Rob Gissing's Top Ten of 2004
Continuing on from John Donnelly's Top Ten Albums of 2004 comes my top ten based on the last year.
1. Seafood - As The Cry Flows
Seafood's third album and their finest to date, edging towards a more 'alt.country'
feel, with some slightly older style Seafood mixed in for good measure. This is
surely Britain's most underappreciated band.
2. Mansun - Kleptomania
The final and definitive release from the Chester rock group, Kleptomania
comprises of 3 CDs which tracks Mansun's timeline from the very first to the
very last tracks.
3. The Crimea - Tragedy Rocks
Better known as what used to be 'The Crocketts', this album is a must for any
fan of "The Crox" and a worthy purchase for any fan of good clean Indie Rock.
The album includes the track 'Baby Boom' as featured in John Peel's Festive 50
last year, as well as one of Peel's favourite songs "Lottery Winners on Acid"
4. Candidate - Under the Skylon
Sounding like a cross between The Byrds and Clannad, 'Under the Skylon' is a
worthy follow-up to their last album, 'Nuada' which was an alternate soundtrack
to The Wicker Man
5. Interpol - Antics
Interpol's eagerly awaited 2nd album, and what a stunner it is. Easily equalling
if not surpassing the critically acclaimed 'Turn on the bright lights'.
6. Mull Historical Society - This is Hope
Colin MacIntyre's seminal work, 'This is Hope' contains some excellent songs,
combined with some of Colin's more crazy moments. Possibly the best 'Pop' album
to be released this year.
7. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
Inspiring a trend in new-wave, Franz Ferdinand have helped restart the synth pop
era all over again, with some cracking dance floor tunes. A great start, but
we'll see what they come up with next!
8. Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy
The second album from the Texas based supergroup of 20+, each track envelops you
with soothing sounds and presence that only the spree can offer.
9. Pink Grease - This is for Real
Described as the Best thing to come out of Sheffield since Stainless Steel and
Pulp, the only true description would be that they are a crazed bunch
10. Soulwax - Any Minute Now
Usually used to cutting up songs and remixing them to their own devices, Soulwax
this year released an album closer to their roots of Garage synth-rock.
Hopefully Soulwax will continue down this route in the future.
Honourable mentions must go to:
Dogs Die in Hot Cars – Please Describe Yourself
The Go! Team – Thunder Lightning Strike
The Thermals – F**kin A
Frausdots – Couture Couture Couture
As for 2005, well... You heard it here first folks, expect greatness from:
The Dead 60s,
The Go! Team,
British Sea Power.