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Best Pop Albums of 2005 - Best Pop Albums of 2005

2006-07-14 15:41

Best Original New Albums

Gorillaz - Demon Days
Some say it's patchy. Some say it's disappointing. It's still the best music and the best (albeit annoying and pretentious) concept to hit the shelves and the airwaves this year.
Review and song clips

James Blunt - Back to Bedlam
We think he's average, constructed, even boring. We think Amos Lee makes him look like a loser. But you loved him - so much that you hated us in fact. We listen to you. That's our job. So he makes the list. Hey, he IS better than most of the stuff on radio. Which isn't saying much...
Review and song clips

Robbie Williams - Intensive Care
He's hotter than ever on this new solo album.
Review and song clips

Goldfrapp - Supernature
Alternative Pop? Yup, that's what it's called. Alison Goldfrapp and partner get their art out for the lads.
Review and song clips

Karma - Don't Walk Fly
Packed with pop gems, this is one of 2005's undiscovered beauties.
- Interview with Karma-Ann
- Review and song clips

Zola - Ubutho
The thinking music fan's kwaito - but it's still guaranteed to make your pulse race and your hips shake.

Mandoza - Phunyuka Bamphethe
Like a bit of punch in your pop? This is a slammer.
Review and song clips

Jamiroquai - Dynamite
Waka waka wow and more from Jay Kay.
Review and song clips

Freshly Ground - Nomvula
One of SA's top bands earn their place. This isn't a perfect album, but some of the songs are unforgettable. How does that lyric go? Doo bee doo bee something? Cool hey?
Review and song clips

Best Retrospectives

Alanis Morissette is still going through changes. Some her past mutations are summarised on two excellent retrospectives.
- The Collection
- Jagged Little Pill - Ten Years Later

Michael Jackson - The Essential Michael Jackson
His music is awesome. Shame about all the other stuff, but you can't argue with Billie Jean. You just can't.
Review and song clips

- Compiled by Jean Barker

What IS pop, anyhow? Who can say. It's more than just what's popular. It's more than just what's digestible. It's more than just what's played on the radio. So in lieu of a real definition, here's our 2005 list of a few very different albums that all share a certain "lightness", but are really worth getting hold of..
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