Not every year can be a great year for music, and 2006 was just okay. It didn't help that this year was sandwiched between 2005—which gave us great albums by Kanye West, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Sufjan Stevens—and 2007, which promises new releases from Wilco, Arcade Fire, and Timbaland. While choosing my Top 10 for the year was a cinch, coming up with the bottom 10 was tough.
Thankfully, I managed to scour enough fo the year's music to bring you this four-part series, BuzzSugar's Top 20 Albums of 2006. Now for Part I: albums 16 to 20.
20. The Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury
In recent musical memory, every year ushers in at least one critically acclaimed and commercially successful hip-hop album that helps redefine its genre. This year, the closest thing to an album of that ilk is Hell Hath No Fury, the sophomore album from hip-hop duo The Clipse. Comprised of brothers Malice and Pusha T, The Clipse, alongside production duo the Neptunes, relies on dark lyrics and eerie beats that explore the fallout from champagne, cocaine, and "dirty money." Namely, "Pyrex stirrers turned into Cavalli furs," as Pharrell raps on the album's swaying highlight, "Mr. Me Too."
19. Band of Horses, Everything All the Time
It is somewhat reluctantly that I put Band of Horses on this list because, to me, the band's album breaks very little new ground with its lush, sweeping rock songs that sound alternately like My Morning Jacket, REM, and a handful of other bands. But for the first month or so that I owned Everything All the Time, I was hooked on its lethargically lovely arrangements, and after revisiting it this week, it holds up as a highly entertaining and remarkably consistent album. There's a lot to be said for that.
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