Best Music Albums - Year By
1. Nephew: Interkom Kom Ind
are from Denmark and play great synth-based indie rock with a very noticable '80s
influence. They have been highly praised by superstar R&B producer Timbaland and can
definitely be enjoyed even if you're not Danish.
2. Keane: Under The Iron Sea
album from Keane. Follows in the footsteps of their brilliant debut and serves up a pack
of melodic and very atmospheric pop songs. What a pleasure to listen to a band with the
great melody clearly in focus in every song.
3. Pet Shop Boys: Fundamental
return to form for PSB. This album re-visits the good times of Behaviour
and adds an element of dance. When they turn on the style like this there's clearly still
room for the classic popstars in this day and age.
About Pet Shop Boys
4. Placebo: Meds
noisy and melodic masterpiece, coming at you with all the angst in the world, wrapped in
melodic indie rock and that special voice of Brian Molko. Placebo stay within their frame
and add to their music niche.
5. Spleen United: Godspeed Into The Mainstream
and full-flavoured synth debut from Danish electronic stars. Anything from Depeche Mode to
Kraftwerk, Rammstein and Mew can be found in the pot. If you like these bands, this is not
one to miss.
Spleen United official site
6. Nelly Furtado: Loose
teams up with producer Timbaland to deliver a strong set of dance pop and R&B ballads.
What's so special about this album is the longevity of the songs. This will still be a
great album in 10 years.
7. Ladytron: Witching Hour
pop. Very British and very London. You won't meet these girls on the charts since they're
probably a bit too indie. However, if you don't already know Ladytron, they may just be
the best band you discover in 2006.
8. Lloyd Cole: Antidepressant
singer-songwriter turns out another batch of bittersweet and mature pop songs. Can be
enjoyed by everyone but will probably be a bigger thrill for those already familiar with
Lloyd Cole's music.
About Lloyd Cole
9. Shapeshifters: Sound Advice
||Dance pop of
a very persistent nature and high quality. This album just bounces down the street and
will have your feet tapping. This is a dance album with a lot of longevity to it. Will
still be a great album years down the line.
10. Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah
||Fine and fun
second album from USA's gayest pop band. This is still very arty and gay pop but now with
more added guitar. These guys are here to stay and are now setting the standard within
their own musical niche, created wihin the space of just two albums.
also made an impact:
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever You Say I Am That's What I'm Not
The Charlatans: Simpatico
Fort Minor: The Rising Tied
Goo Goo Dolls: Let Love In
Phoenix: It's Never Been Like That
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