Friday, January 06, 2006

Best CDs of 2005 Poop Shooting

At Pinko Punko's request, I'm doing a Friday poop shoot based on some of my favourite CDs of 2005. The caveats are as follows: I haven't heard every good CD from the year, even from ones I've already bought, I haven't ranked my top CDs of the year at all, and the selection is still random. If people like, I'll continue next week with more best of 2005 selections

1. Rendesvous: Portrero Hill - Architecture in Helsinki (In Case We Die)
A cute little instrumental ditty that doesn't seem to have any particular theme or direction. Kind of a divertimento I guess, if I knew what a divertimento was. As a random aside, this track would make for great elevator music. Kind of a happy littly ditty thing. I'd be very happy listening to this over and over all day long. 7.5/10

2. The Jessica Numbers - New Pornographers (Twin Cinema)
I'm kind of bummed that this is my random selection from this stellar CD, because it's kind of one of the non-amazing tracks on this top 5 CD. Lots of unison singing and pretty slow-paced for NP. There's a guitar line in the middle that sounds like it was taken right out of Journey. That makes me smile. 7/10

3. Same Ghost Every Night - Wolf Parade (Apologies To The Queen Mary)
This is a pretty interesting track. It doesn't sound typical of the whole CD and I think I like that about it. It sounds a little like the Radiohead songs from their last CD. Also a little like Built to Spill. It's also in 6/8 musical time, which is a very UC thing to like. 8/10

4. Since K Got Over Me - The Clientele (Strange Geometry)
PP has already given this song the appopriate SoftD treatment that this gem deserves, and I don't have a lot more to offer in terms of raves. It's my #1 track from 2005 and by far. I love everything about this song so much. 10.000000000000/10

5. Burn That Broken Bed - Iron & Wine and Calexico (In The Reins)
I think this song is much more Calexico than Sam Beam and that makes this more interesting a listen. It has a little bit of an easy-listening character to it, but the beautiful harmonizing in the middle reminds me that it's much better than just that. I could do without the saxophone, though. 8/10

6. Four Hours In Washington - M. Ward (Transistor Radio)
I think this song has already come up in a previous poop shoot. I really like the lyrics and the frenzy of the music. Somebody should really think of using M. Ward in movies. This would go perfectly into The Thomas Crowne Affair or anywhere there is a good chase scene. 9/10

7. The Engine Driver - The Decemberists (Picaresque)
This was the first single released from this stellar stellar CD, probably because it is quite accessible. It's not quite as whimsical as the rest of this CD, but it is sentimental in its own way and quite sweet. Great boy/girl singing and some very memorable lyrics. The song is so well crafted, that at one point you don't even realize that you're listening to an accordion. Love the Decemberists. 9.5/10

8. Takk... - Sigur Ros (Takk...)
The opening track that is really more of an introduction to a concept than a self-existing piece. Even within the short instrumentals overlying the web of strings, the themes of Sigur Ros throughout this CD are apparent. 7.5/10

9. Banshee Beat - Animal Collective (Feels)
More like a track from Sung Tongs than the rest of this generally fun, yet incredibly strange CD. The lyrics and tone are hushed and anticipatory. The first part goes on a little long and drony for me, which suggests that it is something that PP probably really likes. I like the middle part, where it picks up a little with a fun syncopated beat. 7.5/10

10. I Summon You - Spoon (Gimme Fiction)
Classic sounding Spoon song, which I'm surprised nobody has ever mentioned sounds a little like a good Billy Joel song. Great all round especially the ba ba ba ba part. 8.5/10\