Two-Thousand and Four Ton Mantis

by Carson Reynolds

Man, I was thinking about throwing out my Best Albums of the 2004 at some leisurely point mid-month, but people are putting up their musical declarations early. And you’ve got to keep up with the Jones’s:

Standard Issue:

(1) The Futureheads [The Futureheads]
(2) Aeroc [Viscous Solid]
(3) Madvillain [Madvillainy]
(4) Air [Talkie Walkie]
(5) DJ Dangermouse [The Grey Album]
(6) Tiger Saw [Gimme Danger, Gimme Sweetness]
(7) Architecture in Helsinki [Fingers Crossed]
(8) Deadbeat [Something Borrowed, Something Blue]
(9) Stereolab [Margerine Eclipse]
(10) Junior Boys [Last Exit]

Honorable Mention:
Fiery Furnaces [Blueberry Boat]
Franz Ferdinand [Franz Ferdinand]
Octet [Cash and Carry Songs]
Dios [Dios]
Black Dice [Creature Comforts]

Albums that I only really started listening to this year, but came out sometime before last year:

Desmond Dekkar [Rockin’ Steady]
Various [Trojan Box Set: Tighten Up]
Chris Clark [Empty the Bones of You]
M. Ward [Transfiguration of Vincent]
Sabres of Paradise [Haunted Dancehall]