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Best Albums of 2006

Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 1:24pm

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I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet, I've enjoyed the last 2 years' 'best of' music topics. What are your favourite music albums of 2006?

Since I'm in a rush to get out, I'll post my top 10 later.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 2:25pm

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Tiesto - In Search Of Sunrise Volume 5 Los Angeles
Don't get me wrong, I used to hate trance, but this compilation is incredible. I've also started driving this year, and it makes an awesome driving companion smile It's not really that mainstream, not the sort of tuneless thump thump thump you hear chavs playing.

No-Man All The Blue Changes - An Anthology 1988-2003
God only knows what genre they are, dream progressive rock? Nonetheless, they are an incredible band. The same guys behind Porcupine Tree. There's something very cinematic about their music which inspires me.

I wasn't really impressed this year. Most of the mainstream stuff was awful.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 2:34pm

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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys

best album smile eek
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 2:36pm

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Sikth - Death Of A Dead Day
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 2:58pm

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Muse - Black Holes and Revelations:

A really good album, though you'd expect nothing less from Muse. Knights of Cydonia is the standout track, very over the top and camp, but at the same time it makes you want to be able to play guitar smile

Daft Punk - Live at Coachella '06:

This 'album' is not officially released, but there are plenty of bootleg copies about. Apparently someone in the audience recorded the whole set with a microphone in their hat (but it sounds AMAZING). Great stuff.

I guess that's it from me, the only other albums I've got this year have either been really old (Duran Duran - Greatest, A-ha - Definitive Singles Collection), or are dance music compilations.

Cheers,
Arktic.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 3:18pm

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i think the only album i bought that was released this year was Iron maiden's newest A Matter Of Life and Death. in my opinion a billiant album,its even better live.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 5:34pm

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Arktic wrote:

Muse - Black Holes and Revelations:

A really good album, though you'd expect nothing less from Muse. Knights of Cydonia is the standout track, very over the top and camp, but at the same time it makes you want to be able to play guitar smile
Agreed. smile
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 5:45pm

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The only new album I got this year was The Beatles - LOVE.
Which is just perfectly brilliant.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 5:48pm

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The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes. I think this was the only album that came out this year that I bought.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 5:50pm

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think The only ablum I got this year was from A band called Pillar. Its a Chirstian rock band that my brother-in-law got me into. their really good, their almost like Metallica.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 8:12pm

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I've not been hugely impressed with anything I heard last year, but a few albums that stood out were

Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped

A lot of stuff by the yoof tends to descend into random blasts of noise which isn't always fun to listen to. But this album is a lot more generally listenable and really grew on me.

The Automatic - Not Accepted Anywhere

One of the few new bands I've liked this year. It's good old fashioned bouncy pop punk that you can shout along to.

Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist

I pretty much like any Deftones stuff and wasn't disappointed with this album. Although it's not the best they've ever done. They seem to be going in a slightly more electronic direction these days. I'm looking forward to seeing them at a live gig soon, woo.

I'd also recommend the new Ramones greatest hits album if you've never given them much of a listen before.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 8:28pm

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All I'll say is wasn't too impressed with much of this year's returning artists like The Killers

My favourites

Ghostface Killah – Fishscale
Best hip-hop album of the year. Great tunes, beats, lyrics and one of the best skits of the year (Heart Street). My other favourite skits were on Sway’s This is My Demo (immigrants…Kofi Annan…)

Brightblack Morning Light – Self Titled

Relaxing alternative folk/chillout music. Apparently they tested this music on some owls before they released it. That’s pretty weird

Herbert – Scale

Can’t really describe this… influenced by pop, dance, classical, electronica and jazz. Groovy anyway, great vocals

The Veils – Nux Vomica
I loved their last album, Runaway Found, but this is recorded by totally different people, apart from the singer, who is amazing, singing with huge passion. And I still love them. Great rocking tunes that make me want to tap my feet wherever I am. My favourite album this year

B. Fleischmann – Humbucking Coil

Beautiful but so simple electronica. Great for driving and chilling

Guillemots – Through The Windowpane
Great songs, amazing live when I saw them in Newcastle couple months ago

Decent

Joanna Newsom - Ys
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope
Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
Milanese - Extend
Dragonforce - Inhuman Rampage
Calexico - Garden Ruin

Oldies still listening to:

The Herbaliser – Something Wicked This Way Comes
The mixing is so good on this jazzy, rappy, soundtracky, retro piece of work

Amon Tobin – Supermodified
Such thumping goodness

Martha Wainwright – Self Titled
Great singing and songwriting

Susumu Yokota – Grinning Cat
A more chilled out, ambient, Japanese Amon Tobin with snippets of Clair de Lune thrown in for good measure. There’s a lot of traditional instruments and vocals here that it’s difficult to distinguish how electronic it is. So awesome I can’t do it justice.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 8:28pm

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Orin Warren wrote:

Its a Chirstian rock band that my brother-in-law got me into. their really good, their almost like Metallica.
Except a little less Satanic and a lot more Christian. biggrin
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 9:40pm

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There hasn't really been anything amazing, nothing that really got me going. I'm still listening to old stuff.. everything from motion city soundtrack to chuck berry and electric president...

There have been two new albums and bands from x-members of blink 182, Plus 44 and Angels and Airwaves.
Plus 44 is tons better the Angels, got a cool mix between punk and the typical Blink sound from their last selftitled back in 03. Angels and Airwaves is too over-produced and got to much effects going on for my taste.

I can't think of anything other, the last Taking back Sunday CD was crap and is way overhyped... Bob Dylans new CD is great compared to the stuff he's done the last years, but nothing I listen to regulary..
Arktic Monkeys CD was pretty good.. Beatles - Love is okey but i prefer the originals.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Jan 2007, 9:55pm

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There were a lot of really great danish albums this year.

Other than that I can only remember "Muse - Black Holes And Revelations".
Posted: Thu, 4th Jan 2007, 12:03am

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This year was a weak year for music really. Not many great scores released. sad

My favorite ones:


- X Men 3 - John Powell

Friggin brilliant score with loads of vibrant cues and an excellent main, action and love them. The best score of all three movies by quite far.

- Zathura - John Debney

Very epic big orchestral score in a very williamesque style. Nice cues and pretty good orchestration

- Superman Returns - John Ottman

A great new version of Williams old themes with some interesting new additions like an excellent new love theme plus some small but effectful changes on the main motive.

- Pirates 2 - Hans Zimmer

While I honestly liked the first score better in terms of it's cheesy motives, the new one is a lot better orchestrated and mixed and adds some fine new motives into the mix. Personally though, I missed the old main theme in the second one. Still a great piece of music.




Yep, that's pretty much everything that was interesting musicwise last year. sad
Posted: Thu, 4th Jan 2007, 1:03am

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Well if we're going to themes, I really liked "Chia Chia" from Inside Man, but most of the rest of the score was only good in context.

Illusionist had a decent score, but once again, it doesn't sound right out of context (try it with itunes).

The test of a truly great theme is when it sounds strong and powerful out of context.

And, oddly, besides the ones sollthar named, only one other film has done that for me this year: "Little Miss Sunshine" had really nice original music!
Posted: Thu, 4th Jan 2007, 2:32am

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Harvey Danger - Little by Little

My friend introduced me to this Seattle indie band and they came out with Little by Little this year and is one of the best albums I have heard in ages, if you're into indie music you should check it out
Posted: Thu, 4th Jan 2007, 1:19pm

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arctic monkeys surely!!!!
Posted: Sat, 6th Jan 2007, 5:56pm

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The Sufferer and the Witness- Rise Against
Oh No- Ok Go
Posted: Sat, 6th Jan 2007, 11:33pm

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in no particular order.

deftones - saturday night wrist
red hot chili peppers - stadium arcadium
yonderboi - splendid isolation
wolfmother - wolfmother
muse - black holes & revelations
beck - the information
the raconteurs - broken boy soldiers
tool - 10,000 days
she wants revenge - she wants revenge
the flaming lips - at war with the mystics
Posted: Sun, 7th Jan 2007, 4:43am

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continuum- john mayer
Posted: Sun, 7th Jan 2007, 5:18am

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Jet - Shine on

Kasabian - Empire

John mayer - Continuum

Muse - Black holes and revelations

Rock kills kid - Are you nervous?

OK GO - Oh No

Arctic Monkeys - Whatever people....

Audioslave - Revelations

Billy Talent - II

The Strokes - First impressions of earth

Oasis - Stop the Clocks


Mission Impossible 3 OST

Casino Royale OST
Posted: Sun, 7th Jan 2007, 6:01am

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Bryce007 wrote:

John mayer - Continuum

Muse - Black holes and revelations

OK GO - Oh No
All great albums, the only gooduns I've seen someone say so far...

Red Hot Chili Peppers was good, too.
Posted: Sun, 7th Jan 2007, 10:16am

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Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Posted: Sun, 7th Jan 2007, 11:07am

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petet2 wrote:

Thom Yorke - The Eraser
Oh man, I totally forgot The Eraser. Great Album, though not as good as Radiohead albums.
Posted: Mon, 8th Jan 2007, 7:02pm

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+44 - when your heart stops beating

rise against - the sufferer and the witness

he is legend - suck out the poison

nofx - wolves in wolves clothing

senses fail - still searching

taking back sunday - louder now

head automatica - popaganda

boysetsfire - the misery index

anti-flag - for blood and empire
Posted: Mon, 8th Jan 2007, 8:31pm

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Arktic wrote:

Muse - Black Holes and Revelations:

A really good album, though you'd expect nothing less from Muse. Knights of Cydonia is the standout track, very over the top and camp, but at the same time it makes you want to be able to play guitar smile
I can talk with you biggrin Muse is simply amazing...

Gorillaz - Demon Days
Dream Theater - Octavarium

Sorry.. Didn't read 2006 unsure

Are also amazing... biggrin

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Posted: Wed, 10th Jan 2007, 2:15pm

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Arktic wrote:

Muse - Black Holes and Revelations:

A really good album, though you'd expect nothing less from Muse. Knights of Cydonia is the standout track, very over the top and camp, but at the same time it makes you want to be able to play guitar smile
That song just started playing when I opened this thread! (in iTunes shuffling songs)

My Likey Albums
Black Holes and Revelations - Muse
Love - The Beatles
Modern Love - Michael Oliva (friend and also shameless plug but its great!)
The Pick of Destiny Soundtrack - Tenacious D
Meds - Placebo
Posted: Wed, 10th Jan 2007, 3:48pm

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- blutonium presents hardstyle 8
- blutonium presents hardstyle 9
- hardcore underground
- hardcore euphoria
- hardcore heaven vol. 4

2006 was a great year for hardstyle & happy hardcore fans razz
Posted: Wed, 10th Jan 2007, 6:53pm

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very simple -


In Flames - Come Clarity
Posted: Fri, 12th Jan 2007, 4:46pm

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I agree with Digerati Media on:

Placebo- Meds

I also would like to add:

My Chemical Romance- Welcome to the Black Parade.
While it wasn't as good as Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, I feel that the band as a whole (now don't laugh at me) have matured.

My 2 cents