Best of 2005

Amy’s Picks for Best Albums of 2005

In no particular order of preference just alphabetically.

A Comfortable Struggle by The Side Project
The Side Project has released a very nice soft piano pop album. I would say it fits squarely in the AAA category alongside Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crowe, Sarah McLachlan and the like.
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Entropy 29 By Terami Hirsch
Terami’s music could be described as atmospheric, dreamy pop. There’s certainly a techno-vibe to it. She plays piano beautifully and then enhances it with her techno-toys and lovely soaring voice.
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Every Thought By Shauna Burns
This is just a great CD full of cool, dreamy pop music.
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Fires By Nerina Pallot
Nerina Pallot has a nice smoky voice and it matches the lovely pop sounds that accompany it. Not to mention she’s gorgeous. Holy cats! Why is this woman not famous? She’s got it all.
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From the Lion’s Mouth By Nedelle
Nedelle’s voice is so distinct and lovely. It’s got a very homey comfortable feel to it. Any child would be lucky to have Nedelle singing lullabies to him or her.
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Freaky Little Story By Megan Slankard Band
This is a really solid recording and anyone that likes rock with a pop edge ought to give it a listen.
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Gee Baby By Coles Whalen
This is a collection of well-written, often catchy tunes that will stick with you long after you’ve listened to it.
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Moonfall By Sasha Lazard
Even if you think you don’t like classical music please give this a chance. I find that as I age I like it more and more, and if all classical music sounded like this, you could call me a solid fan.
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My Better Self By Dar Williams
This is a great CD by a stellar musician and if you don’t get yourself a copy you will be doing yourself a great disservice. Those of you who already love Dar’s music and know what she has to offer will not be disappointed.
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The Overture and the Underscore By Sarah Blasko
Sarah Blasko has one of those voices I could listen to all damn day. It’s pretty and sexy while being strong and forceful at the same time. There’s a twinge of smoke to it too.
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Pale Light By Olga Salamanca
Fans of atmospheric alternative rock will be happy to have stumbled upon Olga and this very impressive debut CD.
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Restless Machinery By Dorothy Scott
Dorothy Scott one of those voices that when you hear her, depending on if you’re familiar with her sound, you either say, “oh it’s obviously Dorothy Scott” or “Wow, who is this?”.
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The Reverie By Beth Amsel
“The Reverie” is one of those perfect albums. Every single song is a winner. You don’t see those kinds of recordings very often.
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Silver By Maggi, Peirce, and E.J.
This is a fantastic recording and I’d dare say there’s something for everyone here. For someone like me who likes many styles and genres, there’s a lot to love.
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Snow on Saturn By Jodi Shaw
She has a sweet voice (sweet, without being syrupy girly) and a knack for writing a beautiful pop song.
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Songs of Goodbye By Annabella
The music is mellow, sweet, dreamy pop. The guitars jangle lightly while Terri’s lovely voice drift over the top on these melodic and lovely songs
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Speak For Yourself By Imogen Heap
The songs are interesting and fresh, though they sound enough like her previous projects to appeal to fans of those as well.
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Terrible, Terrible By Katie Davis
I thought it was gusty to name a record, “Terrible Terrible”, but Katie Davis doesn’t have to worry about it. She’s that good.
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The Trouble with Fiction By Rebekah Jordan
Her voice is beautiful, soothing, the kind you could listen all day. She’s so skilled at portraying emotion. These songs are just dripping with soul. I don’t mean “soul music” but that kind of conviction that seeps inside the listener.
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Tiny Airplane By Sanawon
Jenny Choi’s voice is very unique, really quite sweet and goes really well with the music.The songs are very well written pop tunes that will stick in your head for days.
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These came out in previous years, but I received them in 2005 and really like them

Release By Ange Boxall
The music is hard to put into a genre…sometimes it sounds like adult alternative, sometimes pop, and sometimes downright honky tonk.
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Simply Said Sessions By Jo Davidson
The songwriting is superb and is reminiscent of the way Shawn Colvin writes. The melodies are haunting and lovely and will stick with you long after the CD ends (that is if you can resist the urge to just hit repeat all day).
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Oblivion By Robin Wynn
These songs are all very well written and performed. They are unique yet sound familiarly homey. Like you’ve heard them before.
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The Uncut Version By Kristilyn Robertson
These songs are melodic and slightly theatrical. They are very well written and performed. Robertson’s voice is girlish at times and sexy kitten purr-ish at others. But always right on, and always a fantastic match for the genre.
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Honorable mention Male:

Fresh Wine for the Horses By Rob Dickinson
So this is exactly what I was hoping for. These songs are beautiful, well, written and feel very comfortable upon the first listen. By the third or fourth spin, you’re in love.
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Stark By Gregory Douglass
The music ranges from soft whispery piano sweetness to full on pop orchestrations with strong voice. He has quite a range indeed.
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