Post by achebeautiful on Dec 2, 2006 10:53:51 GMT -5
As the year comes to an end, I thought it would be fun and interesting to not only share but also learn what everyone considers to be their Top Five Album discoveries of 2006.
The albums do not have to be released in 2006. They only have to be albums that you learned about in the past year and consider amongst your favorites.
5. "Whatever We Wanna" ~ Leann Rimes
A great album! It's very disappointing to me that the music industry is such in the USA that Leann felt she had to release it in Europe instead. Our loss....this is a great album!
4. "Testimony: Volume One, Life & Relationship" ~ India. Arie
A very unique album, with a beautiful message and an original style by someone I consider to be a wonderful artist.
3. "Pieces Of A Dream" ~ Anastacia
Whoa! I can't tell you how many times I listen to this one! Anastacia has definately become one of my favorite female artists! There isn't a bad song on this "best of" compilation, and most are flat out great tunes!
2. "Yo Canto" ~ Laura Pausini
I just can't seem to get enough of this one! It continues to grow on me with each listen. Laura is a great artist, and also among my favorite! I think this album has a lot of great qualities about it, and will probably do a review of it in the near future.
1. "Zucchero & Co." ~ Zucchero
Easily my favorite album discovery of the year, and possibly one of my all-time favorite.
So, what are yours? And what would you say about mine?
Last Edit: Dec 3, 2006 1:59:12 GMT -5 by achebeautiful
I believe this group is from Spain. The album contains a lot of upbeat songs as well as ballads. Eva Amaral, the lead singer, has a great voice.
4) "Back To Bedlam" - James Blunt (English)
I think James Blunt is a great singer/songwriter. My favorite song from this album is "Goodbye My Lover" but "You're Beautiful" and "No Bravery" are great too.
3) "Music From A Farther Room" - Lucia Micarelli (Instrumental)
I like classical and I like instrumentals but usually I can not listen to a whole CD of either. Lucia Micarelli has put together a great CD that combines light classical and pop violin instrumentals that I just can not stop listening to. When she plays the violin, it "sings".
A great compilation of duets with the likes of Miles Davis, Sting, Macy Gray, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, B.B. King, Sheryl Crow and many more. Zucchero has a great blues sound.
1) "Io Canto" - Laura Pausini (Italian - Yo Canto Spanish)
I totally agree with Mark. This album gets better and better the more you listen to it. It's a little change for Laura. There are a few of her typical upbeat songs, but this album contains more ballads and Laura sings with more passion than before.
"My Innermost" - Joana Zimmer (English)
I am adding this album because I can't remember if I discovered Joana at the end of last year or the beginning of this year. Anyway Joana is from Germany but she sings in English (unfortunately her DVD is in German). She has a great voice and this new comer should have a great career. She is coming out with her second album the end of December and I can't wait.
This album is so personal. There are many songs that I can relate to. It's one of my favourite albums.
4. Garou ~ Garou
The emotion that Garou puts into his music is incredible. I find that most of my favourite artists are female but he sings with so much emotion and passion that he makes me feel the music and that does it for me.
3. The Open Door ~ Evanescence
I love it when artists have the courage and strength to bare their hearts in the music. This is some of the most powerful music I've heard for awhile.
2. Longueur D'Ondes ~ Natasha St-Pier
I got this album the day I flew to Calgary. I had a 6 hour trip and listened to the same album the whole time.
1. Brave ~ Nichole Nordeman
This is an album I go to whenever I'm down and out. It really helps me get through those hard days. So many beautiful songs. It made me buy the rest of her albums.
~ It amazed me how many albums I discovered late 2005. I had a really hard time coming up with my top 5.
"This Woman" and "Whatever We Wanna" by LeAnn Rimes. LeAnn put out two amazing albums. The reason why neither of these albums aren't in my top 5 is that I can relate to very few of the songs.
"In Deep" and "Just Me" by Tina Arena. Tina's earlier releases that I discovered this year are incredible but I found myself going back to a few songs not the whole albums.
"Piece By Piece" by Katie Melua. Katie put together a great album. A pop-jazz album with emotions put into beautiful songs.
"Back in Town" by Matt Dusk. Matt put together a great collection that flows well. I especially love the title track.
"Woven and Spun", "Wide-eyed" and "This Mystery" by Nichole Nordeman. Nichole's previous albums are incredible but couldn't quite reach my top 5.
Post by achebeautiful on Dec 4, 2006 17:34:32 GMT -5
I absolutely love your choices Leona! I would also list every one of them among my favorite as well! Lately I have been listening non-stop to Laura Pausini's "Io Canto" and your list gives me a good reason to break away from it for a while! So thank you for that! I too love the Garou album you speak of for the reasons you state. And the same goes with Natash St. Pier! I just discovered Evanescence recently and very highly regard both of her studio albums. Matt Dusk and Katie Melua are just purely enjoyable and I love their music very much!
As far as the Leann Rimes album "Whatever We Wanna" goes, I agree with your assessment. However, sometimes I think it is great to listen to music as an expression of what others are experiencing, and although I cannot relate it gives me the opportunity to appreciate where they are coming from. That said, I do agree with what you say Leona about the album.
Again, great choices, and thank you very much for sharing! Now I'm going to go listen to "Longueur D'Ondes" by Natasha St-Pier! LOL
Last Edit: Dec 4, 2006 19:22:41 GMT -5 by achebeautiful