#'s 7-4 today...
7. James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
Blame Adam for this one - he convinced me somehow to give this album another listen, thus sucking me into the Blunty juggernaut. This one's only a recent addition to my collection (picked it up in Singapore), so if anybody's wondering why it isn't higher in my chart, then it's because of that (and also cos I can only listen to it if I'm depressed/melancholy, it's the kind of album that could send me to therapy!). There are some strong tunes on it in the form of No Bravery
(I've never heard one person put more emotion into their voice on 1 tune than I have on this song) & Goodbye My Lover
and of course, the single that's destined to be in everyone's personal top 10 of the year (except mine), You're Beautiful
. Give me another couple of months and I'll make a firmer decision on it.
Top 5 Tunes
1. No Bravery
2. Goodbye My Lover
4. You're Beautiful
6. Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better....with Franz Ferdinand
Just like with their first album, I umm-ed & aah-ed for days about buying this one (and I still haven't bought their first album). Even after purchasing it recently (thanks Singapore for having cheap new release CD's), I'm still not sure whether I like it enough or not - however, the songs that I do like/listen to on this are catchy and have helped me put them in at #6. Methinx the guys may have lost a bit of indie credibility/"cool" by attempting to stretch themselves further on YCHISMB...WFF, but who really cares about all that stuff (I don't)?
Top 5 Tunes
1. You Could Have It So Much Better
2. Walk Away
3. Evil & A Heathen (this reminds me of stuff Aussie band the Living End did on their first album)
4. What You Meant
5. Do You Want To
5. Now - The Hits Of Winter 2005
Another compilation CD entering into my chart, I bought this one prior to going overseas. While it has quite a number of my fave songs of 2005 on it (see the list below - there are other good tunes on it too), it also contains 3 of the worst songs of the year on it (Tamara's Ooh Aah
, Simple Plan's Shut Up
& Live Element's Something About You
), which is precisely why I didn't want to buy it at first. I haven't bought any of the NOW compilations before (not even the UK or American ones of the same name), but this by far is the best one brought out to date.
Top 5 Tunes
1. Fast Crew - I Got (the main reason why I bought the CD at the time, even though this is a 2004 tune - wasn't released until this year in Oz)
2. Ben Lee - Catch My Disease
3. Coldplay - Speed Of Sound
4. Thirsty Merc - In The Summertime
5. Missy Higgins - The Special Two
4. New Music Live From The Panel
Explanation needed here. The Panel is a round table discussion/satire/comedic/musical show in Australia - used to run all throughout the year until about 2 years ago, now it's on occasionally/not at all/when they can be bothered to do their Xmas special. As for the music, there are 2 requirements for the show: 1. You must sing live and 2. The performances should be mostly acoustic/unplugged.
Ok, hands up the slightly obsessed John Mayer fan who bought this CD mainly cos of the great live version of Bigger Than My Body
? *puts hand up* There are some other killer performances on there too - I looked forward to the live performances on the show sometimes because we, the audience, were always in for a treat. It's a pity they didn't put Alicia Keys' amazing
live performance of If I Ain't Got You
on it - it was recorded prior to the release of the CD at the end of last year - it would've made an already great CD even better.
Top 5 Tunes
1. John Mayer - Bigger Than My Body (yes I'm biased, he always does well live - this was his 2nd appearance on the show)
2. Sugababes - Overload (wonderful acoustic)
3. The Cat Empire - Hello (fun track made even more fun live on TV)
4. Jamie Cullum - These Are The Days/I Get A Kick Out Of You (and from leaping on top of your piano mid performance - have to say it made for interesting telly)
5. Stacie Orrico - Stuck (I thought this sucked the first time I heard it, but I like it acoustic now)
#3 up tomorrow...