Monday, January 03, 2005

It's official: The best album of 2004 was...

..."Scissor Sisters," by Scissor Sisters. According to whom?, you ask. None other than the geniuses at If Six Was Nine. Check it out to discover what great albums you weren't cool enough to know about for the past 369 days.

You may also be asking why I'm claiming that "Scissor Sisters" was voted the best album of the year, even though the team clearly chose Brian Wilson's "SMiLE" as the top point-getter. Frankly, I don't think that "SMiLE" counts. Every song on the album was recorded in 1967 when the semi-unreleased Beach Boys version of "SMiLE" was originally produced. Nearly every song on the would-be album was eventually featured on subsequent Beach Boys albums, including "Pet Sounds," "Smiley Smile," "Surf's Up," and others. Further, some lucky individuals do indeed have LP copies of the pre-Moon-landing version of "SMiLE." Thus, though Brian Wilson's solo recording of this gem is the best album of 2004 purely in terms of listening pleasure, to cite it as as such would be unfair in terms of identifying the best music of this past year. In short, live in the now.

On a related note, I'm going to be seeing the Scissor Sisters in concert on Sunday, January 30 at the Warfield. Be there or be square.


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