PopMatters Picks:

The Best Music of 2005

By Zeth Lundy

19 December 2005

The Best Metal Albums of 2005

From metalcore to hardcore, guttural growls to soaring falsettos, and unabashedly sludgetastic to downright operatic, the cream of this year's metal crop is as eclectic as it is provocative.

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19 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Best Reissues of 2005

This year's involved, expansive reissues (including deluxe editions, compilations, and box sets) are like a trip down memory lane, if memory lane had better sound quality and gorgeous packaging.

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Best Country Albums of 2005

If you're only now discovering that contemporary country music is more than chest-pounding, patriotic braggadocio, read on. Our favorite country records of the year wade deep into Southern gospel, plain-spoken existentialism, and just plain weird storytelling.

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19 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Best Jazz Albums of 2005

Jazz is not dead, nor does it smell funny. This year alone was packed with rediscovered lost gems, re-energized trios, revitalized living legends, and revelatory violin solos.

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Best 10 Electronic Albums of 2005

The year's best electronic albums are so emotionally involved and organically expressive, it's easy to forget they were created with advanced technology.

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The Best 50 Albums of 2005

A cartoon-helmed exploration of the absurd, the sound of English grad students three sheets to the wind, psychedelic Kentucky bliss rock, and some life-affirming, new day-rising hip-hop: these are just a few of the best albums of 2005.

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21 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

The Year in Canadian Rock

The sound of this decade is being cobbled together by witch doctor rock collectives in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. So please excuse the intensity, we are ecstatic. And as our enthusiasm spreads so does the range of talent. And as the novelty inevitably wears off, what will remain is a shitload of great bands.

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23 Dec 2005 // 12:00 AM

Best in Show 2005

Here then, are our best and worst live moments of 2005, a collection of extreme shows, inspired theatrics, and performances that, for better or worse, made our pens run dry.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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