Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Best Of The 2000s-Part 7-The Best Albums From The Year 2006

Due to my want to get this post out there I wanted to post it in an incomplete form. As you may notice, my commentary is missing from most of the entries. I felt for the sake of keeping on track that my words can wait for the moment. What's really important is the list and highlighting the art that these musicians made. Therefore I am releasing this list in an incomplete state! You don't need my words! Go listen to the tunes!!!!!

1. Liars-Drum's Not Dead(Mute)

This was the last truly excellent Liars album. This was not as harsh and off-putting as the first one. Where it lacked the same edginess of the previous album this one more than made up for it with a total fully realized vision and a complete laser sharp focus. For this album they decided to focus on percussion. They recorded multiple drum tracks and played them in a very tribal style. The drums absolutely pound on this album. It felt like they were trying to conjure up the feeling of what music was like before the advent of recordings and songs. There are guitars but they are used mainly for texture instead of notes. Each track has an ebb and a flow and instead of normal song structure these feel like pieces to the greater whole. Overall this album was a masterpiece for the Liars and a masterpiece in concept that was executed perfectly.

Genre: Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Noise Rock, No Wave, Tribal Ambient, Post-Rock

2. Harvey Milk-Special Wishes(Troubleman Unlimited)\

Amazing album of classic rock influenced sludge metal. The album cover kind of perfectly sums up the sound of this album. It's classic rock surrounded by blacks and grays. It's punishing stuff really and it's made even better by the fact that there is always a great melody underneath each track.

Genre: Sludge Metal, Noise Rock

3. Clipse-Hell Hath No Fury(Star Trak)

Even crazier than "Lord Willin'" which seems insane because that album was ridiculous. The Neptunes production on this is pretty absurd, they were making hard hitting beats out of the most minimal ridiculous samples. This managed to be completely in the mainstream while sounding like nothing else at the time. No one at the time was willing to use beats like this and we have a masterpiece because Pusha T and No Malice did.

Genre: Southern Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap

4. The Blow-Paper Television(K)

Same concept as the above album except this time, it's the other way around. Underground indie pop duo make an album by ripping beats and tricks straight from the mainstream pop world and make it their own. This album has a very nice feminist bent to it. YACHT's production is pretty much flawless. It has a lot in common with Neptunes production. Tinny synths bump up against heavy bass and all manner of weird samples to create a dancy crazy indie pop album.

Genre: Indietronica, Indie Rock, Electropop

5. The Knife-Silent Shout(Mute)

I would say this album is the greatest electroclash album of all time. It's not really even considered to be an electroclash album but they ended up accidentally making what I think is the tip top of that genre. This brother sister duo created an extremely dark and twisted electronic album. My favorite element of the entire album is the female vocals that are pitch-shifted and bent to basically create an androgynous narrator. It adds a very ambiguous and mysterious vibe to the whole proceedings.

Genre: Electropop, Synthpop, Minimal Techno, Art Pop

6. Grizzly Bear-Yellow House(Warp)

Genre: Psychedelic Folk, Indie Folk, Chamber Pop

7. Karl Blau-Beneath Waves(K)

Genre: Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk, LO-FI

8. Be Your Own Pet-Self Titled(Universal/Ecstatic Peace)

Genre: Garage Punk, Indie Rock

9. Scritti Politti-White Bread Black Beer(Rough Trade)

Genre: Sophisti-Pop, Art Pop, Contemporary R&B

10. Daughters-Hell Songs(Hydrahead)

Genre: Mathcore, Noise Rock, Art Punk

11. Josephine Foster-A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing(Locust)

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Free Folk, Chamber Folk

12. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins-Rabbit Fur Coat(Team Love)

Genre: Alt-Country, Country Gospel, Indie Pop

13. Crystal Skulls-Outgoing Behavior(Suicide Squeeze)

Genre: Indie Pop

14. Joanna Newsom-Ys(Drag City)

Genre: Chamber Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Folk

15. Shat-Cuntree(Buddyhead)

Genre: Comedy Rock, Hardcore Punk, Grindcore

16. Girl Talk-Night Ripper(Illegal Art)

Genre: Mashup, Plunderphonics, Pop, Hip Hop

17. Lily Allen-Alright,Still(Regal)

Genre: Pop, Pop Reggae

18. Spank Rock-YoYoYoYoYo(Big Dada)

Genre: Hip Hop, Experimental Hip Hop, Miami Bass, Electro, Glitch Hop

19. Man Man-Six Demon Bag(Ace Fu)

Genre: Experimental Rock, Gypsy Punk, Dark Cabaret

20. They Shoot Horses Don't They?-Boo Hoo Hoo Boo(Kill Rock Stars)

Genre: Experimental Rock, Gypsy Punk

21. Khanate-Capture and Release(Southern Lord)

Genre: Drone Metal

22. TV On the Radio-Return To Cookie Mountain(4AD)

Genre: Indie Rock, Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Soul

23. Mastodon-Blood Mountain(Reprise)

Genre: Progressive Metal, Sludge Metal

24. The Seconds-Kratitude(5RC)

Genre: Noise Rock

25 The Ladies-They Mean Us(Temporary Residence Limited)

Genre: Math Rock, Indie Rock

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