Best album of 2004 (marking 10 years of music)

As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 2004 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!

From 2004 the year Jeffery John and Christiano Ronaldo’s wink as Portugal put England out of European football championships both became infamous.
the contenders in alphabetical order;

  • At The Close of Everyday – The Silja Symphony
  • Dogs Die In Hot Cars – Please Describe Yourself
  • Emiliana Torrini – Fisherman’s wife
  • Five For Fighting – The Battle For Everything
  • The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightening, Strike
  • Iain Archer – Flood the Tanks
  • The Killers – Hot Fuss
  • Madeleine Peyroux – Careless Love
  • Peter Case – Who’s Gonna Walk Your Crooked Mile?
  • Ron Sexsmith – Retriever
  • Viva Voce – The Heat Will Melt Your Brain
  • William Shatner – Has Been
  • using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are

    number 3
    ronRon Sexsmith – Retriever.
    I was standing with my wife and Sarah at a concert, and the Sound Guy played this album over the PA. I was commented I loved this record, Sarah asked who it was, and I told her about it. she commented she wished she had my record collection. This album is a wonderfully great pop record, fantastic songs, quietly catchy, with strong melodies, lyrics to die for, this album is wonderful and why he is not stratispherically famous is shocking
    seek out – “Not About to Lose”, “Happiness” & “Tomorrow In Her Eyes”

    number 2
    WilliamShatner-HasBeenWilliam Shatner – Has Been
    His follow up to his last album in 1968 was great. Shatner doesn’t sing, he kinda reads poetry over the top of musical arrangements. Perhaps it was watching too much Star trek but I didn’t expect the emotional intensity of reality, brokenness of this album. Added to that Ben Folds, wrote the music, played, produced and co-wrote most of the songs this is really an unexpected, special, album. which deserves much love.
    seek out – “Real”, “I Can’t Get Behind That”, “You’ll Have Time”, “Common People”

    number 1
    The_Battle_for_EverythingFive For Fighting – The Battle for Everything
    I bought this album on the basis of hearing a song on a sampler CD. I thought I was getting country rock, instead i got a gorgeous wonderful collection of beauty. It really is wonderful album with songs of love and loss which have stayed. a depth of melody and meaning give rise to occasionally just singing part of the song as you are driving around. it is a great album.
    seek out – “The Devil In The Wishing Well”, “If God Made You”, “100 years”, “Maybe I”