KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 ALBUMS OF 2006 NSFW

After the….not so pleasant experience of doing the 2005 list let’s see if 06 brings me any more joy. I’m being positive here ok? The mid 00s is where my passion for new music was slowly being pumped out of me nut looking back there was still plenty out there bellow the surface.Let’s have a wee looksie.

 

35.AFI-Decemberunderground

I strongly disliked this album when it came out as it was such a departure from the AFI albums I grew up with and loved but with ten years to reflect on it it’s actually really well put together. The move from hardcore punk to emo, new wave techno is a jarring one but the songs are still well written. A times sounding like Depeche Mode, The Cure and old AFI had a depressed, emo baby.

Highlights-“Love Like Winter” “Miss Murder”

 

34.Sepultura-Dante XXI

The loss of band leader Max Cavallera in the mid 90s (replaced by Derrick Green) turned a lot of fans away from the Brazilian metal band which is a shame as although I don’t think any of their prime material came post Max there’s still some good stuff. This concept album based on Dante’s Inferno is heavy, aggressive and the last t o feature virtuoso drummer Igor Cavallera.

Highlights-“Convicted In Life” “False”

 

33.Mushroomhead-Savior Sorrow

Despite some dodgy production the unusual and artsy form of….I guess nu metal (seems a bit reductive as their a bit different to most nu metal) is always welcome and it offers something a little different to a lot of their peers.

Highlights-“Tattoo” “Burn”

 

32.Ice Cube-Laugh Now, Cry Later

Cube’s first album in six years was a real return to form after he was away cementing his place in Hollywood. I wonder if kids that are into rap these days even know about his pedigree. I like to think so and I’m sure many do but there are some who don’t care about the past and only like current music which is sad but it’s their prerogative.

Highlights-“Steal The Show” “Why We Thugs”

 

31.Weird Al Yankovic-Straight Outta Lynwoood

I said in a previous list how I’ve grown to appreciate Weird Al a lot more the older I get which I guess is the opposite of most people but he’s just¬† great and it helps that he’s such a likeable guy. One of his all time greats appears on this album, the R Kelly piss take is beyond hilarious.

Highlights-“Trapped At The Drive Thru” “White And Nerdy”

 

30.Ghostface Killah-More Fish

The latter of two albums released by Ghost in 2006 is a fantastic collection of odds and ends that didn’t fit the previous release. One of the premier lyricists in rap delivers some insanely tight flow as he bellows at the top of his lungs.There are a whole bunch of guest appearances on the performance and production side of things from MF Doom to Amy Winehouse to Ne-Yo.

Highlights-“Ghost Is Back” “Alex”

 

29.The Casualties-Under Attack

The Casualties wear their UK82 influences loud and proud with the coloured mohawks and spiky leathers but they’re far more than just a bunch of posers. They live it and have for a long time and their fast OI punk and chant along hardcore is perfect mosh pit material.

Highlights-“Social Outcasts” “No Solution No Control”

 

 

28. Ne Yo-In My Own Words

A real throwback to the 90s with that kind of soulful RnB that many try but often can’t pull of (I’m looking at you Mario ye big tube) which is great when it comes off. Luckily the slick production and tuneful backing tracks really mix well with his silky vocals and it’s great mood music and a very solid debut.If you ever want to see me sexy dance just throw this on and I’ll be grinding all over ye.

Highlights-“Let Me Get This Right” “So Sick”

 

27.Taylor Swift-Taylor Swift

Yup…I don’t care. Back when she was a cute wee teenager with a fake accent playing diet Faith Hill songs. There are are some great country pop ditties on here that my punk band used to play in the Kinker Kar…..fact. Probably the last time she’ll be on the lists as she soon turned into a media hungry monster and started doing faux RnB bullcrap.

Highlights-“Our Song” “Teardrops On My Guitar”

 

 

26.The Living End-State Of Emergency

A lot more rock orientated than their usual Clash inspired punk rock. It suffers a little because of it and isn’t as good as their earlier stuff but there’s still good songwriting and the production is excellent.

Highlights-“Wake Up” “Living For The Weekend”

 

25.Lamb Of God-Sacrament

The best selling metal album of the year signified Lamb Of God’s rise to the top of the heap in terms of popularity in the genre. They were huge in the 00s…they’re still big but things were really popping for them. A very solid album.

Highlights-“Pathetic” “Requiem”

 

24.Rob Zombie-Educated Horses

The former leader of White Zombie and horror movie director released his third album in 2006 and it was a cracker. Working with former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and going for a more cinematic sound it’s probably the least “Zombie” sounding album of them all with less emphasis on industrial metal and more experimental rhythms and licks.

Highlights-“17 Year Locust” “American Witch”

 

23.Cannibal Corpse-Kill

They’ve made several appearances on these lists which is pretty funny because I’m not a huge fan of the death metal genre but bands like Napalm Death and Corpse always did something for me. With these guys it’s the hilariously over the top dramatics of the horror presentation. All gore and viscera, lovely stuff.

Highlights-“Make Them Suffer” “Five Nails Through The Neck”

 

22.Dilated Peoples-20/20

An impressive effort from the west coast hip hop with hard beats and really tight flow and rhymes. The trio are all emcees that bring something different to the table and that’s why I’ve always liked groups in hip hop, each member taking a different verse. It spices things up.

Highlights-“Kindness For Weakness” “Alarm Clock Music”

 

21.Me First And The Gimme Gimmes-Love Their Country

The punk rock covers supergroup return and can you guess what the theme is this time? No? oh….well it’s country music and there’s a nice selection from Dolly Parton jams to The Eagles and John Denver. Always a god time with the Gimmes.

Highlights-“Annie’s Song” “On The Road Again”

 

20.Hatebreed-Supremacy

I’ve always liked what Hatebreed stood for despite they take themselves a little too seriously for me. They’re all about protecting people at their shows and promoting anti-racist anti-homophobic sentiments and a lot of the things that hardcore bands stand for really but they they exemplify it. This was their only release on famed metal label Roadrunner.

Highlights-“Divine Judgement” “Mind Over All”

 

19.New Found Glory-Coming Home

Seen as a huge departure from their earlier work, I didn’t really see it as such because they had been progressing to a more rock orientated style ever since their third album. There was a bit of backlash from fans but it’s since gone on to be regarded as one of their best….I personally wouldn’t go that far but it certainly has grown on me over the years.

Highlights-“Make Your Move” “On My Mind”

 

18.Mastodon-Blood Mountain

The rare breed of prog metal that doesn’t just sound like wanky nonsense. With a mix of slow stoner rock and raging groove and speed metal with a conceptional theme based on climbing a fantasy mountain and encountering monsters and other horrors.

Highlights-“The Wolf Is Loose” “Hunters Of The Sky”

 

17.Busta Rhymes-The Big Bang

I remember seeing Busta appearing for promotion of this album built like Ahmed Johnson all of a sudden!. I mean he’d always been built but Jeeeeesus. Anyway he’s known world over for being an incredible MC with great skills and a uniquely dark style. Super aggressive flow.

Highlights-“Been Through The Storm” “You Can’t Hold The Torch”

 

16.Bowling For Soup-The Great Burrito Extortion

As goofy and silly as ever but with the same ear for tune they always had and in fact it opens with probably my favourite BFS song ever. There’s some really great tunes on here and it’s real turn your brain off and just enjoy stupid and funny lyrics with great tunes and melodies.

Highlights-“Epiphany” “Val Kilmer”

 

15.J Dilla-Donuts

The talented member of Slum Village released this on his 32nd birthday, two days later he would be dead from a rare blood disorder. It’s a 25 minute journey of the talented producer’s skills as he layers beats over samples and it has been hailed as a postmodern masterpiece.

Highlights-“Light My Fire” “Don’t Cry”

 

14.Ministry-Rio Grande Blood

The middle part of their anti George Bush trilogy is fierce, fast and with pounding industrial drums. They nearly made several of my 90s lists but were always pipped at the post. This was their best album in a long time and it’s an absolute thrasher.

Highlights-“Senor Peligro” “Ass Clown”

 

13.Bigwig-Reclamation

I kind of lost track of these guys around the 2002 era but they were always a super talented melodic hardcore band. A couple of years ago I decided to check out their albums that I missed and this an absolute banger. Rapid beats, aggressive but melodic vocals and excellent guitar riffs with their signature pig squeals. It’s also sadly their last album to date.

Highlights-“Follow The Leader” “Outer Rungs”

 

12.Strapping Young Lad-The New Black

The insanity of Devin Townsend and his band returns with his operatic extreme metal genius. A cacophony of beautifully heavy noise and technical musicianship.

Highlights-“Anti-Product” “Hope”

 

11.Gwar-Beyond Hell

Our favourite alien monster punk metal freaks return with their tenth album and it’s just as crazy as ever with songs about all things horror, murder and the enslavement of the human race. I always say don’t let the gimmicks and appearances fool you, Gwar are a tight as hell band with real skills. This album was produced by the aforementioned Devin Townsend.

Highlights-“War Is All We Know” “Tormentor”

 

10.Reel Big Fish-Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album

I’ve seen them on a couple of occasions and can attest to the fact they are a fantastic live band and their shows are a hell of a lot of fun. That shouldn’t come as much surprise as their music is some of the most catchy, fun loving music out there.

Highlights-“S.R.” “The Set Up (You Need This)

 

9.NOFX-Wolves In Wolves Clothing

The frequent contributors to these lists brought out their tenth album and it’s pretty much like all of their other albums post 1992. That’s not the worst thing in the world though as they always deliver fun, fast paced punk with pointer, humorous lyrics.

Highlights-“USA Holes” “Benny Got Blowed Up”

 

8.DJ Shadow-The Outsider

The vinyl loving, talented DJ/producer’s third album is something of a different style than his usual instrumental hip hop. There’s loads of experimentation with other genres like punk, indie, country and more and so it wielded mixed reviews from fans but remains a great, generally easy listening record.

Highlights-“Backstage Girl” “Organ Donor”

 

7.Slayer-Christ Illusion

There’s a few tenth albums on this list and what better way to celebrate your first double digits record than making it absolutely rip roaring. It’s Slayer so it should be no surprise really as the thrash legends have generally produced quality but that’s not to say they haven’t pooped a few eggs too. It’s great to see them at this stage in their run still bringing the speed and heaviness that defined their sound and it was the return of legendary drummer Dave Lombardo who hadn’t been on a Slayer record since 1990.

Highlights-“Flesh Storm” “Jihad”

 

6.Ghostface Killah-Fishscale

The Wu Tang legend’s second appearance on the list shows the talent the man has. Every member of the Wu appear on this album too which is a cool wee stat as they all bring something different to the table. Heavy beats and aggressive street rap from Ghost.

Highlights_”The Champ” “Back Like That”

 

5.Nas-Hip Hop Dead

Boy that title holds true today. The Brooklyn rapper made a statement on the number of new rappers with very little to say clogging up the majority of the hip hop media. It garnered hilarious outrage from said rappers who contested their credibility.

Highlights-“Carry On Tradition” “Money Over Bullshit”

 

4.U.S. Bombs-We Are The Problem

Legendary skater/punk Duane Peters and his punk outfit’s eighth and best album is filled with singalong anthems. Influenced by British street punk, greasers and skate culture while yelling about left wing politics and anti government sentiments with songs that pretty much all sound the same but in a way that’s totally fine by me.

Highlights-=”We Are The Problem” “4th Of July”

 

3.Anti-Flag-For Blood And Empire

The political punk band’s first album released on a major label caused a big stink in the scene as they have always spouted an anti corporate stance. I was conflicted on this and was willing to hear their reasons and their explanation which we got and I never thought too much more about it. One cool feature was the booklet which featured little essays on each song explaining their meaning for educational purposes in the hope of getting people to follow their cause.

Highlights-“Cities Burn” “Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man”

 

2.Tech N9ne-Everready (The Religion)

One of the most successful independent rappers of his time hit it out the park here with his chopper style of rapping that always leaves me speechless. Horrorcore and insanely talented rappers is a very good and fun combination.

Highlights-“Welcome To The Midwest” “The Beast”

 

1.The Bouncing Souls-The Gold Record

Oh hello there Bouncing Souls, what a surprise to see you here. Oh shut up it’s just a fact that they’re amazing so it stands to reason that they’ll be on here a lot. It’s more passionate, heartfelt and rousing punk rock from the Jersey boys and some of their live staples and classics come from this record. An absolute zinger.

Highlights-“Sounds Of The City” “Lean On Sheena”

 

There we go then. Plenty of good albums on the list but still not a spectacular year all in all. Not as painful as I thought it’d be so here’s hoping for a lovely 2007 too. Join me back here folks and hopefully you’re enjoying this journey through time. See you back here next time….byeeee xx.

 

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