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Best albums of 2004

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For my other Best albums lists for this decade, please visit my Best albums of the 00s list. All videos chosen for quality of sound, rather than visuals.
It's a concept album about witches & sounds like nothing else I've ever heard. It's one of my favorite fall/winter albums, perfect for Halloween and late nights, and it solidified Liars spot as my favorite current band.
Favorite song: "Flow My Tears the Spider Said" (or whichever song I'm listening to)
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Crimes - Blood Brothers
Favorite song: "Crimes" (or whichever song I'm listening to)

Favorite lyrics: "Teen Heat"
I wanna tell you about the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.
C'mon and watch him spread his legs and birth another diva yeah.
Prommageddon pit, smash hit. Prommageddon, chart topper.
Your song is gold like the color of piss [x2]

The Fifth Horseman stuffs the radio (oh oh oh..oh oh)
with singles until it's sick to it's stomach. (oh oh oh..oh oh)
He scouts the dumpsters for a cobweb guitar
to polish into a superstar,
finds the gurgle of a skeleton without love,
and turns it into a commercial.

Prommageddon pit, smash hit. Prommageddon, chart topper.
Your song is gold like the color of piss [x2]
He shaves his sideburns into dollar signs,
he mingles with the band, his mustache made of vines.

A hot tub stuffed with gorgeous ass? (We want it!)
Bronzed lips? Mouth full of cash? (We need it!)
A sizzling tan? Life of the party? (We want it!)
A full-length mirror for every inch of your body? (We need it!)

And when he steals your teen heat
it sounds a lot like...

So store your songs here in the Prommageddon pit
because the kids are spoiled rich
and they don't know shit from shit.
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Catch for Us the Foxes - Mewithoutyou
Favorite song: "Leaf" (or whichever song I'm listening to)
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Favorite song: "Secret Message"
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Miss Machine - The Dillinger Escape Plan
Their first album with then-new lead singer Greg Puciato finally helped me find my way into The Dillinger Escape Plan's music. Because he has more vocal range than original vocalist Dmitri (who just screamed through every song), that allowed Dillinger to expand their range of sounds and influences to create a far more interesting album than their debut. And everything they've released from then to now has been very rewarding.
Favorite song: "Phone Home"
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War All the Time - Thursday
Favorite song: "War All the Time" ("This Song Brought to You By a Falling Bomb" ranks 2nd)
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Love Everybody - Presidents of the United States of America
If you bought & loved their debut, this one's just as great.
Favorite song: "Shreds of Boa"
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My introduction to mclusky after seeing them perform live in support of it. Shortly after, they broke up & went on to form 2 other bands (Future of the Left and Shooting at Unarmed Men). Were Future of the Left not carrying on their sound & spirit I'd really miss mclusky.
Favorite song: "forget about him i'm mint"
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Saul Williams - Saul Williams
Favorite song: "Surrender (A Second to Think)"
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God Bless Your Black Heart - The Paper Chase
Favorite song: "Dying with Decent Music"


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E&A - Eyedea & Abilities
One of the most under-appreciated albums of the 00s.
Favorite song: "Act Right"
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Soviet Kitsch - Regina Spektor
Favorite song: "Ghost of Corporate Future"
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Of Natural History - Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Favorite song: "The Creature" ("The Cockroach" ranks a close 2nd)
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Medúlla - Bjork
As you may be aware, almost all of the music on this album is done with human voices, which makes for a unique listening experience. Apparently most people dislike Medúlla, but I love it for its originality (not to mention the fact that Mike Patton and Rahzel are present on a few tracks)
Favorite song: "Where Is the Line"
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Leviathan - Mastodon
Favorite song: "Aqua Dementia"
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Initiation - theSTART
Favorite song: "You, Me and a Knife"

(Not the best sound quality, but I went with this one because I was at this show. In fact, they asked the audience for requests & I'm the one who requested this song.)
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eMOTIVe - A Perfect Circle
APC's covers album provided the perfect soundtrack to the year Bush won re-election, and was the first to feature vocals from guitarist/songwriter Billy Howerdel. Their version of "When the Levee Breaks" is the sole weak spot (IMO), but they made every song on here their own rather than simply recording faithful versions (which requires no real talent).
Favorite song: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding?"
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2004 saw the release of 3 of my all-time favorite albums (which naturally hold the top 3 spots), as well as some of the best albums by several bands/artists I like. I think the post-9/11 national climate & political situation (especially including this being an election year) led to the creation of some truly great albums, many of which are included here.

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Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Sep 4 22:15
More Saul Williams, I see - his self-titled album has been playing a lot lately on my computer. eMOTIVe was great. My favorite is "Let's Have A War", but I also really like Passive and don't have any ill-will towards the rest of the album by any means.

Bush winning was an outrage. That guy should have his house invaded without due warrant, be thrown in a detainment facility, and be waterboarded until he sputters out what the heck was going through his head when he decided to run for president.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Sep 5 2:25
Yep, all of Saul's albums have spent a fair amount of time in heavy rotation in my CD players and/or mp3 players (except for his newest...still need to get that).

On eMOTIVe, "Passive" is probably my 2nd favorite song. And yeah, I don't get all the hatred for it from critics...so weird.

Bush winning was an outrage. That guy should have his house invaded without due warrant, be thrown in a detainment facility, and be waterboarded until he sputters out what the heck was going through his head when he decided to run for president.

Haha agreed! Though I'd say until he sputters out an apology for everything he did in office.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Sep 5 8:42
Okay, clearly I need to get on board with Saul Williams. If he's good enough for you AND Trent Reznor then where the fuck have I been? Ha, actually I count two artists on this list that have shared a stage with Trent Reznor...

While I don't own that Dillinger Escape Plan album, I did buy a copy of it for my girlfriend's nephew last Christmas. He's a 16 or 17 year-old fan of all things loud, but most of the stuff that he apparently listens to is new stuff that I know nothing about. So... we took it upon ourselves to put together a loud & influential care-package of sorts. NIN's Broken was also included, along with a Napalm Death cd and haha, something or another by Mayhem. Last I heard, DEP and Mayhem went over the best... go figure.

So between the last list and this one, Blood Brothers is definitely growing on me. Their one of those bands that my younger brother (who's way more hip than me) was telling me about some years ago that I (stupidly) never did anything about.

Awesome that Eyedea & Abilities made your list! Holy shit can that guy throw down some rhymes. I don't know too much of his stuff, but anything I've ever heard has been pretty impressive. Don't know if you've ever heard of Heiruspecs, but they're another great St. Paul Minnesota hip-hop act. Both MC's are awesome and their notable for being a kick-ass live 5 piece band. A Tiger Dancing is the album I own, and it's pretty damn good!

These lists deserve more time than I generally have, and likewise it's becoming pretty clear that most of these artists deserve more attention than I've ever given them.
I'm digging the tunes and digging reading about your tastes!
Posted: 4 years, 9 months ago at Sep 4 11:26
In this list there is a big lack for this year:
The first album by Kasabian self titled-..
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