2006: A Look back

Hey, kids! Here the fuck it is – my top 10 albums of the year. It includes two British imports, and I have yet to hear a Canadian-only release, Sloan’s Never Hear The End Of It, if any of you Christmas gift-givers have 20 loonies sitting around.

Keene Brothers – Blues and Boogie Shoes

This is a special case; I doubt anyone who fails to worship at the altar of Robert Pollard and Tommy Keene would rank this so high. But I love Keene’s power pop and I love Robert Pollard’s… Pollardacity, so the very existence of this album is as if a dream. And the songs – perfect. Sample: “Death of the Party.”

2: Pet Shop Boys – Fundamental

It’s a grower, the first PSB album that takes a while to sink in since Behaviour. Only after a few weeks do you understand that “Minimal,” “Indefinite Leave to Remain,” “The Sodom And Gomorrah Show,” et al are among the best songs Tennant and Lowe have ever committed to plastic. Sample: “Minimal.”

3: Charlotte Gainsbourg – 5:55

The songs (by Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon) resurrect that old Gainsbourg trick of making you feel like the most sophisticated man on earth even as you look around for the cops to show up. And Charlotte out-sings the hell out of Serge. Sample: “The Songs That We Sing.”

4: Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere

Sample: “Smiley Faces.”

5: The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

Sample: “Sons and Daughters.”

6: Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis

Sample: “Fat Children.”

7: The Roots – Game Theory

Sample: “In the Music.”

8: Sparks – Hello Young Lovers

Sample: “Perfume.”

9: TV on the Radio – Return to Cookie Mountain

Sample: “Wolf Like Me.”

10: Ghostface Killah – Fishscale

Sample: “Back Like That.”

bubbling under
Lloyd Cole – Anti-Depressant
Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
Jon Auer – Songs from the Year of Our Demise
Tommy Keene – Crashing the Ether
Morrissey – Ringleader of the Tormentors
Mission of Burma – The Oliterati
The Killers – Sam’s Town
Nelly Furtado – Loose
Robert Pollard – From a Compound Eye
Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
Scissor Sisters – Tah-Dah!