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Gabe Gross

Written by: Gabe Gross (11/08/06)


Introduction

I can't listen to every single album ever released but what I can say is that whatever catches me, catches me and this is the music that caught me and what didn't catch me. I don't think this was a bad year for music at all. Several albums let us down but look at the bright side, look at all the new bands that took their place! There is some great new bands that earned my respect on freshman albums this year even though we lost some good bands as well. Thanks for taking the time to read through my list. Feel free to leave some comments and lets talk about music! Cheers!


Top Albums of 2006

30) Incubus - Light Grenades
29) He Is Legend - Suck Out the Poison
28) Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
27) The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
26) TV On The Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain
25) Mute Math - Mute Math
24) David Bazan - Fewing Moving Parts
23) Moneen - The Red Tree
22) Transition - Get There
21) Deftones - Saturday Night Wrist
20) Band of Horses - Everything All The Time
19) Damien Rice - 9
18) Saves the Day - Sound The Alarm
17) Genghis Tron - Dead Mouth Mountain
16) New Found Glory - Coming Home
15) Jeremy Enigk - World Waits
14) Fear Before the March of Flames - The Always Open Mouth
13) Gatsby's American Dream - Gatsby's American Dream
12) Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
11) As Tall As Lions - As Tall As Lions
10) Inkwell - These Stars Are Monsters
09) mewithoutYou - Brother, Sister
08) Ray Lamontagne - Til the Sun Turns Black
07) My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
06) Set Your Goals - Mutiny!
05) Underoath - Define the Great Line
04) The Format - Dog Problems
03) Fair - The Best Worst-Case Scenario
02) Rocky Votolato - Makers
01) Anathallo - Floating World

I was completely wowed when I heard Floating World. Even though Anathallo have nine members, the depth and breadth of their album is extensive in and throughout the entire album. No one held a candle to them this year. In the area of indie-folk-pop-singer-songwriter-ish stuff, Fair and Rocky Votolato certainly held their own in a sea of hard rock this year...and with more time I think Ray LaMontagne could climb this chart. My Chemical Romance swept me off my feet with their dynamic album. "Cancer", "Mama". and "Teenagers" are standout tracks and I'm still spinning the album daily. Underoath and mewithoutYou shone in the harder genres and Set Your Goals was the underdog for the year. Inkwell made it in my top ten for the craftwork of a desirable freshman release.


Honorable Mention
Brand New - Demos
My Brightest Diamond - Bring Me the Workhorse
Owen - At Home With Owen
Mastadon - Blood Mountain
ActionReaction - 3 Is The Magic Number
Aberdien - Kaleidoscope
Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead... - So Divided
The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America
Jars of Clay - Good Monsters
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
Mogwai - Mr. Beast
Norma Jean - Redeemer
Joshua Radin - We Were Here
M. Ward - Post War
Margot & The Nuclear So and So's -
Rise Against - The Sufferer and The Witness
Jay-Z - Kingdom Come


Top EPs of 2006

05) Permanent Me - Dear Virginia EP
04) Powerspace - Houston, We Have A Party EP
03) Cavalier - Your Honest Answer
02) Brightwood - The Love Antidote EP
01) Sherwood - The Summer EP


Worst (Most Disappointing) Albums of 2006

04) Saosin
03) Matchbook Romance
02) Saosin
01) Yellowcard


Best Producer of the Year

01) Ross Robinson

Explanation: Norma Jean, The Blood Brothers,Idiot Pilot, At the Drive In, Team Sleep and the way he turned From First to Last around in one album...he wins!


Best New Band of 2006

01) Fair

Runners-Up: Mute Math, Set Your Goals. Inkwell, Band Of Horses


Best Music Video of 2006

01) OK Go

Runners-Up: Moneen


Best Lyrics of 2006

04) The Format
03) Lupe Fiasco
02) David Bazan
01) mewithoutYou


Best Vocals of 2006

03) Brightwood
02) Nate Reuss of The Format
01) Ray Lamontagne


Hardest Working Band of 2006

01) mewithoutYou


Best Record Label

01) Vagrant / Tooth & Nail (I can't decide)


Most Overrated Band

01) Saosin


Band(s) Most Pimped By AP.net

03) Sherwood
02) The Format
01) Brand New


Best Movies of 2006

05) The Fountain
04) Babel
03) V For Vendetta
02) The Departed
01) Little Miss Sunshine


Best TV Shows of 2006

03) Prison Break
02) Lost
01) Arrested Development


Most Anticipated Releases of 2007

07) Idiot Pilot
06) Thrice
05) Alkaline Trio
04) The Dillinger Escape Plan
03) Every Time I Die
02) Say Anything
01) Jimmy Eat World


Song ofthe Year

01) Ray Lamontagne - "Be Here Now"


Band of the Year

01) Anathallo
 
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02:25 PM on 12/04/06
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im only reserving my first post because everyone else is doing it

i have no idea why
06:00 AM on 12/21/06
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Anathallo was definitely my favorite album of the year as well.
07:33 AM on 12/21/06
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i think im in love with you haha. anyone who lists arrested development as their #1 show and rocky votolato in their top 3 albums of the year? nice!
08:00 AM on 12/21/06
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According to my copy of "Young Machetes", Ross Robinson actually did not touch it. But you might be talking about "Burn Piano Island, Burn".
08:23 AM on 12/21/06
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I like how Saosin was on your most disappointing list twice....lol
11:24 AM on 12/21/06
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nice to see some love to Inkwell, that album was amazing.
09:15 PM on 12/21/06
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Little Miss Sunshine
08:58 AM on 12/22/06
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love for aberdien (RIP) now peopleincars... i would swap moneen with nfg on your list only because i feel the raw intensity in moneen and appreciate the release by nfg which is better than their last effort but still not extraordinary.... moneen made your top 30 and honorable mention (mistake?).... and no love for thursday (maybe i missed it).... seems like i gotta follow you and jareds suggestions from now on because our tastes are similar
10:17 PM on 12/22/06
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Gatsbys s/t is split with a lot of people, but the Washington kids all like it. Probably one of the best records to come out this year, in my opinion. Nice list, Gabe.
08:18 AM on 12/23/06
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why is nobody stoked on ptw's 2007 release??
09:49 AM on 12/23/06
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yay for the anathallo love
01:45 PM on 12/24/06
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awwwww
09:21 PM on 12/25/06
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So glad to see Incubus on a list
03:24 PM on 12/27/06
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amen for the ray love!! one of the best albums, definitely this year. well done
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