All entries for Thursday 21 December 2006
December 21, 2006
The 25 Best Tracks Of The Year… In My Opinion!
1. The Knife – ‘Marble House’
Impossibly beautiful slice of electronic magnificence, turning cold synths into captivating rush of emotion.
“When we are both alone/Then we do both agree/We have a thing in common/This was meant to be”
2. Muse – ‘Knights Of Cydonia’
Over the top, insane, and completely brilliant, how can extravagence be a criticism in Muse’s case?
“No one’s going to take me alive/The time has come to make things right”
3. Delays – ‘Valentine’
Euphoric disco meets melodic indie in a bittersweet rush.
“I heard the last night on earth is for living”
4. Voxtrot – ‘Mother, Sisters, Daughters And Wives’
Twinkly but powerful track which explodes into allsorts of unexpected lush shapes.
“With our hands, and our fists, muscles, skin, thumb, and bone/We never grew up, we were cut from the stone/That holds your body and soul”
5. Nelly Furtado – ‘Maneater’
It didn’t sound like the old Nelly Furtado, but it did sound like the perfect dancefloor song.
“She’s a maneater/Make you work hard/Make you spend hard”
6. Ladyfuzz – ‘Bouncy Ball’
Best lyrics of the year, and a jerky, danceable indie bounce.
“The ball has changed her social status/She lunch, she brunches/And nobody hates her”
7. CSS – ‘Meeting Paris Hilton’
Second best lyrics of the year, bolted on to a thunderous tune made for singing along to.
“I said do you like the beach bitch?”
8. Forward Russia – ‘Thirteen (single mix)’
Faster and more thrilling than the album version, it could so easily have been a mess, instead it’s urgent and vital.
“The politburos will expect their free lunches/And all the prison guards rely on their hunches”
9. The Young Knives – ‘She’s Attracted To’
Driving guitars and an amusing story encapsulated in a song which leads to the best middle eight in ages.
“You were screaming at your mum and I was punching your dad”
10. Gnarls Barkley – ‘Crazy’
There’s a good reason this was ubiquitous this year, epic yet simple and expertly done.
“Come on now/Who do you, who do you, who do you, who do you think you are?/Hahaha, bless you soul”
11. Justice vs Simian – ‘We Are Your Friends’
Simple but brutally effective invitation to the dancefloor.
“We/Are/Your Friends/You’ll/Never/Be/Alone again/So come on!”
12. Snow Patrol – ‘Make This Last Forever’
The album wasn’t amazing, but on this track they managed to combine their old edge with their new stadium ambitions successfully.
“The weight of water, the way you told me to look past everything I had ever learned “
13. Hope Of The States – ‘Sing It Out’
Their most pop song, it was still a vast and experimental track in comparison with most pop.
“The signs above my head are clear to all/An underachiever but a true believer/Who never had a hope in hell”
14. The Organ – ‘Brother’
Atmospheric and over before it started, but still it managed to make an impact.
“Here’s the best part of the song/Where I admit/That I was wrong”
15. Klaxons – ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’
More indie you can dance to, this time with unselfconscious falsettos and moments of arms-in-the-air fun.
“Come with me, come with me/We’ll travel to infinity”
16. Howling Bells – ‘Setting Sun’
Dusty highways, endless skylines and a wonderful feeling of twilight… and somehow they managed this with just guitars, bass and drums!
“One more day is not enough to change the world”
17. The Long Blondes – ‘Giddy Stratosphere’
A shifting song, more complex than it seemed on first listen, which showcased one of the best voices of the year.
“Is she a femme fatale/That’s what she wants you to think”
18. Paul Oakenfold ft Brittany Murphy – ‘Faster Kill Pussycat’
Crunchy, sleazy dance music, miles away from the formula in every department, and all the better for it.
“Heaven knows I tried to let you go/I cant help myself you know I’m out of control”
19. Justin Timberlake – ‘SexyBack’
Once more something interesting and unusual comes from a slightly unexpected source, like asking a robot to sing a pop song, but awesome.
“Go ahead be done with it”
20. Stellstarr* - ‘Sweet Troubled Soul’
Overlooked unfairly, a whirl of guitars and slightly ambiguous lyrics.
“But there’s another side that I’m trying to crack/If you open your mind and let me take a stab”
21. Jarvis Cocker – ‘Fat Children’
Travelling at 100mph Jarvis offers another cutting, and funny, insight into modern life.
“Fat children took my life”
22. Pendulum – ‘Hold Your Colour’
Slamming drum and bass with decent vocals and a killer hook.
“The circle is complete”
23. Nicky Wire – ‘The Shining Path’
Who’d have thought the Manic Street Preachers’ bassist would have one of the best guitar lines of the year on his side?
“Felt the shining path/Breaking bones and shaking hands”
24. ‘Arctic Monkeys – ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
Come on, you’ve heard it! Irresistible fun packed with wry observations.
“Oh, there ain’t no love, no Montagues or Capulets”
25. Metric – ‘Monster Hospital’
One small steal from The Clash, one sense of urgency, one brilliant plea, one top song.
“I fought the war/I fought the war and the war won/Stop for the love of God!”
And those that almost made it: Men, Women And Children – ‘Dance In My Blood’, The Automatic – ‘Raoul’, The Zutons – ‘Valerie’, Girls Aloud – ‘Something Kind Of Ooh’, The Longcut – ‘Last Act Of A Desperate Man’