23. 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"
22. 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
Best Songs: "Keep on Hoping," "Everybody," "All In Your Mind"
21. 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.
20. 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
Best Songs: "Honest Mistake," "Fearless," "Public Service Announcement"
19. 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"
17. 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
16. 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"
15. 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"