The year is half over. So far I haven’t listened to a ton of 2006 releases, but I’ve heard enough to make the decision of what to leave off of my “top five so far” list a difficult one.
Here it is:
Destoyer—Destroyer’s Rubies (here’s Supergenius’s review; here’s my show review)
Neko Case—Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (here’s my kind-of review)
Band of Horses—Everything All the Time (here’s Greg’s review)
The Twilight Singers—Powder Burns
Built to Spill—You In Reverse
The last three are not very safe in their spots. Here are some albums that could work their way into my top five or that at least might contend for a year-end top ten spot:
I haven’t heard enough 2006 releases to make any definitive pronouncements as to how well the year in indie/alternative rock is going, but so far Destroyer’s Rubies is the only album I’m super enthusiastic about. That’s probably just because I haven’t done enough exploring to find the Black Sheep Boys and The Great Destroyers of 2006.
There is some exciting stuff on the horizon. Thom Yorke’s solo album is out next week. I’m also jazzed for upcoming releases from Magnolia Electric Co., Akron/Family, Golden Smog, the Mars Volta, Mountain Goats, the Black Keys, Sparklehorse, and the Decemberists.
What recent releases have you liked?