Album Releases by User Score

The Documentary 1.

The Documentary

by The Game
January 18, 2005
The west coast rapper's debut boasts an all-star production and guest roster including the likes of Eminem, Timbaland, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Busta Rhymes, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.6
Demon Days 2.

Demon Days

by Gorillaz
May 24, 2005
When the comic supergroup's 2001 debut sold an astounding 6 million copies worldwide, a sequel became necessary. Hence 'Demon Days.' Returning leader Damon Albarn (Blur) and new producer Danger Mouse are joined by guests Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays), Ike Turner, MF Doom, De La Soul and Dennis Hopper.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Confessions On A Dance Floor 3.

Confessions On A Dance Floor

by Madonna
November 15, 2005
Stuart Price co-produced the 47-year-old Anglophile's latest dance-oriented effort.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
9.0
LCD Soundsystem 4.

LCD Soundsystem

by LCD Soundsystem
February 15, 2005
Hipsters, rejoice! James Murphy, one-half of the in-demand indie-rock production duo The DFA (The Rapture, et al), finally makes his full-length debut as an artist as LCD Soundsystem.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.1
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 5.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
June 28, 2005
Combine a singer who sounds more than a little like David Byrne, some solid indie-rock tunes, blurbs on all the right blogs, and a glowing review from Pitchfork and it all adds up to quite a buzz for this Brooklyn band's debut disc. Now all they need is a record deal.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.5
Late Registration 6.

Late Registration

by Kanye West
August 30, 2005
The Grammy-winner returns with a highly-anticpated follow-up to 'The College Dropout,' marking the second installment in a planned four-part series of albums. Jon Brion co-produced, and Brandy, Common, Nas, The Game, Jamie Foxx and Maroon 5's Adam Levine guest.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.4
Illinois 7.

Illinois

by Sufjan Stevens
July 5, 2005
The folk singer-songwriter's ambitious attempt to chronicle all 50 states in song continues with this second installment, dedicated to the Prairie State.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.9
Arular 8.

Arular

by M.I.A.
March 22, 2005
This short but wildly eclectic debut album from Maya Arulpragasam, a Sri Lankan-born, London-based artist and daughter of a Tamil Tiger revolutionary, is preceded by enormous buzz in both the U.K. and the U.S.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
Broken Social Scene 9.

Broken Social Scene

by Broken Social Scene
October 4, 2005
K-OS, Jason Tate (The Weakerthans) and Murray Lightburn (The Dears) guest on the Canadian collective's follow-up to 'You Forgot It In People.'
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
The Emancipation Of Mimi 10.

The Emancipation Of Mimi

by Mariah Carey
April 12, 2005
The singer wrote many of the songs appearing on 'Mimi,' and even produced one cut, with the remainder of the production duties falling to Jermaine Dupri, the Neptunes and Kanye West. Also appearing are Nelly, Twista and Snoop Dogg.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
8.0
World's Apart 11.

World's Apart

by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
January 25, 2005
This is the fourth album for the critically-acclaimed Texas-based band.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
8.0
Mezmerize 12.

Mezmerize

by System Of A Down
May 17, 2005
Rick Rubin co-produced this first of two planned 2005 releases for SOAD (with 'Hypnotize' coming in the fall).
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.5
X&Y 13.

X&Y

by Coldplay
June 7, 2005
Plagued by numerous delays, the Chris Martin-led band's third album finally surfaced 3 years after the hugely successful 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head.' The band co-produced with Danton Supple (Elbow) and Ken Nelson (Kings Of Convenience, Badly Drawn Boy).
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.0
Be 14.

Be

by Common
May 24, 2005
The rapper's follow-up to 2002's love-it-or-hate-it 'Electric Circus' was produced largely by Kanye West. For some reason, John Mayer guests.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.7
Set Yourself On Fire 15.

Set Yourself On Fire

by Stars
March 8, 2005
Boasting a somewhat higher profile after a tour supporting Broken Social Scene, fellow Canadians Stars return with a third LP, produced by Tony Hoffer.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.8
Silent Alarm 16.

Silent Alarm

by Bloc Party
March 22, 2005
This multiculti London four-piece (making their full-length debut with 'Silent Alarm') has been heralded in seemingly every music magazine in the world as 2005's answer to Franz Ferdinand.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.9
Aerial 17.

Aerial

by Kate Bush
November 8, 2005
This double-disc set is the influential singer-songwriter's first album in a dozen years.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
All The Right Reasons 18.

All The Right Reasons

by Nickelback
October 4, 2005
The Canadian alt-metal outfit returns with a self-produced fourth album.
Metascore:
41
User Score:
4.3
13 & God 19.

13 & God

by 13 & God
May 3, 2005
13+God is a collaboration between German rocktronica outfit The Notwist and American indie-rappers Themselves. Also guesting are members of Ms. John Soda, Lali Puna, and cLOUDDEAD; basically, if they're on Morr Music or Anticon, you'll find them here.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Alligator 20.

Alligator

by The National
April 12, 2005
This is the third LP for the Brooklyn five-piece fronted by deep-voiced Matt Berninger.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.8
Martha Wainwright 21.

Martha Wainwright

by Martha Wainwright
April 12, 2005
Daughter of Loudon and sister of Rufus, Martha becomes the third Wainwright to release an album in 2005. This self-titled effort is her full-length debut, following on the heels of her subtly-titled EP "Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole."
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Feels 22.

Feels

by Animal Collective
October 18, 2005
Electric where the mellower 'Sung Tongs' was acoustic, 'Feels' is nevertheless another idiosyncratic outing for the freak-folk four-piece.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Black Mountain 23.

Black Mountain

by Black Mountain
January 18, 2005
This is the debut LP for Stephen McBean's Black Mountain project, which shares members with Jerk With A Bomb and Pink Mountaintops.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.0
A Bigger Bang 24.

A Bigger Bang

by The Rolling Stones
September 6, 2005
Don Was co-produced the band's first new studio album in eight years. Keith Richards sings on two tracks.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.4
With Teeth 25.

With Teeth

by Nine Inch Nails
May 3, 2005
Trent Reznor finally returns with a follow-up to 1999's 'The Fragile.' Dave Grohl guests.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.7
Z 26.

Z

by My Morning Jacket
October 4, 2005
For their fourth album, produced by John Leckie, the Kentucky band sports a new keyboardist and guitarist.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.4
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard 27.

Chaos And Creation In The Backyard

by Paul McCartney
September 13, 2005
Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich helms the bassist's 20th post-Beatles album, which finds McCartney in true solo mode, playing every instrument on these 13 songs.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.9
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning 28.

I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

by Bright Eyes
January 25, 2005
'I'm Wide Awake' is the more country/acoustic of Conor Oberst's twin January 2005 releases under the Bright Eyes name. Emmylou Harris provides vocals on three tracks.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Dynamite 29.

Dynamite

by Jamiroquai
September 20, 2005
The U.K. pop-funk outfit led by Jay Kay returns with a sixth album.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
8.3
Twin Cinema 30.

Twin Cinema

by The New Pornographers
August 23, 2005
This is the third album of sunny indie-pop tunes for the acclaimed union of Neko Case, Dan Bejar (also of Destroyer) and A.C. Newman.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
Jagged Little Pill Acoustic 31.

Jagged Little Pill Acoustic

by Alanis Morissette
July 26, 2005
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of her debut, 'Jagged Little Pill,' the Canadian singer-songwriter has re-recorded all of that album's songs using acoustic instruments. (It's certainly easier than writing new songs!)
Metascore:
40
User Score:
6.2
Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 32.

Fijacion Oral Vol. 1

by Shakira
June 7, 2005
The first of two planned 2005 releases for the Colombian pop star is this Spanish-language disc, with its English counterpart due in the fall.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
Akron/Family 33.

Akron/Family

by Akron/Family
March 22, 2005
The latest neo-folk outfit under the tutelage of Michael Gira are the Brooklyn quartet Akron/Family, who make their debut with this self-titled release.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
Lullabies To Paralyze 34.

Lullabies To Paralyze

by Queens of the Stone Age
March 22, 2005
Only Josh Homme remains from the QOTSA's previous LP, and he's now joined by guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen (A Perfect Circle) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig). The band's fourth album also includes appearances by Brody Dalle, Shirley Manson and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
In Between Dreams 35.

In Between Dreams

by Jack Johnson
March 1, 2005
The mellow singer-songwriter re-teams with producer Mario Caldato Jr. for this follow-up to 'On And On.'
Metascore:
58
User Score:
8.3
I Am A Bird Now 36.

I Am A Bird Now

by Antony and the Johnsons
February 1, 2005
The androgynous singer Antony is backed by the likes of Lou Reed, Devendra Banhart, Boy George and Rufus Wainwright on his sophomore release.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.3
The Magic Numbers 37.

The Magic Numbers

by The Magic Numbers
October 4, 2005
This debut disc showcases the 50s and 60s pop stylings and three-part harmonies of the pair of brother-sister duos (Romeo & Michelle Stodart and Sean & Angela Gannon) that make up The Magic Numbers.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
Guero 38.

Guero

by Beck
March 29, 2005
This much-anticipated release for the eclectic performer--a return to the "fun" Beck of 'Odelay' and 'Midnite Vultures'--was produced by the Dust Brothers and Tony Hoffer.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
Kasabian 39.

Kasabian

by Kasabian
March 8, 2005
Named after Charles Manson's getaway driver, the British quartet Kasabian drew comparisons to The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with this debut LP.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.2
The Massacre 40.

The Massacre

by 50 Cent
March 3, 2005
The rapper's second album was "executive" produced by Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 himself and includes the singles "Piggybank" and "Disco Inferno."
Metascore:
66
User Score:
5.5
Hypnotize 41.

Hypnotize

by System Of A Down
November 22, 2005
Co-produced by Rick Rubin, this 12-song disc was recorded during the same sessions as 'Mesmerize,' and is intended to be heard with that earlier 2005 disc as one complete set.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.6
Plans 42.

Plans

by Death Cab for Cutie
August 30, 2005
The Ben Gibbard-led group makes its major-label debut with this 11-song disc, produced by band member Chris Walla.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.8
In Your Honor 43.

In Your Honor

by Foo Fighters
June 14, 2005
This double-disc set from Dave Grohl & co. includes one full CD of acoustic tracks. Guests include John Paul Jones, Norah Jones, Josh Homme and Petra Haden.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
8.1
Anniemal 44.

Anniemal

by Annie
June 7, 2005
This debut full-length by the Norwegian singer is preceded by quite a bit of critical buzz on both sides of the Atlantic.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
Amarantine 45.

Amarantine

by Enya
November 22, 2005
The singer's first album in five years finds her once again collaborating with producer Nicky Ryan and lyricist Roma Ryan, and includes three songs in her new made-up language Loxian.
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.8
Extraordinary Machine 46.

Extraordinary Machine

by Fiona Apple
October 4, 2005
The singer-songwriter's third album finally sees the light of day after originally being shelved by her record label in 2003 and then leaked onto the Internet. This official 'Machine' is a newly-recorded version (with producer Mike Elizondo taking over for the original's Jon Brion), so if you've heard the leaked tracks, you haven't heard this. Let the comparisons begin!
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.7
Don't Tread On Me 47.

Don't Tread On Me

by 311
August 16, 2005
The Omaha, Nebraska alt-rockers return with an eighth album.
Metascore:
51
User Score:
6.0
A Little More Personal (Raw) 48.

A Little More Personal (Raw)

by Lindsay Lohan
December 6, 2005
The actress' second album rocks a bit more than her first, and includes covers of songs by Cheap Trick and Stevie Nicks.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
7.2
Get Behind Me Satan 49.

Get Behind Me Satan

by The White Stripes
June 7, 2005
The duo's fifth long-player, destined to be known as GBMS in record reviews everywhere, was recorded in their Detroit studio. While not a total departure from previous efforts, it does find them expanding their sound away from their usual guitar+drums formula.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
22-20s 50.

22-20s

by 22-20s
April 19, 2005
Brendan Lynch produced this debut for the English blues-rock band, who are named after a Skip James song.
Metascore:
61
User Score:
7.9
Oral Fixation Vol. 2 51.

Oral Fixation Vol. 2

by Shakira
November 29, 2005
The singer's second 2005 release is sung entirely in English, and includes two tracks originally sung in Spanish on Fijacion Oral Vol. 1.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.0
Hypermagic Mountain 52.

Hypermagic Mountain

by Lightning Bolt
October 18, 2005
The abrasive bass/drums duo of Brian Gibson and Brian Chippendal return with a follow-up to 2003's 'Wonderful Rainbow.'
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.7
All Jacked Up 53.

All Jacked Up

by Gretchen Wilson
September 27, 2005
Album number two finds the Nashville star reuniting with songwriter John Rich in an attempt to duplicate the mega-success of her debut, 'Here For The Party.'
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.1
Apologies To The Queen Mary 54.

Apologies To The Queen Mary

by Wolf Parade
September 27, 2005
The Montreal band's Sub Pop debut was co-produced by Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
Cold Roses 55.

Cold Roses

by Ryan Adams
May 3, 2005
Credited to Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, double album 'Cold Roses' is the first of three planned 2005 releases for the prolific singer-songwriter. Tom Schick produced.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.8
Lost And Found 56.

Lost And Found

by Will Smith
March 29, 2005
The actor and MC reunites with DJ Jazzy Jeff for several tracks on his ninth album, which also includes appearances from Mary J. Blige, Timbaland and Snoop Dogg.
Metascore:
50
User Score:
7.7
Playing The Angel 57.

Playing The Angel

by Depeche Mode
October 18, 2005
Borrowing a page from late-80s to early-90s DM in terms of sound (and possibly even quality), the Ben Hillier-produced 'Angel' is the first Depeche Mode album to feature some David Gahan-penned songs in addition to the usual assortment of Martin Gore tracks.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8
The Campfire Headphase 58.

The Campfire Headphase

by Boards of Canada
October 18, 2005
Well, they certainly aren't the most prolific of artists, but the acclaimed Scottish electronica duo of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin finally return with a third album.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.8
Dangerous And Moving 59.

Dangerous And Moving

by T.A.T.U
October 11, 2005
Three years after their sensational debut (and we don't use that adjective in the way that means "outstanding"), it turns out that they aren't schoolgirls, and they aren't lesbians. But what the Russian duo does have on this second album is Sting. Now that's edgy!
Metascore:
53
User Score:
8.4
The Mouse And The Mask 60.

The Mouse And The Mask

by DangerDoom
October 11, 2005
This collaboration between MF Doom and Danger Mouse includes voices and skits from Cartoon Network's Adult Swim shows. Non-animated folks like Ghostface Killah, Cee-Lo & Talib Kweli also lend a hand.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
The Trinity 61.

The Trinity

by Sean Paul
September 27, 2005
This is the third album for the Jamaican dancehall star.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
7.6
Tender Buttons 62.

Tender Buttons

by Broadcast
September 20, 2005
Half the band has departed (replaced by a drum machine), but Broadcast's third LP still features the vocals of Trish Keenan and James Cargill's retro-electronic sound.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.8
Monkey Business 63.

Monkey Business

by The Black Eyed Peas
June 7, 2005
Guests on the R&B outfit's latest include Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake and James Brown.
Metascore:
48
User Score:
6.2
The Woods 64.

The Woods

by Sleater-Kinney
May 24, 2005
The ubiquitous Dave Fridmann produced this latest outing for the veteran indie rockers, their first album for Sub Pop.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.4
Devils & Dust 65.

Devils & Dust

by Bruce Springsteen
April 26, 2005
Brendan O'Brien produced (and plays bass on) the singer's 19th album, which finds Springsteen backed by a variety of guests. Several of the 12 tracks here have previously surfaced in live performances, including two dating back to 1995.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.6
The Sunlandic Twins 66.

The Sunlandic Twins

by Of Montreal
April 12, 2005
Kevin Barnes' eighth Of Montreal disc finds the Georgian heading into more electronic territory, enlisting his laptop to assist in the recording process. Music on a laptop--who knew?
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Aha Shake Heartbreak 67.

Aha Shake Heartbreak

by Kings of Leon
February 22, 2005
Ethan Johns produced this sophomore album for southern rockers and brothers Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew Followill. (OK, so Matthew is only a cousin, but he was still allowed to join the band.)
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.3
Elephant Eyelash 68.

Elephant Eyelash

by Why?
October 4, 2005
Indie rap meets indie rock in the latest full-length from Yoni Wolf, who, as on 'Sanddollars,' is now supported by a full band.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.7
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness 69.

Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness

by Coheed and Cambria
September 20, 2005
This is the third emo-sci-fi album from the prog-rock foursome fronted by Claudio Sanchez.
Metascore:
73
User Score:
8.3
Blinking Lights And Other Revelations 70.

Blinking Lights And Other Revelations

by Eels
April 26, 2005
Mark Everett's diverse and epic sixth Eels album spans two CDs. It probably would never be classified as a happy album, but it does include appearances from Tom Waits, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
The Sunset Tree 71.

The Sunset Tree

by The Mountain Goats
April 26, 2005
John Darnielle recorded this 13-track Mountain Goats disc with the help of musicians John Vanderslice, Peter Hughes, Franklin Bruno and Scott Solter.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.8
The Bravery 72.

The Bravery

by The Bravery
March 29, 2005
Another hot, retro-sounding band based in New York? Is there some sort of factory churning these bands out? (Or in the case of The Bravery, a Factory?) The band's self-titled debut, preceded by the requisite buzz, utilizes a new wave-flavored sound which is also reminiscent of, oh, let's just say New Order and The Cure.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.2
Picaresque 73.

Picaresque

by The Decemberists
March 22, 2005
Chris Walla produced this third album for the literary Portland, Ore.-based five-piece led by Colin Meloy.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.5
Human After All 74.

Human After All

by Daft Punk
March 15, 2005
The French electronica duo's third LP is closer in sound to their first than to 2001's 'Discovery.'
Metascore:
57
User Score:
7.4
Golden Ocean 75.

Golden Ocean

by 50 Foot Wave
March 8, 2005
The indie-rock trio 50 Foot Wave includes a pair of Throwing Muses (Kristin Hersh and Bernard Georges) plus Rob Ahlers. This full-length debut follows a self-titled EP released in 2004.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.5
Frances The Mute 76.

Frances The Mute

by The Mars Volta
March 1, 2005
The psychedelic prog-rock outfit led by Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez return with a second ambitious album, which follows the death of band member Jeremy Ward.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.4
Soviet Kitsch 77.

Soviet Kitsch

by Regina Spektor
March 1, 2005
The Russian-born singer/pianist makes her major-label debut with this disc produced by Gordon Raphael (The Strokes).
Metascore:
72
User Score:
8.7
The Beekeeper 78.

The Beekeeper

by Tori Amos
February 22, 2005
The singer-songwriter returns with her first album of original material in three years, a conceptual work centering on the title character, with its 19 songs divided into six thematic "gardens." Damien Rice guests on one track.
Metascore:
65
User Score:
8.3
The Mysterious Production Of Eggs 79.

The Mysterious Production Of Eggs

by Andrew Bird
February 8, 2005
You don't see many musicians described as a "whistler" but Chicago's Andrew Bird (who is also a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and originally, a violinist) fits the bill. This is his fifth release (and second for Ani DiFranco's record label), which finds him backed by several members of his group Bowl Of Fire.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.8
The Great Destroyer 80.

The Great Destroyer

by Low
January 25, 2005
The trio's seventh album (their first for Sub Pop) features production work from Dave Fridmann and an atypically energetic sound.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Live It Out 81.

Live It Out

by Metric
October 4, 2005
This is the second full-length for the Toronto group fronted by Emily Haines, who is also a member of Broken Social Scene.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
8.2
Somebody's Miracle 82.

Somebody's Miracle

by Liz Phair
October 4, 2005
After the critical lashing for her previous pop-oriented album, the singer-songwriter enlisted John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) to produce this follow-up set.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.3
Ten Thousand Fists 83.

Ten Thousand Fists

by Disturbed
September 20, 2005
This is the third album for the alt-metal band fronted by David Draiman.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.5
Home Sweet Home 84.

Home Sweet Home

by Kano
June 27, 2005
The 19-year-old East London "grime" MC makes his debut with this LP which features contributions from Mike Skinner (The Streets), Diplo and Paul Epworth.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Gimme Fiction 85.

Gimme Fiction

by Spoon
May 10, 2005
Mike McCarthy returns as producer for the Britt Daniel-led band's varied follow-up to their acclaimed 2002 outing 'Kill The Moonlight.' Spoon fans will not be disappointed.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Make Believe 86.

Make Believe

by Weezer
May 10, 2005
Rick Rubin produced album number five for the Rivers Cuomo-led band.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
6.0
Black Sheep Boy 87.

Black Sheep Boy

by Okkervil River
April 5, 2005
This is the fourth album for the Austin band led by singer-songwriter Will Sheff.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
8.8
12 Songs 88.

12 Songs

by Neil Diamond
November 8, 2005
Producer Rick Rubin attempts to do for Neil Diamond what he did for Johnny Cash, resulting in a rare stripped-down, intimate set for the veteran performer. (Don't expect any Nine Inch Nails covers, though; these are all Diamond originals.)
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.3
Dark Light 89.

Dark Light

by H.I.M.
September 27, 2005
This is the first U.S. release for the popular Finnish goth-rock band (the initials stand for His Infernal Majesty) fronted by Ville Hermani Vallo.
Metascore:
52
User Score:
7.9
The Naked Truth 90.

The Naked Truth

by Lil' Kim
September 27, 2005
The soon-to-be-incarcerated (for perjury) rapper offers a fourth solo disc. Kanye West and Scott Storch are among the producers.
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.4
Takk... 91.

Takk...

by Sigur Rós
September 13, 2005
Sigur Ros' fourth album is the first to feature songs sung mainly in their native Icelandic, rather than their fabricated Hopelandish.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.8
Howl 92.

Howl

by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
August 23, 2005
A radical departure from previous efforts, the band's third album adds a lot of acoustic guitars and other Americana and blues elements into the mix.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.9
The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas 93.

The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas

by Quasimoto
May 3, 2005
Madlib's somewhat bizarre alter-ego returns with a 27-track set.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.6
Songs For Silverman 94.

Songs For Silverman

by Ben Folds
April 26, 2005
Folds' second solo outing actually finds him working once again in trio format, now joined by drummer Lindsay Jamieson (Departure Lounge) and bassist Jared Reynolds (who, like Folds, contributed to the recent William Shatner album).
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.4
Waiting For The Sirens' Call 95.

Waiting For The Sirens' Call

by New Order
April 26, 2005
The veteran Manchester band's latest disc was produced by Tore Johansson and John Leckie, and sees touring guitarist Phil Cunningham becoming an official full-time band member, replacing departed keyboardist Gillian Gilbert.
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.9
Untilted 96.

Untilted

by Autechre
April 19, 2005
The experimental electronica duo of Rob Brown and Sean Booth return with eight new tracks.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
8.5
B-Sides & Rarities 97.

B-Sides & Rarities

by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
March 22, 2005
For you Nick Cave completists out there, this three-disc box set compiles 56 tracks spanning both decades of his work with the Bad Seeds, including some previously unreleased material.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.5
Hotel 98.

Hotel

by Moby
March 22, 2005
The latest from the New York-based techno guru eschews samples for live instrumentation and vocals (by the bald one himself), and is backed by a second disc of ambient works.
Metascore:
47
User Score:
5.6
The Angels Of Light Sing 'Other People' 99.

The Angels Of Light Sing 'Other People'

by Angels Of Light
March 22, 2005
Michael Gira's post-Swans project Angels Of Light returns with a fourth release of mostly acoustic folk/rock, backed by musicians from Akron/Family.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.5
No Wow 100.

No Wow

by The Kills
March 8, 2005
This is the second album for the garage-blues duo of VV and Hotel (known to their parents as Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince).
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.2

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