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Top Dance Albums of 2005! - Top Dance Albums of 2005

2006-07-14 16:46

Best retrospectives

Faithless - Forever Faithless (Greatest Hits)
If God is a DJ, Faithless are God's gorgeous angels.
Review, track samples

Prodigy - Their Law
Want to forget about their disappointing comeback? This best of is the ticket.
Review, track samples

Best African Dance Album

Various Mixed by Vinni Da Vinci - Africanism Vol II
This isn't a patronising category. This - we're proud to announce - is a genre.
Africanism wipes the floor with most of this year's dance releases.
Review, track samples

Best Chart Topping Dance

Chemical Brothers - Push the Button
This euphoric hard hitting stuff can barely be called dance, but it's not your average pop music either.
Review, track samples

Best Brainy Dance

Mylo - Destroy Rock 'n Roll
The title is you know like... ironic and stuff? A concept tossed out for fun. Boundary busting stuff that may be somewhat overrated by the trendoids but nevertheless stands head and shoulders above the crowd.
- Interview
- The CD review and song clips

Best Pop/Dance Hybrid

Madonna - Confessions on a Dancefloor
Hubby Guy Richie may not like it, but what does he know?
Review and clips

Best Chilled Dance

Goldfish - Caught in the Loop
Jazz meets intelligent LIVE electronica. This gives rock a run for its money. Hot African summer night sax and soul meets the breeziness of dance cool, and they get on really well.
Review and clips

Best Depressing Dance

Royksopp - The Understanding
Hard work at times - desolate and beautiful at once, this is worth the work.
Review and clips

Best Wistful Dance

Telepopmusik - Angel Milk
Delicately flavoured Euro-cheese. A sonic meringue.
Review and clips

Best Old Skool

What's Phat Pussycat Series

Apparently, women like this soulful stuff more than men, but it's definitely not just for girls. This series explores the roots of the current dance music scene. Unfortunately, this great series ends this year. So get your hands on a copy of one of the CDs the first chance you get.

Best "World" (i.e. not British or American) Dance

Putumayo Music's World Grooves
Dance they'll sell in bookstores, this is pleasantly exotic stuff.
Review and clips

Best Oddball Electronica Album

Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds
This has stayed in the charts since its release, and our reviewer was so charmed he gave it five stars. A true classic.
Review and clips

- Compiled by Jean Barker

Sure, Bump 3000 will always sell tens of thousands of copies, and gives people plenty of pleasure. But sales don't necessarily equal quality. Here's our guide to the dance albums of 2005 that might outlast the New Year's party - the ones that thumb their noses at the idea that dance is only about vapid doef doef beats.

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