The “Uncut” Best Of 2006 List: A Sign Of Consensus To Come?
It’s November, and we’ve spotted our first 2006 critics’ poll, courtesy of the across-the-pond rock aficionados at Uncut: Bob Dylan’s Modern Times topped the list, which must have been put together in, say, late September, in order to accommodate magazines’ long lead times. (That may be why Kingdom Come is nowhere to be found.) That said, striking first is a great way to grab attention, so here’s the dad-tastic top 10 (via I Love Music):
10) Thom Yorke – The Eraser 09) Sufjan Stevens – The Avalanche 08) Hot Chip – The Warning 07) Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther 06) Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not 05) Neil Young – Living With War 04) Joanna Newsom – Ys 03) Comets On Fire – Avatar 02) Scritti Politti – White Bread, Black Beer 01) Bob Dylan – Modern Times
Fun facts: The highest-ranking hip-hop album was Ghostface’s Fishscale, which came in at No. 23; the reissues list was topped by a four-disc Elektra Records retrospective; and there are still critics willing to be apologists for Kasabian, whose latest album squeaked in at No. 44. And there was no singles round-up for this mag, no doubt because its critical roster is made up of serious music consumers. Hmph.