For the past few years, the Juno Awards have been releasing an album of some of their nominees, just like their American counterpart, the Grammys. 2005 contains more of the same, with the songs all falling pretty much in the adult alternative realm (exceptions perhaps being Jacksoul's "Still Believe in Love" and Diana Krall's "Narrow Daylight"). Artist and Pop Album of the Year winner Avril Lavigne is included, as is Group and Album of the Year winner Billy Talent. Canadian, um, favorites Nickelback also have a cut, "Figured You Out," on the compilation, as do Sarah McLachlan, K-Os, and Celine Dion. Skipped completely are New Group and New Artist of the Year winners Alexisonfire and Feist, though nominees in the latter category, the relatively unknown (in America) Fefe Dobson and Keshia Chanté, each have a song included. The album will definitely appeal more to the listener familiar with Canadian pop, but anyone who enjoys radio-friendly music should be happy with Juno Awards 2005.
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AllMusic Review by Marisa Brown