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Old 12-05-2006, 12:03 AM   #16
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(HelloAngel, feel free to quote anything in this post.)

I feel 2006 has not been a particularly sensational year in music, especially not after the postponement of Blackfield's second album to 2007. Orphaned Land's new album was also meant to be out this year but it looks almost certain now that it will be released in 2007 too. However, this year has produced two absolute gems:

Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
With their third offering, Agalloch prove that their first two albums weren't just flukes. These guys are the masters of the soundscape. They have an incredible ability to create beautiful, eerie, wintry landscapes in the listener's mind that are more vivid than those created by any other band I've heard. John Haughm is a great clean singer and his death growls are largely very comprehensible, and the band's atmospheric metal style is a rather original combination of death and black metal elements with folk music influences. Ashes Against The Grain is the third atmospheric masterpiece in a row and I can't wait to hear what Agalloch has for us in the future.

Pure Reason Revolution - The Dark Third
Without a doubt, this is the best album of the year. Pure Reason Revolution draw strong influences from Pink Floyd but also bring in abundant amounts of originality. Their male and female vocalists have gorgeous harmonies and float in and out of each other seamlessly. The soundscapes crafted by the music are ethereal and artistic, full of richness, warmth, and depth. It is hard to believe that this is the band's debut album, as they are clearly very accomplished, talented, and thoughtful musicians.

I am very eagerly looking forward to 2007. It looks set to be a great year for music, with releases from bands such as Blackfield, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Orphaned Land, Circus Maximus, hopefully Anathema, and if we're all very lucky, The Chills.

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Old 12-05-2006, 07:39 AM   #17
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My Morning Jacket - Okonokos. Live LP, but so good that it can stand out as the best record of the year.

Decemberists - Crane Wife. I said it before - just listen to Crane Wife trilogy and it's enough to name it brilliant.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - self titled

Cat Power - The Greatest

Hard-Fi - CCTV

Yo La Tengo - i am not afraid of you and i will beat your ass

Hold Steady - Boys and Girls of America

Damien Rice - 9

Trentmoller - the last resort

Gnarls Barkley - St. Elswhere

Agoria - green armchair

nathan fake - drowning in a sea of love

tv on the radio - return to cookie mountain

Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

to name a was a good year....

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Old 12-05-2006, 07:40 AM   #18
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oh yeah:

The Shins - Wincing The Night Away!!
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Old 12-05-2006, 11:24 AM   #19
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I agree with many that it wasn't a spectacular year in terms of albums (no new records from U2, Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, The Wrens..... and the Flaming Lips LP was average imo), but there were still plenty of good releases. Here are a few:

The Hold Steady...Boys and Girls in America---- The best classic rock album of the year this side of Bruce Springsteen!

Neko Case...Fox Confessor Brings the Flood---- Alt-country loveliness and her voice gives me shivers.

Silversun Pickups...Carnavas----- They've got a little Smashing Pumpkins thing going on. Sounds like 1992 again.

Snow Patrol...Eyes Open---- new anthems for old U2 fans....and the kids seem to love em, too.

Rock Plaza Central...Are We Not Horses?---- Reminiscent of Neutral Milk Hotel with it's strained vocals and use of brass. My latest purchase so it's fresh. Not sure about it's staying power.

There's a number of others, but I need to get back to work.
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I saw Silversun Pickups at CMJ here in NYC. Good things!!
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:12 PM   #21
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Dylan - Modern Times
Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
Jay-Z - Kingdom Come

I'll just list those 4. Overall, it's been a weak year.
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:23 PM   #22
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Originally posted by HelloAngel
I saw Silversun Pickups at CMJ here in NYC. Good things!!
I missed them in Philly. Hope to catch them next time around.
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Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime II
Foo Fighters - Skin and Bones
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Beatles - Love
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Old 12-05-2006, 12:58 PM   #25
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Corrine Bailey Rae-Corrine Bailey Rae
How To Save A Life-The Fray
Eye To The Telescop-K.T. Tunstall
Back To Basics-Christina Aguilera
Daniel Powter-Daniel Powter
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Old 12-05-2006, 01:46 PM   #26
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I'm loathe to say it was a weak year in music, because the ways in which we all hear, see and learn about new music greatly differs. It's all relative to our perspectivies.

I learn about new music from KEXP and music blogs.
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Old 12-05-2006, 03:30 PM   #27
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Old 12-05-2006, 03:58 PM   #28
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You mean I have to remember what albums were released this year?

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Pearl Jam -- Pearl Jam, or the Avocado.
simply them going back to their rock roots. Did you see Eddie Vedder beat the shit out of Bono during the Make Poverty History campaign concert in Melbourne? Great stuff.

Muse -- Black Hole and Revelations.
Sometimes, I think their music's a bit pompous. But this one isn't.

Arctic Monkeys -- Whatever...

I wish Radiohead had an album this year. So keeping my fingers crossed for next year.
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Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam

It's the band at their most political, and arguably best. Worldwide Suicide gets my vote for most visceral song of the year.

Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers

While some say this collection is bloated, there's something very special, unrefined, and organic that carries across these two CDs. Along with some trademark funk, there's also a warmth to many of the songs, like Hard to Concentrate and Snow (Hey Oh). It's certifiable proof that this is a band with true musical range.

Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack

Mychael Danna and DeVotchKa put together a collection that moves brilliantly in tandem with the movie of the same name.

The Eraser - Thom Yorke

Murky, desolate, and completely moving. The perfect soundtrack to a rainy day and a world gone mad. Harrowdown Hill is a beautifully haunting standout.

Loose - Nelly Furtado

Promiscuous just might be the most overplayed song of the year--but Loose is much more than bubble gum pop. In fact, that song is slightly misleading. There's a yearning at work here that sees Nelly striving for something else. The worldbeat rhythms of No Hay Igual make me want to light up a barbecue, kick a soccer ball around the yard, and invite the entire neighbourhood over for lunch.

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