OK Then, 2004!

A dark year for America resulted in a great year for music

4) CocoRosie,La Maison de Mon Reve (Merge). The Casady sisters take creaky folk back to the future and end up with a mangled, beautiful creation, as modern as it is antiquated.

5) Green Day,American Idiot (Reprise). Just when you thought you could count Green Day out, it delivers one of the catchiest, most poignant protest records in decades.

6) Interpol,Antics (Matador). Franz Ferdinand has sex appeal, but Interpol has something more lasting: talent. The band may be pretentious, but it sure can write great songs.

7) Colleen,Everyone Alive Wants Answers (Leaf Label). This brilliant collage of sampled glitch is the sound the nerves in your brain make when you fall in love.

8) Joanna Newsom,The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City). She plays the harp and sings words like "dirigible," and yet was embraced around the world this year. Why? Because she is a genius.

9) The Velvet Teen,Elysium (Slowdance). Elegant, sophisticated, cathartic -- this band quietly made one of the year's best indie rock records, without using a single guitar.

10) Tie: TV on the Radio,Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch and Go); Devendra Banhart,Rejoicing in the Hands (Young God); Danger Mouse,The Grey Album (N/A); Luna,Rendezvous (Jetset); M83,Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Mute); Matthew Dear,Backstroke (Ghostly Int'l); Grails,The Burden of Hope (Neurot); Patton Oswalt,Feelin' Kinda Patton (United Musicians); Rogue Wave,Out of the Shadow (Sub Pop).

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