In at number 7 is the amazing "X&Y" by Coldplay... Again, I have to say I am not a big indie rocker but this album is inspiring. The content and the instrumentation take their sound to a new level. You understand why EMI issued a profits warning when the release date slipped for "X&Y" and its acclaim is justified.
Number 6: Jamie Lidell was one of the big suprises of 2005 for a couple of reasons - firstly, he's on Warp which tends to house more abstract electronic IDM and secondly, he did all the instrumentation! He reminds me of Al Green - his singing is first class and so soulful... The music he makes is beautiful and defies definition / beggars belief... Soul music for the 21st Century. Lovely.
In at number 5 was the most highly anticipated album of 2005... I love BOC... their music is truly amazing. The sounds they create and the atmospheres they sculpt are awesome and inspirational. "The Campfire Headphase" takes their vision and expands it with guitars and more of an acoustic folk vibe. BOC have taken a bit of a slagging for not progressing but I remember Air's second album and have to stress that sometimes more of the same is good.