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Nick Greer
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Top Ten Albums Of 2006

These are Nick Greer's Top Ten Albums of 2006.
1Deftones
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.
2Kayo Dot
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.
3Kronos 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.
4Thursday
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.
5Misery Signals
Mirrors


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.
7Venetian Snares
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.
8Life 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.
9Set Your Goals
Mutiny!


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.
10Envy
Insomniac Doze


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.
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