My favorite albums of 2006

Posted by chetan on December 20, 2006 in music

It’s always tough trying to pick my favorite albums of the year. The biggest problem is the sheer amount of music I listen to in a given year. By December it’s difficult to remember what I was listening to in January and February. This year it was even tougher since my main computer crashed over the summer and since then I haven’t listened to most of the stuff from the first half of the year, opting instead to only listen to newer albums for the most part.

There were a few clear favorites this year, like any other year, and then some which got off to a fast start but quickly fell by the wayside.

My top four in alphabetical order — these got the most listens this year. According to iTunes, about 30 listens each and probably the same amount in winamp!

  • Sure Juror – Sure Juror
    I saw them at Pianos where they played a ridiculously short four song set but they rocked it anyway. Wish their upcoming NYC shows coincided with my trip next month…
  • The Format – Dog Problems
    Indie pop at its very best.
  • The Long Winters – Putting the Days to Bed
    No, wait.. THIS is indie pop at its very best!
  • The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine
    Saw them at Fontana’s in NYC and again in Zurich. Of my top four, these guys rock the hardest.

And the rest:

  • Barenaked Ladies – Are Me
  • Cansei de Ser Sexy – CSS
  • Hot Chip – The Warning
  • I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce My Friends
  • Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor
  • Sean Lennon – Friendly Fire
  • Silversun Pickups – Carnavas
  • Tokyo Police Club – A Lesson in Crime (EP)

Late breaking favorites, because I found them so late in the game…

  • Matt and Kim – Matt and Kim
  • Showstar – Showstar

And finally, the best albums from 2007 which leaked this year:

  • Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
  • The Shins – Wincing the Night Away

And there was so much more good music this year, I just can’t list it all. According to my iTunes library, I have about 120 albums from 2006 and that’s not even counting all the stuff on my desktop at home! Now to make room for the year ahead…