Yet Another Top 10

Jason Keese, a fellow music snob and my managing editor at the Bellevue Leader newspaper, puts together his list of top albums every 365 days.

Below are Jason’s picks for 2006.

The top 10 albums of 2006 are, in no particular order:

– *Cat Power, “The Greatest” (such an obvious pick)
– *Band of Horses, “Everything All The Time”
– Hot Chip, “The Warning”
– Peter Bjorn and John, “Writer’s Block” (listening to them makes you feel cool, like Belle and Sebastian used to)
– *Cold War Kids, “Robbers and Cowards” (fucking incredible album; requires an expletive to describe)
– Tokyo Police Club, “A Lesson in Crime”
– *Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins, “Rabbit Fur Coat”
– Neko Case, “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood”
– Tapes ‘n Tapes, “The Loon”
– Jennifer O’Connor, “Over the Mountain, Across the Valley, and Back to the Stars”

Please note, an asterisk (*) denotes highest honors.

Honorable Mention:
– Belle and Sebastian, “The Life Pursuit”
– Alexi Murdoch, “Time Without Consequence” (a close #11)
– Yo La Tengo, “I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass” (a few good songs, yes, but really this makes it on album title alone)
– The Decemberists, “The Crane Wife”
– TV on the Radio, “Return to Cookie Mountain”
– Artic Monkeys, “Whateve People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”

Best reissue of 2006 – or EVER, for that matter:
– R.E.M., “And I Feel Fine…:The Best of the IRS Years 1982-1987”

Album that will show up on EVERY other top 10 list but really only had 2 good songs:
– Gnarls Barkley, “St. Elsewhere”

Best song of 2006:
– “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley

Best cover song of 2006:
– “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, covered by Ray LaMontagne

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