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12.27.06 Top Ten Albums Of 2006

Top Ten Albums Of 2006

My favorite releases of '06.
1Kayo Dot
Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue

"Kayo Dot's "Dowsing Anemone With Copper Tongue" is like any great album, at first hard to enjoy. Its complexity is perplexing especially to someone who is usually more inclined to simple songs. Kayo Dot are past metal, even past being described by a genre, they seem as if they have transgressed into a simple emotional reflection of their members. Whether that be a strong sense of loneliness or a sense of pure bliss, the emotions are covered in full detail and that's what in time makes this so accessible to the listener. Like I said before Kayo Dot can attract a non-metal fan and this is the primary reason, their main reliance is on that of pure emotional outlet, not technical prowess, not lyrical finesse. While they possess both of those traits, they aren't the foundation of their music and that is what helps them to in my opinion but one if not the top fore-runner in todays music scene."
No Heroes

"Bannon's lyrics are at top shape as always, the band has taken their loved sound and experimented with it enough to keep it fresh, and most of all like every great Converge record it just completely ****ing wrecks your notion of what the peak of intense music should be."
In the Absence Of Truth

" Basically an improvement in everyway on the Isis sound. This is a great album and very little moments are put to waste. Post-metal at it's finest."
4Flying Lotus

"In its essence, "1983" isn't meant to be fully appreciated by someone that isn't familiar with its content or genre. The innovation on it is subtle and modest just like its delivery. Ellison isn't showing off his brilliance in sequencing like say, Aaron Funk of Venetian Snares. No, Ellison's beauty and intelligence lies in the minimalism of his compositions. Whether it is in the off-rhythm of "Orbit Brazil" or the easily accessible "Unexpected Delight", "1983" is able to jump through an array of subgenres in just under forty minutes, but not by forcefully showing you, instead by subtly leading you."
5Comets on Fire

"Rock and roll to the core and a noted evolution from Blue Cathedral "
6 Subtle
For Hero: For Fool

"Electronica and rap and pop all swished together in the mouth like a shot of listerine."
7 Ahleuchatistas
What You Will

" Beautifully dynamic math rock that is definitely some of the most experimental and interesting to come out of the genre. "
8 Burton Wagner
A Sentinel's Eyes

"Really, if you are a fan of post-rock, ambient, or solo guitar, I think "A Sentinel's Eyes" would be an enjoyable listen for you. It represents amateur music at its emotional and compositional peak, and for that I think it deserves way more attention than it'll probably ever receive. "
9 M. Ward
Post War

" M. Ward is probably the best current singer/songwriter around. Everything he does is better than anything you could do. "
10Scott Walker
The Drift

" Although "The Drift" is certainly not an album that can be played over and over again, it is most definitely a one of a kind experience. Any listeners who are interested in avant garde music or experimental music in general should definitely at least try out the album, as it is one of the most interesting and creative releases of the decade. Scott Walker simply doesn't create an album on "The Drift" he creates an aural portrait of his nightmares, and that is what makes it succeed in it's vision."
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