Top 10 Records of 2005 – Honorable Mention

Awake
We have been fans of Ben Lee since we heard the song My Guitar on his 1995 debut record, Grandpaw Would.  He was 16 at the time.

Now he’s 26 and his new record, Awake Is The New Sleep, is the best thing he’s done yet.  Somehow I think there’s even better music coming from this immensely talented guy.

The criticism of this record is that there is too much bubblegum pop. There is some truth to that, but there are enough truly great songs (Catch My Disease, Close I’ve Come, We’re All In This Together, Whatever It Is) that it got in heavy rotation in our house early this year and never came off.