My list as it stood at the end of 2005. Differences in the ratings vs list position reflect changing opinions over time.
1.06 - "an average-to-weak year – many releases by artists I like; lots of good, even great records, but very very few excellent ones. Everything under about #12 on my list was pretty interchangeable rankings-wise"
- 1I think I actually like their 2003 release a hair better, but that’s like trying to argue that Meddle is better than Animals etc. Yes, it could use some editing, and yes, in many other years it wouldn’t have beat out every other release, but still a great work.
- 2homeboy remembered how to write songs. His most consistently strong record.
- 10interesting that two foreign-language albums made my Top 10. Then again since the USA peaked in 1999 or so, why wouldn’t our music have as well, eh?
- 12a nice surprise, I liked Soul Coughing OK but never been a huge fan
Electric Blue WatermelonNorth Mississippi Allstars
Life in Slow MotionDavid Gray