The “Best Of 2006″ parade o’ opinions continues, and today, the country’s two biggest newsweeklies release their lists (sadly, neither publication used their foreign-news connections to solicit contributions from well-known international music critics):
THE GOOD: Even though Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor was a sales-register stiff, it wound up on both lists; hopefully the year-end critical push will convince Atlantic to keep him around for a while. And Time‘s inclusion of TV On The Radio and Joanna Newsom alongside the Dixie Chicks and Bob Dylan will no doubt prompt our parents to make some jarring spontaneous-shopping choices.
THE BAD:: We understand the need to acknowledge every genre, but Newsweek selecting Kingdom Come (easily the weakest album of Jay’s career) and Time including the Vince Gill four-disc set felt like demo-appeasing throw-away entries.
THE WHAAA?: Time‘s No. 1 choice is the “dangerously smart” (not to mention “ceaselessly overrated”) Arctic Monkeys; Newsweek praises that last Flaming Lips record, which even the nerdiest Lips fans we know tend to shrug off dismissively.