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Is the world really as simple as rap and non-rap?
Of course not.
But I'm not going to call this the Top Ten Indie-Pop, Art-Rock, Electronica and Prog-Metal Albums of 2006.
So y'all are going to have to deal.
There was no consensus album for the hipsters to rally around this year like there was for Kanye's overrated "Late Registration" in 2005 or the pretty great Arcade Fire record from 2004, so you could make your case for placing almost any album at any spot.
I'll go into this more when I combine the rap and non-rap lists for the true Top Ten Albums of 2006.
Close calls go to Beck's "The Information," Regina Spektor's "Begin to Hope," LCD Soundsystem "45:33."
Here we go again,
10. Band of Horses - "Everything All The Time"
This is just big, shimmering, straight-forward rock reminiscent of early My Morning Jacket. A solid debut record from a not so new band. It should be interesting to see where they go from here.
9. Espers - II
This is the type of album music critics dream about. Dark, dense, droning and almost to impossible to listen to outside the context of the album. Let the Espers guide you through your next acid trip.
8. Mastodon - Blood Mountain
Mastodon is single-handedly bringing metal out of the 80's and back into the conversation of today's tight sweater and black-rimmed glasses set.
Incredible production to match the ambitious prog concepts that would make Tolkien proud.
It's worth the neck pain.
7. Cat Power - The Greatest
Chan Marshall is the hottest recovering alcoholic in all of indie-rock. Leaving behind her baggage and typical sound, Ms. Power got some soul and recorded her album in Memphis with Al Green's old backing band while exorcising some old demons.
If she's needs a sponsor, I can help.