Archive for the ‘2006 Top Albums’ Category

Dec
29

Top 10 Albums of 2006: No. 4

Posted by jill on December 29, 2006

4. Grandaddy – Just Like the Fambly Cat

It’s strange how Grandaddy might have completed their most perfect album as their farewell work. With previous Grandaddy albums, often there has been one amazing song followed by ten or eleven tracks that don’t quite match up with expectations: Under the Western Freeway had AM 180, The Sophtware Slump had The Crystal Lake and Sumday had El Caminos in the West. However with Just Like the Fambly Cat there’s everything you want from a Grandaddy album, and nothing to overshadow anything else. So there are the fuzzy guitars, the twinkly keyboards, and Jason Lytle’s dreamy voice. So farewell to one of the most underappreciated bands of the last decade, and at least there is this great album to say goodbye with.

Dec
28

Top 10 Albums of 2006: No. 5

Posted by jill on December 28, 2006

5.         Trademark – Raise the Stakes

The second album (or tenth depending on how you count them) from Trademark is a bolder step up to meeting the perfect synthpop music of the 80s they adore so much. In Come to Love and Over Again, they’ve written two perfect electropop songs, while the production of the album is grander than ever. Some of the songs would sound amazing in a club, for example the Fischerspooner-like, basstastic Toe the Line. Together with their increasingly confident stage shows, 2007 could be a good year for Trademark.

Dec
27

Top 10 Albums of 2006: No. 6

Posted by jill on December 27, 2006

6.         Grizzly Bear – Yellow House

Yet another folk inspired album, and again something that sounds completely different. Grizzly Bear take the gentle, delicate side of folk songs, and wrap it around in lush orchestration. It is the atmosphere created in the album that makes it interesting to listen to; the swirl of voices that perfectly accompanies the plain drum beats, or the birdsongs, or simply just the piano.  It is truly an album to listen to, to disappear into another world just for 40 minutes or so.

Dec
26

Top 10 Albums of 2006: No. 7

Posted by jill on December 26, 2006

7. Beirut – Gulag Orkestar

This is another folk influenced album on the list, and Beirut has many similarities to A Hawk and A Hacksaw, since both were especially inspired by the folk in East Europe. But where A Hawk and A Hacksaw danced around a campfire with their accordions and strings, Beirut says it all with brass instruments. The brass section makes this exude warmth. Apart from the grand, majestic songs with the brass arrangements, there are other more simple folky arrangements, and the tone of Zach Condon’s voice just adds a layer of seriousiness to the whole sound.