Posted by: Dave on September 24, 2006 at 11:16 pm

Favourite Sons Beauty

When I review a new release, I also give the album a score based on the quality of each individual track and the album as a whole. The following albums have scored highest this year so far. I update these Standings every time a new album breaks into my Top 20. The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love and Favourite Sons Down Beside Your Beauty enter the list today, while Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders and The Essex Green Cannibal Sea (Merge) get bumped off. Also, recent release Black Ice The Death of Willie Lynch just missed the cut.

Here are the Standings as of today:

1. The Coup Pick A Bigger Weapon (Anti-/Epitaph)
2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones (Interscope)
3. Blood Meridian Kick Up the Dust (V2)
4. Matisyahu Youth (Epic/JDub)
5. Roisin Murphy Ruby Blue (Echo)
6. Cursive Happy Hollow (Saddle Creek)
7. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)
8. Regina Spektor Begin to Hope (Sire)
9. Elbow Leaders of the Free World (V2)
10. Man Man Six Demon Bag (Ace Fu)
11. The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love (Universal Motown)
12. Favourite Sons Down Beside Your Beauty (Vice)
13. Hot Chip The Warning (DFA/Astralwerks)
14. Hard-Fi Stars of CCTV (Necessary/Atlantic)
15. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Domino)
16. Rise Against The Sufferer & The Witness (Geffen)
17. AFI Decemberunderground (Interscope)
18. Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit (Matador)
19. Ghostface Killah Fishscale (Def Jam)
20. The Streets The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living (Vice/Atlantic)

4 Responses to “Top 20 Albums of 2006 (as of 9/24/06)”

  1. Ben Says:

    Are we still on The Coup?

    I love those guys — “Me and Jesus…” is classic steez — but I they’re not holding my interest anymore. “I Love Boosters,” the Bush rap and a few things on the new record provide a bit of pleasure, but it’s hardly on the top of my list. Albumwise, it hasn’t been a tremendous year for hip hop, but compared to fabulous singles out of TI and others the new Coup tastes like weak sauce.

    Have you heard the Ellen Allien/Apparatt album? If you’re digging on micro/minimal/whatever sounds like Herbert, I’d rec that and literally anything Ricardo Villalobas put out in the last 18 months.

  2. Dave Says:

    “Me and Jesus…” and the large majority of Steal This Album is excellent stuff from The Coup. I thought Party Music was a decent album, but it was nothing compared to Steal This Album…which was 8 years ago. So I can see how your expectations may have plummeted for The Coup, but I think they’re back and strong as ever.

    Now I agree that it doesn’t necesarily feel like the Top album of the year, but I haven’t heard anything quite as good yet – hip hop or otherwise. Ghostface, The Roots, Black Ice – those are solid hip hop albums of 2006, but they certainly aren’t perfect.

    I haven’t heard “Orchestra of Bubbles” or the recent Ricardo Villalobos stuff, but I’ll investigate.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Yes, until “Rather Ripped” came out, Sonic Youth had put out a couple of subpar (for SY) albums. But my goodness, Rather Ripped will make you feel awesome. Can they at least get in some sort of “others receiving votes” category? If this were March, I’d like to think they’d at least get invited to the Dance.

    By the way, these lists are awesome.

  4. Dave Says:

    I do agree that 2004’s Sonic Nurse was a snooze, but before that 2002’s Murray Street was one of their best – very chill, but elegantly fascinating. I’d take Murray Street over Rather Ripped. “Incinerate” was a solid single this year, but not a lot of the rest jumped out and grabbed me. I’ll revisit it, though, as the making of year-end best-of lists and mixes approaches.

    Glad you like the lists, and speaking of the Dance, I wish it was March Madness all the time. Of course, then I’d never get anything done.

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