Early Jewels for 2006

A Listmania! list by Juan Mobili (Valley Cottage, NY USA)
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At War With the Mystics
1.  At War With the Mystics by The Flaming Lips
The list author says:
  "Amazing new album by the Lips. In some cases combining the best of Bulletin and Yoshimi. Quite remarkable indeed."
£4.69   Used & New from: £0.97
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Morph The Cat [U.S Version]
2.  Morph The Cat [U.S Version] by Donald Fagen
The list author says:
  "Superb new album by Fagen. The word "flawless" will come to mind often, whether referring to the music or lyrics contained here. Almost as good as Nightfly."
£6.93   Used & New from: £2.29
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Stadium Arcadium
3.  Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
The list author says:
  "Stunning new album. Two discs full of power, heart and superb musicianship. Frusciante's work is extraordinary."
£10.09   Used & New from: £0.25
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ceasefire
4.  Ceasefire by Emmanuel Jal
The list author says:
  "Powerful musical statement from Jal & Salim. A call to peace in Sudan to the sound of infectious grooves and moving cadences. Hip Hop meets ancient African lore. See my review on item's page."
£7.25   Used & New from: £0.19
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Rabbit Fur Coat
5.  Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis
The list author says:
  "Lewis go off Rilo Kiley's road and joins the Watson Twins for this mellow and hearftfelt gem."
Used & New from: £5.95
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Avalanche
6.  Avalanche by Sufjan Stevens
The list author says:
  "Call it Part Two rather than "outakes," since several of these tracks could have deservedly belong in Illinoise. more magic from Sufjan."
Used & New from: £3.97
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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American V: A Hundred Highways
7.  American V: A Hundred Highways by Johnny Cash
The list author says:
  "Cash returns in what promises to not be the last batch of American Recordings—his collaborations with Rick Rubin. The tone is austere and Cash is particularly prophetic, without losing his tenderness."
£8.48   Used & New from: £1.75
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Cê
8.   by Caetano Veloso
The list author says:
  "This is Veloso stripped down to a basic Rock trio formation, invoking Punk, Tropicalia Funk or gorgeous ballads as his spirit commands it"
£11.51   Used & New from: £2.06
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Game Theory
9.  Game Theory by The Roots
The list author says:
  "Powerful album, demonstrarting that that strong political messages do not need to sacrifice passion, art or magnificent grooves. A gem for troubled times."
Used & New from: £2.66
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Conector
10.  Conector by Héctor Buitrago
The list author says:
  "Incredible solo album by the Aterciopelados, including some of Andrea Echeverri's most inspired singing. It'll touch you spiritually and make your body move."
£14.71   Used & New from: £1.55
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
11.  Fox Confessor Brings the Flood by Neko Case
The list author says:
  "Possibly Neko Case's best, which is not a causal thing to say given her prior albums. Even if you never heard her voice, go and purchase it."
Used & New from: £6.06
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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St. Elsewhere
12.  St. Elsewhere by Gnarls Barkley
The list author says:
  "Great collaboration between Danger Mouse & Cee-Lo. Soul, Hip-Hop and Electronica combined to take Mouse's vision further without losing its innate groove."
Used & New from: £0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Through The Windowpane
13.  Through The Windowpane by Guillemots
The list author says:
  "Some of the most innovative Pop to have come out all year. Although it may not directly remind you of their sound and gut-wrenching honesty, the Guillemots rank with the Arcade Fire."
£5.85   Used & New from: £0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Guapapasea
14.  Guapapasea by Gecko Turner
The list author says:
  "Smooth, funky but not hurried, sensual, contagious grooves ... El Gecko delivers a chill-out gem."
£22.55   Used & New from: £6.68
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Lenine
15.  Lenine by Lenine
The list author says:
  "Lenine is a great example of his country tradition for soft boundaries and creative combinations.  Lenine proves that a desire for experimentation does not need to trade off infectious rhythms."
£20.37   Used & New from: £7.39

Le Fil
16.  Le Fil by Camille
The list author says:
  "At times compared to Bjork because of his ability to turn hs voice into a far-reaching instrument and her deft use of electronica, Le Fil is the work of an artist who's mature and talented beyond her."
£6.94   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

The Road to Escondido
17.  The Road to Escondido by J.J. Cale
The list author says:
  "Cale & Clapton, friends for many years, recorded the album you'd imagine they'd record. Laid back, full of unassuming killer grooves. It just grows on ya'."
£7.13   Used & New from: £4.34
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

Other People's Lives
18.  Other People's Lives by Ray Davies
The list author says:
  "Davies' lyrics and their sharp commentary on human affairs does not seem to have suffered a bit. Several songs deserve to be added to his classics treasure chest."
Used & New from: £2.47
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Living Like A Refugee
19.  Living Like A Refugee by The Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone
The list author says:
  "Hailing from the refugee camps of Sierra Leone, home to the tragedies of blood diamonds, these guys—refugees themselves—have produced one of the most life-affirming albums of the year."
£7.94   Used & New from: £5.34
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Under The Skin
20.  Under The Skin by Lindsey Buckingham
The list author says:
  "Buckingham, rightful heir to Brian Wilson's Pop kingdom, has recorded an album as carefully crafted and moving as any of his prior work. An album of a talented man who found his peace."
£10.81   Used & New from: £1.10
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Lamp Fall
21.  Lamp Fall by Cheikh Lo
The list author says:
  "Once a protegee of the great Youssou N'Dour, Lo has proven with this, his third album, that his music stand on hiw own and have much more to offer than recereating the master's vision."
£10.95   Used & New from: £3.20
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Letting Go
22.  The Letting Go by Bonnie Prince Billy
The list author says:
  "Fine new work by Oldham. To say it's quiet is not great news, yet it is its intimate feel I have not sensed as deeply in prior albums. Recorded in Iceland, its heart still breaks through glaciers."
£18.19   Used & New from: £5.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Donuts
23.  Donuts by Jay Dee
The list author says:
  "Not being an expert on Hip-Hop I did not know what to expect but I can tell you what I found: an amazing album of samples and breakbeats weaved together into a gorgeous contemporary soundtrack."
£10.73   Used & New from: £6.17
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

HELLO YOUNG LOVERS
24.  HELLO YOUNG LOVERS by Sparks
The list author says:
  "Imagine Zappa's mind for social commentary and unpredictable musical turns combined with Brian Wilson's deft harmonies and pristine production sound ... and imagine this is much more their own thing."
Used & New from: £3.92
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Streets of New York
25.  Streets of New York by Willie Nile
The list author says:
  "Equal parts uncompromising rocker and deep poet, Nile returns with his strongest alnum in many, many years. Next to Lofgren, the most soulful Rock to come out this year."
Used & New from: £6.30
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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