A decade ago, I wrote a series of entries ranking my favorite albums from 1985 to 2004. My collection has expanded greatly since then, particularly in the last five years. So I wanted to see what has changed in 10 years.
I remember not being much impressed with 2005. So much so, I made a half-arsed attempt at a Favorite Edition list and didn’t even call it such. It’s taken a lot of sifting to arrive at the present form of the list.
Sigur Ros, Takk …
Antony and the Johnston, I Am a Bird Now
Ann-Sally, Brand-New Orleans
Kate Bush, Aerial
… And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Worlds Apart
Bob Mould, Body of Song
Sleater-Kinney, The Woods
Duran Duran, Beautiful Colours
Kawai Kenji, TV Animation BLEACH Original Soundtrack 1
Other favorites of the year:
Grizzly Bear, Horn of Plenty
Levi Kreis, One of the Ones
Madonna, Confessions on a Dancefloor
The list goes through much shuffling due to some late discoveries. I didn’t pick up Anthony and the Johnsons till 2006 and Ann-Sally much later. BLEACH wouldn’t be appointment viewing till the following year.
The extended list gets pared down a lot. Fuji Fabric, Sasagawa Miwa and toddle make room for Grizzly Bear and Levi Kreis.
I was so desperate to find entries, I included catalog titles from Gang of Four and John Zorn. In hindsight, that was the signal my priorities were starting to shift.
Toward the end of 2005, I relaunched this site as a traditional blog instead of the interactive zine it had been. My interest in Japanese popular music started to wane, and I reached an age where the music of my youth was being reimagined — some would say misinterpreted — by up and coming bands.