Following are the best of 2006. Hope you all agree. ;)
1. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists: The Decemberists
prevailed again by releasing an album full of interesting stories and wonderful rhythyms. BEST OF:
"The Crane Wife 3," "The Perfect Crime 2," and "O' Valencia."
2. Eye To The Telescope by KT Tunstall:
Newcomer KT Tunstall
offers a fresh, raw voice against old-fashioned guitar riffs. She also keeps her wonderful CD grounded with plenty of perfect ballads. BEST OF:
"Other Side Of The World," "Black Horse And The Cherry Tree," and "Universe & U."
3. FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake:
Corny, I know, but Justin really convinced me this time that his music is worth listening to. Filled with sexy dance beats and high-octive vocals, Timberlake has converted me into a fan *cough*. BEST OF:
"FutureSex/LoveSounds," "My Love," and "What Goes Around..."
4. Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins:
One of my absolute favorites of the year came from Rilo Kiley fronter Jenny Lewis and the sisterly workings of The Watson Twins. Her soft, Neko Case-like, country-inspired tunes are utterly amazing. I saw them live this past October. It was one of the best concerts I've been to.BEST OF:
"Rise Up With Fists!!!," "The Charging Sky," and "Born Secular."
5. The Only Thing I Ever Wanted by Psapp:
Psapp's second full-length release is a lot like the first---amazing background music. I love to listen to Psapp when I'm driving or ready to go to bed. Amazingly "toytronic," as they have been called.BEST OF:
"Hi," "Tricycle," and "Upstairs."
6. Back To Basics by Christina Aguilera:
Already a huge Xtina fan, I was very anxious to hear her 2006 release. What I found was a matured, married Christina. Her "oldies/circus" vibe was completely entrancing and fitting for her powerhouse voice. Five stars for Christina.BEST OF:
"Makes Me Wanna Pray," "Still Dirrty," "Candyman," and "Save Me From Myself."
7. Begin To Hope by Regina Spektor:
Another amazing release for Ms. Spektor. Every single time she comes out with an album, I'm floored, especially on her newest release. Her change to uptempo beats compared to her sole piano was a perfect transaction in catching a new audience, while upholding the longstanding fans.BEST OF:
"Fidelity," "On The Radio," "Apres Moi," and "Hotel Song."
8. Taking The Long Way by Dixie Chicks:
I have loved the Dixie Chicks for years and their newest album is nothing short of genius. Their truthful lyrics about "The Incident" allow for a heartfelt, amazing album that everyone (yes, even Republicans) should buy.BEST OF:
"The Long Way Around," "Lullaby," "Voice Inside My Head," and "So Hard."
Welcome, 2007. :)