Saturday, January 07, 2006

Elz's Albums of 2005

Elz's Albums of 2005

Goldfrapp - Supernature (Mute) (official site)
Goldfrapp's third album, and Alison and Will are back with more bizarre tunes to annoy or enthrall you (and sometimes both). It's possible that this is the album which really crystallises the Goldfrapp sound, particularly in songs such as "Ooh La La" (the first single) and "Satin Chic". While there are some disappointing tracks on the album ("Slide In" and "Koko", in my opinion), this is probably the album you should buy if you're a new Goldfrapp fan. If you're already a fan, Supernature might disappoint you a little, but there are enough redeeming features to make it worth your while.
Download: Ride A White Horse, Satin Chic

Sons and Daughters - The Repulsion Box (Domino) (official site)
Foot-tapping beats and barely comprehensible lyrics, Sons and Daughters have brought their own brand of indie-rock down to the lowlands with their second album, The Repulsion Box. Adele Bethel and Scott Paterson's chemistry makes the dark tone of their music positively jump out and grab you by the throat with every snarling lyric, and they're well-complimented by David Gow and Ailidh Lennon, whose musical talents seem to stop at nothing. As I mentioned before, this band play dark music, with dark vocals, dark lyrics, and a mandolin. Yep, we've got evil-sounding folk music, and you'd never believe it could sound so good.
Download: Red Receiver, Taste The Last Girl

KT Tunstall - Eye To The Telescope (Relentless) (official site)
I don't understand people who say that KT Tunstall is just another of those bland singer-songwriters, because ever since I first heard of her, it was undoubtedly clear that she wasn't. The media pick of her first album always seems to include the upbeat "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", but many people don't look past this one song to the rest of the album which carried itself quite well before Black Horse was even included on it. Every single track on Eye To The Telescope is clearly directly from KT's heart, and she's fortunate enough to have the talent to show what she has to the world.
Download: Under The Weather (album version), Universe & U

Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better (Domino) (official site)
It's almost unbelievable that Franz Ferdinand can release a second album of equal quality to the first within eighteen months, but they've done it. Written primarily whilst touring, recorded at Alex Kapranos' Scottish farmhouse and mixed in New York, this is their international album. It's more emotional, too, with songs about significant others ("Eleanor Put Your Boots On", "Fade Together"), but retaining the sharpness of their debut in other tracks ("Do You Want To", "This Boy"). My personal favourite is the new electronic sound they're developing, as seen in "Outsiders" - an updated version of "The Only Difference", a solo project by Kapranos.
Download: You're The Reason I'm Leaving, Outsiders

Ladytron - Witching Hour (Island) (official site)
Without a doubt, Ladytron have reached their peak with this fantastic third offering from the Liverpool-based, Kraftwerk-inspired band. The album is haunting and perfect, from the eerie tones of "Beauty*2" to the hypnotic break up of "International Dateline" and then on to the stalkerish "Destroy Everything You Touch", Witching Hour is wild, untamed and chills you to the bone in the best possible way. I've only got one problem with this record, and that's the lack of vocals from Bulgarian Mira Aroyo; while Helen Marnie's voice is fine alone, together they make Ladytron something even more special. You need this album.
Download: The Last One Standing, Beauty*2