Best Music Albums - Year By
1. Kent: Du & Jag Döden
is Kent's best album to date and a heart-wrenching offering of chilled indie rock with
influences from The Cure. However, it's still that special Kent sound and a very deserved
album of the year! Check it out even though it's in Swedish.
2. Mew: Mew And The Glass Handed
the brilliant "Frengers", this album is a step in a more experimental direction.
However, with Mew's songwriting skills and melodic/atmospherice approach, the album
contains lots to be crazy about. Denmarks finest at the moment!
3. Feeder: Pushing The Senses
combines hard guitars with the melody of pop and longevity of great songwriting to great
effect. It's probably the alternative rock album of the year and another step up for
4. Röyksopp: The Understanding
is the electronica album of the year. With equal amounts of chilled electronica,
Jean-Michel Jarre influence and gorgeous pop, Röyksopp have raised the bar for popular
5. Zazie: Rodéo
music France had to offer in 2005, this is atmospheric pop with a very French feel. Zazie
may not appeal to everyone but she's got me hooked with what is probably her best album
6. Athlete: Tourist
everyone was waiting for the new Coldplay album, in crept Athlete with their second album
packed with a more indie and quirky sound than Coldplay. The good news is that it works
better and is a magnificent album.
7. Madonna: Confessions On A
unfortunate experiments like rapping and goes for what she does best: Killer dance music.
The glimmer ball frenzy really suits her and this is her best album since "Ray Of
8. Coldplay: X&Y
||One of the
year's biggest releases in many books. This is a very good album but it is not Coldplay's
best (see A Rush Of Blood To The Head) and it has
triggered a creeping Coldplay fatigue on the music scene. Their next move will be key.
9. Hard-Fi: Stars Of CCTV
||A breath of
fresh air on the UK indie music scene, showing that there's still hope for music with the
good and melodic pop song in focus. There's still angst here but it's presented with a
great pop approach.
10. Ivy: In The Clear
trio from New York delivers fine mature emotional pop music with a very European feel. The
distinctive French accent of the female singer just adds to the thick atmosphere of
longing, emotional turmoil and big city lights.
Albums that also made an impact:
Better Than Ezra: Before The Robots
The Cardigans: Super Extra Gravity
Sheryl Crow: Wildflower
Eels: Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
David Gray: Life In Slow Motion
Hot Hot Heat: Elevator
Lemon Jelly: '65-'95
Ralph Myerz: Your New Best Friends
Liz Phair: Somebody's Miracle
Planet Funk: The Illogical Consequence
Saint Etienne: Tales From Turnpike House
TV-2: De Første Kærester På Månen
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