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My favorite albums of 2004

Hank Scorpio

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Hey gang,


Here's some albums I enjoyed this year.


1. Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer

2. De La Soul - The Grind Date

3. Murs - 3:16

4. Ghostface - Pretty Toney

5. MFDoom/Madlib - Madvillain

5. Devin - To the Xtreme

6. MF Doom - MMMFood

7. Cee Lo Green - The Soul Machine



That's seven starters. What impressed all y'all this year?

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I didn't really buy too much music that was released this year, so some of these are cheating a bit, but it's all music that I bought this year:


11 - Son Kite - Colours

10 - Twerk - Living Vicariously Through Burnt Bread

9 - Meat Beat Manifesto - Storm the Studio R.M.X.S.

8 - Corker Conboy - In Light of that Learnt Later

7 - Atmos - the 2nd Brigade

6 - Boards of Canada - Music has the Right to Children

5 - Richard Devine - Asect: Dsect

4 - Air - Talkie Walkie

3 - Monolake - Cinemascope

2 - Monolake - Momentum

1 - Casino Versus Japan - Whole Numbers Play the Basics

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off the top of my head in no order


Mission of Burma -- OnoffOn


Brian Wilson--SMiLE


Snow Patrol--Final Straw


Morrissey--You are the Quarry


Alison Krauss--Lonely Runs Both Ways


Paul Weller--Studio 150


Iron & Wine--OurEndless Numbered Days


The Clash--London Calling-Lagacy Edition


William Shatner --Has Been


The Finn Brothers--Everyone is Here

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The Fall - The Real New Fall LP (U.S. edition)

The Homosexuals - Astral Glamour

Sparks - Lil' Beethoven

Dave Douglas - Strange Liberation

John Adams - On the Transmigration of Souls

Florilegium Ensemble - Telemann - Paris Quartets, Vol 2

Magdalena Kozen? - Songs

Mission of Burma - OnOffOn

Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (LA's Desert Origins)

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My favourite albums from this year... Not necessarily the "best", instead it's the ones I've listened to the most or liked the most... In no specific order.


Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News

It's great to see a band have a breakout hit with their "first" album like this...


Snow Patrol--Final Straw

Could say the same for Snow Patrol - been around for years, finally get a big breakout hit, and everyone treats them like they're brand new, though they've definitely mellowed the guitars a little with this album. I've played this album to death I think.


Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

A great album from a great Scottish band. Yup, highly derivative, but they add enough style to the mix to make it fresh & new.


The Dresden Dolls - The Dresden Dolls

My goth album of the year. Took a while to grow on me, though the singles are nice & immediate.


Morrissey - You Are The Quarry

A superb return to form from Moz. It's not goign to convert any new fans, as it's got the same biting lyrics, the same sarcasm, the same "feel" as the rest of this albums.


The Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy

The Spree finally record a proper album over a proper period of time, and the difference shows. A great representation of them musically, capturing the energy of their live shows. Ignore the harp solos & new age hippy robes, and you get a band that put a huge big smile on their audience's faces & give them a right rocking time.


Annie - Anniemal

Picked this up after Pitchfork raved about it, really glad I did. It's pop ala Kylie, and way better than anything in that style in a long, long time.


A.C.Newman - The Slow Wonder

This might be my most played new album this year, and I can still pop it on & not get bored of it. Think New Pornographers with a dash more everything. It's indie pop but with a sound all of its own. I absolutely love this album.

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I thought 2004 sucked as far as new music, but when all you see in the malls is Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan and you don't bother with the radio or MTV, it's kinda hard to find anything new worth giving 2/3 of a crap about other than teenybopper crap or whiney Rivers-Cuomo-wannabe emo bullshit. (updated 1/2/2005, 9:44pm)

  • Brian Wilson, Smile. Technically this doesn't count - Prince's Black Album came out in 1987, not 1994, and as far as I'm concerned this is not a 2004 album either. But after listening to this album and comparing anything else to it, it makes you want to just stop this damn list altogether
  • Mouse on Mars, Radical Connector. Sick, catchy, danceable... did I mention "sick?"
  • Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose. Don't ask.
  • Elbow, Cast of Thousands. Totally overlooked. Not sure if this came out in 2003, and I don't care because it rocks.
  • Interpol, Antics. Not even close to their previous album but I'll take it.
  • Jim Ether, Death Will Never Take Me Alive. It's free, and it's the only thing out there comparable to Aphex Twin until Richard James starts making a new album
  • Annie, Anniemal. Fun album. Reminds me of Kylie Minogue. But this is way better than her last album.
  • Wilco, A Ghost is Born. A lot of catchy stuff and a lot of evolution by these guys.
  • Snow Patrol, Final Straw. Very accessible and very impressive.
  • Arcade Fire, Funeral. As good as the critics say it is. The only way I can describe it is "goth bubblegum."

Modest Mouse's new album was disappointing - I couldn't get into it to save my life. I tried.


May add Dresden Dolls, Fennesz, Dungen, Fiery Furnaces and Junior Boys to this list if I like all the stuff off their latest albums. What I heard so far is great.


Keep the suggestions coming, folks...

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I have pretty bad taste in music (not Ashlee or Lindsay bad, but close), so feel free to mock my list all you want!


Snow Patrol - Final Straw

David Cross - It's Not Funny

Tiesto - Just Be

Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin

Joss Stone - Mind, Body & Soul

Sigur Ros - Von

Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway



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I guess it's sad that I haven't heard a single one of the albums listed in this thread.


I've been meaning to check out Modest Mouse and Interpol, but I've just been so disappointed with every hyped band lately that I haven't really jumped on it.


I can't even really think of any albums I've bought this year at all. Just the Pearl Jam best of CD, and Muse: Absolution which was released in the UK in 03.


I should really just take the plunge and buy AC Newman though. Being a pretty big New Pornographers fan I'll probably love it, I'd just like to hear some of it first.

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Originally posted by AnthonyVolpe@Jan 2 2005, 07:12 PM

all you see in the malls is Ashlee Simpson and Lindsay Lohan

Meanwhile, last time Ashlee got mentioned I had to ask who you were all talking about, and I wasn't even aware that Lindsay could sing until I noticed her name in the Princess Diaries 2 credits at the weekend.


I feel so out of touch.

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