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|Top Ten Albums Of 2006|
These are Nick Greer's Top Ten Albums of 2006.
Saturday Night Wrist
Saturday Night Wrist is Deftones at their most diverse, interesting, and emotive. Chino's singing is still
the highlight, and the songwriting is definitely a step up from their self-titled 2003 release. Nine out of
the twelve songs are flawless, two are good but not great, and one is just fucked up.
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue
Gone are the massive climaxes of Choirs of the Eye. In its place are more subtle dynamic swells. This
album is even more chromatic than their previous and has a more eclectic use of jazz and ambient.
Kayo Dot is proving to be one of the most bleeding edge bands in the world right now.
|3||Kronos Quartet and Mogwai|
The Fountain OST
A really beautiful piece of work. Clint Mansell composed, performed by both the Kronos Quartet and
Mogwai for the Daron Aronofsky film. Much less punishing and pounding than the Requiem for a Dream
OST. It perfectly suits the themes of eternal love that permeate the movie with its mix of powerful post-
rock and touching piano.
A City By the Light Divided
Fairly unappreciated album though Thursday has yet to write a less than good song, much less a less
than awesome album. Features a much stronger focus on the instrumental tone such that the
background on a lot of songs could be whole songs on Mogwai's Mr. Beast. This is the best post-
hardcore of the year.
This album came out of no where. Misery Signals' first LP was good. This is great. It expands on the
fronts of technicality and songwriting and every song here is both beautiful and brutal. Who would've
thought metalcore could be so relevant in 2006?
|6|| ||Burton Wagner|
A Sentinel's Eyes
Minimalist in genre, instrumentation, and recording tools, this album is post-rock without cheesiness.
Split into two 30 minute songs that don't even drag during their "noise" moments, A Sentinel's Eyes
feels just right in duration as each motif feels thoroughly developed and employed. Great change of
pace. Too bad nobody outside of sputnik will likely pick up on its intelligence.
Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Pom Poms
Insanely detailed and claustrophobic breakbeat. This album features electronic music minus the
straight time signatures. Think about blasting along with super-satured beats in 10/8 at 150+BPM. Ya,
it's that insane, and it's unexpectedly tasteful.
|8||Life at These Speeds|
To Your Health
Maintains an old-school emo sound. Manages to be powerful in being simple, though there are perks
to production and diversity to genre that aren't found on their 2004 self-titled debut. Think of Fugazi
back in their roots, mixed with Frodus and Pretty Girls Make Graves.
|9||Set Your Goals|
Call it a guilty pleasure if you want, but this album has value beyond its catchiness. The instrumentals
are tight and fun. At the end of the day, this is pop-punk and all that matters is the catchiness. It can
be insipid at moments, but overall, it's just great fun.
A blend of post-rock and post-hardcore. There are way more major keys than on A Dead Sinking Story
and the production is slightly cleaner overall. Instead of sounding weaker by being shimmering and
pretty, this album is all the more epic and moving.
Most Surprising Album of the Year
Misery Signals - Mirrors
Most Disappointing Albums of the Year
Trophy Scars - Alphabet. Alphabets.
The Mars Volta - Amputechture
Between the Buried and Me - The Anatomy Of
Best Rerelease of the Year
Life at These Speeds - Life at These Speeds
Most Overrated Albums of the Year
Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Trophy Scars - Alphabet. Alphabets.
Most Underrated Album of the Year
Thursday - A City By the Light Divided
Most Anticipated Albums of 2007
Thrice's 4xLP elements album
Anything by Glassjaw
Hot Cross' Risk Revival
New Circle Takes the Square
|Well, #2 would be in my top 10-20, not into much else on here.|
|You know I bought that Trophy Scars album around the time it came out and don't think I have listened to it more than once. But I agree with you about Thursday being underrated and as you probably guessed I'm anxious as hell for new Thrice.|
|deftones are number one, where frankly they should be. A brillant album except for the oh so obvious pink cellphone|
i deffinately agree with you on that btbam album.
|[i]No Heroes[/i] is too off-balanced for me to be a top album. |
|great list. I would have had Converge and Isis up here though. Good call on Set Your Goals; that was a fun, catchy as hell album. Thursday's album was great too, but I don't think it would be in my top ten.|
|I feel like a lot of people were starting to feel Thursday is getting stale or something but I found the new album to be something of a reinvention and really great. Seriously though, listen to a song from [i]Mr. Beast[/i] by Mogwai like "Glasgow Mega-Snake" and compare that to "Counting 5-4-3-2-1" or "At This Velocity." The non-vocal parts are really analogous, especially in the way they were produced. |
|yay for 1|