I decided to take a look back at my Top 10 picks from last year:

10. My Morning Jacket - Z
9. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
8. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
7. Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - CYHSY
5. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
4. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
3. Animal Collective - Feels
2. The National - Alligator
1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

View the rest of my Top 25 here.

Pretty typical. A year later, I would make some changes. First by taking My Morning Jacket out of the Top 10 and swapping it for the Decemberists' Picaresque [last year's ranking: (11)], New Pornographers' Twin Cinema (12) , or Devendra Banhart's Cripple Crow (22). I listened to all three of those albums way more than MMJ over the past 12 months. I would also take Spoon out of the Top 10 and replace it with one of the remaining from the 3 albums mentioned above. Fuck it, here's how my Top 10 of 2005 would look now:

10. The Decemberists - Picaresque
9. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
8. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - CYSHY
7. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
6. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
5. Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production of Eggs
4. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
3. The National - Alligator
2. Animal Collective - Feels
1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Subtle changes mostly; no major differences. Although I listen to Feels and Alligator more than Illinois these days, I cannot help but think that 2005 was Sufjan's year and about how huge that album was.

I have been making lists of this sort for years now and with 2006 coming to an end, I have been spending a fair amount of time mulling over my favorite albums of the year and working out a rough estimate of how things are going to shape up. Right now I have about 5 albums or so that are contenders for Album of the Year, then about 5-7 second-tier albums and roughly 10 third-tier albums. Don't fret, I'm sure you're all (read: the handful who still look at this blog) dying to read this and I'll be sure to post again in the next week or so. While I have heard more new music this year than ever before, there is no clear favorite so far and it will be incredibly tough to narrow it down to a Top 25. Top 50 anyone??