Top 25 Album of 2006 1 to 10

December 18, 2006 by
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Here it is, the top ten of our countdown. Sure to inspire comments like “What, top 25 and no Dylan ?” or “Hey, where’s Beck and TV On The Radio” to which I’d have to respond “Those are all great, maybe even classic, but they weren’t the one’s I spent time listening to and enjoying the most.”
At the bottom, after the number one choice, I’ve listed a bunch of runners up, which, who knows, on a different day may have made the cut. It’s all good, rock on.

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10 The Slip Eisenhower
A masterful blend of beatlesque pop songs and indie rock psychedelia, think Death Cab for Cutie meets Pink Floyd and you’ll start to get the idea.

MP3: The Slip – Children of December
The Slip – If One of Us Should Fall

9 The Decemberists The Crane Wife
Never expected to like this at all, especially after the intense prerelease buzz that had me pretty skeptical of whether it would even be any good at all. Other than the one low point that is Shankill Butcher this one’s near perfect. Plus it’s fun to play spot the influences – O Valencia is pure REM, while When The War Comes sounds like the sequel to Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter

MP3: The Decemberists – Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
The Decemberists – When The War Came

8 Tom Waits Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards
54 songs, 30 of which are brand new,all great, this one release has more songs than most of the artists on this top 25 have in their entire catalog. The man has affirmed himself as one of the truly great songwriters of our time. An instant classic. One disc of the noisy blues romps, one disc of ballads, and one disc of the experimental songs, it’s all there.

MP3: Tom Waits – Lowdown ( Brawler )
MP3: Tom Waits – Never Let Go ( Bawler )
MP3: Tom Waits – First Kiss ( Bastard)

7 Dixie Chicks Taking The Long Way
The Dixie Chicks confronted controversy head on, shook off just a bit of their country edge and made an incredible and lasting pop disc.

MP3: Dixie Chicks – The Long Way Around
Dixie Chicks – Lullaby

6 Johnny Cash American v: A Hundred Highways
The soundtrack of a man confronting death and reconciling the impending end of his life in song. As pure and emotional sounding of an album as I’ve ever heard.

MP3: Johnny Cash – Gods Gonna Cut You Down
Johnny Cash – Like the 309

5 The Roots Game Theory
The best hip hop / rap disc of the year, and the most consistent disc The Roots have ever done. Musical, political and engaging it is music that confronts you to listen in the best possible way.

MP3: The Roots False Media
The Roots – Don’t Feel Right

4 Yo La Tengo I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
I’ve been waiting 20 years to say this but Yo La Tengo has finally made their masterpiece. Their live show has always been stellar, but for me at least, they’ve never delivered on album. Well now they have, the best of everything they do, from swirling guitar workouts to short 60’s style pop songs woven together perfectly on one disc.

MP3: Yo La Tengo – Pass The Hatchet I’m Goodkind
Yo La Tengo – Song For Mahila

3 The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
The Hold Steady are making big guitar rock music with storytelling lyrics matter again. If this disc doesn’t convince you, go seem them live. They reminded me why I like live music so much in the first place pure exhilaration.

MP3: The Hold Steady – Same Kooks
The Hold Steady – First Night

2 Snow Patrol Eyes Open
Don’t disregard this disc just because you don’t like the overplayed single Chasing Cars, it’s easily the worst song on the album. This album spent more time in my cd player than just about any other cd that came out this year. Lyrically it may be a bit simplistic but its one damn good album to just to kick back and listen to. Almost made my number one spot.

MP3: Snow Patrol – You’re All I Have
MP3: Snow Patrol – Set The Fire To The Third Bar

1 The Format Dog Problems
Dog Problems is an amazing album full of smart,incredibly catchy pop songs. I’ve turned more people on to this disc with just one quick listen than any other disc this year. It’s instantly memorable hooks stick in your head for weeks leaving you hopelessly addicted. Chiming guitars,snappy drumming,soaring harmony vocal parts, with just the right keyboard and horn flourishes to top it all off, pop perfection.

MP3: The Format – Time Bomb
The Format – Dog Problems

The Runners Up (in alphabetical order)
Albert Hammond Jr Yours To Keep
Beck The Information
Bob Dylan Modern Times
Cat Power The Greatest
Cheap Trick Rockford
DeJesus From The Subconscious
Drive By Truckers A Blessing And A Curse
Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
Grizzly Bear Yellow House
Guster Ganging Up on the Sun
James Hunter People Gonna Talk
Jay Z Kingdom Come
Joan Osborne Pretty Little Stranger
Joanna Newsom Ys
M Ward Post War
Mastodon Blood Mountain
Prince 3121
Ray Davies Other Peoples Lives
Roseanne Cash Black Cadillac
Sonic Youth Rather Ripped
Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs Under The Covers Volume 1
The Killers Sam’s Town
The Lemonheads The Lemonheads
The Who Endless Wire
Tom Petty Highway Companion
Tv On The Radio Return To Cookie Mountain


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