Favorite songs: What You Wanting For?; Cool; Danger Zone
Favorite lyric: “So far from where we’ve been/I know we’re cool” from Cool
Favorite songs: Good Boys; Undone; The Tingler
Favorite lyric: Eyes wide in the middle of the night/Got more money than a body got right/Riding on the L ’til the sun comes up again/You got me on your face/A big disgrace/Shakin’ your feathers all over the place/You woke face down on St. Marks Avenue/What a pity for you” from Good Boys
Favorite songs: Red Blooded Woman; Obsession; Cruise Control
Favorite lyric: “So drawn to your own reflection/You want someone/Like a personal possession/To shine a light on your perfection” from Obsession
Favorite songs: Communication; You’re The Storm; Please Sister
Favorite lyric: “If this is communication/I disconnect” from Communication
Favorite songs: Ready 2 Wear; Hunting Season; Neon Human
Favorite lyric: “Too many boys/Too little time/So easy to catch/Should be a crime/I use them up/And throw them away/I can’t resist/What can I say” from Hunting Season
Favorite songs: To Get Me Thru The Good Times; You Started A Fire In The Heart Of A Wasted Life; One In A Million
Favorite lyric: “Round up all the weirdos/All loners, freaks/And anti-heroes:/The one in a million” from One In A Million
Favorite songs: (Reach Up For The) Sunrise; Nice; Taste The Summer
Favorite lyric: “Now if I have a weakness/It’s for sweetness/And it’s floating on your breath” from Taste The Summer
Favorite songs: All Night; Reflecting Light; I Wanted To Be Alone
Favorite lyric: “And the moon’s never seen me before/But I’m reflecting light” from Reflecting Light
Favorite songs: Family Tree; High On A Mountain Top; Miss Being Mrs.
Favorite lyric: “No, I didn’t come to fight/If he was a better man I might/But I wouldn’t dirty my hands/On trash like you/Bring out the babies’ daddy/That who they’ve come to see/Not the woman that’s burning down/Our family tree” from Family Tree
Favorite songs: I Don’t Really Love You Anymore; I Looked All Over Town; If There’s Such A Thing As Love
Favorite lyric: “Just the bad comedian/You’re new boyfriend’s better than” from I Don’t Really Love You Anymore
Favorite songs: This Will Be Our Year; Don’t Fear The Reaper; This Old Skin
Favorite lyric: “He was sittin’ in the very same spot/That Otis sat to watch the dock of the bay/in the very same spot/that the ships rolled in/now there’s nothing but the mud and the clay” from This Old Skin
Favorite songs: Little Sister; The Art Teacher; Gay Messiah
Favorite lyric: “He will be reborn/From 1970s porn” from Gay Messiah
Favorite songs: They; Wish I; Flying High
Favorite lyric: “…you feel so nice/Wish I could spend the night/But I can’t pay the price” from Flying High
Favorite songs: Nice To Know You; Let’s Have A Baby; Sparkle!
Favorite lyric: “Sadie, Chloe, Sammy or Maximillian/Chillin’ in a baby sack” from Let’s Have A Baby
Sure, “Milkshake” is a great single, but look beyond that and you’ll find the best old school R&B albums in years.
Favorite songs: Trick Me; Keep It Down; In Public
Favorite lyric: “He said ‘I love you’/In more ways than I’ve ever heard/And before I got his name/I thought that it might be okay/For use of service/To take some pain away” from Keep It Down
It’s simply amazing that a band can come up with an album of depth and sincerity this late in their career and have it be a huge hit. And it’s reintroduced the concept album back into music. I still think “Give Me Novacaine” is the best song they’ve ever written.
Favorite songs: American Idiot; Jesus Of Suburbia; Give Me Novacaine; Whatsername
Favorite lyric: “Maybe I am the faggot America/I’m not part of a redneck agenda/Now everybody/Do the Propaganda!” from American Idiot
Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful. Everyone must own a copy of this as it’s not only historical in nature, it’s fantastic down-time music. And Eddi has one of the most sweeping voices of our generation: heartbreaking, lilting & haunted.
Favorite songs: Jamie Come Try Me; Willie Stewart/Molly Rankin; Wild Mountainside; Winter It Is Past
Favorite lyric: “I know the armour’s heavy now/I know the heart is tired/It’s beautiful just over/The wild mountainside” from Wild Mountainside
This was a wonderful surprise. I’d read about it during the year and finally picked it to my listening enjoyment. Stripped down Canadian folk pop. And it’s catchy as hell, too.
Favorite songs: I Bet It Stung; Where Does The Good Go; Walking With The Ghost; Fix You Up
Favorite lyric: “Well, there’s not a lot for you to give/If you’re giving in” from Fix You Up
And the top 2 spots are debut albums. What a great year for newbies and this is the most eclectic of the bunch. This little up-start not only got a big record deal with an album that throws in every genre into the mix, but Columbia let her release a double CD for an album that fits on one. Who does she think she is? Who cares? The music speaks volumes and the lyrics bite painfully.
Favorite songs: Ding Dong; Waiter; Inner Peace; Clonie
Favorite lyric: “We’ll be huggable/Get a publicist and show them/Be the most lovable/Thing since fucking Eminem” from Clonie
And then there was the debut of the year. Take equal parts Elton John, Roxy Music, Bee Gees & Pink Floyd; sprinkle with a dash of modern gay showmanship and you’ll have the Scissor Sisters, a band named after a lesbian sex position. Think it’s over the top? You bet, but what saves the album is the incredible song writing. There are more hooks combined here then all the albums of the new decade put together. Now if they don’t destroy themselves with drugs and excessive partying, we should have years & years of the best party band of the new millennium.
Favorite songs: Take Your Mama; Lovers In The Backseat; Filthy/Gorgeous; Music Is The Victim; Return To Oz
Favorite lyric: “When you’re running from a trick/And you trip on a hit of acid/You gotta work for the man/But your biggest moneymaker’s flaccid” from Flithy/Gorgeous