Topp 10 2005 - Sean Michaels

Sean Michaels driver blogen Said the Gramophone fra sin hjemmebase i Edinburgh, Skottland. Det har han gjort siden 2003, som en av de tidligste mp3-blogene ute på veven. Senere har Said the Gramophone utvidet staben med en fast skribent fra Toronto og en fra Montreal.

Said the Gramophone utmerker seg i dagens blog-landskap med musikalske filer og tekster fra et bredt genremessig felt, og regnes av mange som de mer seriøse og innflytelsesrike sidene der ute.

Sean Michaels sine høydepunkter fra 2005 ser ut som følger:

1.Robyn - Robyn

CD (Konichiwa)
Robyn must have been collecting pop tunes, like icebergs, for the last five years, and now finally they're set in a row - majestic, beautiful things, there in the harbour. These songs squelch and pop, they dazzle and swoon, they sigh... but with an almost Dylanesque flair she lifts silly electronothings into a place of emotional resonance, makes pop songs into treasures.
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2.Final Fantasy - Has a Good Home

CD (Tomlab)
His songs sound so casual, like you could toss off these looping violin parts, these raindrops of vocals, these lyrics of death and place and sex and longing. But as much as he pretends, he is not casual with his heart - there's a deep feeling in every plummy line, in every pleasant slice of afternoon chamber-pop. There are other Boys With Violins - Andrew Bird, Patrick Wolf, Physics of Meaning, - but only Owen Pallett's songs could freeze ponds over and then lead you skating onto them.
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3.Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene

CD (Arts & Crafts / City Slang)
These songs are so thick with sound that you can only go fishing: lower your line and hope to draw up a chorus, a bridge, a melody, a climax. The currents are so strong, the fish so brilliantly coloured, the pearls so long-lasting, slippery and fine.
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4.Smog - A River Ain't Too Much Too Love

CD (Drag City / Domino)
With calm and a wry knife-edge, Bill Callahan has recorded the best album of his career.
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5.Herman Dune - Not On Top

CD (Track & Field)
Skewed folk-pop with the joy of the early Beatles, the confusion of late Pulp, the wild and woodsy sentimentality of Will Oldham and (on backup vocals) Julie Doiron. The best thing from France since bread.
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6.Okkervil River - Black Sheep Boy

CD (Jagjaguwar)
The best lyricist of his generation tells stories of love, fury and loss - folk music that isn't afraid to play simply to your heart.
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7.Sigur Rós - Takk

CD (EMI Virgin)
Finally these Icelandic kids strip off their mantles of high pretension and make an album of bombastic pop music. It's almost hilariously overblown, but this is what makes it shine so bright: this is the album you wish Coldplay would make.
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8.M.I.A. - Arular

Better out of tinny speakers than your expensive hi-fi, the secret is in the tick-tack play of words, the ch-ch-ch of beats, the way the songs slide right down your spine, sticking like gummies to the inside of your ribs.
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9.The Constantines - Tournament of Hearts

CD (Sub Pop)
Some people liked the record by The National, but the Cons did it so much better - moody and slow-surging, but with an occasional flare of feeling - anger, lust, nostalgia, - rock music that's decelerated to the point that it can be true.
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10.Page France - Hello, Dear Wind

CD (Fall)
Songs of simple glockenspiel choruses and oh-boy rhymes; stories of magic-realist angels, the sparks between lovers, the day when the sky splits into stars.
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