Sunday, January 01, 2006

Best CDs in 2005

2005 was a good year for music. During the year The Promise brought you 70 of this year's releases. Below are the best and the rest from this year. All of these CDs were played on The Promise, and I enjoyed them all, but some are better than others. Below are what I believe are the best of the year (at least the best that I had time to listen to... I've still got a list of CDs to listen to from 2005). Enjoy the lists. Your mileage may vary. And Happy New Year everyone. Thanks so much for listening to The Promise this year.

The Top 19 (in Alphabetical Order)

Ryan Adams and the Cardinals – Cold Roses

Kate Bush – Aerial

Death Cab for Cutie – Plans

The Decemberists – Picaresque

Kathleen Edwards - Back To Me

Eliza Gilkyson – Paradise Hotel

Jose Gonzalez – Veneer

Collin Herring – The Other Side of Kindness

Jorane – the You and the Now

Nickel Creek – Why Should the Fire Die?

Graham Parker – Songs of No Consequence

Porcupine Tree – Deadwing

Amy Rigby – Little Fugitive

Tina Schlieske – Slow Burn

Son Volt – Okemah and the Melody of Riot

The Soundtrack of our Lives – Origin Vol. 1

Bruce Springsteen - Devils and Dust

Loudon Wainwright III – Here Come The Choppers!

Without Gravity – Tenderfoot

The Rest of the 2005 Releases

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals – Jacksonville City Nights

Amelia’s Dream – Unravel

Tori Amos - The Beekeeper

Jamie Anderson - A Promise of Light

And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – Worlds Apart

Keren Ann – Nolita

Aqualung – Strange and Beautiful

Bill Bryant – drawn from memory

Brandi Carlilie – Brandi Carlile

Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell – Begonias

Caesars – Paper Tigers

The Clarks – Between Now and Then

Bruce Cockburn – Speechless (2005)

Cowboy Junkies –Early 21st Century Blues

The Devlins – Waves

John Doe – Forever Hasn’t Happened Yet (2005)

Doves – Some Cities

Kate Earl – Fate is the Hunter (2005)

Ben Folds – Songs for Silverman

Gabrielle – Wide

Mary Gauthier – Mercy Now (2005)

Mark Geary – Ghosts

Beck Goldsmith – Purely Second Guesses (2005)

Jon Dee Graham – First Bear On The Moon

Gomez – Out West

John Hiatt – Master of Disaster

Missy Higgins – The Sound of White

Josh Joplin – Jaywalker

KGSR Broadcasts Vol. 13 (2005)

The Knitters – The Modern Sounds of the Knitters

Shelby Lynne – Suit Yourself

Aimee Mann – The Forgotten Arm

Fergus McCormick – Jumping The Gun

Maria McKee – Peddlin’ Dreams

James McMurtry – Childish Things

Blue Merle – Burning in the Sun

Jud Newcomb – Byzantine (2005)

John Prine – Fair & Square

Bonnie Raitt – Souls Alike

Anny Rusk – Naked

Maia Sharp – Fine Upstanding Citizen

Shivaree – Who’s Got Trouble?

Patti Smith – Horses / Horses (Legacy Edition)

Spamalot – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Spottiswoode And His Enemies – Building a Road

Richard Thompson – Live From Austin TX

Richard Thompson - Front Parlour Ballads

The Tom Collins – daylight tonight

The Wallflowers – Rebel, Sweetheart

Waterline – Long Goners

The White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan

Lucinda Williams – Live at the Fillmore

Neil Young – Prairie Wind

Young Dubliners – Real World


Stacey said...

Wait a minute!! Bruce's "Devils and Dust"?! EEK! I played it twice and shrank back in horror both times. Oh well, everyone's entitled to their opinion. Maia Sharp should have ranked higher, methinks. No ... me knows. Cool post.

bruce said...

Stacey, you're right... different strokes... I stand by my opinion. I really love D&D. It is so much better than earlier solo efforts. As for Maia, I was on the fence about putting her into the top 20. I really love the CD and I have enjoyed seeing her over the years.

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