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December 11, 2006

Top 10 CD's of 2006

It's almost the end of the year and with only greatest hits collection hitting the shelves I think it's safe to unveil my top 10 list of CD's for 2006 (in no particular order).

Islands - Return to the Sea.
I've been waiting for this album since I found out about The Unicorns in 2004, who had already broken up.

Built to Spill - You in Reverse
The guitar just seems to go on forever in most of their songs, an excellent album for the road.

Band of Horses - Everything All the Time
What's not to like about this CD.

M. Ward - Post-War
I love everything I ever heard of his. It sounds very minimalist but when I saw him live his hands are going a mile a minute. It brought a whole new light to the album.

The Decemeberists - The Crane Wife
Colin Meloy like M. Ward is a fantastic story teller. You'll have to give this album a few runs through before you fall in love with it. Decemeberists will be on The Colbert Report, December 20th to take part in a guitar solo duel against Stephen Colbert, it will be crazy.

Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon
Early in the year they were being toted as the 2006 edition of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the hype was pretty huge. At the end of the day does it matter, the CD is good.

The Thermals - The Body, the Blood, the Machine
My latest find of the year on this list and I haven't taken it out of my player yet.

Silversun Pickups - Carnavas
They fill the hole inside of my that was left by The Smashing Pumpkins. I love my distortion and they bring it.

Artic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
So many great lines, so many catchy songs. I love this CD.

Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
The final album from Grandaddy does not disappoint. Where I'm Anymore is possibly the best song that uses "meow" as a chorus.

Other honourable mentions include:

My Morning Jacket - Okonokos
It's a live CD, otherwise it would've been right up there. The songs are more stretched out and really come to life over the studio recordings. Anyone who's on the fence about these guys do yourself a favour and get it.

Thom Yorke - The Eraser
I love Radiohead and this is close enough to it for me.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat
I originally picked this up for the great cover of the Traveling Wilbury's "Handle With Care" that I couldn't get out of my head. Jenny Lewis voice is so great you can't help but like the whole album.

If I were do redo this list in February one or more of these might sneak on to the list. I heard a few songs of each but I haven't had a chance to go through the entire disc yet.

The Little Ones
Sing Song
Viva Voce
Get Yr Blood Sucked Out
Tokyo Police Club
A Lesson in Crime
Land of Talk
Applause Cheer Boo Hiss

Largehearted Boy has a colossal list of the years best, be sure to check it out.

Posted by hypnobee at December 11, 2006 6:00 AM