I kinda wanted to join the deafening chorus at the end of 2005 and offer up my own top ten music list thingy. But then Dr. Red Duke went and skewered the entire notion. Fine. I'll just do a mid-year thing. If you release music after this post and before 2007 kicks off, you're screwed.
5. Ghostface Killa - Fishscale
Here's the sell: I only took like 3 or 4 tracks out of rotation. The rest got 3 or more stars. For a 20+ track rap record, that's pretty amazing.
4. Juiceboxxx - R U There God?? Itz Me Juiceboxxx
Did this come out in '06? I don't know. It did for me, at least.
That "Do You Want 2 Hear It?" track is still such a MONSTER JAM. Attempt to play it in a sealed-up car and you will look like a bouncing idiot.
3. Half-Handed Cloud - Halos & Lassos
As excited as I was when it came out, I didn't really talk this one up. It kinda seemed a bit too me-only. Last year's release had enough sonic variety to trick people into thinking it was more than just a melodic blitz of catchiness. This one leans so heavily on the delightful (to me at least!) Omnichord that it ends up being a harder sell. Halos & Lassos is ultimately just as catchy and just as chock-full of insanely wonderful melodies as any previous Ringhofer release -- you just gotta either be in nostalgic love with the sound of the Omnichord, or be prepared to give the record the three listens required to allow the mental subtraction of the instrument.
Oh, and I totally dig the one-release-a-year thing that Half-Handed Cloud has going on. In fact, I'd be willing to effectively pay more per track for my favorite artists if they'd put out shorter albums every year instead of longer ones every two.
2. T.I. - King
Ultimately, this record is main reason I'm doing this mid-year thing. When Breihan put it in his first quarter list, I noticed but didn't bother tracking it down for a month or so. Then I wanted to post about it, but was too busy listening and never got around to it. ERROR CORRECTION time.
"Get It" kicks off with some P.E.-grade siren action, a referee whistle, and a high-school band horn section. And that's all before the shuffle-y, bass-heavy track even starts. Come on. That's enough right?
T.I. - "Get It"
1. Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope
I love this record as much as Omar has commented in the very thread that introduced me to it. Get in there and get started if you haven't already.
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