Here is part 2 of my notable mentions. Feel free to give an opinion.
Foo Fighters – In Your Honor: The fighters of the foos did a great job with their last two albums. First off was the great double disc In your Honor, a concept I wish some other bands would adopt to see what they could do putting one predominant style of music on one disc and a different one in the second. Regardless, a great buy if there ever was one and yet more evidence that the Foo Fighters are doing a hell of a good job keeping the flame of accessible rock burning bright.
Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace: Think of Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace as the one disc consolidation of In Your Honor. A great disc from start to finish with a well rounded albeit predictable album scheme (rocker-mixed bag of songs including some slower numbers- mellow closer). Definitely makes me wonder what else they’ll put out of their collective hat because to be honest, it’s a perfect Foo Fighters disc, but the next album seems like the perfect time to present fans with something new.
Tom Waits – Alice: Dear Tom Waits is a weird cat to be sure, but he also happens to always carve a slice of unique sonic bliss that no one else could even begin to pull off. The songs on Alice are based on a play dealing with the forbidden love between Lewis Carroll and the real life Alice which inspired his tales. Messed up? You bet. But still a great listen.
The Snake the Cross the Crown – Cotton Teeth: Who the hell are these guys? Don’t worry, I asked myself the same thing. Rather than bore you with some background information, just buy the album.
Highlight tracks: Cakewalk - The Great American Smokeout – Gypsy melodies – Behold the River – Hey Jim – Floating in and Out – Maps – Back to the Helicopter
Tom Waits – Real Gone: Another Waits album simply here because he released it. Real Gone has a couple of clunker numbers, but for every weak track there are 3 amazing ones. Quite a bit more than your average top 40 piece o crap.
A Perfect Circle – Mer de Noms: There’s only one reason why Mer de Noms is not on the top 50 albums… and it’s because after track 6, there’s nothing remotely as interesting as the first half of the album which actually contains one of the best 3 song combinations in Judith, Orestres and 3 Libras.
Asian Kung-fu Generation – Sol Fa & Fanclub: One of my favorite bands to be sure, but in the grand scope of things, other albums might have been more significant on a larger scale. Maybe it’s also because I can’t speak Japanese, but how good is an album when I can’t understand most of it yet still rock to it. Simply put, if I could find Sol Fa and Fanclub at less than $15 retail, I’d buy them in a heartbeat, but since they are both imports, prohibitive prices have forced me to settle for downloads.