The Best Albums of 2006

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  • 1) TV on the Radio -Return to Cookie Mountain
  • 2) Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
  • 3) Yo La Tengo -I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass
  • 4) Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
  • 5) Cold War Kids -Robbers & Cowards
  • 6) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
  • 7) Bob Dylan - Modern Times
  • 8) Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
  • 9) Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac
  • 10) Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
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Let's see if I can actually keep this one up to date until the year's end!

All ratings are on a four-star scale.

Yay Fishscale!

Great album.

I agree! Good stuff. I hope more folks, even non-rap fans, give it a shot.

Besides, you'll learn about the metric system... ;)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Completely agree on Springsteen, good call.

Thanks! Who da thunk that an album of covers would jolt so much life into the boy? I love it; it might even jump up half a star soon!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

My favourite album of 2006 so far is The Flaming Lips' At War With The Mystics

I think I am the only person who found that album a tad disappointing, although I did dig a few songs...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Glad that you're considering giving it 4*! For me it's slightly better than The Rising and Devils and Dust - and I already loved those. Fantastic!

There we go!

Yes, I also favor it over his previous two albums, which I enjoyed.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

L, have you heard Bitter Tea yet? It's the only 2006 album I've heard so far. Easily the worst Fiery Furnaces album I've heard (which amounts to all of them except Rehearsing My Choir), partially due to the absolutely obsessive use of backwards messages, but there's still plenty of good stuff on there. I especially dig Waiting to Know You, Borneo, Police Sweater Blood Vow, and the Benton Harbor Blues remix. It could possibly find a home towards the end of this list, which means it's no Blueberry Boat, but hey, what is?

I've only heard a few tunes from it so far. I liked them, but none knocked me over like many of their other albums do. Obviously, I need to score a copy and spend some time with it.

Just like you, an on-the-record Boss fan, really need to nab the new Bruce album. It sounds little like anything he has ever done, and it is fantastic. Think The Band at their rowdiest, and you're halfway there... :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I heard the title track which, while good, clearly lacked the rowdiness you're talking about and the "kinetic energy" that AMG talks about. I'll have to check out the rest of the album.

On an unrelated note, have you heard the new Sonic Youth? I've heard great things.

It is waiting for me at my apartment's office as I type, along with the new Replacements comp. I should be able to pick them up Saturday!

I dare say the title track of the new Springsteen does not accurately represent the rest of the album at all...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I thought it was Rather Lame, one of their worst.

I've only had the chance to spin it once so far, but I am liking it...

I'm afraid I can't think of a cute title at the moment. :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

lbangs, did you get to Faust or Hypnotic Underworld yet?

I enjoyed both, but I have been too busy/lazy to type up a proper review of either. The Faust I heard on a borrowed copy of Faust/Faust So Far...

Thanks for the suggestion. I should definitely investigate Ghost more!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Tell me more about the new Dixie Chicks album.

Johnny Waco

No.

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L. Bangs

Okay, I'm joking. It is probably the trio's most poppy and least country album yet, with several of the tunes exuding a groovy Rumours vibe around the strong tunes. A few songs toss in a steel side to spice matters up, but for the most part, the album is rather adult contemporary, if you leave any nasty taste that phrase might conjure up behind in your napkin. The lyrical content is deliciously unrepentant, and what can I say? I enjoy it.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I would vote for Mark Knofler and Emmylou Harris's album and Pete Yorn's latest.

I haven't heard Yorn's yet.

I liked a few songs off of the Mark/Emmylou album, but for the most part, I honestly found the disc a little boring...

Don't hate me. Or, if you do, hate me because I'm beautiful. Please. :)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

The Mark/Emmylou album takes a few listens. Give it another try. The Yorn album is very well done.....especially the track "So Far".

Solid list so far, especially with the inclusion of TV on the Radio and Yo La Tengo. Two recent albums that have helped turn the year around for the better.

Speaking of recent albums, may I humbly suggest a listen to this?:

http://www.vagrant.com/holdsteady_listeningparty/

Thank you!

I'm liking, although not entirely loving, the new Hold Steady album. Chips Ahoy! was my MySpace song for a day or two there...

My, I love the TV on the Radio album, though...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs