by Seb Mathews
Dearest 2005, you have treated Refinery29 with so many lovely albums, it's almost impossible to choose our top ten. Ultimately, it came down to how much we listened to them, for nothing else really measures an albums impact more than how many spins it's earned. So, it is with pleasure we announce ten amazing albums from 2005 we can 100 percent stand behind, whether you're at the shop, in the kitchen, in bed, in the bus or wherever your journeys take you. We look forward to more from these bands and more discoveries to come in 2006.
7. Jackson & His Computer Band—Smash Possibly the most complex dance record we've heard in ages with tremendous bass and impossibly wonderful cut-up rhythms. We hear it took him years to complete and every second was worth the wait.
3. Chad VanGaalen—Infiniheart Oh cold and lonesome Canada, how you make us weep. This epic and heartfelt album is possibly the most amazing singer-songwriter debut we've heard in years. Vocals like Neil Young and songs that captivate.
2. Grizzly Bear—Horn of Plenty Grizzly Bear had been a favorite all along, but now that the band has decided to re-release their album appended with a bonus disc of remixes from a host of indie stars, "Horn" has become an essential purchase and one of the best pop records this year.
1. Sigur Ros—Takk... Finally these guys got it right and started writing songs under eight minutes long, and man, does it do them a world of good. The most infectuous and awe-inspiring release of the year, hands down.
Fill in the blanks on your holiday wish list with our favorite top ten releases from 2005.