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Best Female Albums - 2005

Steve Forsyth "sforsythnoe"
The list author says: "The first five are my favorites in descending order - the remainder are in random order."
Roads Don't Love You
Roads Don't Love You
"ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!  An indie rock masterpiece.  Gemma has since indicated that she prefers and will be exploring a quieter, acoustic sound - but for my money, this is her best album to date.  When I want Gemma, this is the album I always go to first.  "Happy Sad" is easily my favorite song, but I also love "Nothing Can," and her voice is at it's best on the beautiful "Easy On The Eye.""
Room Noises
Room Noises
"RUNNER UP: I first heard Eisley live on a local radio station and instantly fell in love with the tight harmonies and sweet-as-candy acoustic piano pop sound.  Their debut album as a tour-de-force of their best talent.  Highlights include "Golly Sandra," "Brightly Wound," and "Plenty Of Paper.""
Extraordinary Machine
Extraordinary Machine
"THIRD FAVORITE: Fiona's most accomplished album almost died before birth!  The epic piano orchestrations that have become her trademark are in full force here, as is her remarkably dusky voice.  After four years, this is the album I MOST want a follow up to."
In the Red [Special Edition-Bonus Live CD]
In the Red [Special Edition-Bonus Live CD]
"FOURTH FAVORITE: International breakthrough album from the Danish/English artist was her best until 2009s ROAD TO GAVLE, in my opinion.  Acoustic rock with a very strong vocal which lends itself greatly to the ballad-heavy album."
Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Tomorrow
"FIFTH FAVORITE: "Nice variety of songs, balancing rock with pop, some slower acoustic tracks, and a great duet with Switchfoot's Jon Foreman." This one grows on you over time."
Speak for Yourself
Speak for Yourself
"Imogen's third album (if you count her turn as Frou Frou) continues her indie electro-pop and benefits heavily from her fantastic vocal range - in one run she can blast from a strong bass to a perfectly pitched falsetto in the blink of an eye.  Beautiful . . ."
No More Sweet Music
No More Sweet Music
"I had the good fortune of discovering Hooverphonic when they already had six albums released, and this one has some of my favorite tracks.  Epicly cinematic electornic pop with a wonderful female vocal.  Highlights include the middle-eastern flavored "We All Float," the dreamy title track, the dramatic "Wake Up," and the beautiful closer, "Ginger.""
Another Journal Entry Expanded Edition
Another Journal Entry Expanded Edition
"Sophmore album from the sister act is still my favorite.  A huge leap forward creatively shows a more mature band in full control of its talent.  Inspiring Christian lyrics balancing praise and edification - hitting the listner wherever they are in their walk.  All this topped with strong rock melodies and powerful vocals."
The Philosophy Tree
The Philosophy Tree
"Debut album from the English acoustic pop/rock artist gets to an upbeat start with "LA" and the rocking "Gotta Get Up From Here."  She sounds like Dido letting go of her insecurities and belting out a rock album."
Bleed Like Me [Enhanced CD]
Bleed Like Me [Enhanced CD]
"The fourth album from the band starts of with Shirley at her sensual best with "Bad Boyfriend," before sequing into the blissful "Run Baby Run" and the driving "Between The Eyes." The album is mostly driving modern rock, with a few ballads.  Will we ever see ablum five!?"
Siren Songs
Siren Songs
"This is Gretchen's third album, and for me the one in which she truly arrives.  This is a perfect blend of voice and atmospheric, dreamy orchestration.  I'm not generally a jazz/blues fan, but this album is an exception - a perfect choice to lose myself for an hour."
In the Clear
In the Clear
"Fourth full length album from the alternative pop/rock band is highlighted by the driving "Thinking About You," and the Cardigans inspired "I've Got You Memorized."  Love Dominique's strong French accent."
It's Yours to Keep
It's Yours to Keep
"Beautiful blend of acoustic pop and indie shoe gaze - I found "Swingset Chain" preloaded on my MP3 player, and got hooked instantly.  "Need Air," "Serial Mess," the title track, and the driving "Change The Station," are all highlights to this impressive debut."
11:11
11:11
"Debut from former Azure Ray singer mixes her understated vocals with sweet alternative and acoustic hooks.  The album moves fairly slowly (in a good way) with the excellent exception of the club mix inspired "One For The Shareholders.""
Brave
Brave
"For her fourth outing, Nichole sheds alot of the contemporary pop sound for a more stripped down acoustic sound with excellent results.  Her lyrics so often bring sweet tear to my eyes as she relates the Christian experience in very identifiable ways.  "No More Chains" is an album favorite for me."
Drunkards Prayer
Drunkards Prayer
"With half a dozen albums and the epic OHIO under their belt, the band shifts into a slower gear this time out.  Most of the tracks are lounge jazz/blues inspired acoustic tracks, and Karin's smokey voice is excellent for the task.  The excellent "Little Did I Know" is just one of many highlights."
All We Know Is Falling
All We Know Is Falling
"The debut of the emo-rockers holds its own stacked up with their subsequent albums.  This band had it from the get-go.  "Whoa" is constantly stuck in my head."
If Songs Could Be Held
If Songs Could Be Held
"Beautiful acoustic folk - perfect for a quiet afternoon and any meditative moments.  Rosie's soft yet strong vocal is perfect for this genre."
Sing-Sing and I
Sing-Sing and I
"Second, and sadly, final album from the shoegaze off-shoot band.  "Modern Girl" and "Going Out Tonight" are textbook examples of one of my favorite alternative subgenres from a decade gone by."
If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something
If I Had One Chance to Tell You Something
"The artist who helped craft the Christian alternative market blew the lid off with her fifth major album. Driving modern rock fills most of the disc, but the epic ballad "Forgive Me" is the real keeper here.  It's been five years since, and RstJ seems to have gotten lost in the sea of "Best Of" / "Worship," albums as so many Christian artists seem to be doing lately."
The Builder And The Architect
The Builder And The Architect
"When Sandra set out to contribute to the "Worship Album" scene, she actually WROTE entirely new songs, rather than recycling the same set of traditional worship songs.  And these aren't just the same two lines repeated ad naseum, but deeply poetic, scriptural songs - or as I call them, "hymn-worthy." Add to this her wonderful acoustic/country stylings, and you have an album of great worth!"
Fishermans Woman
Fishermans Woman
""Once you get over the shock at how different this album is from her debut (light acoustic fare versus trance pop), you'll find a sweetly enjoyable album.  The scaled down sound suits Emiliana's wispy vocal beautifully. It's basically Emiliana UNPLUGGED.""