A decade in music – 50 best albums of 2006

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50. The Kooks, ‘Inside In/Inside Out’. NME said: “It rolled over and begged major mainstream success to shag it up the arse.”

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49. Absentee, ‘Schmotime’. NME said: “Bouncy and soulful on the surface, inside this dripped with singer Dan Michaelson’s dour wit.”

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47. Wolfmother, ‘Wolfmother’. NME said: “A Zeppish prog-punk that was definitely not of this dimension.”

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45. Bob Dylan, ‘Modern Times’. NME said: “Among his best. A master at work.”

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44. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, ‘Balled Of The Broken Seas’. NME said: “A marvel of a country-folk album.”

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43. Beck, ‘The Information’. NME said: “Mixing up bleep-folk songcraft, Dada-tinged poetry and star-child philosophy.”

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38. Metric, ‘Live It Out’. NME said: “A mighty roar of a record.”

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36. Datarock, ‘Datarock Datarock’. NME said: “An album of pure mashed-up guitartronic genius. Rejoice!”

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35. ¡Forward, Russia! , ‘Give Me A Wall’. NME said: “Post-rock grandeur, art-house guitars and a remarkable line in epic stadium-rock choruses.”

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34. Albert Hammond Jr, ‘Yours To Keep’. NME said: “This album took everyone by surprise and proved there’s more than one great songwriter in The Strokes.”

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33. The Bronx, ‘The Bronx’. NME said: “As nuanced a take on cocaine-fuelled hardcore punk as is possible.”

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32. Lily Allen, ‘Alright, Still’. NME said: “Only when Lily arrived did we know how much we’d needed her.”

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31. The Sunshine Underground, ‘Raise The Alarm’. NME said: “Blazing debut from Leeds’ sonic travellers.”

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30. Cat Power, ‘The Greatest’. NME said: “The singer filled every minute of ‘The Greatest’ with a rare, vulnerable beauty.”

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29. The Spinto Band, ‘Nice And Nicely Done’. NME said: “The finest thing to come out of Delaware since Roseanne.”

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28. Morrissey, ‘Ringleader Of The Tormentors’. NME said: “Mozzer’s most politically vicious and personally scabrous album to date.”

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27. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, ‘Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’. NME said: “Not bad for a band that started selling the album by mail order from their manager’s basement.”

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26. Jarvis Cocker, ‘Jarvis’. NME said: “Cunts may be running the world but there’s clearly some blessed humanity left in Mr Cocker.”

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24. Secret Machines, ‘Ten Silver Drops’. NME said: “Droning, space-rock, epic tunes.”

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22. The Flaming Lips, ‘At War With The Mystics’. NME said: “The world’s first ever psych-prog-funk protest album.”

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21. The Raconteurs, ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’. NME said: “A Detroit pop/rock wet dream.”

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20. The Streets, ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living’. NME said: “Still our finest pop poet.”

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19. The Longcut, ‘A Call And Response’. NME said: “From Sonic Youth skronk to rocket-fuelled punk-dance.”

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16. Amy Winehouse, ‘Back To Black’. NME said: “A classic from any era.”

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15. Thom Yorke, ‘The Eraser’. NME said: “ ‘Kid A’ has a ghostly twin.”

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12. The Killers, ‘Sam’s Town’. NME said: “ ‘Sam’s Town’: it’s a place you’ll never leave.”

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11. Howling Bells, ‘Howling Bells’. NME said: “Brought a bit of much-needed class to 2006.”

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10. My Chemical Romance, ‘The Black Parade’. NME said: “A wildly ambitious rock opera addressing life’s biggest questions.”

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5. CSS, ‘Cansei De Ser Sexy’. NME said: “The unexpected new rave trip of the year.”

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4. Hot Chip, ‘The Warning’. NME said: “It was delivered by a group of men who, sweetly, seemed genuinely bemused by all the attention.”

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3. Muse, ‘Black Holes & Revelations’. NME said: “The landmark albums in any great rock career reassure and reinvent… and so ‘Black Holes…’ was a leap to warp speed for Muse.”

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2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Show Your Bones’. NME said: “Yeah Yeah Yeahs may not quite have recorded the album of the year, but it’s still one of the best albums of the decade.”

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1. Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. NME said: “It’s punk with class, indie with edge, poetry with balls. It’s Britain. But most of all, it’s these incredible songs that win the day.”

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