Treble Album of the Week Mix Project 2005

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It’s the middle of February in a new year for Treble, so that means it’s about time for another Album of the Week mix. Though most of these tracks came out in the last couple months of ’04, it’ll allow you to catch up on some of the great albums you might have missed when they came out. It’s more than likely that you’ve heard and own the U2 disc, but the rest of them were less conspicuous, though no less awesome. As usual, these tracks are songs we felt were the best songs on the best albums of the last few months. So, by all means, check `em out. We don’t do this every three or four months for nothin’.

Treble AOW Mix 2005, Vol. 1

1.Dears “Never Destroy Us”
from No Cities Left
“‘Never Destroy Us’ is the album’s true standout.”
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2.Dolorean “The Righteous Shall Destroy the Precious”
from Violence in the Snowy Fields
“‘The Righteous Shall Destroy the Precious’ is a standout track, and one of my favorites, that builds up as it goes along.”
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3.Ted Leo/Pharmacists “Better Lead Than Dead”
from Shake the Sheets
“Musically, there’s very little that Ted Leo and the Pharmacists can’t do.”
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4.Futureheads “Meantime”
from The Futureheads
The Futureheads is such an enjoyable listen that the only frustrating thing is picking a favorite song.”
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5.Castanets “Three Days, Four Nights”
from Cathedral
“`Three Days, Four Nights’ shows the widest dichotomy between loud and quiet, as its intro is nearly inaudible, but soon erupts into Calexico-style southwest rock.”
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6.Death From Above 1979 “Going Steady”
from You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
“The space-bass breakdown on `Going Steady’ is righteous”
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7. Hem “Jackson”
from Eveningland
“This is one of those few and far between times that an artist can take a song and make it their own.”
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8.Blanket Music “Guernica”
from Cultural Norms
“Soulful horns and bass turn `Guernica,’ a song that appears to be about Picasso’s famed painting, into something approaching a lost Otis Redding or James Brown song.”
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9.Wovenhand “Bleary-eyed Duty”
from Consider the Birds
“At other times, as in `Bleary Eyed Duty,’ it sounds like Remy Zero after a year of reading nothing but William Faulkner.”
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10.James Yorkston and the Athletes “Banjo #1”
from Just Beyond the River
“When I find myself drawn in by the lush accompaniment of `Banjo #1,’ I’ll pull myself out of the sonic whirlwind and commit my experience to Word.”
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11.Valet “Journalists”
from Life on the Installment Plan
Life on the Installment Plan is a gorgeous, shimmery collection of dream-pop that could easily find admirers in Ben Gibbard and Dean Wareham.”
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12.U2 “Original of the Species”
from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
“Standout songs like … `Original of the Species’ make HTDAAB U2’s best album in quite a while.”
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13.Holly Golightly “The Luckiest Girl”
from Slowly But Surely
“`The Luckiest Girl’ takes it up a notch, upping the rock ante with a faster beat and a healthy amount of sitar.”
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14. No. 9 “Get Gut”
from Micro Films
“`Get Gut’ is where Micro Films starts to get reaaaally interesting. Transitioning from ambient to a more upbeat style, this track adds some oddball drum `n’ bass beats, sounding more like Four Tet than early Aphex Twin.”
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15.The Blow “Knowing the Things That I Know”
from Poor Aim: Love Songs
“`Knowing the Things That I Know’ is pure brilliance, combining pretty vocal harmonies, dance-friendly beats and a resigned, almost cynical lyric.”
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16.Bloc Party “Banquet”
from Bloc Party
“In `Banquet,’ (Bloc Party) marry taut, scratchy guitar chords with a melodic, almost pretty, chorus and lead singer Kele Okereke’s (coolest frontman name ever) falsetto vocals.”
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