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QUICK REVIEW 2007
ALBUMS RATED BY 1 TO 5 STARS

Below you'll find quick reviews of recently released or discovered albums. Reviews are listed with a simple star rating and a brief comment - no detailed explanation why I like this or that. If you don't know what to make of this rating, take a closer look at my favourite artists and albums to get a feel for my taste in music.

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5 STARS - Brilliant and truly exceptional!

Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare (The young Brits continue in even better form on album number two. Brilliant stuff!)

4 STARS - Great and very rewarding album

30 Seconds To Mars: A Beautiful Lie (Jared Leto's band continue their strong guitar rock on their second album)
Air: Pocket Symphony
(Trademark Air album very close to 'Talkie Walkie' in style. Slightly more downbeat though)
Bloc Party: A Weekend In The City
(Very fine second album from less profilic UK band Bloc Party. The music speaks for itself...)
Garbage: Absolute Garbage (Best of collection from the best alternative pop-rock band in the last ten years)
Imogen Heap: Speak For Yourself (Former voice of Frou Frou, this is the debut solo album from IH. Melodic, atmospheric and very drawing)
Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob
('Ruby' is a sensational song and the album carries on in much the same tone)
Tracey Thorn: Out Of The Woods (Solo album from voice of Everything But The Girl. Ranges from folk pop to great '80s flavoured dance pop)
Amy Winehouse: Back To Black
(She drinks, does drugs, has naughty tatoos and a voice like a misty and fiery angel. Strong stuff)
Zazie: Totem (Fine French pop. Zazie maintains her high standard and this time introduces a few more guitars in her sound) info

3 STARS - Quite good but lacks that final something

Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (The critics love this album. It's good but just a little on the odd side for me. Something just doesn't fit together...)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81 (The guitars are back but the great songs are gone = a decent but mediocre album)
Editors: An End Has A Start (Gloomy indie rock, which, despite apparent qualities, fails to really grip me)
Groove Armada: Schoolboy Rocks (A batch of fair but ultimately disappointing songs from one of the finest in intelligent dance/chill-out pop)
Just Jack: Overtones (A more melodic and funky sibling to The Streets. Also for those who are not really into rap music)
Avril Lavigne: The Best Damn Thing (Back at what she does best: fun teenage pop with angst and guitars. Really don't want her to mature)
LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver (Electronic tricks from New York. All over the place with guitars, beats, synths...a bit too much really)
Manic Street Preachers: Send Away The Angels (A return to the anthemic rock, which has just gotten a bit ordinary in my book)
Lisa Marie Presley: Now What (2005-album, her second, made up of both rather fine but also fairly anonymous material. Great voice though)
Justin Timberlake: Future Sex / Love Sounds (JT is back with a trademarks album = half genius and half mediocrity)
Suzanne Vega: Beauty And Crime (Vega usually assures quality material, but this album seems a bit anomymous and fails to really stand out)

2 STARS - Okay, but disappointing...may be a waste of your time

Ditigalism: Idealism (German electro pop/rock, which may contain good basslines but ultimately fails to impress. Dull)
Dixie Chicks: Taking The Long Way (Crossing over from coutry to pop, this is really not half bad...it ain't that good either)
Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Trip The Light Fantastic (SEB goes all out Kylie Minogue on this but never challenges the original)
Bryan Ferry: Dylanesque
(I don't like Bob Dylan and Ferry trying on his songs does not make things better)
Maroon 5: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (Well-produced and will surely be a hit. But it's really nothing extraordinary)
Pigeon Detectives: Wait For Me (Heavily inspired by Arctic Monkeys, but not half as interesting. Mix of lucky punches and misfires)
Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist (They've departed from their more melodic approach and are piling on the guitars. A disappointment)
Travis: The Boy With No Name
(I'm sure they mean well but the time has simply gone for Travis. Their earnest pop leaves me utterly bored)
Rufus Wainwright: Release The Stars (Cabaret pop from  that special RW universe. However, I can't give in completely and don't fully get it)

1 STAR - The list of shame - Should be avoided...I know I will

Bon Jovi: Lost Highway (Illustrates what I hate about US mainstream rock: It's just too easy to ride the routine and be successful with crap material)
Kelly Clarkson: My December (Oh dear, the angry fog horn is back)
Chris Cornell: Carry On
(Cornell carries a voice heavily linked to the 90's grunge era, now adrift with very poor material. Uninspiring and boring)
Paul McCartney: Memory Almost Full (It's been two decades since his last good album. His voice is almost gone and this is a real stinker too) 
Ozzy Osbourne: Black Rain (Are you kiddin' me?)

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**  The Year 2006  **
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**   THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2006   **

Le Mec:

1. Nephew: Interkom Kom Ind
2. Keane:
Under The Iron Sea
3. Pet Shop Boys:
Fundamental
4. Placebo:
Meds

5. Ladytron: Witching Hour
6. Spleen United:
Godspeed Into The Mainstream
7. Lloyd Cole:
Antidepressant
8. Shapeshifters:
Sound Advice

9. Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah
10. Fort Minor:
The Rising Tied


More info on the list HERE


Mike Horse:

1. Keane: Under The Iron Sea
2. Pet Shop Boys: Fundamental
3. Orson: Bright Idea
4. Snow Patrol: Eyes Open
5. Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam
6. Hooverphonic: No More Sweet Music
7. Faithless: To All New Arrivals
8. Damien Rice: 9
9. David Gilmour: On An Island
10. Kenneth Bager: Fragments From A Space Cadet

See Mike's all time top 50 list HERE

Morten Jordan:

1. The Decemberists: The Crane Wife
2. Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain
3. Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped
4. Band of Horses: Everything All The Time
5. Cat Power: The Greatest
6. Bonnie ´Prince´ Billy: The Letting Go
7. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That´s What I´m Not
8. Lemonheads: Lemonheads
9. Mogwai: Mr. Beast
10. Under Byen: Samme stof som stof

See Morten's all time top 50 list HERE

 

QUICK REVIEW 2006
ALBUMS RATED BY 1 TO 5 STARS

 

5 STARS - Brilliant and truly exceptional!

Lloyd Cole: Antidepressant (Another very fine singer-songwriter album from Mr. Optimistic Melancholy. Always a pleasure) info
Keane: Under The Iron Sea
(Another effort of fine pop craft and melodic strenght from Keane on their second album)
Kent: The Hjärta & Smärta EP (5 leftover songs from their brilliant album 'Du & Jag Döden'. Can't hear it though as they're still very good) info
Nephew: Interkom Kom Ind (Danish synth rockers continue up the ladder with this fine effort packed with recognisable pop anthems. In Danish)
Pet Shop Boys: Fundamental
(No revolution from the pet shop. Just another strong  testiment of who the kings of intelligent pop are) info
Placebo: Meds
(A storm of an album from Placebo with plenty of melody, edge, androgyne attitude and despair. A true neurotic pleasure) info
Spleen United: Godspeed Into The Mainstream (Strong Danish synth pop debut with Depeche Mode flavour. Great synth soundscapes) info

4 STARS - Great and very rewarding album

A-ha: Analogue (Very melodic and mature album from A-ha. Can't help thinking that their glory days have come and gone though...a pity)
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not
(Very hyped in the UK...probably overhyped...but so damn addictive!)
Bloc Party: Silent Alarm (Took me a while to listen to this but it really is an album with strong and consistent songs. 2005 release)
The Charlatans: Simpatico (Oh dear. A reggae-flavoured album from The Charlatans. I'm not a big reggae/ska fan but they make it work great)
Death Cab For Cutie: Plans (American indie pop with a singer-songwriter touch and a good melodic grip)
Tina Dickow: In The Red (The Danish answer to Dido, only with much more emotional weight and edge, and a more impressive set of songs)
Dimitri From Paris: In The Club (Sparkling DJ set inviting you to both deep house beats and smoothing laid back tunes)
Fort Minor: The Rising Tied (Great hip-hop album with a certain Linkin Park feel without the heavy guitars. Cool and very melodic rapping)
Nelly Furtado: Loose (Guess you can call this album a rebirth. Nelly takes giant leap from hippie popster to saucy vamp with great songs in the bag)
Gabin: Mr. Freedom
(Great 2004 release from this very cool jazz, lounge, electronica and pop master from France)
Charlotte Gainsbourg: 5:55 (A very cool and stylish selection of songs with breathy vocals and huge melodic fingerprints from ambient masters Air)
Goo Goo Dolls: Let Love In (Big American Heart-On-My-Sleeve mainstream rock. Nothing out of the ordinary but somehow it really works)
Indochine: Alice & June (Dark, noisy and melodic indie rock from French veterans)
Kashmir: No Balance Palace (A really fine, more melodic and less depressed and sulky album from Denmark's answer to Radiohead)
La Guardia: Quinacridone Rose (Varied French music project borrowing inspiration from Air, Eels and The Alan Parsons Project)
Ladytron: Witching Hour (Probably the best collection of female synth pop to come out this year)
Massive Attack: Collected (Best Of collection from one of the most influencial dark ambient/electronica/jungle acts of the last 15 years)
Moi Caprice: You Can't Say No Forever (Fine indie pop from Denmark. Has flavours of current sounds, Mew and even 22 Pistepirkko!) info
Muse: Black Holes And Revelations (This album adds considerably to Muse's musical universe with more electronic elements)
Nordstrøm: Dagdrømmer (Danish light pop with strong melodies and heavy melancholy. In Danish)
Phoenix: It's Never Been Like That (The summer album of 2006. Packed with light, happy and very listenable pop without too much fuss)
Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah (Strong second album from these American queens of everything disco pop)
Shapeshifters: Sound Advice (Great pop dance album filled with light and positive Friday night music)
Tiger Baby: Noise Around Me (Heavy influence from Saint Etienne and Hooverphonic on this great synth pop album from Danish unknowns) info

3 STARS - Quite good but lacks that final something

Eskobar: Eskobar (Melodic and atmospheric pop songs from a band starting to sound a little bit too samey...Too little risk-taking here)
David Gilmour: On An Island
(A lot of musical craftsmanship here but somehow the music seems to drag itself along in a strangely dull way)
Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere (Mixed bag of innovative hip-hop pop, ranging from melodically brilliant to just pretty damn fine)
Grandaddy: Just Like The Fambly Cat (Still good but slightly disappointing last album from American hippie space rockers)
Juliana Hatfield: Made In China (A more noisy offering from JH. Sadly, it's also less interesting and melodically below par) info
The Killers: Sam's Town (Despite a few great songs, this is a disappointment and nowhere near the greatness and charm of 'Hot Fuss')
The Kooks: Inside In / Inside Out (Another new young British band with a noisy indie sound full of swagger. Some fun here but not great)
Live: Songs From Black Mountain (More of the same alternative American rock they've done for years. No surprises here...unfortunately) info
Luke: Guaratiba (Very listenable lounge pop from Denmark. Contains traditional electronica elements as well as subtle Brazilian flavours) info
Mansun: Legacy - The Best Of (Contains a number of really great songs but Mansun's legacy has somehow not dated that well) info
Morningwood: Morningwood
(Noisy indie rock with female lead singe. These guys are related to Chicks On Speed but the melodies are better)
Morrissey: Ringleader Of The Tormentors (A Morrissey album with edge but somehow lacking in melody and the ability to impress) info
William Orbit: Hello Waveforms (Atmospheric soundscapes from influencial electronica dude. Needs a little more pace though...)
The Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers (Alternative indie folk rock...or whatever you call this interesting but quirky release. Jordan will love it!)
Reamonn: Wish (Very clean and tidy melodic pop-rock which may be soothing...but will leave you craving for more edge)
Sing-Sing: And I (British female indie pop. An album of songs which never really take off)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (Can't really give in to this double-package. Sounds like too much of the same...done better before)
Snow Patrol: Eyes Open (Atmospheric indie rock weaved in melancholy. Not as good as their previous 'Final Straw' though)
The Strokes: The First Impressions Of Earth
(The Strokes  twist in another direction with some luck. Still, my big expectations are not met)
Sugababes: Taller In More Ways (With all the crap out there in this genre, these babes are keeping a consistanly high quality level)
Texas: Red Book (A return to form with plenty of pop dance beats and swaying ballads)
Train: For Me It's You (More American MOR rock of the kind you can't really put a finger on - it just doesn't move you like great music should...)

2 STARS - Okay, but disappointing...may be a waste of your time

Christina Aguilera: Back To Basics (Argh...too much screaming going on here, ruining any chance of perfectly good pop music)
Antony And The Johnsons: I Am A Bird Now
(Hailed as a phenomenon in music. I have a hard time with the voice and theatrical elements)
Richard Ashcroft: Keys To The World (This is a typical Ashcroft album and still rates as 'The Verve light'. Decent but a bit boring)
Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit (B & S are often hailed by the critics as geniusses of indie pop. I  find them respectable but rather dull)
Evanescence: The Open Door (Their debut album 'Fallen' had a few gems but the novelty is gone and this band is simply not interesting enough)
Nightmares On Wax: In A Space Outta Sound (These guys are supposedly quite influential, but this ambient chillout is rather uninspiring)
Beth Orton: The Comfort Of Strangers (She is capable of making quite good singer-songwriter with beats. This is not her best work)
Yellowcard: Lights And Sounds (A light version of Green Day...only half as good)

1 STAR - The list of shame - Should be avoided...I know I will

Babyshambles: Down In Albion (When are people going to realise that Pete Doherty is wildly overrated and nothing but an annoying drug addict?)
James Blunt: The Bedlam Sessions (This guy's voice bugs the hell out of me and just can't sit and listen to this boring and overrated crap)
Erasure: Union Street (An acoustic album from Erasure? What a bad idea from these kids of synth. They really seem to be getting worse and worse)
Fergie: The Dutchess (I have grown so tired of Fergie and her very limited repertoire of shaking hump and rip-off music. Utterly forgettable)
Paris Hilton: Paris Hilton (Okay, this is a joke right? I mean, right? I do believe a big prank has been played on the world with this release)
INXS: Switch
(INXS without Michael Hutchence is just not worth the effort)
Pearl Jam: Pearl Jam (Time has simply run out on Pearl Jam. They were once important. This really is very, very boring loud rock music)
Rihanna: A Girl Like Me ('SOS' is a great single sampled from 'Tainted Love'. The rest is utterly forgettable R&B/reggae soul shit)
Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions (Someone put a stop to this whiny old man. Granddad music)
The Streets: The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (Unlike most critics I simply can't see the big deal with this guy. Not my cuppatea)
T.A.T.U.: The Best Of (Ha ha...one album into their career, it's already time for a best-of collection. Guess the money and inspiration ran out)

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**  The Year 2005  **
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**   THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2005   **

Le Mec:

1. Kent: Du & Jag Döden
2. Mew
: Mew And The Glass Handed Kites
3. Feeder
: Pushing The Senses
4. Röyksopp
: The Understanding

5. Zazie: Rodéo
6. Athlete
: Tourist
7. Madonna
: Confessions On A Dance Floor
8. Coldplay
: X&Y

9. Hard-Fi: Stars Of CCTV
10. Ivy
: In The Clear

More info on the list HERE

Mike Horse:

1. Mew: Mew And The Glass Handed Kites
2. Kashmir
: No Balance Palace
3. Mylène Farmer
: Avant Que L'Ombre
4. Feeder
: Pushing The Senses
5. Coldplay
: X&Y
6. Neil Young
: Prairie Wind
7. Garbage
: Bleed Like Me
8. Marie Frank
: Where The Wind Turns The Skin To Leather
9. Robbie Williams
: Intensive Care
10. Saint Etienne
: Tales From Turnpike House

See Mike's all time top 50 list HERE

Morten Jordan:

1. The New Pornographers: Twin Cinema
2. Bonnie "Prince" Billy / Matt Sweeney
: Superwolf
3. Sufjan Stevens
: Illinoise
4. Brendan Benson
: The Alternative To Love
5. Sleater-Kinney
: The Woods
6. dEUS
: Pocket Revolution
7. Iron & Wine
: Woman King
8. Stephen Malkmus
: Face The Truth
9. Sigur Ros
: Takk
10. The Raveonettes
: Pretty In Black

See Morten's all time top 50 list HERE

 

QUICK REVIEW 2005
ALBUMS RATED BY 1 TO 5 STARS

 

5 STARS - Brilliant and truly exceptional!

D'Sound: Doublehearted (Norwegian funk pop from 2003 with a positive attitude so cool it just soars through the roof! In English)
Feeder: Pushing The Senses
(Atmospheric, melodic and sentimal quality rock)
Keane: Hopes And Fears (Lighter and keyboard-based version of Coldplay. Melodies out of this world!)
Kent: Du & Jag Döden
(Atmospheric Swedish indie rock. In Swedish)
Luke: Luke (Danish chillout pop album from 2002 I want you to know about. Simply outstanding! In English. More at luke.dk)
Mew: Mew And The Glass Handed Kites (Atmospheric melancholica, driven by melodic guitars and fragile vocals)
Röyksopp: The Understanding (Electronica doesn't come any better than this at the moment)
Zazie: Rodéo (French pop with a twist. In French) info

4 STARS - Great and very rewarding album

Athlete: Tourist (Indie version of Coldplay)
Basement Jaxx: The Singles
(Best UK dance act for ten years)
Better Than Ezra: Before The Robots (American MOR rock with edge and southern flavour. I have a soft spot for these sympathetic guys) info
The Cardigans: Super Extra Gravity (Fine quirky album and a slow grower. However, their masterpiece is still "Long Gone Before Midnight")
Chicane: DJ River Remixes - Anthology 1 + 2 (two 80-minute remixes of the best Chicane. Download free  here)
Chicane: Easy To Assemble (hard-to-find 2003 release filled with chilled quality trance tunes. Download free  here)
Coldplay: X&Y (This is all known territory but it's all very well done and very welcome in my book)
Sheryl Crow: Wildflower (A quite melancholic and atmospheric album from Crow. Really is her strong side) info
Dirty Vegas: One (Best described as a dancy version of Crowded House. Same atmosphere but with dance beats...)
Eels: Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
(Crooked US singer-songwriting) info
Faithless: The Greatest Hits
(The best rap/trance cocktail you'll find anywhere)
Goldfrapp: Supernature (Electronic vamp pop)
Gorillaz: Demon Days (A mish-mash of sounds, blips & blops, rap and heavenly pop songs)
David Gray: Life In Slow Motion (Great modern singer-songwriting, but not as great as the "White Ladder" album)
Green Day: American Idiot (A more mature, more layered and diverse Green Day wth trademark guitar sound intact)
Hard-Fi: Stars Of CCTV (British indie rock borrowing from the ´90s but with a contemporary sound of equal parts guitars, beats and lo-fi feel)
Hot Hot Heat: Elevator (Indie rock with a very basic outset paired with a BIG swagger!)
IIO: Poetica
(High quality Italian trancepop)
Ivy: In The Clear (Soft dreamy indie pop with a very European feel - although they're from New York. Fans of Saint Etienne pay attention)
Jem: Finally Woken
(Indie version of Dido)
Nik Kershaw: Then And Now
(Fine compilation with the greatest hits and some great new songs as well)
The Killers: Hot Fuss (US Indie rock with ´80's flavour)
Lazyboy: Lazyboy TV (Spoken fact-based pop music from previous Aqua member. In English)
Lemon Jelly: ´64-´95 (Cool experimental lounge/chillout)
Madonna: Confessions On A Dance Floor (Madge returns to what she does best and polishes the dancing shoes)
Manic Street Preachers: Lifeblood (The Manics abandon the noisy guitars and go all electro pop)
Melody Club: Music Machine (Swedish ´80's disco pop replica. In English)
Moby: Hotel
(Mr. ambient pop)
Ralph Myerz: Your New Best Friends (Entertaining cocktail of lounge, breezy pop and instrumental tunes)
Gretchen Peters: Halcyon (Pop country-like music with great voice and soul)
Liz Phair: Somebody's Miracle (Fairly straightforward mainstream rock - served up with that special Liz Phair edge)
Planet Funk: The Illogical Consequence (Strong second album from hidden Italian disco pop gem)
Saint Etienne: Tales From Turnpike House (Another intelligent, sparkling SE album. Now with Beach Boys flavour)
Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters (Disco pop flavoured with anything from Bee Gees to Elton John)
Gwen Stefani: Love, Angel, Music, Baby
(An updated version of Madonna. Stefani has her own style though...)
Tears For Fears: Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
(Multi-layered pop music with Beatles feel) info
TV-2: De Første Kærester På Månen (Danish pop music. The essense of being Danish. For Danes - in Danish) info
Wicker Park Soundtrack
(Fine soundtrack to a romantic and haunting movie. Filled with indie rock and melodic pop)

3 STARS - Quite good but lacks that final something

American Analog Set: Know By Heart (Simple indie pop with positive feel)
Annie: Anniemal (Airy dance pop with lightweight vocals)
Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine
(Piano-based singer-songwriter's long awaited dark return) info
Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten
(Mainstream pop with a twist making it special)
Black Eyed Peas: Monkey Business (Follows neatly in the footsteps of 'Elephunk' with some hits and some misses)
Francis Cabrel: Les Beaux Dégats
(French singer-songwriter á la James Taylo. In Frenchr)
Carpark North: All Things To All People (Hard Danish electronic rock soundscapes with heavy '80s inspiration)
Billy Corgan: The Future Embrace (Debut solo album with great electronic tone and clear New Order influence)
The Dandy Warhols: Odditorium Or Warlords Of Mars (Slightly disappointing and a step back for the Dandys) info
Depeche Mode: Playing The Angel
(Welcome but slightly disappointing return from the godfathers of synth pop. A lack of memorable songs)
Mylène Farmer: Avant Que L'Ombre
(French atmospheric pop - slightly disappointing new album though. In French)
Garbage: Bleed Like Me (Weak melody base hidden by irrelevant guitar dominance) info
The Human League: Original Remixes & Rarities
(For fans of extended versions and b-sides. A few very good ones here)
Natalie Imbruglia: Counting Down The Days (Fine pop missing that extra edge to make it special)
Lenny Kravitz: Baptism
(The K-man doing his usual tricks)
Lambretta: The Fight (Swedish light hard rock with Evanescence flavour. Lost their sophistication.  In English)
Avril Lavigne: Under My Skin
(Her debut was better..here she's too much of a brat)
Shaznay Lewis: Gone (The most shining talent of All Saints show her stuff on her debut solo album)
Aimee Mann: The Forgotten Arm (One of the finest contemporary female US artists)
Maroon 5: Songs About Jane
(A handful of great songs disappear in overall anonymity)
Brian McFadden: Irish Son (Pretty decent pop album from this boyband leftover. No surprises but very well crafted)
Moony: Lifestories (High carat Italian dance pop. If you know 'Dove' you'll know what to expect)
The Notwist: Neon Golden (Quirky indie pop served with fine melodies and great charm)
Oasis: Don't Believe The Truth (More of the same from Oasis. Nothing more, nothing less)
Simple Minds: Black And White (More of the same from Simple Minds. You probably need to be a fan to appreciate) info
The Tears: Here Come The Tears (Follows the path of Suede in a rather ordinary and disappointing way)
The Uncle Devil Show: A Terrible Beauty (Charming but uneven Beatlesque effort from Del Amitri hobby band)
The Wallflowers: Rebel, Sweetheart (American MOR rock somewhere between Dylan and Tom Petty)
Tosca: J.A.C. (More laid back jazzy lounge sounds from one of the genre's finest)
Robbie Williams: Intensive Care (Great artist but slightly disappointing album. Some great songs but it has nothing with the brilliance of 'Feel')
Bertine Zétlitz: Rollerskating
(Norwegian girl pop with a Björk-like twist. In English)

2 STARS - Okay but disappointing...may be a waste of your time

Ian Broudie: Tales Told (Not up to standards compared with Lightning Seeds. More acoustic and anonymous)
Melanie C: Beautiful Intentions
(Does the world really need a new Mel C album? Think not)
Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway (A few great songs are let down by mediocre ballads and too much pointless screaming)
Lisa Ekdahl: Olyckssyster
(Swedish folklore/singer-songwriter. Good but is often bordering boredom. In Swedish)
Eminem: Encore
(A few good tracks here but a clear lack of memorable melodies)
Kaiser Chiefs: Employment (A little too much British happy-go-lucky feeling over this album. Can't quite understand the high praise it's been getting)
Marie Frank: Where The Wind Turns The Skin To Leather (Danish singer-songwriter pop. A bit too slow and quite dull. In English)
Roisin Murphy: Ruby Blue (Solo album from singer of Moloko. A bit quirky and experimental but also fun)
The Pussycat Dolls: PCD ('Don't Cha' is by far  the best track on an album dominated by forgettable R&B hip hop, ballads and cover versions)
The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan (Some quality here but too often it's lo-fi just for the sake of it)

1 STAR - The list of shame - Should be avoided...I know I will

50 Cent: The Massacre (I cannot believe how popular this stupid gangster is)
Björk: Drawing Restraint 9 (Seems like there's even more cuckoo in the lady. Been a while since I was interested...)
The Darkness: One Way Ticket To Hell And Back (I've never liked them and I'm really not ready for another rape of quality music!)
Destiny's Child: Destiny Fulfilled
(More boring R&B soul pop flooding our TV channels)
The Libertines: The Libertines
(Totally hyped in the UK. Totally without talent if you ask me)
Kelly Osbourne: Sleeping In The Nothing (Sorry, but no matter the music I just cannot take her seriously)
Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang (Give me a break! This is so boring you'd thing they already died. Call a priest!)
Saybia: These Are The Days (Whiny Danish indie rock. Someone slap these guys!  In English)
Shakira: Fijacion Oral (This music actually manages to irritate like an itch in the pants. And the girl can't sing)
Joss Stone: Mind, Body And Soul
(Boring...boring...boring...boring...zzzzzzzz)


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