best new cds of 2005

inspired by my friend pat’s list of the top 10 new cds of 2005, i’m creating my own little list — not a top 10 list, but a subjective best-of in various categories. and to be honest, i’m sure there are others that should be on my list — this is just what i can remember at the moment…

best difficult-to-categorize cd by a group that doesn’t really exist: gorillaz — demon days. like the others on this list, i can listen to this for days without tiring of it. funky, alternative, memorable, hooky.

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best mainstream modern rock that everyone has: cold play — x & y. lush, melodic, i sing along even when i don’t know the words. probably the easiest to listen to on this list.

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best classical vocal: andrea bocelli — romanza. surprise! every few weeks i get a hankerin’ for a dose of andrea bocelli or sarah brightman. i turn it up really loud and make my co-workers wonder about me.

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best modern rock ep: jimmy eat world — stay on my side tonight. i downloaded this right before seeing them in concert during our sacramento convention, then having zack (the drummer) come back and hang out in my suite at the convention. there are a couple songs on this ep i never tire of.

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best funky modern-rock: beck — guero. beck is one of my all-time favorite artists, and this cd returns to why i’ve loved his stuff — funky and quirky modern rock, with more left-turns than a sunday drive through washington dc.

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best cd you’d be surprised to find on my list: fiona apple — extraordinary machine. fiona apple may be a poster-child of hipness, in an annoying and cloying way. but i find her music completely infectious and surprising in both musical and lyrical depth.

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best all-out weird and hilarious cd: parry grip — for those about to shop, we salute you. a 100% hilarious collection of fake product jingles. worth getting even for one listen.

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best head-banging music: system of a down — hyptonize/mezmerize. i decided to give system of a down a listen after john musick described me looking like a member of the group on his blog. these are two more cds i like to play at excessive volume in my office. they make nice bookends to the andrea bocelli cd — or put ’em all in a play list and hit ‘random’!

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best jazz cd: the bad plus — suspicious activity. these guys were a find this year, and i got three of their albums. absolutely brilliant stuff. everytime i listen, i find myself dreaming of playing the piano like that, or playing the drums like that, or playing an upright bass like that.

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best christian cd: david crowder band — a collision. certainly i’m biased, since i love these guys personally, and they’ve become important friends to me. but this cd blew me away. i hear new things every time i listen to it.

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best hard modern rock outa dee-troit: white stripes — get behind me satan. eminem and the white stripes, my detroit homeboys (and homegirl). listening to the white stripes puts me in a creative space.

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best world music: little buddha cafe. i picked this up with dan kimball and tony jones in a little record store in singapore this past summer. alternatively etherial and beat-y. very ‘other’ for me, in a good way.

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best hymn cd and cd you’ve probably never heard of: lost and found — speedwood hymns. once again, i’m biased — george and michael are good friends (jeannie and i spent new year’s eve with george and his family in nyc). and, i’ll admit, this is a bit of a tough listen — or at least a merely humorous listen — unless you’ve heard them live and already become a fan. but this cd is a total sing-along for me. only available from www.speedwood.com

8 thoughts on “best new cds of 2005”

  1. good call on JEW. that would have made my list if i hadn’t excluded EP’s. i’m thinking of writing an addendum that talks about the single best EP and live CD of the year (no top ten list necessary there).

  2. David Crowder is amazing … I was totally caught off guard by how much I’ve been listening to him; I didn’t realize until recently that my Ipod keeps track of the 25 most played songs – so I looked and lo and behold, Crowder was about 15 of ’em. I did find it somewhat distressing that apparently I have also been listening to a lot of Norah Jones. I have Bon Jovi on repeat as we speak to remedy the situation.

  3. The amazing thing is the Big “Concert” @ Nite I skipped to go see Lost N Found. Better than Third Day and all that jazz IMHO. Almost every year a highlight at the last couple of conventions has been getting some buddies and going to see Lost N Found.

  4. Hey Marko,
    I’m a youth pastor in KY. and I too am a big fan of music. I wanted to know your thoughts concerning some of your choices you made. As a youth pastor I encourage my youth to make wise choices about what they put into their ears. I’m not saying that all secular music is “bad”…but is their a line that you draw as to what is healthy for you spiritually when it comes to music? I’m not trying to start a big war on what music is deemed ‘good’ and ‘bad’ within the church, but just curious to know your thoughts. Thanks for what you do at YS…I’m a big supporter!

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