Top 5 Albums of 2006

I listened to a hell of a lot of newly released music over the course of the last year and there were a few CDs that kept popping up in my rotation. For whatever reason these were some albums that I just kept putting back in the CD player, at home, in the car, at work, it didn’t really matter. I just wanted to hear these records, and hear them again and again. In my estimation that makes them good albums.

I realize that “good” is relative (or at least it should be) but in this world of too many opinions I am going to add mine to the mix with my list of the 5 best albums released in 2006.

#5 – Band of Horses: Everything All the Time
Standout Tracks: The Great Salt Lake, Funeral

#4 – Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere
Standout Tracks: Crazy, Gone Daddy Gone

#3 – Eric Bachmann: To The Races
Standout Tracks: Carborro Woman, Man O’ War

#2 – Sergio Mendes (feat will.i.am): Timeless
Standout Tracks: Yes Y’all, That Heat

#1 – Decemberists: The Crane Wife
Standout Tracks: The Perfect Crime #2, Summersong, Sons and Daughters
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Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!