Thursday, December 28, 2006

Parallax View Albums Of The Year 2006

The editorial team at Parallax View have descended from their mount and dispensed their wisdom thus -

1. Begin To Hope - Regina Spektor
2. Let's Get Out Of This Country - Camera Obscura
3. Ballad Of The Broken Seas - Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
4. The Greatest - Cat Power
5. We Are The Pipettes - The Pipettes
6. St.Elsewhere - Gnarls Barkley
7. Show Your Bones - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
8. Return To Cookie Mountain - TV On The Radio
9. Serena-Maneesh - Serena-Maneesh
10. Black Holes and Revelations - Muse
11. Yours To Keep - Albert Hammond Jr
12. Voices Of Animals And Men - The Young Knives
13. Hearts And Unicorns - Giant Drag
14. CSS - Cansei Der Ser Sexy
15. Schmotime - Absentee
16. Writer's Block - Peter Bjorn And John
17. Ys - Joanna Newsom
18. Silent Shout - The Knife
19. Howling Bells - Howling Bells
20. Live It Out - Metric
21. Someone To Drive You Home - The Long Blondes
22. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
23. The Trials Of Van Occupanther - Midlake
24. Into The Red - Tina Dico
25. Loose - Nelly Furtado
26. At War With The Mystics - Flaming Lips
27. The Information - Beck
28. Meds - Placebo
29. In Colour - The Concretes
30. Bitter Tea - The Fiery Furnaces
31. Fundamental - Pet Shop Boys
32. Scale - Herbert
33. Silver And Fire - M.Craft
34. Breaking Up - The Research
35. We Are Not The Infadels - Infadels
36. Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis With The Watson Twins
37. Be Your Own Pet - Be Your Own Pet
38. Gravity Won't Get You Higher - The Grates
39. Derdang Derdang - Archie Bronson Outfit
40. Kerfuffle - Ladyfuzz
41. Kelis Was Here - Kelis
42. This Hungry Life - Tanya Donelly
43. The Early Years - The Early Years
44. Broken Social Scene - Broken Social Scene
45. First Impressions Of Earth - The Strokes
46. Semi-finalists - Semi-finalists
47. Nine Times That Same Song - Love Is All
48. Boylife - Lo-Fi Fnk
49. Inward Parts - The Others
50. Powder Burns - Twilight Singers

Disagree or have a link to your own list? Use the comments facility below.


Anonymous graybo said...

Wot no Kraak en Smaak? Boogie Angst is, IMHO, not only one of the best albums of 2006, but possibly one of the best albums I've ever purchased. FACT.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Russ L said...

I love your number one and your number three. I quite like your number six and was somewhat indifferent to your number fifty.

Those are the only ones from that list that I've heard.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Dead Kenny said...

Graybo, nearly deleted your comment as the usual drugstore spam. Kraak en Smaak from Holland, eh? Are you on commission?

Russ, trust you had enough vouchers over yuletide to catch up on the other 46, then.

Meanwhile, D!HP's Phill breaks his long posting silence with his top 30 here. He's the only one I've come across so far with good things to say about the new Radio 4 album. Anyone else heard this in its entirety yet?

4:51 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Not heard Regina Spektor at all - hmm. Is the Albert Hammond album really that good? And Meds must be something special to make both your and Phill's lists...

5:20 PM  
Blogger Dead Kenny said...

Ben, check out some Regina soon.

As for Bertie Hammond, for sure it's good, we don't just throw this top 50 together, y'know? Slide rules, protractors and heavy quantities of White Russians were also involved, and twas decided the bumper-to-bumper pop choonage on Yours To Keep deserved a bigger thumbs-up than the hit-and-miss Strokes album. Besides, we find his John Lennon impression kinda fetching.

As for Meds, it's a very good Placebo album, so if you like Placebo it's likely to be up there in your end-of list. Can't see it winning over many previous doubters tho', so check your preconceptions before purchasing.

(If you're all wondering why I'm replying to comments rather than out roister-doistering on the razzle-dazzle or seeing StrangeTime in Walsall it's cos I'm drowning in a sea of phlegm. Send your messages of sympathy this way!)

7:13 PM  
Anonymous graybo said...

Better than drowning in vomit and poo like I was earlier this week...

No commission here, unfortunately. However, they do have a remix album due soon and a new studio album later in 2007. And they are the aces, says I.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Dead Kenny said...

Ah, bodily fluids, where would be without 'em, eh?

5:32 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I like the Strokes album a lot - it only narrowly missed out on my top ten.

Plus I used to be a big Placebo fan and loved Without You I'm Nothing, but was hugely disappointed by Black Market Music and haven't bothered with them since. It doesn't help that Brian Molko is a complete prick...

Get well soon!

12:27 PM  
Blogger James said...

Interesting list. Mine is at

What I find fascinating is the variances between them. We share only 7 releases - I share only 4 with Phil, whose list I caught yours from....

Fascinating.... (goes back to stroking chin)...

12:42 PM  
Anonymous graybo said...

On a different subject, are you warmed up for the match yet? Neither team's recent form is much to shout about, so I reckon the result is anyone's guess. It is, as they say, the FA Cup, after all.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Dead Kenny said...

Following on from our 3-0 victory yesterday, G, I'm tempted to ask whether we can play teams like Brighton every week. But then again, the way things are going in the league, soon enough we probably will!

10:38 PM  
Anonymous graybo said...

Yes, but... if we'd played in the second half as we did in the first, things might have been different. Still, it leaves us "free to concentrate on the league" (ahem).

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Hmmm, coming to this late as was directed here by Ben, but I also chose Regina as my album of the year, and gave honourable mentions to Muse and Placebo. So I think I might hang on to this list and have a listen to some of the ones I've not heard before.

8:23 PM  

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