Posted by: Dave on October 16, 2006 at 12:16 am

HoldSteadyBoysGirlsWhen 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: The Hold Steady’s Boys and Girls In America and The Decemberists’ The Crane Wife break into the Top 10. Meanwhile, Belle and Sebastian’s The Life Pursuit and Ghostface Killah’s Fishscale get pushed out of the Top 20.

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. The Hold Steady Boys and Girls In America (Vagrant)
6. The Decemberists The Crane Wife (Capitol)
7. Matisyahu Youth (Epic/JDub)
8. Roisin Murphy Ruby Blue (Echo)
9. Cursive Happy Hollow (Saddle Creek)
10. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-)
11. Regina Spektor Begin to Hope (Sire)
12. Elbow Leaders of the Free World (V2)
13. Man Man Six Demon Bag (Ace Fu)
14. The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love (Universal Motown)
15. Favourite Sons Down Beside Your Beauty (Vice)
16. Hot Chip The Warning (DFA/Astralwerks)
17. Hard-Fi Stars of CCTV (Necessary/Atlantic)
18. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Domino)
19. Rise Against The Sufferer & The Witness (Geffen)
20. AFI Decemberunderground (Interscope)

4 Responses to “Top 20 Albums of 2006 (as of 10/16/06)”

  1. Ben Says:

    Where are you at on the new Basement Jaxx?

  2. Dave Says:

    I keep meaning to review it, but it keeps slipping down the priority list. I guess that’s because I didn’t love it.

    It’s wild, it’s wacky, it’s all over the place, and it’s kinda fun. But it’s maybe not their best stuff…for my money. It still warrants a review, though. There are some worthy tracks.

    Where do you stand?

  3. Ben Says:

    The greatness of the “Take Me Back To Your House” video changes the game.

  4. Dave Says:

    Wow! Yes!

    I certainly thought that was one of the more intriguing tracks. The video does indeed change the game.

    You win. The album shall be reviewed very soon.

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