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6.    L.E.O. – Alpacas Orgling

          The power pop album of the year may have began life as a tribute to/pastiche of ELO but like the High Llamas, gradually evolved into a valid musical statement in its own right.

7.    Barenaked Ladies – Barenaked Ladies Are Me

             A declaration of independence BLAM may represent but it also signals that the Barenaked Ladies are as fecund as they want to be, blending their patented offbeat sensibility with virtuosity and pristine production values.

8.    The Format – Dog Problems

          Redeeming emo from cliché & parody, the Format have infused power pop sophistication into emo and its power to touch the soul. The Pet Sounds of the Emo Generation.

9.    The Walkmen – A Hundred Miles Off

         You can’t run from the Dylan comparisons and why should you when it means passion, intelligence and wit coupled with the intensity and single-mindedness of punk rock. Not an easy album to listen to but that’s part of its appeal.

10.    Ray Davies – Other People’s Lives

          Other People’s Lives is a slap in the face and a kick up the backside of every wannabe pop-rock band who ever believed they could outdo the Kinks. It’s a fine document of a rock legend who has managed to remain as fresh and as vital as his seminal work more than forty (!) years ago.