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The Best Albums of 2004. (in order)
"The Fiery Furnaces deliver what their first album promised: a 77 minute swirling masterpiece of indie-prog which blows everything else out of the water this year."
"Interpol out do all the other pretenders by coming up with a fantastic second album, which while may not be as good as their debut, constantly grows on you. The best band in the world right now."
"There's a girl in a cage making love to a switchblade. The best screamo album of the year by a huge margin, with superbly dark and current songs all the way through."
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
"From the best screamo to the best emo, with a massively improved second album which beats the living hell out of their first punk-pop outing."
Who Killed The Zutons [New Version]
"And here's the best british band to emerge this year. The Zutons destroy also-rans such as Razorlight with an album that actually has real songs and not just a moron growling for attention."
You're A Woman, I'm A Machine [Us Import]
"I don't know why this hasn't been released in this country yet, but this an utterly massive album of destroying riffs of just two men with a set of drums and a bass. Immense."
"Delgados come up with a very solid and enjoyable indie-pop record. Everybody Come Down and Keep on Breathing are two of the finest songs of the year."
"Unfortunately Amazon doesn't stock 65daysofstatic's Fall of Math, best described as a mixture of Mogwai and Squarepusher, at the forefront of the uk post-rock scene. Go to monotreme.com instead."
Pawn Shoppe Heart
"The Von Bondies shake off the millstone around their necks which was Jack White, and come up with an album 10x better than Elephant. C'mon C'mon is the single of the year."
"An unabashed blues album which wears its heart on its sleeve, the Black Keys produce a stellar record and another album that metaphorically punches Jack White in the face."
Louden Up Now
"The amazon review is nonsense, as !!! are nothing like Electric Six or the unbearable Scissor Sisters. This is foul-mouthed rock you can dance too, with great tunes throughout."
"There's no denying that Franz Ferdinand have been the media sensation of the year, a band that for once has lived up to the hype. A great debut album."
"Another album not yet released here, but which has blown-up in indie circles across the Atlantic. I didn't like it at first, but it's another album which grows on you massively."
A Name Writ in Water
"Another imported album, the One Am Radio can probably best be described as similar to the Postal Service, with less bombast. Warm electronica layers with quiet male vocals."
They Were Wrong So We Drowned
"Liars reject the easy way to make more money by not producing a second album of dance-punk, instead going lo-fi and experimental and coming up with a story album. Better than you might think."
Now Here Is Nowhere
"Secret Machines are another new band unashamed to draw influences from prog-rock bands now generally laughed at in the media. A wonderful follow up and shows a huge amount of potential."
"The last couple of years have brought a number of great indie-pop bands to the world's attention, now you can add Sweden's Concretes to that list. Lush, immensly listenable and jolly."
"The other part of At The Drive-In returns for duty, and come up with an album which explores the past, present and future. I challenge you to find a better riff from this year than on Tensioning."
Don't Look Now
"It's not as good as the amazing Intensify, but it's a high quality follow-up from Jody and Nick. The bonus CD is a superbly chilled mix, and Fear, Apollo and Killa are huge tracks."
Good News For People Who Love Bad News
"Perhaps not Modest Mouse's best album, but still a very good one. Float On and Black Cadillacs are two of the best songs of the year, and the rest is great too."
Set Yourself on Fire
"Featuring members of Broken Social Scene, this is a pop album unafraid to touch some sensitive subjects and carries them off beautifully. A gorgeous collection of songs."
The Lost Riots
"This sadly has come across as underwhelming after the promise of their first two eps. It's still a good album, merely overblown in places and maybe overproduced. Well worth checking out though."
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
"Another slightly underwhelming album after their first EP, this is still an album with some great songs, notably Staring at the Sun. New single New Health Rock is fantastic too."
"I want to hear the album that their record company rejected. A pedestrian follow-up to Veni Vidi Vicious, but still good enough to make this list."
Aha Shake Heartbreak
"This would be a lot higher if it wasn't for the terrible lyrics obsessing with penises and misogyny, which runs throughout. Just ignore them and admire a band at the height of their musical powers."
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