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Best CD's of 2006

William A. Miller
 
Back To Black
Back To Black
"A masterpiece of soul which sounds at once both retro and thoroughly modern.  "Rehab" is a great single, the title track is astonishing, and there is not a bad note on the entire album."
Once Again
Once Again
"Another great soul disc with an emphasis on superb songwriting and classic melodies, not to mention a voice that sounds somewhere between Marvin Gaye and Jeff Buckley.  His last album was a great one, this is better."
Return to Cookie Mountain (with Bonus Tracks)
Return to Cookie Mountain (with Bonus Tracks)
"Comparisons to other artists are futile.  This is tremendous rock music that is intense, atmospheric and above all, original."
St. Elsewhere
St. Elsewhere
"Includes hands down, the best single of the year in "Crazy" (it's not their fault that half the musicians in the country have covered it), and the rest of the disc is nearly as good.  The cover of "Gone Daddy Gone" is brilliant."
New Used Car
New Used Car
"Best blues of the year from a criminally underappreciated singer-songwriter-guitarist from Canada."
Modern Times
Modern Times
"Another Dylan disc, another contender for album of the year.  Sure he's released some turkeys, but not in a good long while."
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
"Seems that people have forgotten how good this February release is.  Loud, energetic, and full of great hooks, just like rock and roll is supposed to be."
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
"The best Boss since Tunnel of Love."
Personality
Personality
"Extraordinary songwriting, with incredibly lush arrangements, this is beautiful stuff."
Town & The City
Town & The City
"The songs are not as instantly accessible as on some earlier work (e.g. "Colossal Head"), and the strongest tracks are on the latter half of the album, but ultimately ranks among their best."
The Black Parade
The Black Parade
"Completely over the top (Queen is an obvious influence), the quality of the songs triumphs over the bombast."
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
"A great hip hop disc.  "Kick,Push" is worth the price of admission alone."
Boys and Girls in America
Boys and Girls in America
"New York street poetry that rocks like hell.  Springsteen comparisons are understandable but not terribly apt."
Just Like the Fambly Cat
Just Like the Fambly Cat
"A great band's swan song."
Living With War
Living With War
"Blistering, angry rock and roll from an icon who is incapable of just mailing it in."
Okonokos
Okonokos
Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey Rae
Broken Boy Soldiers
Broken Boy Soldiers
Game Theory
Game Theory
For Lovers Dreamers & Me
For Lovers Dreamers & Me
Blues & Boogie Shoes
Blues & Boogie Shoes
Idlewild
Idlewild
Trials of Van Occupanther
Trials of Van Occupanther
Damaged
Damaged
Half The Perfect World
Half The Perfect World
Fundamental
Fundamental
Through the Window Pane
Through the Window Pane
Let's Get Out of This Country
Let's Get Out of This Country
Black Holes & Revelations
Black Holes & Revelations
Those the Brokes
Those the Brokes