Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Larry Getlen’s Top 10 CD’s of 2005

1. (Tie) System of a Down – Hypnotize
Opeth – Ghost Reveries
The Mars Volta – Frances the Mute

Fans of progressive metal rejoiced in 2005, as wailing guitars, soaring melodies, complex song structures and careening rhythms smashed through the ear walls and asserted their dominance. Raise your lighters for “Lost in Hollywood,” all hail the “Ghost of Perdition,” say a prayer of thanks for “The Widow” and praise the gods of song for victory over the musical weak.

4. The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan

Ah, Meg. You twice-as-cute Mo Tucker in Santa red, you cherub of the arrhythmic, how I long to pinch those pulse-pounding cheeks. What could have enthused God so on the day he deemed that you and Jack should meet?

5. Coldplay – X&Y

Fuck Jon Pareles. The masters of melancholy rode through town in moody style, trailing tears in their wake. A record so dense and evocative, I’ll even forgive him for Apple.

6. And You Will Know Us By The Trial Of Dead – Worlds Apart

The brilliant orchestral joke that opens the record features a regal choir belting out “this is so exhausting.” Given the verve and sweat in this soothingly pounding effort, it’s no wonder.

7. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine

That Ashlee Simpson has even one fan in a world where Fiona Apple exists is a crime against nature. The four hours of shockingly excellent music in MTV’s Katrina benefit proved one thing – few singers touch their soul like Fiona.

8. Death Cab for Cutie – Plans

Ben Gibbard is music’s heavenly cherub, and Plans is his cloud of wonder. One gets the sense that if placed under a microscope, Gibbard’s DNA would be intertwined in perfect harmonic patterns.

9. System of a Down – Mezmerize

A true double CD? J’accuse, you crazy Albanians! Mezmerize fails to meet Hypnotize’s challenge of poignantly thrashing consistency, but compared with the mainstays of the rock world still glares down with rightful superiority.

10. Queens of the Stone Age – Lullabies to Paralyze

Forget Oliveri – recording an album without Grohl after what might be the best rock drumming album ever put on computer chip was the real challenge. While the task was thankless, Homme and Co. still gave us a basher worthy of their rep.


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