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Kasabian24. Kasabian, Kasabian
Rocking the electronic way

These british rockers burst onto the scene in 2005. The took over the UK and the movement quickly moved onto the US. The infectious songs burst throughout the CD and was even better live.

Best Songs: "Club Foot," "L.S.F." & "I.D."

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> Official Site
> Kasabian Interview
> Kasabian Photos


Our Lady Peace23. Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times
Canadian rockers return big

A band that we never really appreciated until seeing them live a few years back. They have produced hit song after hit song and Healthy in Paranoid Times is no different. From start to finish this is just a great rock CD. They have certainly upped the anty once more.

Best Songs: "Where Are You," "Love and Trust" & "Boy"

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> Official Site


Raul Midon22. Raul Midon, State of Mind
Is this their last effort?

One of Jason Mraz's curbside prophets, we jumped all over this disc when it came out. Midon's guitar work and harmonics are amazing, only topped by his sultry voice. From start to finish, this is a great disc.

Best Songs: "Keep on Hoping," "Everybody," "All In Your Mind"

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> Official Site
> Raul Midon Photos


Sufjan Stevens21. Sufjan Stevens, Illinois
Is this their last effort?

His latest tour of the country focused on the great state of Illinois and he has proven once again that he is one of the best, almost unknown songwriters. This great talent plays all the instruments and has proven to be a huge talent.

Best Songs: "John Wayne Gacy, Jr.," "Chicago"

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> Official Site


The Bravery20. The Bravery, The Bravery
80s New Wave return continues

The buzz started with their "feud" with label mates The Killers and it continued once the disc hit. The Bravery has proven to be much more though than just some creation, with big guitars and killer hooks.

Best Songs: "Honest Mistake," "Fearless," "Public Service Announcement"

More:
> Purchase from iTunes
> Official Site
> The Bravery Photos


David Gray19. David Gray, Life in Slow Motion
Babylon returns

After striking big, David Gray returns here after a bit of a lay off. The time away has only strengthened his song writing abilities. "The One I Love" proved to be a timeless song that we will no doubt be hearing for a long long time.

Best Songs: "The One I Love," "Slow Motion," "Nos Da Cariad"

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> Official Site


Coheed & Cambria18. Coheed & Cambria, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness
Prog rockers do their best

We loved Coheed & Cambria and were pumped at this disc, the latest in their ongoing stories. "The Suffering" broke through and crossed the band into that next level of stardom.

Best Songs: "Wake Up," "Mother May I," "The Suffering"

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> Official Site


James Blunt17. James Blunt, Back to Bedlam
Ex-soldier shows his soft side

We got this disc with little fan fare but the songs immediately hit high. From the honest lyrics to that soft voice, Blunt was definitely one of the stars of late 2005. Blunt's star is definitely one that is going to continue to shine in 2006 and seems to only get brighter.

Best Songs: "High," "you're Beautiful," "Goodbye My Lover"

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> Official Site


Fall Out Boy16. Fall Out Boy, From Under The Cork Tree
Rockers with a HUGE year

Named after a Simpson's character, did anyone have a bigger year than Fall Out Boy? The entered the year with gigantic buzz as the band that is going to save rock, and they did not disappoint. Their pop culture inspired song titles only was the start of their crossover. Gigantic hooks are a plenty and the disc featured one of the biggest songs of the year in "Sugar, Were Goin Down."

Best Songs: "Dance, Dance," "Sugar, We're Goin Down"

More:
> Purchase from iTunes
> Official Site
> Fall Out Boy Interview
> Fall Out Boy Photos


Kings of Leon15. Kings Of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak
The future is bright

Anticipation was high for the sophomore release and the Kings of Leon did not disappoint. An opening slot for U2 certainly helped get the Kings the mainstream exposure that they deserved. Aha Shake Heartbreak shows the band focusing on the songwriting while turning the guitars down a notch. The subtleties show the Kings are hear to stay.

Best Songs: "King of the Rodeo," "Milk," "Pistol of Fire"

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> Official Site

 

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