NME's Albums of the Year 2005

NME's Albums of the Year 2005

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50. Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only

Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only
October 31, 2005
Critic Score
62
11 reviews

49. Dead Meadow - Feathers

Dead Meadow - Feathers
February 22, 2005
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

48. Ladytron - Witching Hour

Ladytron - Witching Hour
October 3, 2005
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

47. Sleater-Kinney - The Woods

Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
88
13 reviews

45. Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff

Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
October 1, 2003
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

44. Field Music - Field Music

Field Music - Field Music
August 8, 2005
Critic Score
73
11 reviews

43. Engineers - Engineers

Engineers - Engineers
March 7, 2005
Critic Score
78
9 reviews

42. Sigur Rós - Takk...

Sigur Rós - Takk...
September 13, 2005
Critic Score
81
19 reviews

40. Brakes - Give Blood

Brakes - Give Blood
July 4, 2005
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

39. Vitalic - OK Cowboy

Vitalic - OK Cowboy
April 4, 2005
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

38. Autolux - Future Perfect

Autolux - Future Perfect
November 26, 2004
Critic Score
83
5 reviews

36. The Bravery - The Bravery

The Bravery - The Bravery
March 14, 2005
Critic Score
61
9 reviews

35. Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World

Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World
September 12, 2005
Critic Score
76
16 reviews

34. Rufus Wainwright - Want Two

Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
November 16, 2004
Critic Score
77
10 reviews

32. Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze

Queens of the Stone Age - Lullabies to Paralyze
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
76
13 reviews
The clue is in the question. Where ‘Songs For The Deaf’ was about jumping up and down until your eardrums burst, ‘Lullabies To Paralyze’ will use its enigmatic mysticism to lull you into a blissful daze so you don’t at first notice that the riffs have broken your neck. Better. Than. Sex.

31. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
January 25, 2005
Critic Score
83
14 reviews

30. Doves - Some Cities

Doves - Some Cities
March 1, 2005
Critic Score
69
13 reviews

29. Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor

Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor
November 11, 2005
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

28. Absentee - Donkey Stock

Absentee - Donkey Stock
July 4, 2005
Critic Score
65
4 reviews

27. Kate Bush - Aerial

Kate Bush - Aerial
November 7, 2005
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

26. Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft

Super Furry Animals - Love Kraft
September 13, 2005
Critic Score
71
11 reviews

25. M.I.A. - Arular

M.I.A. - Arular
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
88
15 reviews

24. Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth

Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
May 31, 2005
Critic Score
61
16 reviews

23. Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV

Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
July 4, 2005
Critic Score
67
14 reviews

21. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem

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

20. Editors - The Back Room

Editors - The Back Room
July 25, 2005
Critic Score
74
15 reviews

19. Coldplay - X&Y

Coldplay - X&Y
June 7, 2005
Critic Score
73
19 reviews

18. Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll

Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
May 30, 2005
Critic Score
82
13 reviews

16. British Sea Power - Open Season

British Sea Power - Open Season
April 4, 2005
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

15. Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger

Maximo Park - A Certain Trigger
May 16, 2005
Critic Score
77
13 reviews

14. Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt

Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
June 21, 2004
Critic Score
88
8 reviews

13. The Rakes - Capture/Release

The Rakes - Capture/Release
August 15, 2005
Critic Score
74
12 reviews

12. Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow

Devendra Banhart - Cripple Crow
September 13, 2005
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

11. The Cribs - The New Fellas

The Cribs - The New Fellas
June 20, 2005
Critic Score
69
7 reviews

10. Gorillaz - Demon Days

Gorillaz - Demon Days
May 24, 2005
Critic Score
77
21 reviews
Before you even consider the sonic and melodic innovation paraded through the album there’s so much crammed into each of these fifteen songs (without any one of them sounding overproduced or cluttered) that repeated listening is a must.

9. Babyshambles - Down in Albion

Babyshambles - Down in Albion
November 14, 2005
Critic Score
62
10 reviews

8. Kanye West - Late Registration

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

‘Late Registration’ is a solid set. And by freshening up his style without entirely abandoning it, West still has the rest of the rap world playing catch-up.

7. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
July 5, 2005
Critic Score
92
20 reviews
It’s his masterpiece so far; a staggering collection of unspeakably precious music.

5. Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

Kaiser Chiefs - Employment
March 7, 2005
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

2. Arcade Fire - Funeral

Arcade Fire - Funeral
September 14, 2004
Critic Score
93
19 reviews

For those of us who still believe in music’s power to redeem, ‘Funeral’ feels like detox, the most cathartic album of the year.

1. Bloc Party - Silent Alarm

Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
March 22, 2005
Critic Score
86
14 reviews
Original Source: http://www.nme.com/bestalbumsandtracksoftheyear/2005-2-1045347
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