Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2005

Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2005

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50. Orthrelm - OV

Orthrelm - OV
January 20, 2005
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

49. The Fiery Furnaces - EP

The Fiery Furnaces - EP
January 11, 2005
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

48. Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy

Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy
April 5, 2005
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

45. M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us

M83 - Before the Dawn Heals Us
January 25, 2005
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

44. Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering

Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering
October 17, 2005
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

43. Spoon - Gimme Fiction

Spoon - Gimme Fiction
May 10, 2005
Critic Score
85
9 reviews

42. My Morning Jacket - Z

My Morning Jacket - Z
October 4, 2005
Critic Score
84
16 reviews

41. Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue

Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue
June 13, 2005
Critic Score
78
6 reviews

40. Jeezy - Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101

Jeezy - Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101
July 26, 2005
Critic Score
68
6 reviews

39. Robyn - Robyn

Robyn - Robyn
April 27, 2005
Critic Score
85
15 reviews

Over canned synbeats and zaps, she struts her stuff, castigating silly boys who think they're playing in her weight class and generally acting like the shit.

38. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow

Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
September 13, 2005
Critic Score
75
10 reviews

37. Dominik Eulberg - Kreucht & Fleucht

Dominik Eulberg - Kreucht & Fleucht
August 29, 2005
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

35. The Game - The Documentary

The Game - The Documentary
January 18, 2005
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

34. Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers

Silver Jews - Tanglewood Numbers
October 18, 2005
Critic Score
80
9 reviews

33. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

32. Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming

Beanie Sigel - The B. Coming
March 29, 2005
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

31. Konono N°1 - Congotronics

Konono N°1 - Congotronics
September 27, 2005
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

29. Serena-Maneesh - Serena-Maneesh

Serena-Maneesh - Serena-Maneesh
August 29, 2005
Critic Score
84
5 reviews

28. Sunn O))) - Black One

Sunn O))) - Black One
October 18, 2005
Critic Score
90
6 reviews

27. Jamie Lidell - Multiply

Jamie Lidell - Multiply
June 28, 2005
Critic Score
77
8 reviews

Listen to Multiply once and you'll be struck by how reverent it is; listen to it three times and you'll start to notice the microscopic digital artifacts and subtle tweaks that give it personality and pop.

26. The Decemberists - Picaresque

The Decemberists - Picaresque
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

25. Alan Braxe & Friends - The Upper Cuts

Alan Braxe & Friends - The Upper Cuts
June 1, 2005
Critic Score
89
1 review

23. Ladytron - Witching Hour

Ladytron - Witching Hour
October 3, 2005
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

22. Broadcast - Tender Buttons

Broadcast - Tender Buttons
August 19, 2005
Critic Score
78
7 reviews

21. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Matt Sweeney - Superwolf
January 25, 2005
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

19. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
87
12 reviews

Even in the face of its cock-rock trappings, The Woods most closely recalls the righteous fury of their first great albums, Call the Doctor (1995) and Dig Me Out (1996).

17. The Clientele - Strange Geometry

The Clientele - Strange Geometry
August 30, 2005
Critic Score
77
5 reviews

16. Love Is All - Nine Times That Same Song

Love Is All - Nine Times That Same Song
January 24, 2006
Critic Score
78
11 reviews

15. Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Volume 2

Clipse - We Got It 4 Cheap Volume 2
December 31, 2005
Critic Score
88
1 review

14. Vitalic - OK Cowboy

Vitalic - OK Cowboy
April 4, 2005
Critic Score
80
6 reviews

13. Various Artists - Run the Road Vol. 1

Various Artists - Run the Road Vol. 1
January 24, 2005
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

12. The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema

The New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
August 23, 2005
Critic Score
89
12 reviews

11. Isolée - We Are Monster

Isolée - We Are Monster
June 6, 2005
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

10. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary

Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
September 27, 2005
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

9. Cam'ron - Purple Haze

Cam'ron - Purple Haze
December 7, 2004
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

8. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
February 15, 2005
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

LCD Soundsystem has been anticipated since Murphy's 2002 splash "Losing My Edge"/"Beat Connection", and like it, makes clear that although his musical reference points are upfront enough to be conspicuous, they never quite cross the line into hipster-wallpaper.

7. Animal Collective - Feels

Animal Collective - Feels
October 18, 2005
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

6. Deerhoof - The Runners Four

Deerhoof - The Runners Four
October 11, 2005
Critic Score
81
11 reviews

4. M.I.A. - Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
86
13 reviews

3. Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
May 30, 2005
Critic Score
84
11 reviews

As with the best LCD Soundsystem singles, Bang Bang Rock & Roll is at times some of the best music criticism going right now, and far better than our boringly verbose bullshit 'cause you can dance to it.

2. Kanye West - Late Registration

Kanye West - Late Registration
August 30, 2005
Critic Score
82
16 reviews

With the help of co-producer Jon Brion, West has taken his jumbled personae, buoyant enthusiasm, and vision for the grandiose, and transformed his chattering, seemingly unrealistic ideas into an expansive, imperfect masterpiece.

1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
92
20 reviews

Musically, Illinois is strange and lush, as excessive and challenging as its giant, gushing song titles.

Original Source: http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6222-top-50-albums-of-2005/
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