At least the people get it right, choosing their top five:
1. Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets BodyTough to argue with that lineup. "Soul Meets Body" was reason enough for my wife to purchase Plans. "Feel Good Inc." is danceable alterna-hop, infectious, ebulliently melancholic. "King Without a Crown": Orthodox reggae. Enough said. Killers, Green Day, you've already read all about them, I'm sure.
2. Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc
3. Matisyahu - King Without A Crown
4. The Killers - Mr. Brightside
5. Green Day - Holiday
But nothing on the list carries half the gravitas and joy of last year's triumphant "Float On" or "Ocean Breathes Salty" by Modest Mouse, from the sterling album Good News For People Who Love Bad News. It was a mediocre year for alternative music.
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