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Rockdelux best of 2005

Best albums of 2005:
1. M.I.A. “Arular”
2. KANYE WEST “Late Registration”
3. SUFJAN STEVENS “Illinois”
4. DEVENDRA BANHART “Cripple Crow”
5. RY COODER “Chávez Ravine”
6. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Feels”
7. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM “LCD Soundsystem”
8. ARCADE FIRE “Funeral”
9. COMMON “Be”
10. SLEATER-KINNEY “The Woods”
11. BLOC PARTY “Silent Alarm”
12. RUFUS WAINWRIGHT “Want Two”
13. BRIGHT EYES “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”
14. THE WEDDING PRESENT “Take Fountain”
15. FOUR TET “Everything Ecstatic”
16. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN “Devils & Dust”
17. LIGHTNING BOLT “Hypermagic Mountain”
18. ISOLÉE “We Are Monster”
19. LOW “The Great Destroyer”
20. ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS “I Am a Bird Now”
21. BROADCAST “Tender Buttons”
22. SALIF KEITA “M’bemba”
23. RICHARD HAWLEY “Coles Corner”
24. NINE HORSES “Snow Borne Sorrow”
25. VIC CHESNUTT “Ghetto Bells”
26. JOHN HIATT “Master of Disaster”
27. MATT SWEENEY & BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY “Superwolf”
28. THE GAME “The Documentary”
29. SOUTH SAN GABRIEL “The Carlton Chronicles”
30. PATRICK WOLF “Wind in the Wires”
31. CAGE “Hell’s Winter”
32. SMOG “A River Ain’t Too Much to Love”
33. CLEM SNIDE “End of Love”
34. VASHTI BUNYAN “Lookaftering”
35. ROOTS MANUVA “Awfully Deep”
36. MARC LECLAIR “Musique pour 3 femmes enceintes”
37. FIONA APPLE “Extraordinary Machine”
38. RICHIE HAWTIN “DE9/Transitions”
39. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE “Broken Social Scene”
40. MURCOF “Remembranza”
41. THE EVENS “The Evens”
42. JOHN CALE “Black Acetate”
43. CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH “Clap Your Hands Say Yeah”
44. MARY GAUTHIER “Mercy Now”
45. EELS “Blinking Lights and Other Revelations”
46. RICHMOND FONTAINE “The Fitzgerald”
47. THE DECEMBERISTS “Picaresque”
48. SOLE “Live from Rome”
49. THE BOOKS “Lost and Safe”
50. LD & THE NEW CRITICISM “Tragic Realism”
51. ANDREW BIRD “Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production of Eggs”
52. MATT ELLIOTT “Drinking Songs”
53. VENETIAN SNARES “Rossz Csillag Alta Született”
54. SAGE FRANCIS “A Healthy Distrust”
55. ERICK MESSLER “Dreaming in the Royale Oaks”
56. KANO “Home Sweet Home”
57. ALI FARKA TOURÉ & TOUMANI DIABATÉ “In the Heart of the Moon”
58. WOLF PARADE “Apologies to the Queen Mary”
59. AUDION “Suckfish”
60. MAXÏMO PARK “A Certain Trigger”

Best songs of 2005:
1. RUFUS WAINWRIGHT “The One You Love”
2. KANYE WEST “Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix)”
3. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House”
4. M.I.A. “Pull Up the People”
5. MADONNA “Hung Up”
6. ARCADE FIRE “Rebellion (Lies)”
7. ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS “Man Is the Baby”
8. BRIGHT EYES “We Are Nowhere and It’s Now”
9. COMMON “The Corner”
10. RICHARD HAWLEY “The Ocean”
11. MISSY ELLIOTT “Lose Control”
12. BLOC PARTY “Banquet”
13. DEVENDRA BANHART “Santa Maria da Feira”
14. FRANZ FERDINAND “I’m Your Villain”
15. SLEATER-KINNEY “Jumpers”
16. WOLF PARADE “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son”
17. THE WEDDING PRESENT “It’s for You”
18. BEN LEE “Catch My Disease”
19. JOHN HIATT “Master of Disaster”
20. BOARDS OF CANADA “Chromakey Dreamcoat”
21. COLDPLAY “Speed of Sound”
22. RY COODER “Chinito chinito”
23. THE DECEMBERISTS “The Sporting Life”
24. SALIF KEITA “Yambo”
25. JAMIE LIDELL “A Little Bit More”
26. FOUR TET “Smile Around the Face”
27. CLEM SNIDE “End of Love”
28. BROADCAST “Michael Agrammar”
29. THE GO-BETWEENS “Finding You”
30. LOW “Cue the Strings”
31. IRON & WINE / CALEXICO “He Lays in the Reins”
32. PATRICK WOLF “The Libertine”
33. ALABAMA 3 “Hello… I’m Johnny Cash”
34. LD & THE NEW CRITICISM “Always the Last to Know”
35. CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH “Is This Love?”
36. COCOROISE “Noah’s Ark”
37. EELS “Old Shit/New Shit”
38. MY MORNING JACKET “Dondante”
39. ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN “Everything Kills You”
40. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB “Devil’s Waiting”
41. JOSH ROUSE “Winter in the Hamptons”
42. SONS AND DAUGHTERS “Medicine”
43. MAXÏMO PARK “Apply Some Pressure”
44. HANNE HUKKELBERG “Ease”
45. SILVER JEWS “Punks in the Beerlight”
46. MARY GAUTHIER “Prayer Without Words”
47. SUFJAN STEVENS “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.”
48. THE NATIONAL “Abel”
49. GO-KART MOZART “Transgressions”
50. SOLE “A Typical”

Best singles of 2005 (first time in Rockdelux):
1. ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS “You Are My Sister”
2. BLOC PARTY “Two More Years”
3. 13 & GOD “Men of Station”
4. THE MONTGOLFIER BROTHERS “Journey’s End”
5. M83 “Don’t Save Us from the Flames”
6. MATHEW JONSON “Marionette”
7. !!! “Take Ecstasy With Me” / “Get Up”
8. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Prospect Hummer”
9. PHARELL “Can I Have It Like That”
10. ARCTIC MONKEYS “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”
11. WHY? “Sanddollars, the EP”
12. PREFUSE 73 “Reads the Books E.P.”
13. THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS “Believe”
14. DARREN HAYMAN “Cortinaland”
15. HERMAN DÜNE “Jackson Heights”

Best compilations:
1. CAMARÓN DE LA ISLA “Integral”
2. THE BAND “A Musical History”
3. JOHNNY CASH “The Legend”
4. RAY CHARLES “Pure Genius – The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)”
5. VARIOUS “Run the Road” / “Run the Road Volume 2”
6. BOB DYLAN “No Direction Home: The Soundtrack. The Bootleg Series Vol. 7”
7. JACK NITZSCHE “Hearing Is Believing: The Jack Nitzsche Story 1962-1979”
8. JIMMY WEBB “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress. Jimmy Webb in the Seventies”
9. LA NIÑA DE LOS PEINES “Cantes gitanos”
10. CHARLIE PARKER “Rétrospective 1940-1953”
11. NAKED CITY “Complete Studio Recordings”
12. STEREOLAB “Oscillons from the Anti-Sun”
13. JUAN ATKINS “20 Years Metroplex 1985-2005”
14. YO LA TENGO “Prisoners of Love. A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs 1985-2003”
15. THE ROLLING STONES “Singles 1968-1971”
16. LOS PLANETAS “Singles 1993-2004. Todas sus caras A / Todas sus caras B”
17. ORANGE JUICE “The School Years”
18. ESPLENDOR GEOMÉTRICO “Anthology 1981-2003”
19. MICHEL LEGRAND “Le cinéma de Michel Legrand”
20. BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS “Soul Revolutionaries. The Early Jamaican Albums 1970-1971”
21. JOHNNY HARTMAN “The Complete Gus Wildi Recordings”
22. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS “B-sides & Rarities”
23. JOE MEEK “Portrait of a Genius. The RGM Legacy”
24. VARIOUS “The Message. The Story of Sugar Hill Records”
25. AFX “Hangable Auto Bulb”
26. THE EX “Singles. Period. The Vinyl Years 1980-1990”
27. CURRENT 93 “Judas As Black Moth”
28. VARIOUS “Acid. Can You Jack? Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-95”
29. BETTY DAVIS “This Is It!”
30. DONOVAN “Summer Day Reflection Songs”
31. CÁNOVAS, RODRIGO, ADOLFO Y GUZMÁN “Gran reserva 30 años”
32. VARIOUS “Meridian 1970. Protest, Sorrow, Hobos, Folk and Blues”
33. SALIF KEITA & KANTE MANFILA “The Lost Album”
34. VARIOS “Madrid terminal Subterfuge Vol. 1”
35. VARIOUS “Minimize to Maximize”
36. VARIOUS “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”
37. NURSE WITH WOUND “Livin’ Fear of James Last”
38. VARIOS “100% Sinnamon”
39. VARIOS “Songs to Break God’s Heart Vol. 1”
40. VARIOS “Teoría y práctica melódica vol II. This Is My Country”

Best reissues:
1. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN “Born to Run. 30th Anniversary Edition”
2. PATTI SMITH “Horses/Horses”
3. THE STOOGES “Fun House”
4. LOLE Y MANUEL “Nuevo día”
5. CHARLES MINGUS “Mingus at Antibes”
6. MILES DAVIS “Miles in Berlin”
7. CAN “Future Days”
8. SONIC YOUTH “Goo (Deluxe Edition)”
9. PAT METHENY / ORNETTE COLEMAN “Song X. Twentieth Anniversary”
10. VARIOUS “No New York”
11. DJ SHADOW “Endtroducing… (Deluxe Edition)”
12. FUNKADELIC “Maggot Brain”
13. DINOSAUR JR. “You’re Living All Over Me”
14. THE CURE “Faith (Deluxe Edition)”
15. VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR “Still Life”
16. GARY HIGGINS “Red Hash”
17. TERREMOTO “Terremoto en Sevilla”
18. GLOBAL COMMUNICATION “76:14”
19. SIOUXIE & THE BANSHEES “The Scream (Deluxe Edition)”
20. BRIAN ENO “Music for Films”
21. EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN “1/2 Mensch”
22. NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
23. VAINICA DOBLE “Contracorriente”
24. THE COSTELLO SHOW “King of America”
25. THE 101ers “Elgin Avenue Breakdown. Revisited”
26. PAU RIBA “Electròccid àccid alquimistic xoc”
27. KIKÍ D’AKÍ “Kikí d’Akí”
28. HORACE ANDY “Exclusively”
29. DEFUNKT “Defunkt” / “Thermonuclear Sweat”
30. LOS NEGATIVOS “Piknik caleidoscópico”

And best live performances (#1 Rufus Wainwright), best clips (#1 The White Stripes "Blue Orchid"), best DJs (#1 DJ Yoda), best movies (#1 Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" and Bergman's "Saraband"), best musical DVD (#1 Dylan & Scorsese's "No Direction Home"), books (#1 Haruki Murakami's "Norwengian Wood") and best comics (#1 Charles Burn's "Black Hole"). An of course the spanish lists.

I like these lists, specially the number ones: Camarón de la Isla (probably the best flamenco cantaor ever), Bruce Springsteen (the DVD live performance of the 30th anniversary edition is absolutely great) and, especially, "The One You Love" by Rufus Wainwright as song of the year.

And I'm happy to see Ry Cooder so high in the albums list.

RDL Definitely...

gives the props to Madonna when it comes to singles, but not the albums. How dare it!

Is this M.I.A. album really as great as people are saying it is?

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

No, it's rubbish.

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

M.I.A. is terrible.

Then What Is It...

that has critics singing its praises? Try to look beyond your personal dislike for it- what do you think is gettng it critical love? :)

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I think it's because it's different to most other stuff. However, I find it pathetic to listen to. And also there are the references to terrorist organisations and activities in the lyrics. Her father was the leader of a division of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, and he is now "Missing In Action".

I suppose that may intregue some critics. To me it sounds like she's on crack. And she has a snobbish Sri Lankan/London accent which is rather repulsive.

She was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize this year but didnt win, and she took the huff because she thought her music was the only original stuff nominated. Stuck-up cow if you ask me.

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

I don't get it. What's the difference between the songs and singles lists? Which singles are the best, those on the songs list or those on the singles list?

Singles vs. songs

The only guess that I can wager is that there are some songs that seem to work better as singles than others, even if they aren't the best songs. For instance, "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)" is my favorite Prince song, but it wouldn't be my favorite Prince single because I wouldn't find it suitable as a single. I hope that makes sense!

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

IMO, nothing sounded more fresh than Arular in 2005, but there were other albums that were better overall.

Is "You Are My Sister" a typical single?

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

Henrik, I think that the “singles” lists refers to a released CD-single (with 3-4 songs around a main song, the former “A-side”) while the songs in the “songs” list may not has been released as A-side single, being part in some cases of the “long-play” CD. I think you must count only the songs list, in my opinion.

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

I think Madonna still rulez. She is so sexy in her ner clip and everytime I watch it, I wanna fuck her.

Re: Rockdelux best of 2005

Sure, but would you want her to sing at the same time?