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Allison’s Top Albums of 2006

February 1, 2007

Allison’s Top Albums of 2006

1. MewithoutYou – Brother, Sister

You know how you always get asked what one CD would you want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island somewhere? This is the CD you would want to take along. Musical and lyrical perfection.

2. Brand New – The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me

All I can say is that Jesse Lacey’s done it again.

3. Fear Before the March of Flames – The Always Open Mouth

Progression, progression, progression. Because we all know that location isn’t really relevant in the music industry.

4. Murder by Death – In Bocca al Lupo

If Johnny Cash would have sung Hungarian folk music, this is what he would have sounded like. It’s really a lot better than I make it sound, I promise

5. Copeland – Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Beautiful, and actually socially relevant at times. This release captures the beauty of Beneath Medicine Tree and the catchy melodies of In Motion.

6. Showbread – Age of Reptiles

THEY HAVE A KEYTARIST! Oh, and make some pretty snazzy music that never gets old. I mean really, they have a song dedicated to George Romero.

7. From a Second Story Window – Delenda

I predict that these guys are going to be major players in the whole metalcore scene…if they aren’t already.

8. Converge – No Heroes

One word: brutal.

9. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife

This album is just appealing to your ears in that pretty, inspirational sort of way.

10. Anathallo – Floating World

Watch out for this band; they’re going to take the indie world by storm. This album is one of the most eclectic and unique I’ve heard in awhile.

10. The Blood Brothers – Young Machetes

If you are a fan of Burn, Piano Island, Burn, you will like this album more than Crimes. If you are a fan of Crimes…you will like this album too. If you have never listened to this catchy high energy spazcore band…what are you waiting for?

…no one noticed I had two number 10s, right? That’s what I thought.

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Heavy Heavy Low Low – Everything’s Watched, Everyone’s Watching

Snow Patrol – Eyes Open

The Dear Hunter – Act I: The Lake South, The River North

Saosin – Saosin

– Allison Frank

thisloverstryst@gmail.com

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