14. 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"
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"
12. 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.
11. 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"
10. 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
Best Songs: "Soul Meets Body," "Crooked Teeth," "Stable Song"
9. 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"
8. 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"
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"
6. 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.