Friday, January 05, 2007

Best Albums of 2006 (one rock snob's opinion)

Top Albums of the Year
(stay tuned because I will give impressions of each of the Top 10)

30. Yo La Tengo I am Not Afraid of You and I will Beat Your Ass
29. Page France Hello, Dear Wind
28. Danielson Ships
27. Phil Wickham Phil Wickham
26. Muse Black Holes and Revelations
25. Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor
24. Band of Horses Everything All The Time
23. J Dilla Donuts
22. Bob Dylan Modern Times
21. Built to Spill You In Reverse
20. Beirut Gulag Orkestar
19. Pearl Jam Pearl Jam
18. Gomez How We Operate
17. Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways
16. The Decemberists The Crane Wife
15. The Flaming Lips At War With the Mystics
14. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
13. TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain
12. K'Naan The Dusty Foot Philosopher
11. Thom Yorke The Eraser
10. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
9. mewithoutyou Brother, Sister
8. The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America
7. Destroyer Destroyer's Rubies
6. Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
5. M Ward Post-War
4. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat
3. Josh Ritter The Animal Years
2. Cold War Kids Robbers and Cowards
1. The Format Dog Problems

8 comments:

Dustin said...

Good list man, i didn't know you liked mewithoutyou. Cold War Kids must have made quite an impression on you this year. I'll have to check them out. I just started listening to the Hold Steady's album and it's very good, much better than their last.

Dustin said...

by the way, who the hell's the Format???

Steve said...

Nice list Rick

Steve McCoy

Mike said...

i only have heard of a few of these so i will have to check them out. i loved Neko Case FCBtF. Josh Ritter's Animal Years was for sure a top five. stoked to check out the other top tens.

E. said...

Intriguing and good list for sure, Rick. I love Ritter (one of the finest albums I've heard in a long time), Gomez, Beirut, Muse, Wickham, The Decemberists, Neko, Cold War Kids, etc. I didn't get into ALL of The Format to give the dynamic duo the number 1 slot, however. I am still a sick Glen Phillips fan too. There are only two of us in the world, and he can't vote for himself. So I will cast my lone vote for him to be in the Top 10 of the year:)
The 'Noles redeemed themselves nicely in their bowl, unlike the Vols.
Have a great '07!

Rick said...

Eric- I take it that you are an EMusic subscriber also.

I did enjoy the Glen Phillips CD this year. I listen to it regularly, but would not put it that high for some arbitrary reason (purely intuitive).

You would love M Ward.

Dustin,

yeah, the Cold War Kids really affected me. I meant to blog about them earlier.

As for The Format- I talked about them earlier this year. It is pure pop heaven to me. They are funny, good musicians with a great singer. They understand the importance of hook laden melodies and offer up some great ones.

the album is very inventive and diverse. While most critics liked the CD alot, I don't think they can bring themselves to put something poppy #1 (it is not important enough).

I thought CWK would be #1, but in the end, The Format put in the most rotation.

Rick said...

Eric- I take it that you are an EMusic subscriber also.

I did enjoy the Glen Phillips CD this year. I listen to it regularly, but would not put it that high for some arbitrary reason (purely intuitive).

You would love M Ward.

Dustin,

yeah, the Cold War Kids really affected me. I meant to blog about them earlier.

As for The Format- I talked about them earlier this year. It is pure pop heaven to me. They are funny, good musicians with a great singer. They understand the importance of hook laden melodies and offer up some great ones.

the album is very inventive and diverse. While most critics liked the CD alot, I don't think they can bring themselves to put something poppy #1 (it is not important enough).

I thought CWK would be #1, but in the end, The Format put in the most rotation.

ER said...

Yes, Rick, I am a proud emusic subscriber (doing the annual thingy). Lots of musical gems for sure. I will try to give The Format more of a chance.
Hope '07 is a great year of discovery for you all.
er