Since you have all been waiting with bated breath for my opinion of the top ten CDs of 2005, I will indulge you and give them to you posthaste.
[In no particular order]
1. Drunkard’s Prayer, Over the Rhine. Quiet music should be played loudly.
2. On My Way To Absence, Damien Jurado. Heck, I met my wife at his concert. How can I not put him in my top ten?
3. Woman King, Iron and Wine.
4. Illinois, Sufjan Stevens. This is pretty darn near #1.
5. The Question, Emery. Better and better the more I listen to it.
6. …And The Rest Will Follow, Project 86. Consistently good.
7. Psychology, Discover America.
8. Tin Lily, Jeff Black. It hasn’t hit me as hard as his first one, Birmingham Road, but this is good.
9. Friendly Fire, Bill Mallonee. “Apple of Your Eye” is perhaps the best song of the year.
10. O’ God, The Aftermath, Norma Jean. I can’t say this is an album I could listen to regularly–it takes a “special” mood–but the artwork on this album is the coolest I’ve seen in years.
Give me yours!