It's always about the list of the best albums of the year. See what some of the XPN hosts thought were the best of the year below. 2005 was a notable year in music for two primary reasons - 2005 was a big year for the veteran XPN artists, but it was also the year that a handful of incredibly talented indie artists broke out into the mainstream.
If one walks in to a record store in the last four months you'd think it was the Seventies. Not only did Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones split back-to-back covers of Rolling Stone magazine this year, but their new albums sat next to each other in the record bins. Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young and Eric Clapton (and Cream) weighed in with respectable new albums and XPN faves including David Gray, Dar Williams, Beck, Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Buddy Guy, John Hiatt, Sheryl Crow, Richard Thompson, Sinead O'Connor, Ry Cooder and Rodney Crowell all put out records worth adding to your collection for the year.
The big story of 2005 was the breakout of some very creative and exciting indie bands and artists including Austin's Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Connor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes), The Arcade Fire, Death Cab For Cutie, Feist, and The Decemberists. The indie-rock singer-songwriter and rock scene are flourishing with even more great musicians you'll be hearing soon on XPN.
Thanks for listening,
Bruce Warren, Program Director