Review of 2005: Singles

1. Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
It’s furious, ecstatic, frustrated, yearning, beautiful and uniquely brilliant. All at once.
Richard Hawley2. Richard Hawley – The Ocean
The first single from Coles Corner is a rather splendid piece of lush romanticism.
The Arcade Fire3. Arcade Fire – Wake Up
Wake Up is melancholic, inspiring and, for a band preoccupied with death, gloriously uplifting.
KT Tunstall K.T. Tunstall – Black Horse And The Cherry Tree
Loops, a sampler and an acoustic guitar help construct a very fine song.
Test Icicles Test Icicles – Circle Square Triangle
A three-minute blitz of corrupting bass, incendiary guitars and screams in all the right places.
The Rakes=  The Rakes – Retreat
Makes the relentless monotony of routine sound like an excuse to dance like an epileptic child watching Japanese cartoons by strobe light.
Fightstar=   Fightstar – Palahniuk’s Laughter
Quite simply, Fightstar rock. Yes, really.
Richard Hawley Richard Hawley – Coles Corner
As anyone who hasn’t yet been soothed by Richard Hawley’s velvety-rich baritone won’t know, this is not music to rush by.
Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand – Walk Away
Out goes irreverent animation and overtly 80s haircuts, in comes vintage Americana principles and film noir stylistics.
iLiKETRAiNS10. iLiKETRAiNS – A Rook House For Bobby
It is unlikely that you will find a more graceful song released this year.
Girls Aloud=   Girls Aloud – Biology
Never mind the X-Factor, it’s got the ‘what the hell’ factor written all over it. Surrender to the pop majesty of Girls Aloud.
Guillemots=  Guillemots – Trains To Brazil
A song of jaw dropping brilliance.
Eighteen Visions=  Eighteen Visions – I Let Go
Massive, punchy, metallic riffs piledriving the verses before a surprisingly poppy chorus enters the fray.
The White Stripes=   The White Stripes – Blue Orchid
As mighty as you’d expect from one of the best bands in the world.

15. The Rakes – Work Work Work (Pub Club Sleep)

=    The Subways – Oh Yeah

=    Madonna – Hung Up

=    My Chemical Romance – I’m Not Okay (I Promise)

=    Gorillaz – Dare

=    The Bravery – An Honest Mistake

=    The Departure – All Mapped Out

22. White Rose Movement – Alsatian

=    Switchfoot – Dare You To Move

=    Beck – E-Pro

=    Depeche Mode – Precious

=    Five O’Clock Heroes – Head Games

27. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love

=    Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To

=    Antony And The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone

=    Now It’s Overhead – Wait In A Line

=    Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

=    Katie Melua – 9 Million Bicycles

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