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Top 20 CDs for 2006
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Here is my list of the top 20 CDs for 2006. Buy them all, rip them to your iPod, enjoy:

1. Big Al Anderson "After Hours"
2. Regina Spektor "Begin To Hope"
3. The Format "Dog Problems"
4. The Raconteurs "Broken Boy Soldiers"
5. Field Music "Field Music"
6. Tool "10,000 Days"
7. The Decemberists "The Crane Wife"
8. Mates Of State "Bring It Back"
9. The Futureheads "News And Tributes"
10. Ben Kweller "Ben Kweller"

11. Beck "Beck"
12. Kasabian "Empire"
13. My Chemical Romance "The Black Parade"
14. Damian Rice "9"
15. Blowoff "Blowoff"
16. Thom Yorke "The Eraser"
17. Jenny Lewis "Rabbit Fur Coat"
18. TV On The Radio "Return To Cookie Mountain"
19. The Hold Steady "Boys And Girls In America"
20. Mastodon "Blood Mountain"

And here are some also-rans:

Dresden Dolls "Yes, Virginia…"
Placebo "Meds"
Nellie McKay "Pretty Little Head"
The Rapture "Pieces Of The People We Love"
Lindsey Buckingham "Under The Skin"
Paul Simon "Surprise"
Feist "Let It Die"
Sondra Lerche "Duper Sessions"
Arctic Monkeys "Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not"
Art Brut "Bang Bang Rock & Roll"
Electric Six "Senor Smoke"
Destroyer "Destroyer’s Rubies"
Matt Pond PA "Several Arrows Later"
Wheatus "TooSoonMonsoon"
Eef Barzelay "Bitter Honey"
Rhett Miller "The Instigator"
Pet Shop Boys "Fundamental"
Phoenix "It’s Never Been Like That"
Pernice Brothers "Live A Little"
Justin Timberlake "Futuresex/Lovesounds"
Tenacious D "The Pick Of Destiny"
Jeremy Enigk "World Waits"
My Morning Jacket "Okonokos"
The Strokes "First Impressions Of Earth"
Gnarls Barkeley "St. Elsewhere"
Paul Westerberg "Open Season (Soundtrack)"

And here are some other categories:

Best CD Reissues of 2006
1. Richard Thompson "RT: The Life and Music of Richard Thompson"
2. Tom Waits "Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards"
3. The Art Of Noise "And What Have YOu Done With My Body, God?"
4. Daft Punk "Musique Vol. 1 1993-2005"
5. The Replacements "Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? - The Best Of The Replacements"

Worst CDs of 2006
1. Chemical Brothers "London (Soundtrack)"
2. Coldcut "Sound Mirror"
3. Ashley MacIsaac "Pride"
4. Rinocerose "Schizophonic"
5. DJ Shadow "The Outsider"

Best CD Cover of 2006
1. Beck "Beck"
2. Tool "10,000 Days"
3. The Format "Dog Problems"

Worst CD Cover of 2006
1. Barenaked Ladies "Are Me"

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I only just started checking out my new friends' older posts and found this. Nice list. The Beck album is actually called "The Information". :)

Possibly my favorite release of 2006 was Waits' "Orphans" - although so much of it was brand-newly recorded I'm not sure I'd call it a rerelease. It also gets my vote for best CD cover. Either that or the new, heartbreakingly brilliant Califone disk "Roots and Crowns".

I also loved the new Beck, the new Sparklehorse and the new Yo La Tengo. The Shortbus disk was CRAZY good, as was Madelene Peyroux's new disk.

My 2 bits. :)

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