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on 19 Aug 2011 05:26

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Best albums of 2005

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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.
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1. A Healthy Distrust - Sage Francis
By far my favorite Sage Francis album for its mix of humor, emotion, intelligence, and intensity. Also there's a perfect flow to it as all the songs fit perfectly together.
Favorite song: "Slow Down Gandhi"
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2. Frances the Mute - The Mars Volta
Even more amazing than De-loused In the Comatorium. This is one of those albums that's best listened to in its entirety, and whenever one of the songs pops up on my mp3 player when I have it on random I have to either skip it or pull up the album to listen to instead.
Favorite song: "L' Via l'Viaquez"

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3. Searching for a Former Clarity - Against Me!
Against Me! peaked with this one, and have yet to recapture the magic of their earlier work.
Favorite song: "Holy Shit!"
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4. Beyond Virtue Beyond Vice - Vaux
This one surprised me. Take the 00s hardcore revival sound & filter it through Marilyn Manson's Holy Wood, and this might be what you get.
Favorite song: "Van Fong"
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5. Lullabies to Paralyze - Queens of the Stone Age, Troy Van Leeuwen
I got into Queens via Songs for the Deaf, and after seeing them live a couple times I bought & fell in love with Rated R. When I first got this album I thought it was merely OK. It didn't hit me as strongly as the other 2 albums did, and so I didn't listen to it very often.

After they opened for NIN & played possibly the best show I've seen them do, I gave this album another chance. It's funny how a great live show can encourage me to listen to an album I'm not crazy about more often.

Now when I listen to it I love every song on it, and it's worked its way up to being my favorite QOTSA album.
--from my Albums that grew on me list

Favorite song: "Broken Box"
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6. Live It Out - Metric
Favorite song: "Hand$hake$"
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7. Demon Days - Gorillaz
Favorite song: "November Has Come"
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8. Worlds Apart - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Those who whine that they haven't made a good album since Source Tags & Codes need to give this one another listen. Some days I even think it's better.
Favorite song: "The Lost City of Refuge" ...which apparently has no video anywhere. So here's another song called "Let It Dive"

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9. Radical Recital - Rasputina
Works just as well as a best-of/greatest hits package might, except you get the wonderful bonus of Melora's between-song banter since it's a live album. My favorite thing about this album is that the live performances of their earlier songs are better than the original recordings of them.
Favorite song: "Barracuda"

Awful video by the way. But better sound quality than all other options.
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10. With Teeth - Nine Inch Nails
Favorite song: "right where it belongs"
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11. Six Demon Bag - Man Man
Favorite song: "Skin Tension"
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12. Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike - Gogol Bordello
Favorite song: "Start Wearing Purple" (I think it's everyone's favorite actually)
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13. Say Hello to Sunshine - Finch
So much Mike Patton influence on display here I can't help but love it.
Favorite song: "A Man Alone"
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Pretty rare that a hip-hop album tops my list, but then the hip-hop album in the #1 spot here is atypical in many ways. I'd also like to note that Sage Francis's album got me back into hip-hop by showing me that good hip-hop still existed, it had just gone underground.

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Posted: 4 years ago at Sep 4 22:21
Yay, more Queens of the Stone Age! With Teeth is so underrated. It was actually my first NIN album, but even after hearing his earlier stuff I still see a lot of merit in it - probably because it's a representation of a unique time in his life, when he's picking up the pieces, clean for the first time in a long time, and getting back into music. Great stuff.
Posted: 4 years ago at Sep 5 3:30
Agreed that with_teeth is underrated. It does indeed serve as an excellent & compelling document of his life during & after rehab, and every song on it is really good. Compared to other albums released in 2005 it's even better, but for a lot of us long-time NIN fans it gets downgraded because of the impact that the albums before it had on us first.
Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Sep 7 20:57
Still need to go back and pick up that Metric album.
I can't listen to Right Where it Belongs without getting chills.
As much as I've been enjoying underground hip-hop over the last several years, I own uprising little of it. Including anything by Sage Francis.But then again, I've bought so little music in the last 7 or 8 years :(

Great mix of stuff, as always.

P.S. I dig the 'enjoy Texas music' plates!
Posted: 3 years ago at Sep 4 11:29

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