Our Brave Critic's Top 10 CDs for 2006


Hold Steady
'Tis the season... To drink too much Christmas Ale. To feign joy over really crappy gifts. To make Top 10 lists. Every year around this time, I'm asked to submit a list of my favorite albums of the past 12 months to various publications across the country. As we head into 2007, I leave you with the CDs that rocked my 2006. 1. The Hold Steady -- Boys and Girls in America: It's about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. In that order. 2. TV on the Radio -- Return to Cookie Mountain: In which Brooklyn weirdos reach a peak and make some noise. 3. My Chemical Romance -- The Black Parade: Death has never been so pretentious. 4. Bob Dylan -- Modern Times: Old man kicks up his heels, has a laugh, pines for Alicia Keys. 5. Arctic Monkeys -- Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I'm Not: Brash Brits spend the night getting drunk and kicked out of clubs. 6. Dixie Chicks -- Taking the Long Way: Memo to country radio: fuck off. 7. Todd Snider — The Devil You Know: Memo to George W.: fuck off. 8. The Decemberists — The Crane Wife: Hot trend: dressing like Victorian dandies, playing '70s-style prog. 9. Nelly Furtado — Loose: Who knew there was a tasty pop tart hiding in the boring folkie? 10. Regina Spektor — Begin to Hope: Jilted by one of the Strokes, Russian cutie gets even. --Michael Gallucci


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