Here are two more albums that I enjoyed in 2004:
U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
I have an up and down relationship with U2. While I admire them greatly as a band, I think they are not served by the ubiquitiousness of their hit songs, which have become so familiar as to be as much admired as the wallpaper. So when I heard Vertigo approximately 679 times as part of the iPod advertisement, things didn't look good for thier new CD. But, strangely, I still haven't tired of Vertigo or any other song on the CD. For me, it's their most complete album ever. Yeah, I said it.
Green Day - American Idiot
For whatever reason I initially resisted putting this in the top 10, but now I've corrected that mistake. There's no lack of appreciation in me for the accomplishment that this album is, both commercially and (more importantly) artistically.
And you might remember the rest...
Brian Wilson - Smile
Olympic Hopefuls - The Fuses Refuse To Burn
Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
Prince - Musicology
The Roots - The Tipping Point
Sloan - Action Pact
Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Beastie Boys - To The 5 Boroughs