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Film Folks’ Five Favorite Albums for 2006. Part Eight.

Film Folks' Five Favorite Albums for 2006. Part Eight.

As the New Year beckons, we come closer to the last few lists from this year’s film folks. Once we’re all done with everyone else (probably just after January 1), I’ll post my own list…

There are so many end-of-the-year lists right now, and so many of the film sites and blogs (this one included) are covered with some sort of “Best Films” list. I decided, in the spirit of this blog, to invite various film industry people to offer their selections for “Best Albums of 2006.” So, every weekday until we’re done, I will post the lists from five different film folks. What were the albums of 2006 that kept spinning on film sets, in editing rooms, on planes bound for festivals, or in industry offices? Here’s the eighth batch of picks:

Shawn Badgley, associate editor, The Austin Chronicle

1. Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
2. Tanya Donelly, This Hungry Life
3. Cat Power, The Greatest
4. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins, Rabbit Fur Coat
5. Karen Dalton, In My Own Time (reissue)

Aaron Katz, director of Dance Party, USA and the upcoming Quiet City
(“In no order:”)

1. Bruce Springsteen, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions
(“Pretty amazing. I’m close to loving this album.”)
2. Joanna Newsom, Ys
(“Sort of like Astral Weeks. But, unlike Astral Weeks, not the greatest album ever.”)
3. Clipse, Hell Hath No Fury
(“This might wind up being my real favorite of the year. I haven’t had enough time for it to sink in yet.”)
4. Mates of State, Bring it Back
(“I was real skeptical of this album before I heard it. As it turns out it’s really sincere and not the exact same thing as every other Mates of State record.”)
5. Cat Power, The Greatest
(“I’m a sucker for anything Chan Marshall does.”)

David Magdael, publicist, David Magdael & Associates

1. Corinne Bailey Rae, Corinne Bailey Rae
(“One of the most original freshest sounds to come out this year. No one can really pin point her style – is it R&B/Soul or pop or easy listening. Whatever it is, it’s talent and this young woman from the UK has it. Watch for more from her in 2007. Her live set is amazing, as well.”)
2. Mary J. Blige, The Breakthrough
(“Probably one of the best albums of her career – assembling every style of music the Hip Hop Soul Queen masters. She’s come a long way and this album will be one of the many in her life that will be defining for her. Her voice is at her strongest and her consistent giving in all of her performances are truly mesmerizing.”)
3. Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler, Soul Heaven Presents Dennis Ferrer and Kerri Chandler
(“One of the best in the ongoing series of soulful house music sets coming out of this UK based label boasting from a London club specializing in this distinct type of house music resonnating in vocals, heavy bass, and a beat that will not let you sit down. Veteran US DJ/Producer/Writer Kerri Chandler shows off his wares and his talent for not only choosing great tunes to play, but as a writer producer, while recent European super DJ/Producer Dennis Ferrer shows off his distinct taste for serious soulful sounds including his own infectious anthem of this past year “Son of Raw.” The third bonus CD includes some of this year’s outstanding songs including ‘Cure and the Cause” from Fish Go Deep and the booty shaking gospel rousing floor filler “He Is” by Song Williamson. A must have for househeads and a great primer for the newly converted.”)
4. Gnarls Barkley, St. Elsewhere
(“Probably one of the most popular new groups this year. With the infectious ‘Crazy’ playing every radio and bumping every SUV soundsystem across the globe, Cee Lo and Danger Mouse were everywhere and rightly so.”)
5. Luther Vandross, The Essential Luther Vandross
(“What can you say? The title says it all. A must for all Luther lovers and a good set to have for those who just need something in their collection to remember one of the most influential vocalists of our time. Album includes never before released tunes, as well.”)

“Worst Album of 2006: Janet Jackson, JANET 20 Y.O. Nothing new here from Miss Jackson. Too bad – she’s got the talent. She once was a trail blazer – now she sounds like everyone else. It’s time for her to break new ground -that’s why we loved her so much. Better yet, don’t buy this one – replay ‘Got Til It’s Gone’ – it will remind you why she was an important artist.”

Adam Nee, co-director and star of The Last Romantic

1. Band Marino, The Sea And The Beast
2. Ferraby Lionheart, Ferraby Lionheart EP
3. Chris Garneau, Music For Tourists
4. Cat Power, The Greatest
5. Joshua Bell, Voice of the Violin

(“You can find the top three artists on MySpace.”)

Ti West, director of The Roost, and the upcoming Trigger Man

1. The Lawrence Arms, Oh! Calcutta!
2. The Falcon, Unicornography
3. Dragonforce, Inhuman Rampage
4. None More Black, This is Satire
5. The Mr. Move, Easy

Stay tuned for more!

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