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Our Critics Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2005

Posted 12/14/2005

Ryan Boddy

  1. Celebration Celebration (4AD) 25*
  2. High on Fire Blessed Black Wings (Relapse) 15
  3. R. Kelly TP.3 Reloaded (Jive) 15
  4. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Welcome to Jamrock ( Universal/Tuff Gong International) 10
  5. M.I.A. Arular (Interscope) 10
  6. Bloc Party Silent Alarm (Vice) 8
  7. Neil Young Prairie Wind (Reprise) 8
  8. Ariel Pink Worn Copy (Paw Tracks) 5
  9. Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow (XL) 2
  10. Vashti Bunyan Lookaftering (DiCristina/Fat Cat) 2

J. Bowers

  1. The National Aligator (Beggars) 28
  2. The Hold Steady Separation Sunday (French Kiss) 22
  3. Bright Eyes Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (Saddle Creek) 18
  4. Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It so Much Better (Sony) 15
  5. Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar) 12
  6. Sigur Rós Takk (Geffen) 1
  7. Sleater-Kinney The Woods (Sub Pop) 1
  8. Devin Davis Lonely People of the World Unite! (Mousse) 1
  9. The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan (V2) 1

Tom Breihan

  1. Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree (4AD) 18
  2. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 16
  3. The Hold Steady Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss) 12
  4. The Evens Evens (Dischord) 11
  5. Young Jeezy Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (Def Jam) 10
  6. Beanie Sigel The B.Coming (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 10
  7. M.I.A. Arular (Interscope) 7
  8. Black Mountain Black Mountain (Jagjaguwar) 6
  9. Supersystem Always Never Again (Touch and Go) 6
  10. Lil Wayne Tha Carter II (Cash Money) 6

Ray Cummings

  1. Nedelle From the Lion’s Mouth (Kill Rock Stars) 20
  2. M.I.A. Arular (Interscope) 19
  3. Stephen Malkmus Face the Truth (Matador) 18
  4. Aoki Takamasa and Tujiko Noriko 28 (Fat Cat) 9
  5. Dead Machines Futures (Troubleman Unlimited) 9
  6. Billy Corgan The Future Embrace (Warner Bros.) 5
  7. Why? Elephant Eyelash (Anticon) 5
  8. Excepter Throne (Load) 5
  9. The Fiery Furnaces Rehearsing My Choir (Rough Trade) 5
  10. Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) 5

Jared T. Fischer

  1. BARR Beyond Reinforced Jewelcase (5RC) 20
  2. Barbez Insignificance (Important) 15
  3. Pelican The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw (Hydrahead) 10
  4. Gorillaz Demon Days (Virgin) 10
  5. Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) 10
  6. Mice Parade Bem-Vinda Vontade (Bubble Core) 10
  7. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 10
  8. Shipping News Flies the Fields (Quarter Stick) 5
  9. Little Brother The Minstrel Show (Atlantic) 5
  10. Enfenetee The Dominatrix (X9) 5

Jess Harvell

  1. Roisin Murphy Ruby Blue (Echo UK) 10
  2. Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It so Much Better (Sony) 10
  3. My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (Reprise) 10
  4. Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) 10
  5. DJ Language The Art of Customization (Cornerstone Promotions) 10
  6. Gang Gang Dance God’s Money (Social Registry) 10
  7. Optimo Psyche Out (Eskimo) 10
  8. The Clientele Strange Geometry (Merge) 10
  9. Jackson and His Computer Band Smash (Warp) 10
  10. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 10

Eric Allen Hatch

  1. Gang Gang Dance God’s Money (Social Registry) (18)
  2. Quasimoto The Further Adventures of Lord Quas (Stone’s Throw) 14
  3. Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) 14
  4. Dirty Projectors The Getty Address (Western Vinyl) 14
  5. Celebration Celebration (4AD) 10
  6. Rod Lee Vol. 5: The Official (Club Kingz/Morphius Urban) 10
  7. Fennesz/Sakamoto Sala Santa Cecilia (Touch Tone) 5
  8. Boredoms Seadrum/House of Sun (Vice) 5
  9. Danger Doom The Mouse and The Mask (Epitaph) 5
  10. Sun O))) Black One (Southern Lord) 5

Geoff Himes

  1. Jason Moran Same Mother (Blue Note) 15
  2. Paul Kelly and the Stormwater Boys Foggy Highway (Cooking Vinyl)
  3. The SF Jazz Collective SF Jazz Collective Nonesuch 13
  4. Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes Towards the Shining Path (Hyena) 12
  5. Bob Mould Body of Song (Yep Roc) 11
  6. Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell Begonias (Yep Roc) 9
  7. Flipsyde We the People (Cherry Tree/Interscope) 8
  8. James McMurtry Childish Things (Compadre) 7
  9. Lee Ann Womack There’s More Where That Came From (MCA) 6
  10. Garbage Bleed Like Me (Geffen) 5

Sam Hopkins

  1. Edan Beauty and the Beat (Lewis) 19
  2. Various artists Choubi Choubi: Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq (Sublime Frequencies) 15
  3. TTC Batards Sensibles (Big Dada) 12
  4. M.I.A. Arular (Interscope) 9
  5. Various artists Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol. 2 (Sublime Frequencies) 9
  6. Timbuktu Alla Vill Till Himmelen Men Ingen Vill Do (Juju) 8
  7. Danger Doom The Mouse and the Mask (Epitath) 8
  8. Various artists Funk Carioca 7 (Mr. Bongo)
  9. Alarm Will Sound Acoustica (AWS Performs Aphex Twin) (Cantaloupe) 7
  10. Four Tet Everything Ecstatic (Domino) 6

Catherine Lewis

  1. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) 15
  2. Gang Gang Dance God’s Money (Social Registry) 15
  3. Antony and the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian) 13
  4. Easy Action Friends of Rock and Roll (Reptilian) 12
  5. Vashti Bunyan Lookaftering (DiCristina/Fat Cat) 10
  6. Okkervil River Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar) 10
  7. Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) 10
  8. Sleater-Kinney The Woods (Sub Pop) 5
  9. Low The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop) 5
  10. Sir Richard Bishop Improvika (Locust) 5

Marc Masters

  1. Gang Gang Dance God’s Money (Social Registry) 18
  2. Mouthus Slow Globes (Troubleman) 15
  3. Low The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop) 14
  4. Antony and the Johnsons I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian) 13
  5. Earth Hex: or Printing in the Infernal Method (Southern Lord) 10
  6. Various artists Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box (Last Visible Dog) 8
  7. Carly Ptak Both (Heresee) 6
  8. Lau Nau Kuutarha (Locust) 6
  9. No-Neck Blues Band Qvaris (5RC) 5
  10. Excepter Self Destruction (Fusetron) 5

Michaelangelo Matos

  1. M.I.A. Arular (Interscope) 23
  2. The Hold Steady Separation Sunday (Frenchkiss) 22
  3. Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree (4AD) 20
  4. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 5
  5. A Frames Black Forest (Sub Pop) 5
  6. The Go-Betweens Oceans Apart (Yep Roc) 5
  7. DJ Koze Kosi Comes Around (Kompakt) 5
  8. Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits (Next Plateau/Universal) 5
  9. Kiki and Herb Will Die for You (Evolver) 5
  10. James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Reginald Veal, and Ali Jackson Gold Sounds (Brown Brothers) 5

Bret McCabe

  1. Lil’ Kim The Naked Truth (Atlantic) 15
  2. Psychic Paramount Gamelan Into the Mink Supernatural (No Quarter) 14
  3. Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Matt Sweeney Superwolf (Drag City) 13
  4. Beanie Sigel The B.Coming (Roc-A-Fella)12
  5. James Blood Ulmer Birthright (Hyena) 11
  6. Spoon Gimme Fiction (Merge) 9
  7. Jamie Lidell Multiply (Warp) 8
  8. The Evens The Evens (Dischord) 7
  9. Mike Jones Who Is Mike Jones?(Swishahouse/Warner Bros.) 6
  10. Ellen Allien Thrills (Bpitch Control) 5

Anthony Miccio

  1. Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree (4AD) 15
  2. Electric Six Senor Smoke (Warner Bros.) 15
  3. Louis XIV The Best Little Secrets Are Kept (Pineapple/Atlantic) 13
  4. Spoon Gimme Fiction (Merge) 11
  5. Brakes Give Blood (Rough Trade) 11
  6. Robyn Robyn (Konichiwa) 9
  7. Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze (Interscope) 9
  8. R. Kelly TP3.Reloaded (Jive) 7
  9. Mannie Fresh The Mind of Mannie Fresh (Cash Money) 5
  10. Fischerspooner Odyssey (Capitol) 5

Makkada B. Selah

  1. Iron and Wine Woman King (Sub Pop) 10
  2. Common Be (Geffen) 10
  3. Animal Collective Feels (Fat Cat) 10
  4. Trina The Glamorest Life (Atlantic/Slip-n-Slide) 10
  5. Brazilian Girls Brazilian Girls (Verve) 10
  6. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Naturally (Daptone) 10
  7. I Wayne Lava Ground (VP/Loyal Soldiers) 10
  8. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Welcome to Jamrock (Universal/Tuff Gong International) 10
  9. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) 10
  10. Broken Social Scene Broken Social Scene (Arts and Crafts) 10

Al Shipley

  1. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 10
  2. Apollo Sunshine Apollo Sunshine (Spin Art) 10
  3. System of a Down Mezmerize (American/Columbia) 10
  4. Beanie Sigel The B.Coming (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 10
  5. Grand Buffet Five Years of Fireworks (Fighting) 10
  6. Brendan Benson The Alternative to Love (V2) 10
  7. Brooke Valentine Chain Letter (Virgin) 10
  8. The Posies Every Kind of Light (Rykodisc) 10
  9. Medications All Your Favorite People in One Place (Dischord) 10
  10. Amerie Touch (Sony/Columbia) 10

Kye Stephenson

  1. Cage Hell’s Winter (Definitive Jux) 20
  2. The Game The Documentary (Aftermath) 14
  3. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 14
  4. Little Brother The Minstrel Show (Atlantic) 10
  5. Common Be (Geffen) 8
  6. Soulstice North by Northwest (Wandering Soul) 10
  7. AZ A.W.O.L. (Quiet Money/Fastlife) 7
  8. Mullyman Mullymania (Unruly) 7
  9. Beanie Sigel The B.Coming (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 5
  10. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Welcome to Jamrock (Universal/Tuff Gong International) 5

Jason Torres

  1. Common Be (Geffen) 20
  2. Little Brother The Minstrel Show (Atlantic) 10
  3. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 10
  4. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty) 10
  5. Bloc Party Silent Alarm (Vice) 10
  6. The Roots Home Grown (Geffen) 10
  7. Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine (Sony) 10
  8. Danger Doom The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph) 10
  9. The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan (V2) 5
  10. Psycho Les Music for the Soul (OTS) 5

Tony Ware

  1. Amy Ray Prom (Barsuk) 15
  2. Isolée We Are Monster (Playhouse) 12
  3. Jamie Lidell Multiply (Warp) 12
  4. The New Pornographers Twin Cinema (Matador) 10
  5. Danger Doom The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph) 10
  6. My Morning Jacket Z (Badman) 8
  7. Ellen Allien Thrills (Bpitch Control) 8
  8. Dominik Eulberg Kreucht and Fleucht (Mischwald) 5
  9. M83 Before the Dawn Heals Us (Mute) 5
  10. Lil’ Kim The Naked Truth (Atlantic) 5

Mikael Wood

  1. Kanye West Late Registration (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam) 15
  2. System of a Down Hypnotize (American/Columbia) 14
  3. System of a Down Mezmerize (American/Columbia) 13
  4. Nickel Creek Why Should the Fire Die? (Sugar Hill) 12
  5. Coheed and Cambria Good Apollo (Columbia) 11
  6. Amadou and Mariam Dimanche ŕ Bamako (Nonesuch) 9
  7. The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan (V2) 8
  8. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Welcome to Jamrock (Universal/Tuff Gong Internatioanl) 7
  9. Bow Wow Wanted (Columbia) 6
  10. Hope Partlow Who We Are (Virgin) 5

Writers were given 100 points to divide up however they saw fit. The maximum any album could receive was 30, the minimum 5...give or take.

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