Alrighty, i keep putting off this review thing because i figured it would take so much time to structure it all, so i'm just gonna freestyle it. Thus, some things may be omitted, but i'll post again if need be.
2004 Best Songs:
The Datsuns - Hong Kong Fury (probably the best track of the year, i've rambled on enough about this one)
Outkast - Roses (i loved this one when i first bought the album and was pumped when it was their next single)
The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now (great back and forth vocals made even more impressive considering their meaning)
N.E.R.D. - Breakout (funky, dancy, pop-rock, great falsetto from Pharrell)
The Bees - I Love You (simple message and melody, but exquisite harmonies and instrumentations)
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out (this song was everywhere, but rightly so, it's so catchy and once the newness wares off, the overall quality of the song keeps you listening to it)
Ben Kweller - Hospital Bed (like the twin of either 'hey bulldog' or 'lady madonna', a great big of pop-rock)
Gwen Stefani - What You Waiting For (awesome cocky dance number)
Razorlight - Rip it Up (kickass bit of spazzy rock, lots of energy)
The Thrills - Not For All the Love in the World (breathless vocals from Conor Deasy and tragic orchestral accompaniment make this one a heartbreaker)
Wilco - Company in my Back (great laid back track)
Phantom Planet - 1st things 1st (almost perfect pop-rock song, catchy as hell)
Beasite Boys - Triple Trouble (uses rapper delight in a way that hasn't been done, well done boys)
Air - Cherry Blossom Girl (beatiful little piece)
Scissor Sisters - Lovers in the back seat (great melody, cool disco feel)
No doubt i left out a bunch of great tracks there...
Worst Song of 2004:
The Trews - Tired of Waiting
What a shite song! slow, boring, terrible and annoying melody, the excruciating attempt at sounding soulful at the end. I hated this song so much and what makes it worse is that i know many a girl who just love it...please, if you want a beautiful, slow song, check out "I Love You" or "Sky Holds the Sun" by the Bees.
A few words on some albums from 2004 that didn't make my top 10:
Franz Ferdinand - S/T
Everyone likes this album and i'm no exception. The 1-2-3 punch of "Tell Her Tonight", "Take Me Out", and "The Dark of the Matinee" are pretty tough to beat, but the rest of the album is just solid. There are no bad songs, but they are a little bit too much the same.
Wilco - A Ghost is Born
This has some really great songs but too many "experimental" aspects. Too many 7 minute songs and who thought 8 minutes of nothing was a good idea? Jeff Tweedy is too talented a songwriter to bog down his work with stuff like this.
The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
Another really good one, i usually hate concept albums, but given the medium he's using (rap/spoken word/electronica) it really works. I love his accent and sense of humour.
The Libertines - The Libertines
The reviewer from Blender hit it dead on: given the conditions this album was made, it's great, otherwise it's just good. Their selfitled album is a good one, but it really pails in comparison to their debut, Up the Bracket. Many of the songs sound unfinished, like they needed more work that just wasn't available due to Pete Doherty's drug escapades.
The Futureheads - The Futureheads
Good angular pop/rock/punk riffs and silly/spazzy english singing. But the album was too long and a little bit too spazzy in the nerdy way, as opposed to cute and likeable like Hot Hot Heat.
Brian Wilson - Smile
I just didn't dig this. I definitely need to listen to it more, but it just sounded like an old man trying to recreate some overly whimsical feelings he associates with his youth. Keep in mind: i love Brian Wilson and whimsy, and still didn't dig this.
Dilated Peoples - Neighbourhood Watch
A dissapointment. I was expecting big things from these guys, i loved both "the Platform" and "Expansion Team", but they really put a few feet wrong on this one. The beats lack their classic sound and the rhymes are weak.
Kanye West - The College Dropout
Just about the most overrated album ever. This is a good album, but it's getting praised as groundbreaking. Anything Kanye does that's new to mainstream rap has been done by underground MCs for years. Still, it sure beats 50 cent.
The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
A solid album, no real weak tracks, a few good ones, but nothing really takes off the way "Main Offender" or "the Hives declare Guerre Nuclaire" off of their last album.
The Von Bondies - Pawn Shoppe Heart
Good garage rock, but lacks any sense of humour. Sounds too serious and downcast.
Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
Good old country record, but what's the big fuss? Yeah she's an old vet making a comeback, yeah Jack White, bla bla, the music is just good, not great.
Scissor Sisters - S/T
Nearly written off as a novelty, the trio of "Mary", "Lovers in the Backseat" and "Tits on the Radio" is fantastic. This very nearly made the top 10.
Ryan Adams - Love is Hell (1 & 2)
Many hailed these as bringing him as close as he's ever been to his Heartbreaker quality. They are quite good, Rock 'n' Roll and Gold were better. I don't even like many of the influences on this album, but i still like it.
That's about all i have to say on that.
"Oh your strange manners how i love them so/ why don't you wear your new trenchcoat?" - the Strokes