The Top 40 Albums of 2004

By: Stylus Staff

Posted 12/20/2004 - 10:23:15 AM by shiflet:
 wish the cam'ron had come out earlier (or i was on a sharing network...) just picked it up yesterday & even after only 2 listens, i know it'd have made my list had i heard it a few weeks ago. oh well.
Posted 12/20/2004 - 04:33:52 PM by J.Timmermann:
 Yeah, Purple Haze would've placed for me, too, (somewhere around #25) had I heard it before submitting my list. The same goes for What Would the Neighbors Say? and Piracy Funds Terrorism at #15 and #3, respectively.
Posted 12/21/2004 - 11:11:17 AM by badhaircut:
 FF @ #25? Wow.
Posted 12/21/2004 - 01:56:08 PM by camlindsay:
 Yeah, an album with no weaknesses only reaches #25?
Posted 12/21/2004 - 02:22:21 PM by inabillity:
 yeah, what a relief.
Posted 12/21/2004 - 05:08:36 PM by IanMathers:
 I don'tknow if having no "embarrassingly bad" bits is the same as having no weaknesses. I do know I'd rather listen to Deathprod or the Necks than Franz Ferdinand.
Posted 12/21/2004 - 05:51:36 PM by grodinsky:
 refreshing to see ff so far down a list
Posted 12/21/2004 - 05:54:13 PM by NickSouthall:
 The lettering on FF t-shirts is always backwards. This is because their fans spend an inordinate amount of time observing themselves in mirrors.
Posted 12/21/2004 - 09:58:37 PM by ddrake:
 Surely, FF's low showing means Nina Sky will be somewhere in the top 20 ;-)
Posted 12/21/2004 - 11:39:53 PM by WBSwygart:
 I hereby propose that the picture for #11 is the greatest thing ever.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 01:40:48 AM by bjornw:
 the picture may be #1, but the album sure isn't. a swedish spice girl riding on the electro new wave. embarrasing and awful, and everybody´s buying it.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 01:56:40 AM by angrymice:
 Anyone who finds "The Book of Right On" 'creepy' must run screaming from the Powerpuff Girls.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 08:09:44 AM by Liarbythefire:
 I like FF, but the world isn't going to end if they aren't in the top 20. For everyone that loved it, there are those who thought FF are a bunch of Roxy Music/Talking Heads copying fakes. Now if the folks here can explain how the hell John Frusciante's album got to be the 20th best album of the year, then we'll be okay. Having actually listened to it, I would say it has no place on the list. I was supremely bored by the whole thing and Frusciante's Will To Death is better (I haven't heard his other albums and loved To Record Water...). I guess someone liked it for the sheer novelty of Frusciante releasing six albums in six months, like a kid that's attracted to shiny things. The only good thing is it sounds like Brian Eno, but less non-specific. But not as good. Other than that, this hasn't been that bad.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 01:05:27 PM by BoobMcNair:
 Does the fact that the only one I have of these so far (11-40) is Franz Ferdinand make me inherently lame? Just wondering.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 01:08:24 PM by brandon1025:
 God almighty, I wish everyone would quit being so butthurt over Franz Ferdinand not taking the globe by storm. Yeah, all the songs were catchy, so what? I think they've done "indie rock" a service by staking claim to mainstream radio, but those guys wore their influences on their sleeves, and my friends and I could sit for HOURS playing "name the influence" or "band X plus band Y equals FF." The songs, however catchy on the first few spins, didn't have staying power. I listened to that album constantly throughout spring, but I don't think I've stuck that album in the player MAYBE once since June. For all you FF lovers out there: this album is a stepping stone. This will lead you down the paths of musical salvation, and you will discover all the great bands that lie beyond the horizion of commercial pop.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 01:32:46 PM by ddrake:
 There was lots of stuff from the horizen of commercial pop this year I preferred to FF.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 03:11:58 PM by BoobMcNair:
 Haha, butthurt. I'm just noting that my tastes this year must be alot different than the ones represented here. I like the FF album, but it's not a classic or anything. Dave, did it take a lot of campaigning to get Lil Scrappy/Trillville on here?
Posted 12/22/2004 - 04:25:07 PM by IanMathers:
 Boob: Of course not. You could have all forty of these albums and still be lame, or none of them and be cooler than all of us.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 05:16:41 PM by florenz6:
 O, Brandon and ianmathers, you are so right. But it is interesting that such a quite nice (but in no way profound or deeply intersting)band like FF can stimulate so much discussion. From all the records listed between 10 and 40, I would definitely transport Deathprod and The Necks on the famous desert island. Courtney Love is utterly boring and FF definitely doesn´t stand the test of time. And you have a lot of time on these islands.The enthusiasm about FF (and Keane, for example) is a bit silly.Maybe fan clubs are involved. My favourite rock album of the year is "A Ghost is Born" from Wilco; I love every sencond of, even the so-called weird parts make sense. And, in contrast to FF, they transform their inspirations (Neu!; Neil Youngs electric guitar; LaMonte Young)into new teritory. And, Ian, if you like Deathprod, give Brian Eno´s "Curiosities, Volume 2" a chance (listen to parts of it via´s simply gorgeous.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 07:11:29 PM by notstevemarth:
 I remember hearing about Joanna Newsom over the course of this year, but I never actually listened to any of her music until today (after seeing her album appear on pretty much every website's Top Albums lists). I have to say... holy cow. Unvelievable. I can see how the voice would be divisive, but how it comes together with her harp and her incredible songwriting, I'm just blown away listening to it. I only downloaded 3 songs now, but I can't stop listening to them, and rest assured I will own the album by tomorrow.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 07:16:34 PM by notstevemarth:
 I also have to tip my hat to the inclusion of Augie March's "Strange Bird" on the list. I happened upon it pretty randomly earlier this summer (before its American release), and was pretty amazed that such a great-sounding band could be practically unheard of by even the indie music outlets in this country. I've seen more and more praise of it in the last few weeks, so that's a good thing. They're a fantastic band, and Strange Bird is a fantastic album--albeit one that is already a couple years old.
Posted 12/22/2004 - 07:40:56 PM by andrew:
 Joanna Newsom was played on the radio at work the other day, loud enough for everyone to hear. I had never seen the full gamut of human emotion like I did that day. The full gamut. And those who like Augie March, listen to Sunset Studies, I find it better than Strange Bird. 'There Is No Such Place' is my favourite dead friend song...
Posted 12/22/2004 - 08:09:29 PM by mbloodyv:
 My boss caught me staring at the Annie picture...
Posted 12/22/2004 - 09:17:56 PM by tallcool1_69:
 I definitely fall into the 'have none of them... cooler than you' group! ;)
Posted 12/22/2004 - 09:26:52 PM by tallcool1_69:
 nuh... but it was a rather ordinary year for music eh? I struggle to think of 2004 discs i'd pay full price for... PJ Harvey *tick*... errrr... uhm.... yeah. enjoyed mark lanegan... hives... sonic youth... but really not that great a year. maybe skip a 'Top 40' and have 'least worst 40'? Courtney Love... pu-lease....!
Posted 12/23/2004 - 09:26:41 AM by kuttor:
 ha ha ha. nick cave in the top 10 everywhere? is the whole world going mad? oh, and FF: they made a perfect and clever pop album. when they will be boring like the junior boys, or obscure such like bark psychosis, they will have a place in the top10, so it goes.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 10:22:00 AM by brente:
 your top 10 is better than pitchfork's.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 10:31:54 AM by crzymdups:
 great list. such a better effort to incorporate all types of music than a certain other site... fiery furnaces forever (bark psychosis and xiu xiu too, only where's mclusky) and people whining about franz ferdinand need to listen to more music. that album is a cover album, adding dance beats to classics like Interpol and the Strokes. whatever.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 11:45:27 AM by kuttor:
 i don't care about originality 'til something is plagium-like, and the Franz F. album is definitely not. just good, should be a top5 release in 2004, but they are too popular to music geeks like Stylus.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 11:46:37 AM by kuttor:
 sorry: ...'til something IS NOT plagium like...
Posted 12/23/2004 - 12:32:24 PM by bassman08:
 Wow, Pitchfork's list is actually better than this one. I have 2 of these ablums (FF and Futureheads) and have the desire to get two more (Wolf Eyes and Arcade Fire). Pitchfork has lots that I own and lots that I plan on getting. It seems like when you guys criticize Pitchfork (and for the most part the criticisms are accurate) it's for being too snobby. But now many of you have done the exact same thing. FF is a good album, while maye it isn't the best of the year, it is still better than some of this stuff. And Courtney Love better than the Futureheads? Good Christ what is going on with that one? Oh well maybe I'm just not "cool" enough to like the same music that you guys do but I'd be perfectly fine with Sonic Youth, Burma, The Black Keys, and GBV being in there SOMEWHERE. At least over Courtney freakin Love or Cam'ron.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 12:35:34 PM by bassman08:
 Oh I forgot about the Fiery Furnaces...I want that one too. But still.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 12:35:56 PM by Liarbythefire:
 I agree with brente's opinion about this list. Don't get why Nellie McKay is #3, I guess I'm not liberal enough or 'smart' enough to like it.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 12:37:11 PM by brandon1025:
 I'm glad Xiu Xiu was in the top 10... i was so disappointed that it was all the way back at #50 on the bitchfork. That album is not for everyone, def still very strange, but "I Luv the Valley, OH!" was my #1 song of the year, and can be enjoyed by a much larger crowd than the rest of his songs. That song squirms its way onto every freakin mix I make. I can't wait to see what Jamie does in the '05.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 03:14:50 PM by Slumberlord:
 "I have 2 of these ablums (FF and Futureheads) and have the desire to get two more (Wolf Eyes and Arcade Fire). ... FF is a good album, while maye it isn't the best of the year, it is still better than some of this stuff. ... Sonic Youth, Burma, The Black Keys, and GBV being in there SOMEWHERE. At least over Courtney freakin Love or Cam'ron."
So Franz Ferdinand is better than some of those other albums ... that you haven't heard? Did you listen to the Cam'ron album? I did, and its far and away better than the 1/2 good 1/2 bland SY album and the embarrassing Burma album.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 04:06:02 PM by skuter666:
 It seems wilfully perverse to have Courtney Love chewing up space, while acknowledging that it’s only because she’s a spectacle and gives good sideshow freak. Big whoop. So did Wesley Willis -- and he did it better -- but there was never any need to put him on a ‘best of’ list, either. Then again, if she weren’t the Widow Cobain, she wouldn’t even have a recording contract. There are dozens of albums that came out this year far more deserving than la Love’s. How about “This Island” by Le Tigre? Or the Finn Brothers’ “Everyone Is Here”, a quietly epic dark gem that I found myself listening to a lot more than the other albums that I bought on this list.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 04:21:23 PM by poortheatre:
 cheers! thanks for having the balls to vote Fiery Furnaces album of the year. personally, i think arcade fire deserves the cake, but i'm still an unabashed FF champion. otherwise, the list is adequate. the most egregious errors are the rankings for Arcade Fire (too low), Animal Collective (too low), franz ferdinand (too low), nellie mckay and bark psychosis (what the fuck?), ANTICS (still too high, even though it isn't on the list hehe) and Ghostface (too high, but i've never heard it actually, and you and PF gave it major props, so maybe you're right after all). i'm still pissed that all you critics that turned your backs on franz ferdinand. you know, i never listen to it anymore, either-- but if that album had been released a month ago, it would have towered over most of these other albums... i think i'm finally read to check out the Streets. I resisted for along time because i could never really feel Dizzee Rascal, but you and ol' PF have convinced me. Also, Madvillainy is a god damn masterpiece. keep it up, stylus.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 05:30:30 PM by bassman08:
 Well I admit that I haven't heard a lot of this stuff but maybe that's just because much of it doesn't cater to my personal musical tastes...either way, Courtney Love doesn't deserve a spot here. And I have heard snippits of Cam'ron, not the whole album, but I'm not into rap that much so I probably wouldn't know anyway (although I have heard the first Dizze album and thought it was pretty good. Maybe I'll get the new one one too. I dunno.) Maybe there should be different categories of best records of the year as well as the overall top 40 so as to not totally alienate some people...or again, maybe I'm just not "cool" enough to "get" it.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 05:34:05 PM by brente:
 uh oh, now there's two FF's...people are going to start to get getting confused. (come on people--unless it's orchestral maneouvres in the dark or presidents of the united states of america, WRITE IT OUT!) as for which list has more, better music, that's a tough one--maybe pitchfork (it IS a top 50)--but stylus's seemed a lot less... predictable. granted, every album i didn't expect to be on here kicked off an album that i did. i guess it depends on whether you like a year-end list to pat you on the back, or to challenge you physically. me, i like a little bit of both. p.s. FF rules. but FF is overrated.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 05:42:54 PM by bassman08:
 Well I like a challenge as well, but none of this music sparks interest in me. Usually when I see year-end lists, there is something on them that I don't have but I think looks interesting. But this list sparks no interest in me. Pitchfork's, on the other hand has numerous records that I don't have but are really interested in as well as ones that I do have and I'm say to myself, "Hey, I liked that too." WHich doesn't mean Pitchfork is better/worse than Stylus. I'm just saying that this year Pitchfork happens to be closer to my tastes than this one. And, for the record, Burma wasn't on Pitchfork's year end list either, but I still like it.
Posted 12/23/2004 - 09:33:26 PM by morninghollow:
 hi guys! i love your magazine, but this year's top 40 proved kinda disappointing. Rating the Arcade Fire at #10 seems little more than an indier-than-you backlash at the praise the album has garnered from Pitchfork among other publications. Ditto Animal Collective and Franz Ferdinand. Blueberry Boat is a super-fun album, but in sacrificing genuine human emotion for erratic (although enjoyable!!) story songs, i feel like the Fiery Furnaces relinquished any real claim to album of the year. By contrast, the Arcade Fire's Funeral is one of the few albums released in recent memory to embrace the idea of emotionality, to give up on the cynicism-mask-my-broken-heart! bullshit that has prevailed since the success of OK Computer in 97. Instead, the Arcade Fire have the courage to meet sadness with resolve, to long for the simplicity of youth while embracing, however reluctantly, adult responsibility. In a climate of artifice and cynicism, the Arcade Fire have the guts to embrace sentimentality, genuine human emotion, beauty and love and sadness and growing up--and it is for that reason that it should have been ranked higher than any other albums released this year. There's something genuine there that runs deeper than stories of kidnapped girls and police officers (err... chief inspectors)--something genuine, but also something important. The Arcade Fire remind us that the passage to adulthood is difficult--and though cynicism may seem like the natural recourse, it is important that we meet responsibility with open eyes, open hearts, and LIVE the life we we've been given, the life we're meant to live, in all its pain and hopeless complexity. Whereas Blueberry Boat represents music as escapism, Funeral is music as life-affirmation. By choosing to rank Blueberry Boat so high, Stylus has made a definite choice for artifice over authenticity, for clever lyrics, clever riffing, and odd transitions over human feeling. Maybe that choice reflects more of our culture than the opposite ever could. Maybe the difficulties we face in the 21st century have rendered us so hard-hearted that we see no way out, no other choice but to retreat into hazey daydreams. Maybe your ranking reflects the general trend, and so is more representive of the cultural climate, but in an ideal world, emotion would prevail. Maybe the world wants us to be cynical, but it is our responsibility as members of a society, as living, breathing human beings to reject cynicism, to reject escapism and face the world we know, the world we will never understood, head on. Oh yeah, and Animal Collective deserve far better than #18.
Posted 12/24/2004 - 12:17:02 AM by J.Timmermann:
 I must say I'm very pleased with how this list turned out. (I hadn't even heard OF Stylus' #1 album last year!) Three of my top six picks placed in the top six here (Fiery Furnaces, Nellie McKay, Ghostface). I'm delightfully shocked that Nellie placed so high and that America's Sweetheart placed at all! I wish I'd heard Piracy Funds Terrorism prior to submitting my list because I would've definitely thrown a bunch of points behind it and it would've, thus, possibly placed a little bit higher on here. Glad it finished respectably anyway, though. Now, if only Ashlee Simpson had made it!
Posted 12/24/2004 - 12:19:55 AM by IanMathers:
 Nice prose (seriously) morninghollow, but I think the contention that "Stylus has made a definite choice" for anything gets to the core of where I disagree with you. "Stylus" has chosen nothing, because we all vote for our individual choices without knowing what everyone else thinks. Nobody then fudges the list to make sure the albums end up in the "right" place; Blueberry Boat beat Funeral for the simple reason that more of us liked it more. That being said, I didn't vote for either, and I'm sure that holds for some percentage of the staff here. Personally for genuine emotionality, I'll take my man Lekman over Funeral, which I find a little boring, any day. But I'm just one of some very large number of people who voted. You can't really discuss our list in terms of a rationale, because there isn't one and there never was. Now, I'd be willing to bet the same is true of Pitchfork, and I think we all (me included, definitely) slip into the error of doing so, but let's try to keep that in mind. This isn't a grand statement, merely the amalgamation of a bunch of people's opinions. Although I will say, in this context as in so many others, nobody _deserves_ anything.
Posted 12/24/2004 - 03:37:27 AM by NickSouthall:
 That last line about Animal Collective totally ruined the mood for me.
Posted 12/24/2004 - 03:44:21 AM by anthonymiccio:
 Can I live on the planet where the Arcade Fire is the only album in recent memory that embraced the idea of emotionality and reminds us that the passage to adulthood is difficult? Please?
Posted 12/24/2004 - 11:41:36 AM by scoopsnoodle:
 1 Madvillian 2 Joanna Newsom 3 Kanye West 4 Fiery Furnaces 5 Dr. Dog 6 Frank Black 7 Beta Band 8 MF Doom 9 Modest Mouse 0 White Magic
Posted 12/24/2004 - 01:43:13 PM by morninghollow:
 thanks ian! i spend way too much time writing fiction that nobody reads ( if for some reason you're interested). your Seconds articles on the cedar room and r u still in 2 it? are prob my favorite articles i've stumbled across on stylus. also, you're dead-on with your assertion that "Stylus has chosen nothing," that the list was compiled from individual critic's lists that reflect little more than each critic's personal preferences. i just meant to point to "Stylus' choice" as being representative of a general trend in the indie music community, a general move away from sentimentality/emotion toward a sense of resignation and world weariness. and yeah, there's no way the arcade fire's album was the only album in recent memory to embrace emotionality--i'm a mark kozelek/will oldham man through and through--but it's the only one, in my mind, to garner such universal acclaim for doing so.
Posted 12/25/2004 - 09:20:30 AM by citycalmdown:
 Why isn’t “Liars – They Were Wrong So We Drowned” on any of the final lists on Pitchfork OR Stylus? Do Pitchfork tally the points of the rankings on the individual writers lists to compose their final listing? If so, Liars should be on the list as opposed to Loretta Lynn, for example. (I tallied it in outrage!)
Posted 12/25/2004 - 06:11:35 PM by dr_maz:
 for the love of all that is holy and good in this world - WHERE IS BLONDE REDHEAD ON THIS LIST ?!!
Posted 12/25/2004 - 07:36:07 PM by danielboroughs:
 yeah mother fucc c cckkeerr!Q!!!!!!! Ghostface number six pick up stix!!! shittt fiery furnaces what are you thinking!!???? no way dumb butts you dumb butts blueberry boats was a flop to all those ADD indie kids out there and they just lost they're steez! Nas' new album was better then that!!!!! number one is GHOSTFACE all around going to you're town!!! hahahaaa i love this site happy X-mas fuckfaces yep you rock my world. shoul i really drop dough on the cam'ron cd? thank you for making my life worthwhile SMILE. i bought my dad a record player for X-mas to get him back in to vinyl. SMIILE sincerely, danny
Posted 12/25/2004 - 07:40:03 PM by danielboroughs:
 YOU SHITFACE citycalmdown b/c no one cares about LIARS anymore!!!!! go listen to WE live NE compton and masturbate to that fuckmuncher!!! yo baby all love, love!!!
Posted 12/28/2004 - 03:18:36 PM by florenz6:
 Well, what´s going on here?! People fighting for their bands, asking for the pole position, offending other tastes. This is all a bit ridiculous. (My own tolerance was under pressure, when a hard core fan of Franz Ferdinand showed, with a few words, that the world of Nick Cave, is something he shouldn´t say a single word about. I try to be polite. There is some wonderful music to be found in the list, and some other modern adventures in music that didn´t make it. Dominique Leone and few others do review jazz records, and there have been some great jazz albums in 2004. I would say "Jazz in a wider sense" to avoid words like "transgressions"... So (if any one is curious) explore the norwegian world of Arve Henriksen´s "Chiaroscuro" ( , Trygve Seim´s "Sangam" (ECM) and Jon Balke & Magnetic North Orchestra: "Diverted Travels" (ECM)- and "Unspeakable" from the american guitarist Bill Frisell, a masterpiece! And, by the way, Wilco´s "A Ghost Is Born" is a great work! Best wishes from Germany!
Posted 12/29/2004 - 11:34:05 AM by scooper:
 production note: the link accompanying your blurb for the necks brings up the wolf eyes review.
Posted 12/29/2004 - 02:41:27 PM by mtwill:
 1. Destroyer - Your Blues; 2. Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt; 3. Interpol - Antics; 4. Bark Psychosis - Codename: Dustsucker; 5. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse; 6. Vetiver - s/t; 7. Fennesz - Venice; 8. The Arcade Fire - Funeral; 9. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs; 10. Walkmen - Bows & Arrows; 11. A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder; 12. Brian Wilson - Smile; 13. Franz Ferdinand - s/t; 14. The Church - Forget Yourself; 15. Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld; 16. Wilco - A Ghost Is Born; 17. Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral; 18. Lali Puna - Faking the Books; 19. DFA - Compilation #2; 20. Bjork - Medullah Best Songs: (no order; non-exhaustive) Interpol - "NARC"; Vetiver - "On a Nerve"; Walkmen - "The Rat"; Sonic Youth - "Peace Attack"; Destroyer - "An Actor's Revenge"; Les Savy Fav - "The Sweat Descends"; Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #2 (Laika)"; Lali Puna - "Left Handed"; Espers - "Riding"; Animal Collective - "The Softest Voice"; LCD Soundsystems - "Yeah"; Guided By Voices - “Everybody Thinks I’m A Raincloud”; A.C. Newman - "On the Table"; Bark Psychosis - "Inqb8tr" Most Underrated: Destroyer, Bark Psychosis, Vetiver, The Church Most Overrated (by a mile): Fiery Furnaces
Posted 01/05/2005 - 08:33:03 PM by mvdu76:
 My top 20 albums of 2004 (I have a varied taste:) U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb Penelope Houston - Pale Green Girl Bonnie McKee - Trouble Patti Smith - Trampin' Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous A.C. Newman - Slow Wonder The Corrs - Borrowed Heaven Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose Green Day - American Idiot Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin Maria Mena - White Turns Blue Butterfly Boucher - Flutterby Vanessa Carlton - Harmonium Elliott Smith - From a Basement on a Hill Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows Will Remain Megan Slankard - Freaky Little Story Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts.. Now Patty Griffin - Impossible Dream Diana Anaid - Beautiful Obscene Abra Moore - Everything Changed Honorable mentions: Kelly Clarkson - Breakaway Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus Wilco - A Ghost Is Born Collective Soul - Youth R.E.M. - Around The Sun Mindy Smith - One Moment More Katy Rose - Because I Can Indigo Girls - All That We Let In Hanson - Underneath Mary Lou Lord - Baby Blue Finn Brothers - Everyone Is Here Gwen Stefani - Love, Music, Angel, Baby Interpol - Antics P.J. Harvey - Uh Huh Her Donnas - Gold Medal
Posted 07/31/2005 - 05:18:07 AM by TheBrad:
 If one more person says they have a varied, or eclectic, or unusual taste in music, I am going to fucking shit in a bag and drop it upon an elderly gentleman. You are not the eighth wonder of the world, people, you are just someone who like different kinds of music. That's why cars have 12 radio station settings. That's why music websites have lists, because you might not guess our most popular just by the "indie" misnomer. Let the albums speak for themselves. If you have to remind us it's eclectic, then it must not be so special, eh?