There was alot of great music made in 2006. New artists with fantastic albums appeared on the scene and not so new artists made wonderful music too.
Like every year there are great albums I was not able to listen to and enjoy, for a variety of reasons. I hope to catch up with them soon.
On to the music. Starting with the new Dylan album. It’s another masterpiece, the third one in a row, as he is fully immersed in yet another creative stage of his extraordinary career. Dylan reaches another artistic peak. As its been said many times before.
Cat Power is the best music discovery i’ve made in a long time, while not a new artist, I have not been able to stop playing her latest album. The voice is ravaged and world weary, singing some haunting country blues and other songs full of soul. It would be the best album of the year in any other year.
Los Lobos made, IMO, their best album ever. They take on the plight of immigrants in America and tell their stories with a beautiful mix of the blues, folk, rock and latin rhythms.
The Raconteurs are the best rock band with the best rock album this year.
Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys keep moving forward as artists and reached new career highs with their albums this year. Same goes for John Legend.
Michael Franti and his band made a musically and politically ferocious album. Old rock veteran Neil Young tells it like it is about the war in Iraq and George Bush, saying things that few artists today, young or old, would have the courage to say.
Corrine Bailey Rae is a great new British singer who is not easy to categorize, her album flows easily in and out of jazz, r&b and soul grooves and her beautiful voice does the rest.
It was a good year.
My favorite albums of 2006:
1. Bob Dylan – Modern Times
2. Cat Power – The Greatest
3. Los Lobos – The Town and The City
4. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers
5. Mary J. Blige – The Breakthrough
6. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Yellfire!
7. Alicia Keys – Unplugged
8. Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae
9. Neil Young – Living with War
10. John Legend – Once Again