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The Best of 2005

D. Carter "dunnyphat"
 
Illinoise
Illinoise
"Kaleidoscopic folk journey - banjos, brass, serial killers, Jesus"
Face The Truth
Face The Truth
"Majestic quirk from the man who can do no wrong"
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
"He's not Bob Dylan but he is very, very good"
Cripple Crow
Cripple Crow
"Marc Bolan meets Arthur Lee via Donovan"
Guero
Guero
"Even better than the brilliant Odelay (but not as good as Mellow Gold or Midnite Vultures). If only he wasn't a scientologist"
Kc Rules Ok
Kc Rules Ok
"Psychedelic folk music with a Scottish accent. Dreaming music"
Swords
Swords
"Similar to Syd Barrett Floyd but folkier with sea shanty leanings. File alongside folk like King Creosote, The Beta Band and Gorkys Zygotic Mynki."
Z
Z
"Like the Flaming Lips but not quite as twee. Occassional nods to Neil Young and Joshua Tree era U2"
Get Behind Me Satan
Get Behind Me Satan
"Their best yet"
Welcome Home Loser
Welcome Home Loser
"Continued brilliance"
The Milk-Eyed Mender
The Milk-Eyed Mender
"Harps and pianos + squeeky voice = this"
The Alternative To Love
The Alternative To Love
"Happy sounding perk pop"
In Case We Die
In Case We Die
"Indie pop for those with attention deficit disorder"
Lovekraft
Lovekraft
"Not their best, but anything is a blessing"
The Documentary
The Documentary
"Best commercial US hip-hop album of the year. Dre does it again"
This is Tunng - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs
This is Tunng - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs
"Folk, electronic doodles, gurgles - boss panache navigations."
Rocket D.I Y.
Rocket D.I Y.
"King Creosote is a new favourite of mine"
Demon Days
Demon Days
"I thought Albarn was yesterday's news. He isn't. This is rather good"
Mouse & The Mask
Mouse & The Mask
"Top hip-hop. Amazing tunes, ridiculous rhymes. See 'Vats Of Urine'."
Late Registration
Late Registration
"Popular for a reason"