Best Music Albums - Year By
1. R.E.M.: Around The Sun
2. George Michael: Patience
he returns with an album, George Michael tends to show the rest of them how it's done -
effortless! Fine, stately pop music.
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3. Keane: Hopes And Fears
inspiration from Coldplay may be fairly obvious but this is much lighter and instantly
appealing. The melodies are out of this world and will just keep growing on you. Who'd
have thought that an album with no guitars could sound so good?
4. Air: Talkie Walkie
||Air return to
a music style and quality resembling their debut "Moon Safari". This treads the
waters between pop music and chill out very delicately and is a strong return to form!
5. Blue Foundation: Sweep Of Days
hybrid of people from Denmark, the UK and Japan contains all kinds of musical styles,
wrapped in an intelligent pop formula. Quite simply a stunning album!
6. U2: How To Dismantle An Atomic
solid effort from Bono and the Boys. A bit more rocking but otherwise U2 as we know - and
love - them.
7. Duran Duran: Astronaut
awaited return album from the original five members. The album manages to sound very much
like the ´80's, but in an updated 2004 way. Great album with the occasional miss...
About Duran Duran
8. Phoenix: Alphabetical
hybrid-fusion pop with a jam feel to it. Basically just a lot of fun with a fine touch of
melody and melancholy. A very unpretentious album where the music does all the talking...
9. Lambchop: Aw C'mon No
packed with quirky singer-songwriter pop filled with immense atmosphere. The album plays
like one long soundtrack to low light tea or wine drinking.
10. Jem: Finally Woken
debut for ages! This is simply an irresistible mix of great melodies, gentle beats and the
occasional brilliant guitar hook. This is indie Dido with much more longevity.
Albums that also
made an impact:
Tim Booth: Bone
The Charlatans: Up At The Lake
Eskobar: A Thousand Last Chances
Faithless: No Roots
Kings Of Convenience: Riot On An Empty Street
Planet Funk: Non Zero Sumness
Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters
Snow Patrol: Final Straw
Gwen Stefani: Love, Angel, Music, Baby
Zero 7: When It Falls
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