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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Millenium Project: Day Two (Albums 90-81)

90. Dannii Minogue - Neon Nights (2003)
Perhaps one of the most consistently discotastic albums of all time, Neon Nights never lets up. It’s just so damn campy. The thing is, I’m not the biggest Dannii fan. In fact, I think that this album (with the supplement of her Greatest Hits) pretty much covers all the necessary Dannii territory. Hate me if you will, Dannii fans. She’s still great, though. And, this album is a masterpiece of the genre. So many hits here. My personal favorite is the campy album track, Mystified.

Dannii Minogue - Mystified

89. The Zutons - Tired Of Hanging Around (2006)
Free of any of the annoying try-too-hard songs from their debut album (Dirty Dancehall, anyone?), and possessing the summer anthem Valerie, it’s hard not to fall in love with this record. It’s consistently a fantastic summer-sounding cd, and the best (and rarest) thing about it is that the singles aren’t necessarily the standouts.

The Zutons - Valerie

88. Kylie Minogue - Body Language (2003)
For better or worse, Body Language sounds completely different than other Kylie albums. It pales in comparison to Fever or Light Years, but it’s still a good cd. I found Slow to be an odd choice for first single, though I think the slow haze of Chocolate is totally addicting. Given that this cd was an underperformer in the singles department also means that there are some great hidden treasures (Promises, Sweet Music).

Kylie Minogue - Sweet Music

87. Robbie Williams - Escapology (2002)
Another underperformer from one of my favorite artists, Escapology was marred more by high expectations and inconsistency than a lack of talent or tunes. This album has some of William’s best work (Come Undone, Something Beautiful, Cursed) and some of his worst (Handsome Man, Me & My Monkey, How Peculiar). It is, however, always entertaining.

Robbie Williams - Come Undone

86. Aaliyah - Aaliyah (2001)
Interesting album, because after the singer’s tragic death, I basically stopped listening to it. I’m not sure why this was, maybe out of mourning? It is a staggeringly accomplished modern r&b album… probably the best of its kind, actually. Aaliyah is one of those albums that flows from one track to the next so well that it’s almost like listening to a story.

Aaliyah - We Need A Resolution

85. Nelly Furtado - Loose (2006)
This album could have sucked so bad. Furtado can’t dance, she’s hardly “street,” and she was attempting to move towards a really boring and (at many times) unimaginative genre of music. But, everything clicked and we have Loose, her best album to date and a major hit. The opening salvo of Afraid, Maneater and Promiscuous speaks for itself, I think.

Nelly Furtado - Say It Right

84. The Feeling - Twelve Stops And Home (2006)
This kind of album, quite frankly, is what the world needs right now. Big, shiny pop music. Definitely a summer album, Twelve Stops And Home isn’t the masterpiece it should have been, but it is incessantly fun and catchy. The opening few tracks are thrilling in their consistent peppiness. And, Sewn is an official anthem.

The Feeling - Love It When You Call

83. Jason Mraz - Waiting For My Rocket To Come (2002)
One of those cds I owned years before it became popular, Mraz was ruined by overexposure. There was a time, though, where this cd was quite charming. Actually, now that Mraz is kinda over with, the album holds up really well. It’s got a consistent summer feel and, forgetting the massive single (The Remedy, which is not even the best song on the album) it’s a real laid-back piece of Americana. And, Mraz has got an amazing voice when he wants to.

Jason Mraz - You & I Both

82. Prince - Musicology (2004)
Much more than its follow-up, Musicology redefined Prince as a major star. Personally, I had never forgotten about him, but I was glad to see him return somewhat to 80’s form. The album’s pretty laid-back, drawing the listener in with some gentle funk at the beginning before pelting them with the best, rockier songs (Cinnamon Girl, A Million Days, The Marrying Kind). Prince was always better when playing guitar.

Prince - A Million Days

81. Robbie Williams - Intensive Care (2005)
A far more mellow album than Robbie’s ever turned in, Intensive Care marked a bit of a turn in direction. Personally, I really liked it. There are hints of electronica here and there (Sin, Sin, Sin, Your Gay Friend) and some great anthems (Advertising Space, Spread Your Wings, Ghosts). Horrible single choices, though. Why wasn’t A Place To Crash released?

Robbie Williams - A Place To Crash


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neon Nights is such a great album <3

6:10 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

That it is. So incredibly campy (especially "Vibe On")...I love it.

5:58 PM  

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