2005 top 10: music

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December 19 2005 12:00 AM ET

Top 10 pop


The Woods


Sleater-Kinney
This dyke-inclusive postpunk combo have never rocked
harder—or better— than on their
groundbreaking 2005 release.

Melissa Etheridge on the Grammys
What a comeback! Our bald, beautiful cancer survivor
does justice to a Janis classic. She’ll always
have a big piece of our hearts.


I Am a Bird Now


Antony and the Johnsons
Mercury Music Prize–winner makes ­velvety
underground lullabies, which sort of makes him a Nico
for right now.


Mercy Now


Mary Gauthier
A throaty, captivating set from a lesbian daughter of
the South who’s been there and back. Must to
download: “I Drink,” “Mercy
Now.”


Fine Upstanding Citizen


Maia Sharp
Out songwriter Sharp, long behind the scenes, comes into
her own with this melodic set of captivating tunes,
richly sung.


Tragic Realism


LD & the New Criticism
Crunchy pop-punk + Sondheimian wordplay = angsty breakup
songs for grad students and other book owners.


Prom


Amy Ray
The darker half of the Indigo Girls took no prisoners in
this hard-rocking, guitar-fueled leap back into those
queer discovery days of high school.


Takk…


Sigur Rós
True, we still have no idea what these Icelanders are
singing about. But with music and vocals this
haunting, who needs lyrics in English?



Twice the Speed of Life



Sugarland
Major-label success greeted this rockin’ country
trio anchored by unapologetically out singer-guitarist
Kristen Hall.



In Good Company



Lee Lessack
The cabaret artist gathered his all-star pals together
for this smooth, accomplished set of duets, both
luscious and lounge-y.

In a category all
its own

Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, and Ponce concerti
Sharon Isbin, New York Philharmonic
The foxy lesbian guitar virtuosa snagged a Latin Grammy
nomination for this disc.

Top 10 indie



Where Joy Kills Sorrow



Garrin Benfield
Benfield’s all-around talent includes a gift for
beautiful songwriting on top of his prowess as a
singer and musician.



Love Will Take
Over: The Remixes



Ari Gold
All soulful, sexy strut, Gold’s groovy dance
music has already made the Billboard charts.

God-des and She on Logo’s Hip Hop Homos
Add a sultry R&B singer to a crotch-grabbing rapper
and you’ve got a perfectly matched set of
women.



Shadowed



Sacha Sacket
He’s the boy Tori Amos, with moody, piano-driven
pop and spare electronic flourishes.


Year Gone By


KJ Denhert
If the music industry can accommodate the uniquely retro
sounds of Norah Jones, then Denhert deserves her own
break.



Ruby Red



Christine Havrilla
Armed with a deep back catalog of great songs,
she’s an artist primed and ready for plenty of
reissues.


Marry Me


Tori Fixx
This artist has already masterminded enough dance music
that his first major-label release could be a greatest
hits collection.



Wandering Eyes



Dylan Rice
This sensitive-guy singer-songwriter with a rough,
gritty edge perfectly blends pop and rock.



Whores Have More Fun



Houston Bernard
Rock and roll dance music, wild theatrical performances,
and an adolescent delight in dirty words and cheap
sex.

Danielle Lo Presti and the Masses at the San Diego
Indie Music Fest 2005
Aggressive, ambitious, female-fronted rock band,
crossing genres with tight playing.

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