Thursday, December 21, 2006

2006Music: What we heard

As ever, attempting to list everything musical that made us put our pants on our head and dance around like herbally-enhanced monkeys would prove impossible; these are just some of the highlights of the highlights:

Cansei De Ser Sexy - Cansei De Ser Sexy

Their music is our hot, hot sex

Dirty Pretty Things - Waterloo To Anywhere

To be absolutely honest, Carl Barat doesn't seem to miss Pete as much as Pete seems to need him

Fields - 7 From The Village

If they fail, we all fail

iForward Russia! - Give Me A Wall

Punctuation, off-timing, numerically themed titleage: who, seriously, wouldn't send iFR! one of your kidneys in a jiffy bag if they asked?

Gene - Peel Sessions

A fair collection, although it does confirm they really only had two great moments which they milked repeatedly

Giant Drag - Hearts And Unicorns

Quite possibly the final Giant Drag album, and even if it's not you should cherish it like a love letter from your sixth form days

Nanci Griffith - Ruby's Torch

The widest-eyed heir to Patsy Cline delivers a collection of torch song magic

Luke Haines - Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop

Long-awaited return of Mr. Haines, now dressed as the man from Del Monte for reasons we can't quite figure

Hot Puppies - Under The Crooked Moon

I say we'd better put them in/I hear they use a theremin

Howling Bells - Howling Bells

An Amazon reviewer claims "This album will appeal to you if you like bands such as Coldplay", which is a bit like selling the best sex you've ever had as "appealing, if you're fond of sweating"

Jarvis - Jarvis

He's not Jesus, though he shares the same initials. And now he's been resurrected to save us all.

Joan As Policewoman - Real Life

The far, far more appealing string-driven sidekick of Antony and The Johnsons

Long Blondes - Someone To Drive You Home

We suspect, from the little skip our heart does every time, medical evidence alone would finger this as our album of the year

Cerys Matthews - Never Said Goodbye

Interestingly, she gave this one much more of a push than Cockahoop - and it feels more of a finished product, too

Tift Merritt - Tambourine/ Bramble Rose

Perfect 'start here' double-pack re-release

Metric - Live It Out

Still trying to shake off the "new Elastica" tag, although there are worst tags and you've got to love the shaking

Joanna Newsom - Ys

Five tracks, no waste, the unmistakable stamp of confidence that comes with Steve Albini in the booth... surely Turner Prize material?

Placebo - Meds

Obviously, to accept this a return-to-form, you'd have to accept the form to which Placebo returned so splendidly this year was form worth recapturing. We do.

Rails - Life's A Lonely Road [Myspace]
Kind of the place where REM were prior to Dead Letter Office

Rishi Rich - The Project

Packed with collaborative, imaginative goodness

Riz MC - Post 9/11 Blues [Myspace]
The heart of political pop is, thank god, still beating

Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope

The next person to even suggest she's "like Alanis or Tori" gets it, I swear

Tilly and The Wall - Bottom of Barrels

The Pipettes, only without the gimmickry and all the better for it

Various - CD86

Valiant attempt to celebrate 20 years after by collecting stuff from names we've got etched in hearts: Siddeleys, Hurrah, The Hit Parade, Another Sunny Day...

Viva Voce - Get Yr Blood Sucked

They say they do not fuck around. They aren't joking.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones

We don't care what anyone says: Karen O is still the coolest person in rock

Yo La Tengo - I Am Not Afraid Of You...

If you must have your ass kicked, who else would you want to do it?

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