KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 ALBUMS OF 2005 NSFW

Remember a few lists back when I said I would be struggling more and more the further we went into the 00s? Yea well……..ENJOY!.

 

 

35.Ying Yang Twins-U.S.A (United State Of Atlanta)

One of the most embarrassingly awful excuses for music I may have heard!> So why is it here you ask? Well good sir, when I first heard “Wait” me and my buddy Paul laughed ridiculously hard thinking it was a parody and the album is full of seemingly unaware hilarity from the group rapping “sexy” songs that are beyond offensive to women but….man I love how unbelievably stupid it all is.

Highlights-“Wait (The Whisper Song)” “Pull my Hair”

 

34.They Might Be Giants-Here Come The ABCs

The second educational children’s album from the American indie band is filled with fun, irreverent songs for kids to learn the alphabet. Want to teach your kids but also keep your cool music cred? This is for you.

Highlights-“Can You Find It” “Pictures Of Pandas Painting”

 

33.MXPX-Panic

MXPX have always put out fun pop punk albums that whizz along at fast pace and have plenty melody, leaving a smile on your face. It’s not their most memorable album but it’s certainly a good one.

Highlights-“Young And Depressed” “Emotional Anarchist”

 

32.Gojira-From Mars To Sirius

It’s 2017 and Gojira, a band who have been on the go since the mid 90s are the hottest thing in metal right now. Slow and steady wins the race I guess. Prog metal is usually not my thing at all despite me being able to appreciate it. That said, the French environmentalists manage to make music that isn’t just a confusing mishmash of time signatures and wanky guitar.

Highlights-“In The Wilderness” “Backbone”

 

31.Bruce Springsteen-Devils And Dust

Bruce’s third acoustic album is filled with soulful and introspective songs with his trademark mumbling and it harkens back to the “Nebraska” days. It can be a little bland for me at times and some of the songs lack a little direction but in general it’s a hit.

Highlights-“Leah” “Black Cowboys”

 

30.Lagwagon-Resolve

An album entirely dedicated to their drummer Derrick Plourde who took his own life earlier in the year leaving the band grief stricken. Plourde was hugely respected within the punk community, having played in several great bands with different instruments and his presence in the skateboarding scene. An extremely talented and well liked man who left us too soon.

Highlights-“Resolve” “Automatic”

 

29.The Aquabats-Charge!!

When my old band were touring the UK for a few weeks in 2005 one of our friends kept blasting this album and had the opening riff to one of the songs as his text notification so by the end of the tour we were sick of it!. As always with the loveable comedy ska punk band it’s upbeat and up tempo songs about giant monsters and nerds.

Highlights-“Nerd ALert” “Awesome Forces”

 

28.Robyn-Robyn

The Swedish pop star made huge waves when she dropped her more cliched, over processed teen pop and went in a more synth pop direction that legitimized her more with music fans. At times she’s trying to be more “street” than advisable but when she’s ruminating on her heartache and relationships there’s a real honesty to her music.

Highlights-“Handle Me” “Be Mine”

 

27.Dropkick Murphys-The Warrior’s Code

Instantly receiving my attention due to the cover focusing on one of the greatest boxing contests of the last 20 years, that being Boston’s Micky Ward and Canada’s Arturo Gatti. By this point in all honesty the whole “we’re so Irish” thing was becoming a bit of a gimmick (and now in 2017 it’s beyond that) but there’s a lot of fun, jaunty pub songs to pogo to including I’m Shipping Up To Boston which was used in the film The Departed.

Highlights-“The Green Fields Of France” “Sunshine Highway”

 

26.The Suicide Machines-War Profiteering Is Killing Us All

At this point they had become a fully political punk band and really drilled the point home with this album. Still reeling from the ongoing war in the middle east, the band were furiously venting and voicing their dissent and displeasure.

Highlights-“Hands Tied” “17% 18-25”

 

25.Eels-Blinking Lights And Other Revelations

More painfully personal diary entries from Mr E dealing with subjects like depression, failure, love, death and family. One of the most underrated songwriters in a very long time. This album is akin to their early releases, mixing brutally honest lyrics with nice and pretty music. It ends with a song that brings me to tears.

Highlights-“Things The Grandchildren Should Know” Son Of A Bitch”

 

24.Bolt Thrower-Those Once Loyal

Introduced to me by a recommendation from my buddy Badger, this is the English groovier/death metal band’s final record before splitting up in 2015 and it’s great. Heavy and groovy with a thematic story of WW1 running through the album. Great stuff that I took too long to find.

Highlights-“Last Stand Of Humanity” “When Cannons Fade”

 

23.Static X- Start A War

I can’t help it….there something that made them stand out from the millions of nu metal copycats that sucked sweaty nads. Their stupidly simple riffs along with the funky industrial beats and techno always had my head bopping so hey who am I to deny I liked them?

Highlights-“The Enemy” “Pieces”

 

22.Propagandhi-Potemkin City Limits

The fourth album from the Canadian punks is as angry and socially conscious as ever with Dead Kennedys levels of world knowledge. The interesting thing about the m is they don’t just take aim at governments like a lot bands (rightfully) do but they have incredibly specific topics that let their listener knows of atrocities going on all over the world. Educational punk.

Highlights-“A Speculative Fiction” “Bringer Of Greater Things”

 

21.Fear Factory-Transgression

An admittedly rushed album that has some production issues, mainly the drum sound and guitar tone getting muddy at times. Nonetheless it’s a great, experimental record with far less industrial elements which is fine for a change but certainly not their best effort. Burton C. Bell experimented with his singing voice a lot more in this one than just the growls.

Highlights-“540,000 Fahrenheit” “Spinal Compression”

 

20.Pennywise-The Fuse

Pennywise really helped keep the 90s punk revolution sound alive during some dark times (that continue to this day) and their aggressive and rapid skate punk will always hit home with fans of the genre as they are one of the most respected bands in the scene.

Highlights-“6th Avenue Nightmare” “Fox Tv”

 

19.Kreator-Enemy Of God

Their first appearance on the list since 1990! The German thrashers released this eleventh album after 23 years together as a band and it still sounds as fresh and brutal as their earlier efforts. An incredible achievement especially considering the genre was considered passe and dead at this point. I love seeing band refuse to give in to trends and keep with what they love doing.

Highlights-“Enemy Of God” “Suicide Terrorist”

 

18 Prince Paul-Itstrumental

The talented producer is back with another concept hip hop album. This theme is all about his depression and mental health issues and being tracked down and thrown in a mental health unit. Excellent beats and samples that make for an easy listening ride.

Highlights-“My Friend The Popmaster” “The Night My Girlfriend Left Me”

 

17.Napalm Death-The Code Is Red…Long Live The Code

Another band who formed in the early 80s and released their eleventh album in 2005 whilst making it sound like an record from a band fresh on the metal scene. I guess this stuff is called grindcore now? I dunno I always knew it as death metal and I guess I’ll keep considering it such. It even has a cool wee appearance from Jello Biafra.

Highlights-“The Great And The Good” “Silence Is Deafening”

 

16.Devildriver-The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hnad

The follow up to their surprising and very solid debut is even better with a more focused sound and tighter musicianship. It’s exactly the kind of music that gets played in douchey frat boy horror movies and although that may sound like an insult…..it’s still kinda cool. I bet a lot of indie wrestlers used these songs as their themes too. As goofy as it can be the drumming from John Boecklin is supreme.

Highlights-“Sin And Sacrifice” “Before The Hangman’s Noose”

 

15.Alkaline Trio-Crimson

Taking their goth punk theme to it’s most gothy with the front cover looking like something from Panic At The Disco and themes of real life murders of children and other atrocities. They experiment a lot more with synths and strings and adds something fresh to their discography.They’ve always been very good song writers.

Highlights-“I Was A Prayer” “Prevent This Tragedy”

 

14.Weezer-Make Believe

More of a storytelling album like their first two where singer Rivers Cuomo let’s you see inside his mind with more introspective and painful writing. A lot of fans were not a huge fan of the musical direction as it played with electro and new wave style but Weezer have always been about playing with different styles. Fair enough the main single “Beverly Hills” sucked but the rest of the album is good.

Highlights-“Hold Me” “The Other Way”

 

13.Strapping Young Lad-Alien

The crazy like a fox Devin Townsend is back on the list with another project from his noise metal band. Known and thought of as something of genius in the metal industry, Townsend wrote the album with his friend “The Human Drum Machine” Gene Hoglan and it’s like some kind of horribly brilliant extreme metal opera.

Highlights-“Love?” “We Ride”

 

12.M.I.A-Arular

The Sri Lankan-English-Tamil artist burst onto the scene with her debut studio album filled with dance, reggae, rap, world music, grime, dancehall and about a million other musical styles. A definite stand out at the time as her music was fiercely political and dealt with themes of rebellion, revolution and anarchy in a confrontational manner. Very rare in the pop scene and it no doubt comes from the fact her father was a Sri Lankan Tamil freedom fighter.

Highlights-“Bucky Dun Gun” “Sunshowers”

 

11.Sean Paul-The Trinity

Man I forgot how damn good this album was until I went back and researched 2005. So many great dancehall RnB bangers. Always found it funny that he’s this cool as hell Jamaican singing these sexy songs and the tit dances like me.

Highlights-“We Be Burnin'” “Breakout”

 

10.Soulfly-Dark Ages

There’s a definite musical maturity to this album with far more complex playing than on their other albums. I’m not one for caring about the complexity but it’s noticeable on here and a nice change from their usual two note output. Still crushingly heavy with great thrash riffs and dark themes focusing on the death of his infant grandson and his friend Dimebag Darrell, the legendary Pantera guitarist.

Highlights-“Babylon” “Fuel The Hate”

 

9.Reel Big Fish-We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy

Self deprecating and upbeat ska punk from the catchiest band in the genre. More excellent guitar riffs from singer/guitarist Aaron Barrett backed by the ace bass playing of Matt Wong and the always impressive horn section. This includes a cover of Tracy Chapman’s Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution which is a blast.

Highlights-“One Hit Wonderful” “The Bad Guy”

 

8.Municipal Wate-Hazardous Mutation

They are categorized as a crossover thrash band, Municipal Waste play a brutally fast mix of thrash metal and hardcore punk rock. Too metal for the punk crowd, too punk for the metal crowd so the convoluted genre of thrash crosover fits them nicely I guess.They are brilliant, funny and super talented.

Highlights-“Deathripper” “Abusement Park”

 

7.Common-Be

Soulful, thoughtful and intelligent hip hop at a time when the genre was at it’s most dire and empty. ….also sadly one of it’s most popular times too. Produced by….sigh….Kanye West who did a great job. It was a huge success commercially after Common’s previous album had tanked hard so it was seen as a return to mainstream for the rapper.

Highlights-“The Food” “Go!”

 

6.Sigur Ros-Takk…

Anyone who has ever switched any BBC channel on over the last ten years knows this album off by heart no doubt. It was inescapable when watching programs like Planet Earth which used the Icelandic group’s beautiful, other worldly music perfectly.Unlike some of their work the band sing in Icelandic for many of the songs wheras they often use a made up language and just blether away like pixies. Stunning and ethereal music that will make the toughest of us well up.

Highlights-“Glosoli” “Saeglopur”

 

5.Rammstein-Rosenrot

The always controversial German legends brought out their fifth album with little promotion or fanfare but what an album it is. Pounding drums, crunching guitars and Till Linderman’s unique, deep voice are all staples of Rammstein’s sound and it’s all here in spoonfuls.

Highlights-“Mann Gegen Mann” “Hilf Mir”

 

4.Bouncing Souls-Live

Well there doesn’t seem to be an appropriately sized picture of the album or videos on youtube but hey…it’s a live Bouncing Souls album so obviously it’s fantastic. One of the best bands in the world playing the majority of their best songs is always a good time. Oh here’s a random live video.

Highlights-“Punx In Vegas” “Gone”

 

3.System Of A Down-Hypnotize/Mezmerize

A double album from the insanely inventive Armenian/American metal band. All their signature crazy riffs, tempo changes and middle eastern folk vocals. The excellent single “B.Y.O.B” made waves with it’s fiercely anti war sentiments. Most of their output is socially minded and political but even if you’re not into that the music is just so unique and inventive that it’s hard to not appreciate them if you are in any way a fan of hard rock.

Highlights-Mezmerize “Violent Pornography” “Cigaro”- Hypnotize “Attack” “Vicinity Of Obsenity”

 

 

2.Geto Boys-The Foundation

Well after they reunited a couple of years previous they proved they still had with this impressive album of street life hip hop. Scarface, Willie D and Bushwick Bill were bang on form with supreme production and head bopping beats that seemed to be a dying art at that point and even more so in 2017. Geto Boys always keep it real.

Highlights-“G Code” “I Tried”

 

1..Adolescents-O C Confidential

This was the influential Californian punk band’s first album since 1998 after a few reunion shows received a great response from fans. The music isn’t as aggressive as their 80s stuff but  the lyrics are angrier than ever. It juxtaposes brilliantly with the surf punk sound and the great backing vocals/harmonies. A superb return album that earns it’s place on top.

Highlights-“California Son” “Lockdown America”

 

….Oh boy….that was not a great year for music. Usually I’m struggling to keep it at 35 but in all honesty this wa spretty easy as there just wasn’t much going on for me at all. Sorry if some of the entries’ descriptions seem a lttle dispassionate but you know what?….I didn’t have much passion for some of these. Let’s hope for a better 2006 but I have a feeling it might be worse. Oh well, join me next time on blah blah blah. Byeeee xx

 

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