BEST FEMALE ALBUMS of the 2000s

A Listmania! list by Steve Forsyth "sforsythnoe" (Denton, TX USA)
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The list author says: "Ah, to compile a list of 40 with SO MANY greats to choose from! I picked what are to me the quintessential for the TOP FIVE - the rest are random order."
One Cell in the Sea
1.  One Cell in the Sea by A Fine Frenzy
The list author says:
  "ALBUM OF THE DECADE!!  No contest - Alison's debut was so fantastic, that even SHE could hardly outdo it with her own follow up (though BOMB IN A BIRDCAGE is still a fine album in its own right).  A pitch perfect blend of writing, epic orchestration, and stunning vocals - topped off with its generous 60-minute running time.  Of my entire collection, this is the LAST album I would ever relinquish!"
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Everything Changed (With Bonus Dvd)
2.  Everything Changed (With Bonus Dvd) by Abra Moore
The list author says:
  "RUNNER UP: Abra's turning point came with this beautiful blend of catchy upbeat pop tunes, and more personal acoustic pieces.  Her exploration of breakups, both with lovers and with family, are tear-inducing on such greats as "Family Affair," and "Pull Away."  The album culminates in the beautifully wistful "Shining Star.""
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Road To Gavle
3.  Road To Gavle by Tina Dico
The list author says:
  "THIRD FAVORITE: One of the last albums of the decade is also one of the best!  Dico's sound has evolved beautifully over the decade, and this album is a new pinnacle.  A lush soundtrack of folk rock, vacillating between the upbeat sound of "REBELS" and the quieter "ALL I CAN SEE"  - this is a true master work!"
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Light & Dark
4.  Light & Dark by Kate Walsh
The list author says:
  "FOURTH FAVORITE: Though I literally discovered her in the last month of the decade, Kate has quickly climbed to the top of my favorites list.  This, her third album, is her most accomplished to date.  Excellent acoustic folk pop matched with a pitch-perfect vocal.  Whether going solo, or singing duet on tracks like "Trying" and "Greatest Love," Kate shines as a bright light in the dark!"
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Roads Don't Love You
5.  Roads Don't Love You by Gemma Hayes
The list author says:
  "FIFTH FAVORITE: Gemma's sophomore album is also her best - excellent alternative rock with blissful melodies and hooks.  The title track is one of my favorites of hers, as well as "Another For The Darkness," and "Nothing Can.""
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Stupid Love
6.  Stupid Love by Mindy Smith
The list author says:
  "Beautiful Mindy with her achingly compelling acoustic country pop.  While the orchestration is top notch, it's her stunning voice that draws me over and over - dusky in the best way, she reminds me of my favorite voice of the 90s - The Sunday's Harriet Wheeler."
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No More Sweet Music
7.  No More Sweet Music by Hooverphonic
The list author says:
  "In a career spanning two decades, its hard to pick the best, but some of my favorite Hooverphonic tracks are on this CD, including "We All Float," "Wake Up," the title track, and the beautifully somber closer, "Ginger.""
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Lal Meri
8.  Lal Meri by Lal Meri
The list author says:
  "Lal Meri is a new project for Nancy Kaye (aka Rosey) - her third recorded album, and definitely her best, is electro-trance-pop infused with heavy middle eastern colors.  The result is a wonderful sonic journey."
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Long Island Shores
9.  Long Island Shores by Mindy Smith
The list author says:
  "Mindy's sophomore album veers further away from country, and excels far beyond her debut - a commanding performance from one of my favorite artists.  The stunning title track, and the charming duet with Buddy Miller on "What If The World Stops Turning" are just two reasons to own this must-have album."
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Scary Fragile
10.  Scary Fragile by Butterfly Boucher
The list author says:
  "An album that has been waiting four years for release finally comes to bear and proves this Australian artist is a top contender!  Upbeat, energetic rock drives the album from start to finish - "They Say You Grow" is my favorite song of 2009!"
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Thirteens
11.  Thirteens by Leona Naess
The list author says:
  "For this fourth collection from Leona, she laid aside the more upbeat sounds of albums past for more lush acoustic folk pop/rock.  The sound is several decades old, in a good way."
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My Someday
12.  My Someday by Blondfire
The list author says:
  "The 80s rise again with this pop tribute to the sound of two decades ago.  Erica's vocal is oh-so sugar sweet."
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Love Is Dead
13.  Love Is Dead by Kerli
The list author says:
  "The odd cover and artist photos inside don't do justice to the diverse complexity of the album.  From the Gothic opener, to the more upbeat "Creationist" and "Beautiful Day," or the funky "Up Up Up," - there are many sides to this artist."
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Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane
14.  Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane by Hooverphonic
The list author says:
  "Hooverphonic's most ambitious album is a concept piece, unfolding the story of the titular Jackie, a rising celebrity whose disturbed sister ultimately poisons her. The album's opening upbeat pieces chronicle her rise to fame, while the darker second half details her final moments.  Interesting indeed . . ."
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Ohio
15.  Ohio by Over the Rhine
The list author says:
  "The alternative country folk blues band has never been in finer form than on this generous two-disc set.  This is the core of their style, and Karin's vocals are in their prime."
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Riot
16.  Riot by Paramore
The list author says:
  "The very essence of the young rock movement of today - this second album from the power rockers solidified their staying power.  Excellent upbeat tracks like "That's What You Get," and "Miracle," alternate with power ballads such as "We Are Broken" and "When It Rains.""
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Postmarks
17.  Postmarks by The Postmarks
The list author says:
  "60s/70s pop comes back to life with lush orchestration and whispery sweet vocals.  This album is too beautiful to pass up - perfect for a romantic evening drive."
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I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll
18.  I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll by Leona Naess
The list author says:
  "Leona's second album is her most upbeat effort to date - more pop/rock than the acoustic turn she has since taken.  These are mostly fun, feel-good songs, highlighted by the title track, "Blue Eyed Baby," and "Hurricane," before settling into a nice, calm mood for the final three pieces."
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Flutterby
19.  Flutterby by Butterfly Boucher
The list author says:
  "Debut from the Australian rocker blows the listener away from the first track through the last.  There isn't a waste of space on the entire disc.  While "Another White Dash," and "I Can't Make Me" are the hits, the album highlight is easily the Queen-esque "Never Leave Your Heart Alone.""
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Begin to Hope
20.  Begin to Hope by Regina Spektor
The list author says:
  "Regina's first major release after several independent albums blended her trademark quirky indie sound with more radio-friendly pop touches.  The result is one of the few perfect albums I've ever heard.  The highlight here, aside from her dynamic voice, is her classically trained piano work."
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Flyleaf
21.  Flyleaf by Flyleaf
The list author says:
  "Raw, loud, driving, profound . . . I could go on.  Hard modern rock with Christian lyrics - who would have thought!?  Lacey is quite the screamer!"
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Eveningland
22.  Eveningland by Hem
The list author says:
  "Hem brings the nostalgic sound of Americana to their country stylings.  A wonderful blend of voice and music, this is their best recording to date."
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Overture & The Underscore
23.  Overture & The Underscore by Sarah Blasko
The list author says:
  "Sarah's debut features her most accessible music.  The darker tones of her more recent works are here just under the surface of the upbeat pop/rock hooks."
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Room Noises
24.  Room Noises by Eisley
The list author says:
  "The sister act broke through with this debut - tight harmonies with quirky lyrics and irrestible piano pop hooks.  It's hard to capture on disc the energy of a band like this that was born for live performances, but this album comes close."
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Extraordinary Machine
25.  Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple
The list author says:
  "Fiona's third album was famously delayed by studio issues - while fans who heard the original recordings dismiss this released version, to my ears it is still her greatest work to date.  Strong bluesy piano orchestration blend with her perfectly dusky voice.  The showstopper is the penultimate "Not About Love," one of her best-ever tracks."
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Speak for Yourself
26.  Speak for Yourself by Imogen Heap
The list author says:
  "Infectious alternative techno-pop - beautiful hooks mixed with Imogen's dynamic voice - indeed, the vocals are the real highlight here, incredible in their range."
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In the Red
27.  In the Red by Tina Dico
The list author says:
  "Tina's bid for international status came with this album - her powerful contralto vocal is perfectly suited to the ballads that fill the album."
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Mistaken Identity
28.  Mistaken Identity by Delta Goodrem
The list author says:
  "Delta's second album is her finest to date - not as uneven as her debut, nor as popish as her third and most recent album.  There is here a perfect blend of pop and rock melodies, perfectly performed with her powerful vocal talent.  Her personal dealings with cancer bring an earnest to the writing and performance."
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More Adventurous
29.  More Adventurous by Rilo Kiley
The list author says:
  "Easily the finest album from the indie alternative rock band - Jenny's affinity for country folk begins here with tracks like "Does He Love You," and the title track, but there is plenty of driving rock as well with "Portions For Foxes" and "Love And War," - an album with many textures!"
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Details
30.  Details by Frou Frou
The list author says:
  "Imogen Heap's one-time side project doesn't stray far from her trademark alternative techno-pop sound.  The usual perfect blend of music with her dynamic vocal range is on display here."
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We Walked in Song
31.  We Walked in Song by Innocence Mission
The list author says:
  "If you like sugar-sweet vocals, you'll find much beauty in Don and Karen Peris' expert acoustic folk music.  Perfect music for a contemplative and quiet afternoon - this is the closet to pure folk I go."
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Stromata
32.  Stromata by Charlotte Martin
The list author says:
  "Charlotte's second full length album showcases her darker side, melding piano rock, electronica, and an operatically trained voice into a most delicious blend.  Charlotte brings angst and emotion, yet still manages to end on a positive note."
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Divine Discontent
33.  Divine Discontent by Sixpence None The Richer
The list author says:
  "The final album from the band that ended their career WAY too early (though rumor tells of an upcoming reunion).  Leigh's so-whispy-it-almost-get's-away vocals still manage to power through the excellent alternative rock melodies."
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Volcano
34.  Volcano by Edie Brickell
The list author says:
  "While Edie burst on the scene with New Bohemians in the late 80s, I really believe this solo album is her finest work.  Her trademark voice highlights the already excellent orchestration."
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Charango
35.  Charango by Morcheeba
The list author says:
  "Amid the collection of cool trance/hip-hop pieces such as "Slow Down," "Otherwise," and "Undress Me Now," lies the deliciously dark "Women Lose Weight," in which guest artist Slick Rick explains how he murdered his wife after she gained weight (trust me, it's funny when you hear it)."
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Take Offs & Landings
36.  Take Offs & Landings by Rilo Kiley
The list author says:
  "The deubt from the indie rock band is a masterpiece of acoustic folk rock.  Jenny Lewis left an early attempt at acting to front the band - and what a great decision that turned out to be!  My favorite is "Plane Crash In C" with it's horn-infused bridge."
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Sweetheart
37.  Sweetheart by Clare Muldaur
The list author says:
  "While Clare has recently formed the band Clare and the Reasons, I prefer her earlier solo work.  Her crystal-clear voice is perfect for nostalgic acoustic folk tracks such as "Lose You," "Better Without You," and "Cactus Tree.""
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The Herethereafter
38.  The Herethereafter by Miranda Lee Richards
The list author says:
  "Miranda's debut at the beginning of the decade was a little more upbeat than her recent folksy follow-up.  Her whispy voice is perfectly suited for dreamy tracks like "Right Now" and the swirling, John Lennon-esque "I Know What It's Like.""
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May Street Project
39.  May Street Project by Shea Seger
The list author says:
  "Shea's debut goes all the way back to the beginning of the decade - driving bluesy pop/rock with dirty beats and a gritty voice to match.  It's a shame the entire decade went by without a follow-up to this excellent collection, though supposedly she is releasing again in 2010."
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Landing Gear
40.  Landing Gear by Ginger Mackenzie
The list author says:
  "Ginger's third album is miles better than her last two - a playful combination of rock/blues/jazz and pop.  Her voice is much more controlled and blends in nicely to the proceedings."
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