Usually, by this time of year, I would have long-since come up with a list of my favourite albums of the year. Distilling a year's worth of listening into a top 10 (or, like last year, a top eleven
is usually easy for any music geek, but even weeks after everybody else has compiled theirs, I'm finding it tough to come up with more than a handful of 2006 releases that really burrowed their way into my life this year. Hopefully it's just because I spent most of the last twelve months rediscovering Pavement, Built to Spill and Daniel Johnston (music more fit to appear on a list from 1996), and not because I'm getting old, or out of touch.
Nonetheless, here's my incomplete list of annual favourites, in no particular order.
- The Hip were my gateway drug. They were the first band that compelled me to obsessively track down foreign singles, or to travel great distances to see live. After 2004's lackluster In Between Evolution
, I lost interest in following them. …