It may a bit early, I mean I still haven't listened to Joanna Newsomb's Ys which is supposed to be good, but looking at last year's thread, I posted it on December 5 too, so I guess it's time:
1.Mojave 3 Puzzles Like You – Perfect pop-rock. This one wouldn't leave the CD player. In a world where Paris Hilton makes pop songs, I ask why aren't these guys played on the radio?
2. Silversun Pickups Carnavas – Mix two parts Smashing Pumpkins and add a dash of Shoegaze is the recipe for my #2 album of 2006. Lazy Eye has to be the song of the year.
3. Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood – Is this country music? I don't know, but it sounds way better than modern country which sounds more and more like reheated Eagles.
4. Band Of Horses Everything All the Time – I'm not sure if there's a bad song on the entire album. It is a short album, but there's not filler.
5. Birdmonster No Midnight – A rocker that manages to incorporate harmonica and banjo seamlessly. Spaceman may be the best hard rock-to-acoustic-ballad-to-hand-clapping-hoedown-jam ever.
6. The Twilight Singers Powder Burns – It's like Greg Dulli has distilled every album he's ever done as a Afghan Whig or a Twilight Singer and crafted this super album, weeding out all the bloat and excess that sometimes overpower his songs.
7. Phoenix It's Never Been Like That – Man, more pop-rock! I think this would've even charted higher, if not for the instrumental North which is really filler and breaks the flow of the record.
8. M.Ward Post-War I'm not sure how such a great record as Post War makes number 8, figuring that everything in the top 10 are essentially ties, it makes sense. Standouts are the Neko Case backed To Go Home the Jim James backed Chinese Translation and Rollercoaster.
9. Hard-Fi Stars of CCTV They say that this Dance-Punk sound popularized by Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party is on it way out. And if Dance-Punk is on it's way out, Stars of CCTV is a great last gasp.
10. Regina Spektor Begin To Hope – Regina Spektor can be profound and silly and shocking all in the same song. Who would've thought that she likes Guns and Roses' November Rain and that the "solo's awful long."
11. Cat Power The Greatest
12. Robert Pollard From a Compound Eye and Normal Happiness
Prolific as ever, Uncle Bob manages to put out two albums in one year.
13. Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins Rabbit Fur Coat
14. Camera Obscura Let's Get Out of This Country
15. Paul Westerburg Open Season Soundtrack
16. Lily Allen Alright, Still
17. Beck The Information
18. Tapes N Tapes The Loon
19. Gnarls Barkley St. Elsewhere
20. Sound Team Movie Monster
21. Pretty Girls Make Graves Élan Vital
22. Bishop Allen February EP and June EP
Bishop Allen did a EP record every month this year. There's a lot of good stuff on these records, but also a lot of so-so songs.
23. Viva Voce Get Your Blood Sucked Out
24. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones
25. Kite Flying Society Where is the Glow?
The most disappointing album of the year:
Built To Spill You In Reverse – I loved Goin Against Your Mind but man, the rest was real long and real boring.