This album certainly didn’t disappoint. Whilst not the 100% home-run hat-trick slam-dunk that Bad Blood was, 4 was still a brilliant piece of work. There’s more guitar on this album, but they don’t ignore their dance past completely. There were lots of new Gerling classics to love, and I’m still not tired of this one at all.
Best Track – Money (Space Jam)
02. Six By Seven - Club Sandwich at the Pervil Hotel
It’s hard to give this a straight review as it’s not really a full-on 6x7 album. It was recorded with the intention of being a whole new band, but that was given up as it sounded too much like 6x7. They took what they had and finished it off in what seems like a rush, not getting the attention a full 6x7 release would have. That said, it has some blistering tracks on it.
Best Track – Do You Believe
03. The Rentals
They did some touring in America but there’s not new album yet. Here’s hoping for 2007.
04. Be Your Own Pet
They didn’t vary from the template set up by their Damn Damn Leash and Fire Department singles (that don’t feature on the album) – keep it fast, keep it short. While not as consistent as I’d hoped, there’s some great stuff on the album.
Best Track – Adventure
Did a few live dates and headlined the V Festival where they played some new material, but no new releases. Something is expected this year, be it an album or series of EPs, as has been hinted at.
Jeff Tweedy toured America a bit, but no concrete news on a new album. Hopefully there’ll be one in the New Year.
07. Riot City Blues
A disappointment. The band went back to the retro-rock sound of Give Out But Don’t Give Up, probably their least accomplished album. There were a few highlights, but overall the album seemed like a saggy Stones impression.
Best Track – When the Bomb Drops
08. Love Travels At Illegal Speeds
Another disappointment. It was a case of more-of-the-same, carrying on the punk-lite of Happiness in Magazines, but with fewer peaks. Coxon has at least admitted to this, and hinted that the next album will go down a different route. I still regard The Kiss Of Morning as the highlight of his solo career so far.
Best Track – I Don't Wanna Go Out
09. Black Holes and Revelations
Another good album from Muse, but not as consistent as Absolution. They successfully attempted some new ground, and still put on an amazing live show.
Best Track – Knights of Cydonia
10. Charlotte Hatherley
New album ‘The Deep Blue’ comes out in March 2007. The two tracks I’ve heard so far are promising.
11. News And Tributes
Following up their debut was always going to be a hard task, and while they don’t reach the heights of that album, there’s some great stuff on here. The title track about the Munich air disaster sets the tone for the album, with a darker and more introverted set of songs than before. There are some low points (Thursday in particular drifts by without offering much of interest), but I have a lot of time for the highs. Yes!!! No!!! Yes!!! No!!!
Best Track – Favours for Favours
12. Bloc Party
New album ‘A Weekend in the City’ is released early February 2007. From what I've heard of it... meh. I'm hoping it's a grower.
13. Buzzcocks - Flat-Pack Philosophy
I never did get round to buying this, despite some good reviews. Might check it out in the New Year.
14. In Colour
A bit of a let-down, this one. Chosen One is a brilliant song, but the rest left me under whelmed. Recording a track with Romeo from the Magic Numbers didn’t endear me to the album either.
Best Track – Chosen One
15. At War With The Mystics
I had this pretty low on my list due to the few tracks I had heard (like the Wedding Crashers version of Mr. Ambulance Driver) didn’t blow me away. Shows what I know, as At War With the Mystics was awesome. It seems to be getting a bit of stick in some quarters, but to me this is a better album than Yoshimi. The W.A.N.D, Pompeii am Guttenburg and Goin’ On are stunning, such as great way to end an album.
Best Track – The W.A.N.D.
Didn’t happen. There was a short J Spaceman tour, but the album is now expected to be 2007.
17. Élan Vital
A slight change in direction, but not a bad one. Still not purchased my own copy yet, but intend to in the New Year.
Best Track – Pyrite Pedestal
BIG disappointment. It was only the soundtrack to their movie (which I admittedly haven’t seen, I’m not sure it’s even had a UK release yet), but there’s not much here that grabbed my attention. I’ve heard there might be another album in 2007, so here’s hoping that’s a return to form.
Best Track – PJ & Rooster
19. The Von Bondies
Apparently the new album ‘Love, Hate, and Then There’s You’ is out early 2007.
20. Vision Valley
Vision Valley is a good album, but again one I haven’t purchased yet (but intend to). There were lots of short, sharp, hook-laden songs such as Gross Out and Fuck Yeh. I’m still not sure if Futuretarded is the best or worst song title of all time.
Best Track – Don’t Listen to the Radio
So that's that. A mixed bag - 4 disappointments, 6 good, 2 great, 1 released but not heard, and 7 didn't release an album at all. I may need to fine-tune my radar for my next list...