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1. Kent: Du & Jag Döden

Kent: Du & Jag Döden This 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.
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2. Mew: Mew And The Glass Handed Kites

Mew And The Glass Handed Kites After 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

Feeder: Pushing The Senses This album 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 Feeder. 

4. Röyksopp: The Understanding

Röyksopp: The Understanding This 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 electronica.

Zazie: Rodéo

Zazie: Rodéo The best 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 yet.

6. Athlete: Tourist

Athlete: Tourist While 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 Dance Floor

Madonna: Confessions On A Dance Floor Madge drops 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 Light".

8. Coldplay: X&Y

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

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

Ivy: In The Clear This 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
Goldfrapp: Supernature
David Gray: Life In Slow Motion
Hot Hot Heat: Elevator
Lemon Jelly: '65-'95
Moby: Hotel
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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