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Best of 2005 Part 2 (26 - 50)

P. Cox "post-grape"
 
Kicking Television, Live in Chicago
Kicking Television, Live in Chicago
"26: Another live album makes the list! Wilco's transformation over the past few years has been brilliant, as is this fine sampler of their live shows."
Get Behind Me Satan
Get Behind Me Satan
"27: White Blood Cells and Elephant may remain fan-favourites more than this, but Get Behind Me Satan is perhaps the band's most meritorious LP yet. Their best since De Stijl I say."
Absence
Absence
"28: Brought to my attention because of their collaboration with Faust.  Absence employs the same claustrophobic blend of hip-hop and industrial, but with even better results. Brutal but worth it."
Axes
Axes
"29: As fine a selection of jaunty post-rock pieces as you'll hear all year. Two For Joy in particular pleases. Download: Two For Joy"
At Last: Feedbacker
At Last: Feedbacker
"30: Japanese sub-metal drone lords Boris here create a single 40-odd minute piece broken down into 5 sections. Stunning. The title says it all really."
Lost And Safe
Lost And Safe
"31: The Books returned this year with a more song-based album. Still their commendable eclecticism and canny ability to pick samples remains, and Lost And Safe is a very easy listen."
Awfully Deep
Awfully Deep
"32: Roots Manuva came back with his most commercial album to date, though it didn't exactly set the charts ablaze. But then, the best albums never do, do they? Download: Awfully Deep."
Darkness At Noon
Darkness At Noon
"33: One of the most surprising albums I have bought this year. At first I wasn't sure what to make of these oddball folk jigs, but AH&AH's unique charm got me in the end. Download: Portlandtown."
Multiply
Multiply
"34: Well this was a surprise. Who would've thought that a man who appeared on the cover of The Wire looking like Graham Coxon's geekier brother could be quite so funky. Jamiroquai may as well give up."
Noah's Ark
Noah's Ark
"35: Reviews of this album have been split, but for me Noah's Ark is a charming well-rounded affair with much to offer. Quirky, scratchy folk with plenty of life. Download: Beautiful Boys"
Guero
Guero
"36: Largely written-off on release for sounding like a rehash of previous efforts, did anyone stop to think just how GOOD that might be? Download: Scarecrow."
Surrounded By Silence
Surrounded By Silence
"37: The electro-hip-hop group returned in 2005 with this epic album. Leaving no stone unturned and with a huge guest list, Surrounded By Silence continued their trend of quality releases."
Nite Versions
Nite Versions
"38: Any Minute Now was, it must be said, a turd of an album. Sensible boys Soulwax then, to go back and rework it into an electro album of excellence. Good rescue, lads."
Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett
Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett
"39: Workaholic and equal of Tom Jenkinson and Richard D James in terms of sheer skill at his craft, Rossz Csillag...'s blend of classical and hard electronica is sublime. Download: Ongyilkos Vasarnap"
Throne
Throne
"40: Chilled-out, tripped-out, woozy counterparts to Gang Gang Dance, Black Dice et all, Excepter's Throne is a seamless journey through dream territory. Edifying."
28
28
"41: A richly enjoyable set of glitch-electronica pieces with soft Japanese vocals which occasionally slip into English. Reminiscent of early Múm. Download: Doki Doki Last Night"
Lookaftering
Lookaftering
"42: Her first major work in over 30 years, Lookaftering is a magical album of timeless folk songs crafted in a traditional style. Just beautiful. Download: Turning Backs"
Unfortunately
Unfortunately
"43: Sounding, as expected, completely different to the poppy spirited Pink Abyss, this new set finds Shalabi Effect moving all over the experimental map. Difficult but good."
Hypermagic Mountain
Hypermagic Mountain
"44: Relentless. Remorseless. Just two words to associate with Hypermagic Mountain, the latest release blurring noise and lo-fi metal by darlings-of-the-underground Lightning Bolt."
THE GREAT DESTROYER
THE GREAT DESTROYER
"45: Louder, bolder, great as ever. One of the most consistant and engaging bands still on the indie circuit. Download: California"
Less Than Human
Less Than Human
"46: Give Me Every Little Thing turned out to be the only real floor-filler in the end, but Less Than Human surrounds it with some very cool electronic throwback pieces. Think Underworld meets Air."
Mouse & The Mask
Mouse & The Mask
"47:MF Doom and Danger Mouse come together for this deranged but joyous hip-hop album celebrating their favourite adult cartoon network. Not in the same league as Madvillainy, but excellent nontheless."
Stem Stem In Electro
Stem Stem In Electro
"48: Another member of the Montreal collective puts out an album of oft-brilliant arrangements. Surprise, surprise. More class from the ex-GY!BE man. Download: ...And We Climb."
Everything Ecstatic
Everything Ecstatic
"49: Missed him on tour as I had to have knee surgery. This album, though not as good as Rounds, reminds me why I regret missing that gig. Download: Smile Around The Face."
Untilted
Untilted
"50: Autechre haven't broken much new ground since the extraordinary work they did on 2001's seminal Confield, but their work remains consistantly engaging. Smart boys. Download: LCC"