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Albums of 2006

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Return To Cookie Mountain
Return To Cookie Mountain
"A masterpiece, pure and simple. All the promise of their debut album is achieved here. David Bowie features on Province."
Der Dang, Der Dang
Der Dang, Der Dang
"Another album that avoided second-album syndrome. But then they didn't have the kind of success with their first album that the likes of Razorlight, Killers, Kasabian had with theirs."
The Eraser
The Eraser
"Everyone was expecting a new Radiohead album, and then suddenly this dropped out of the sky and quenched our 'head thirst perfectly."
The Loon
The Loon
"Strictly speaking a 2005 release, but this is too good to leave off"
Voices Of Animals And Men
Voices Of Animals And Men
"The Young Knives had the tunes but I wasn't expecting them to put together such a cohesive album"
Drop It Till It Pops
Drop It Till It Pops
"Fabulous spiky and danceable indie featuring wonky time signatures and chiming jazz guitar"
Soft Machine
Soft Machine
"Magic electronic indie from Sweden"
We Are Not The Infadels
We Are Not The Infadels
"More magic electronic indie from London"
Costello Music
Costello Music
"Packed with insanely catchy songs, I call it 'new music hall'. And they don't take themselves as seriously as others of their ilk"
A Call and Response
A Call and Response
"They manage to do the Joy Division thing in a totally different way to the likes of Interpol and Editors. Plus they actually come from Manchester. Bonus!"
Nine Times That Same Song
Nine Times That Same Song
"Spiky shouty girl-fronted Scandinavian punk pop"
Howling Bells
Howling Bells
"I thought this bunch were Scandinavian the first time I heard them, they've got that Scandi-indie vibe. Turns out they're Aussies, go figure. Great reverb-drenched album though."
Hind Hind Legs
Hind Hind Legs
"Fresh and funny, Wrong Choice is a classic"
Easy Star All Stars - Radiodred: Tribute to OK Computer
Easy Star All Stars - Radiodred: Tribute to OK Computer
"Surprisingly effective interpretation of OK Computer in a reggae style, featuring Horace Andy, Toots and the Maytals, Sugar Minott, etc."
Obliterati
Obliterati
"In which MoB demonstrate that it is possible to make relevant music in your 50s. Eat that, The Horrors!"
Captain Europe
Captain Europe
"Denmark has been under-represented in the current Scandinavian love-fest. Hess is More aims to correct that. Eclectic yet melodious collection of songs"
Dial Zero
Dial Zero
"One of my favourite 'dance' albums of the year"
THE VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMENS CLUB
THE VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMENS CLUB
"Worth the price of admission for 'Ban the Gin' alone!"
Elan Vital
Elan Vital
"Great album of spiky, female-fronted indie rock"
The Freedom Spark: Special Edition
The Freedom Spark: Special Edition
"Downing Street Kindling's lyrics provoked some predictably nationalistic reactions ('I can no longer live in England' 'Well p*ss off, then' - Uncut) but appealed to a long-term ex-pat like myself."
The Warning
The Warning
"Hot Chip broke my legs"
A Weekend in the City [CD + DVD]
A Weekend in the City [CD + DVD]
"Finally a second album that lives up to the promise of the first. Spine-tinglingly good! Does it count for '06? Who cares :D"
Love
Love
"Breathes new life into over-familiar songs. A wonderful treat for anyone who grew up with this music."
Nux Vomica
Nux Vomica
"Discovered this lot at a recent festival, and this album's been on repeat play ever since. A masterpiece of dark, antipodean rock."