tk’s top 10 albums of 2006


Joanna Newsom, the queen of 2006.

2006 was an outstanding year for music. If you disagree then you’re not my friend anymore.

I have elected to share my list from that year rather than 2005 for two reasons: 1) A strange and inadvertent hibernation I experienced in 2005 within the caves of Malaysia. 2) My recent obsession with one-upping everyone around me coupled with a strengthening of my basic arithmetic skills (2005 + 1 = 2006).

If I could do this again, of course, it’d look a lot different. Alas, my decade list will serve as an opportunity to rearrange albums based on sustained listening of old favorites and discoveries of new (also based on the unearthing of a hidden track on “Stadium Arcadium” that makes it the greatest album of 2006, if not the 21st century… just kidding).

1. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
2. Joanna Newsom – Ys
3. The Knife – Silent Shout
4. Liars – Drum’s Not Dead
5. Band of Horses – Everything all the Time
6. Thom Yorke – The Eraser
7. Islands – Return to the Sea
8. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
9. Sufjan Stevens – The Avalanche
10. The Strokes – First Impression of Earth
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2 Responses to “tk’s top 10 albums of 2006”

  1. 1 Jessica

    Now, are these in order of Awesomest to A Little Less Awesome But Significantly Still Pretty Awesome?

    Because I like seeing Decemberists up at the top there.

  2. 2 alexmsmith

    Can’t have enough love for Sufjan — good choice!
    I have actually written a piece championing ‘Come on Feel the Illinois’ as the best record of the last decade in a competition – you can vote for it here (no sign-in needed!)


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