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Albums of the Year 2006

2006-12-19 09:00’s own Album of the Year nominations, and what we said about them.

Lupe Fiasco – Food and Liquor
In a time when it’s difficult to find more than three good songs on the average release, Food is packed with hits: “He Say She Say", a song about an absent father, has a 70’s soul sound; “American Terrorist" is about about racism and inequality, and “The Instrumental" a rock inspired track featuring Jonah Matranga. Review

Bob Dylan – Modern times
At 65, Dylan is that much-older friend everyone needs. You know - that person who gets invited to parties with people thirty years younger than he is, who often seems more youthful than his young acolytes, as they hang on every word. Why do they worship him this way? Well, because he lets them see the world with fresh eyes again, almost as if they were travelling. Review

Just Jinjer – Just Jinjer
Fans of melodic, thoughtful rock music will appreciate the quiet passion and craft that has gone into Just Jinjer's sixth album. Eloquent and stylish, lead singer Art Matthews now carries the gravitas of a Dave Matthews or Evan Dando, a far cry from the panties-wetting pop poster boy who won the hearts of a teen audience with the release of 1996's "All comes round".Review

Bruce Springsteen - We Shall Overcome - The Seeger Sessions
It has been a long time since anyone produced a contemporary document of traditional Americana in this way. Taking traditional acoustic instrumentation, and performing the oldest possible incarnation of the chosen songs was perhaps an obvious move. But The Boss's own voice adds weight and importance to it as a cultural statement. Simply put, this is an exceptional musical experience. Review

The Gotan Project – Lunatico
If you've heard enough cheesy latino muzak to last you a lifetime. If you ever lived with someone who played the Buena Vista soundtrack till death very nearly parted you - and not an accidental death either. If you have a sense of humour and can spot a fake a mile away, the Gotan Project is just your thing. Review

Jim Neversink - Jim Neversink
There's a big sky above, and a lost highway below. A lone neon sign may just be switching on at the diner by the highway... and the only people around here are the ones that pass through... Americana has seldom sounded so good. Even when executed by Americans. In short, a South African masterpiece. Review Silver stars: The Albums that could also came close:

Gomez - How We Operate

Herbert - Scale

Dani Siciliano – Slappers

The Killers - Sams Town (not reviewed)

Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds

Christina Aguilera - Back to Basics

Paul Simon – Surprise

Declan O' Rourke - Since Kyabram

Chris Chameleon, 7de Hemel and Shine

Outkast - Idlewild

So, with those as the noms, let's hear your views...

- Anton Marshall
Such a broad and important category. And as they always say, everyone’s a winner here already. Many albums came through the wringer here at this year. But there were those exceptional few that got the five fingers up from our reviewers – among them solid old-time geezers, some hardworking Saffers, and a dude who hated rap.
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