Dylans Best Bits of Music: 2005 Edition
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Cracking tune that has finally sold me on Girls Aloud. Although they are maligned by the vast majority of the population over here (understandably) their producers create some really good music. This is my favourite track of the album. By a fair margin.
2. Maximo Park – Signal and Sign
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My favourite song that refers to semiotics, it would be my number one except for the unforgivably out of tune ‘illumination’ vocal. Every time I hear that I shudder. On the plus side there is great example of one of my favourite trick in pop music – the one word chorus.
I also love the way the fucked synth melody in the verse.
1. Bloc Party – Like Eating Glass
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It’s so cold in this house
Another London song and one that really captures the bleak emptiness of this city. There’s nothing I don’t love about this song. From the clipped drum sounds, the helter skelter lead guitar riff, the bridge which is just a complete mess, to the backing vocal wailing to the way it all magically comes together for the chorus, to the way it all falls apart in the outtro. But these are things that are present in any Bloc Party song.
To me, what sets these guys ahead of the rest is Kele Okereke. While he is not the most accomplished vocalist, he is adventurous with his style and he means what he is singing.
I don’t know why he’s got crosses on his eyes and he’s walking into the furniture, but I believe him.
- Arctic Monkeys – I bet you look good on the dance floor
- Wilco – Ashes of American Flags (Live)
- Rachel Stevens – Crazy Boy
- Editors – All Sparks
- Coldplay – White Shadows (Don’t hate me, this is a good song)
- Dirty Three – Great Waves
- Fiona Apple – Red, Red, Red (Non Jon Brion version)
Piece of shit song not including Crazy Frog
Akon - Lonely
Album of The Year
Sigur Ros – Takk…
The masterpiece album that they have been threatening to deliver for the past couple of albums. If you don’t own this album yet, get thee to a recordstore – posthaste.
- Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
- Josh Rouse – Nashville
- Arcade Fire – Funeral (Obviously)
Disappointment of the Year
Kanye West – Late Registration
Yeah it’s kinda ok, but it’s pretty fucken far from The College Dropout innit.