PopMatters Picks:

The Best Music of 2004

By PopMatters Staff

17 December 2004

Terry Sawyer lashes out at holier-than-thou music critics and gives PopMatters props, saying 'the writers here engage with popular music on an even keel, celebrating or thrashing it not like tiny gods demanding piles of first borns, but people intelligently grappling with the culture they're immersed in but not above'.

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by Simon Warner - Columnist Simon Warner raves about the Killers, Elvis Costello's latest turn and the ramshackle rock 'n' roll circus that is the Libertines.

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Tim O'Neil questions the value of the year-end list and stands against the tides by offering up Einsturzende Neubauten and Miss Kittin as the artists producing the year's best music.

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by Dave Heaton - Dave Heaton says '2004 was about musicians who turn away from music industry nonsense and just create, about people who humbly write and sing songs that don't advertise their greatness yet have the capacity to take a genuine hold on listeners.'

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Steve Haag would follow the Minus 5's Scott McCaughey to the ends of the earth and thinks A.C. Newman is pretty swell too.

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Judging by Andrew Gilstrap's list, 2004 was the year of the singer-songwriter with Patty Griffin, Elliott Smith, and Leonard Cohen producing some of the best records of the year.

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Justin Cober-Lake's best of the year include two perennial PopMatters favorites, Kanye West and the Arcade Fire.

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Matt Cibula touts 'two discs of madness from Argentinaz most wanted' as the best of the year and heaps kudos on country artist Alison Moorer for 'daring to stand up harder against the war machine and the new religious tyranny than any other any American record did this year.'

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'Asking me to rate albums of one genre against one another is a little like asking me how many gears I want on my tuna, so here's a trawl through some of the amazing music I've come to love over the past 12 months, sorted loosely by genre.'

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by Adrien Begrand - Adrien Begrand trolls through the best musical moments of 2004 and sings the praises of Canada's very own The Arcade Fire.

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That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

READ more

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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