Posted by: Dave on October 2, 2006 at 7:20 pm

TVOTRCookieWhen 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.

Update: TV on the Radio break into my Top 5 this week with Return to Cookie Mountain. That means someone’s gotta go. This time, the unlucky CD is The Streets The Hardest Way To Make an Easy Living.

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

2 Responses to “Top 20 Albums of 2006 (as of 10/2/06)”

  1. Yoder Says:

    Glaring Omissions 2006

    Ben Harper – Both Sides of the Gun
    I was a bit late on the Ben Harper train, but we are lucky to have him. This album is divided into two seperate disks, with distinctive moods. The first being soft ballads with sweet melodies. The second and stongest half makes relevant the thoughts of a smart, coherent song writer. Better than most current artists’ attempts, this is a straight forward protest record. Using surprisingly few cliches, Harper literally screams his frustrations at the listener. It’s not quite “when the president talks to god” but it is close.

    Jenny Lewis – Rabbit Fur Coat

    We all know Jenny Lewis. She is prettier and more talented than the coattail riding Meg White. On this, her first solo album she pushes the alt country boundires of her other band Rilo Kiley and the result is great listening for a sunday morning. The sweetest treat on here is the celebrity studded “handle with care” which the Traveling Wilburys must clairvoyently wrote about Jenny Lewis’s life nearly 20 years ago. Not the Dylan, Orbisson, Petty, Harrison et al of our fathers, but the Oberst, Ward, Gibbard of today. (I dont mean to really compare the success of these two groups, but had clear channel not “spearsified” radio years ago, the latter three would have made a larger cultural impact. New Music Nation reviewed this earlier, and though he liked it, it has somehow been bounced from the top 20. Oh well.

    Also, there is no reason Bruce Springsteen’s The Seeger Session hasnt been reviewed. It is this year’s Mermaid Avenue, just by a 60 year old. It’s still an excellent listen.

  2. Dave Says:

    Ben Harper is always pretty decent. I agree that there was some exceptional funkiness on the latest one. The double album is always a daunting task, though. That one did slip through the cracks a little for me after a couple listens. I’ll revisit.

    The Jenny Lewis album is very nice and there are three solid hits on there. Just not sure if the wow factor sustains the whole album.

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