Best of 2006: Editors' Picks in Pop

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1. Continuum
Continuum
~ John Mayer
4.6 out of 5 stars (574 customer reviews)
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Columbia
September 12, 2006
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Continuum is about as apt a title as it gets for John Mayer's third studio disc. Every element, from the peerless guitar playing to the plainspoken poetry of the lyrics to the breathy-sincere singing, makes a return from previous efforts. But to weakly pronounce this another worthwhile effort from ... Read more

2. Eye To The Telescope
Eye To The Telescope
~ KT Tunstall
4.5 out of 5 stars (336 customer reviews)
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Virgin Records
February 7, 2006
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If the art of the female singer-songwriter revolves around coffee-table soliloquies then ... Read more

3. Duper Sessions
Duper Sessions
~ Sondre Lerche
4.9 out of 5 stars (11 customer reviews)
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Parlophone
March 21, 2006
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An extremely young Norwegian-born singer-songwriter-guitarist-bandleader, Lerche has already exhibited a remarkably strong flair for sophisticated pop composition and a talent for witty lyrics. But by moving his previous preference for judiciously applied... Read more

4. Back to Basics
Back to Basics
~ Christina Aguilera
4.2 out of 5 stars (464 customer reviews)
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RCA
August 15, 2006
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Back to Basics, Christina Aguilera's first disc in four years, refines and clarifies the--let's call it "sexy"--aura surrounding this platinum firebrand. Here, the best belter in a class that counts Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears on its roll call has turned her attention to love songs: the supercharged and ... Read more

5. The Captain and the Kid
The Captain and the Kid
~ Elton John
4.2 out of 5 stars (169 customer reviews)
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Interscope Records
September 19, 2006
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The degree to which you'll like The Captain & the Kid is going to depend on your personal history with Sir Elton John. If you're a resolute follower who was once reduced to a quivering mass of humility by "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" and then revived by the ... Read more

6. Surprise
Surprise
~ Paul Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars (209 customer reviews)
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Warner Bros.
May 9, 2006
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Since severing his epochal partnership with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon's solo career been characterized by restless reinvention. But while it's easy to see such disparate, cross-cultural collaborations as ... Read more

7. B'Day
B'Day
~ Beyonce
3.3 out of 5 stars (481 customer reviews)
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Sony
September 5, 2006
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History may prove Beyoncé's B'Day to be a rare double-whammy of an achievement. Not only is it destined to hold up as one of the thumpingest, most polished-sounding discs of 2006, it's also bound to loose a new phrase into the popular lexicon: a "freekum dress" (n.), as described ... Read more

8. FutureSex / LoveSounds
FutureSex / LoveSounds
~ Justin Timberlake
4.0 out of 5 stars (490 customer reviews)
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Zomba Recordings/Sony BMG Music Entertainment
September 12, 2006
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One spin of FutureSex/LoveSounds and it's hard to believe that Justin Timberlake was ever a boy-band barnstormer--no modern-day male artist beats him when it comes to single-minded self assurance or suavity. "SexyBack," the inescapable summer sizzler of a first single off this short and thrillingly unwholesome disc, makes that ... Read more

9. Daniel Powter
Daniel Powter
~ Daniel Powter
3.8 out of 5 stars (89 customer reviews)
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Warner Bros / Wea
April 11, 2006
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"Bad Day," the first single off Daniel Powter's small masterpiece of a debut disc, has been divebombing TV-watching Americans for months. Turn on "American Idol" and there it is, accompanying the latest axed contestant off the stage. Switch over to Showtim... Read more

10. Subtitulo
Subtitulo
~ Josh Rouse
4.6 out of 5 stars (29 customer reviews)
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Nettwerk Records
March 21, 2006
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Josh Rouse is about as consistent an artist as they come. After 2003's apt-sounding ... Read more