Monday, December 11

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2006 (Part I.)

After doing a quick check, it appears as if I've purchased over 80 new albums this year. Out of those 80, only about 35 of them were released in 2006. It makes sense, though, as this year was sort of slow.

I don't mean 'slow' as in, 'aged like a fine wine,' either. I mean 'slow' as in 'Christopher Reeve's 40-yard dash time.'

The massive breakout artists of the last two years (think Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and so forth) were surprisingly lacking this time around. Even though there were some amazing artistic statements made in 2006 (Decemberists, Islands, The Velvet Teen), indie music history will look at 2006 as the year that their heaviest hitters took a vacation.

Here now, the 20 best albums I've heard all year.

VCR - Power Destiny
#20 – VCR – Power Destiny

All things considered, VCR should be a far more popular band. Their spastic, synth-punk noisefest style seems to be all the rage on the MySpaces and the MTV's. It probably doesn't help that VCR is pretty much the least attractive band I've ever seen, however. If you like synth-driven insano-core and are still young enough to mosh, Power Destiny will make your day.

The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
#19 – The Mountain Goats – Get Lonely

Hands-down the most depressing album of the year, Get Lonely finds primary songwriter John Darnielle in the midst of a horrid breakup. For the course of the album, we go where he goes, feel what he feels, and stew in our own loneliness and mortality. Done correctly, a breakup album transcends false emo tendencies and approaches something very real and truly emotional. Get Lonely will be impossible to listen to if you truly do understand where Darnielle is coming from.

Morrissey - Ringleader Of The Tormentors
#18 – Morrissey – Ringleader Of The Tormentors

For years now, Morrissey has proved there is life after The Smiths, although his best work cannot compare with the magic he created with Johnny Marr back in the day. With Ringleader of the Tormentors, Morrissey brings us back into his world of grandiose mope and hopeless romanticism. It's good to be back.

The Rapture - Pieces Of The People We Love
#17 – The Rapture – Pieces Of The People We Love

The Rapture spearheaded the dance-rock explosion a few years ago, with their spectacular debut, Echoes. Although Pieces of the People We Love doesn't approach the statement made with Echoes, they get the job done on the dancefloor, boasting beautiful production and instantly repeatable hooks.

Maritime - We, The Vehicles
#16 - Maritime - We, The Vehicles

When the Promise Ring and the Dismemberment Plan broke up, it officially ended the only reign of emo that ever mattered. Davey Von Bohlen, the frontman and primary songwriter for the Promise Ring, gives We, The Vehicles the charm and lyrical originality we've come to expect from him. If you still bust out Very Emergency every winter, We, The Vehicles will cure what ails you.

TOMORROW:

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2006 - #15-#11.

Comments:
Although I don't listen to this kind of music, I think some of these could end up on the worst album covers list in the future.
 
Yeah, a few of them are butt-fugly.

That's indie for you. They try to create this individual artistic statement within the music, and then just get their college buddy to do the artwork.
 
The cover of Cum Laude is ugly as all get out, but since Judah drew it I'll give him a break. If Logan drew it it would have ruled, though.
 
Yeah, the Out of the Fierce Parade cover is beautiful.
 
And yes, I know that Sufjan released two albums this year.
 
Ryan said: #15 – Supersystem – A Million Microphones

As we now know, A Million Microphones will be the last album from Washington DC post-punk outfit Supersystem. As is the case with many of the albums on this year's list, Microphones doesn't compare to Supersystem's previous showcase, Always Never Again. That being said, this album contains multiple influences and excuses to dance, so it's easy to overlook.


Me say: Me likey birdie song!!!
 

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