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Maktub14. Maktub, Say What You Mean
Is this their last effort?

An unknown when we got it, this disc immediately became one of our favorites. It certainly is a throw back to music times gone by. We love the song writing, hooks, and just the overall sound that the band has created. Hopefully the band is set for bigger and brighter as this is one of the best discs of the year.

Best Songs: "Promise Me," "20 Years," "Say What You Mean"

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Audioslave13. Audioslave, Out Of Exile
Tighter than ever

Anticipation was high for this second release from the supergroup that pitted Soundgarden with Rage Against the Machine. Out of Exile shows a band that continued to gel in songwriting and as a band. They have come to grips with their past bands and only look to have the future grow brighter. Chris Cornell continues to show he is one of the best rock singers today.

Best Songs: "Your Time Has Come," "Be Yourself," "Doesn't Remind Me"

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Mars Volta12. The Mars Volta, Frances The Mute
The Widow strikes big

Deloused was our #1 disc of the year when it came out so we couldn't wait for the next effort from The Mars Volta. Frances the Mute is once again the band at its best while showcase the more musical side of the band with extended jams that do wander at times. Even when they lose focus, there are very few bands that can match the chops of this band.

Best Songs: "The Widow," "Tarantism"

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Franz Ferdinand11. Franz Ferdinand, You Could Have It So Much Better With Franz Franz Ferdinand
Better the 2nd time around

We did not buy into the Franz Ferdinand train last time around. Needless to say, we were blown away with this disc. The hooks are definitely turned up a notch as is the music. Franz proved they were much more than "Take Me Out" and there were few songs better than "Do You Want To."

Best Songs: "The Fallen," "Do You Want To," "Walk Away"

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Death Cab For Cutie10. Death Cab For Cutie, Plans
Indy rock strikes big

After an opening slot on the Tour Against President Bush for Pearl Jam, Death Cab had more eyes on them than before. Plans does not disappoint at all. The melodies are still tighter than most bands could even dream of. Death Cab has shown that all the buzz was well earned.

Best Songs: "Soul Meets Body," "Crooked Teeth," "Stable Song"

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Mike Doughty9. Mike Doughty, Haughty Melodic
Soul Coughing goes solo

With a voice so distinct, you know it is Mike Doughty after just a few seconds. Here Doughty proves to be a great songwriter and much much bigger than "Circles" ever was. There are few that are better wordsmiths than Doughty, and here with a full band, for the first time solo, Doughty is unstoppable. Soul Coughing fans will be proud, but with Haughty Melodic, Doughty proves that he is much more than that.

Best Songs: "Grey Ghost," "I Hear the Bells," "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well"

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Fiona Apple8. Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine
The Criminal grows up

Much has been exaggerated about the problems that Apple had with the label leading to this release. While it may not have big commercial/radio appeal, Apple shows the song writing ability that has made her a star. Stripped down to its essentials, the songs are delivered with more emotion than any other release of the year.

Best Songs: "Extraordinary Machine," "O'Sailor" "Window"

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Gorillaz7. Gorillaz, Demon Days
Cartoon band grows

The cartoon band of Blur's Damon Albarn took a giant leap forward thanks to this disc, a marriage with DJ Danger Mouse, the brains behind the Jay Z/Beatles mash, The Grey Album. The songs are bigger and better than ever thanks to this huge team. Demon Days features songs that have certainly raised the bar thanks to their overall crossover appeal.

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

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Kanye West6. Kanye West, Late Registration
George Bush doesn't care about him

Proving once again to being one of the biggest musical artists in the world, Kanye West took his game to a new level in 2005. His smash with Jamie Foxx was everywhere this year and wasn't even the lead single which is saying something. His rhymes are smart and no one can match his delivery.

Best Songs: "Gold Digger," "Roses," "Hey Mama"

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