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Best & Worst Rock Albums of 2005

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This past year has been a very productive one. I have been able to explore more and more styles of music this year, and I have probably reviewed about five times what I did last year. I always find it difficult to rank albums in a manner to determine the best. There are just so many great albums that I think are on level ground with one another. Therefore, I am presenting a list of my favorite and least favorite albums of the year (in no particular order). Please enjoy my personal Best Of…

…The Names You Know

BILLY IDOL
Devil’s Playground

COLLECTIVE SOUL
Youth

ERIC JOHNSON
Bloom

BRYAN ADAMS
Anthology

DEF LEPPARD
Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection

JOHN FOGERTY
The Long Road Home

NICKELBACK
All the Right Reasons

THE CURE
Seventeen Seconds & Faith

STYX
Big Bang Theory

KELLY CLARKSON
Breakaway

…The Names You Should Know
(but probably don’t)

SILVERTIDE
Show and Tell

BETTER THAN EZRA
Before the Robots

40FT RINGO
Funny Thing

STREET DOGS
Back to the World

HEAVEN & EARTH featuring STUART SMITH
S/T

BLACKFIELD
S/T

HAVOCHATE
Cycle of Pain

WALTHAM
S/T

MACK
S/T

BULLISTIC
Chronicles of Love & Hate

$UPERMER¢ADO
Scary Baby

BALZAC
Out of the Grave & Into the Dark

…The Euro

GLENN HUGHES

Soul Mover

JOE LYNN TUNRER
The Usual Suspects

THUNDER
The Magnificent Seventh

SOUL SIRKUS
World Play

LANA LANE
Lady Macbeth

BRAZEN ABBOT
My Resurrection

ALLEN * LANDE
The Battle

PLACE VENDOME
S/T

SEVENTH KEY
Live in Atlanta

…The DVD

TALISMAN
World’s Best Kept Secret

BRIAN WILSON
presents Smile

PETER GABRIEL
Play: The Videos

EAGLES
Farewell I Tour: Live in Melbourne

VARIUOS ARTISTS
Live Aid Box Set

HELLOWEEN
Hellish Videos: The Complete Video Collection

VARIOUS ARTISTS
Let It Rock: Live at the Crossroads of Rock N Roll

…THE WORST

HED P.E.
Only in Amerika

KOTTONMOUTH KINGS
Ten Years Deep DVD

ELECTROCUTE
Troublesome Bubblegum

BLOODHOUND GANG
Heft Fine

DAVID TURBOW
Gold Standard

THE VACATION
Band From Ground Zero

NIACIN
Live in Tokyo DVD

FEAR FACTORY
Transgression

For a more detailed list & full reviews of each, visit Rock-Is-Life.com

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  • http://musical-guru.blogspot.com Michael J. West

    Good list, but does anyone not know Better Than Ezra? They’re not exactly obscure…

  • http://www.rock-is-life.com George Dionne

    I wouldn’t say they were obscure, but they weren’t exactly breaking down the doors of rock radio for very long. I think people forgot about them.

  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/cmpwrite/ Connie Phillips

    Great lists, George, and I agree about BTE – I love them, but think they tend to fly under most people’s radar.

  • http://home.comcast.net/~proy1/ Paul Roy

    Good List. Glenn Hughes “Soul Mover” was such a pleasant surprise. I think it is the best thing he has EVER done, solo-wise.

  • http://www.rock-is-life.com George Dionne

    Glenn Hughes WAS a surprize. His last studio album, Songs in the Key of Rock wasn’t so great, but Soulfully Live had promise. With Soul Mover, Glenn really hit it out of the park.

  • Elvis Gardner

    I disagree, Only In Amerika by (Hed) P.E. is a great album, probably my favorite of the year, Biohazzard made the Rapcore genre big in my opinion, and (Hed) P.E. is revolutionizing it, its not the lyrics that make it a great album, it’s the concept, free speech, go to one of thier concerts (never heard of them before one) you will understand what I’m talking about, It is one of few albums that i have every song on my ipod, why? because overall one of the best albums of the year, and the songs get stuck in your head, and in the words of (Hed) P.E. in the song “Raise Hell”: ” If Your not with me then get the **** Out” Sorry just my little piece