ANTONY AND The Johnsons' Mercury Music Prize-winning album I AM A BIRD NOW has topped the first major album poll of the year (05), beating Arcade Fire and Kate Bush to the top of British music magazine Mojo's end-of-year round-up.
Mojo reporter DANNY ECCLESTON calls the acclaimed album, "Not just a truly brilliant record, but a record that seemed to promise that pop music mainstream need never be the same again."
Antony And The Johnsons frontman ANTONY HEGARTY says, "It's a great honour."
The Mojo top 10 albums of 2005 are:
1. I AM A BIRD NOW - ANTONY + THE JOHNSONS
2. FUNERAL - ARCADE FIRE
3. AERIAL - KATE BUSH
4. DEVILS AND DUST - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
5. Z - MY MORNING JACKET
6. CHAVEZ RAVINE - RY COODER
7. THE MAGIC NUMBERS - THE MAGIC NUMBERS
8. INTO THE WOODS - MALCOLM MIDDLETON
9. DIMANCHE A BAMAKO - AMADOU AND MIRIAM
10. COLES CORNER - RICHARD HAWLEY.
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