Top Albums of 2006


* indicates Canadian Content
** indicates a local artist

1 Various Artists* Zombie Night in Canada 2 (Stumble)
2 The Furios* Tread Lightly (Independent)
3 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Domino)
4 Islands* Return to the Sea (Equator)
5 Sarah Harmer* I'm a Mountain (Cold Snap)
6 Soundcity Hooligans** We Live as Boys Should (Independent)
7 Trevor Caswell** Mr. Poirier (Independent)
8 Vancougar* Losin' It (Scratch)
9 Destroyer* Destroyer's Rubies (Merge)
10 Chad VanGaalen* Skelliconnection (Flemish Eye)
11 Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones (Interscope)
12 Hidden Cameras* Awoo (Evil Evil)
13 Whitfield** Well Behaved and Working for You (Independent)
14 Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks (SideOneDummy)
15 Slackers Peculiar (Hellcat)
16 Tokyo Police Club* A Lesson in Crime (Paper Bag)
17 Bicycles* The Good The Bad and The Cuddly (Fuzzy Logic)
18 Kasabian Empire (RCA)
19 Five Alarm Funk* Five Alarm Funk (Pacific)
20 Glamour Puss* Bluesman's Prayer (Northern Blues)
21 Cat Empire Two Shoes (Indica)
22 Jim Byrnes* House of Refuge (Black Hen)
23 Various Artists* Alberta: Wild Roses, Northern Lights (Smithsonian Folkways)
24 Los Calzones Frecuencia Extrema (Delanuca)
25 Run Chico Run* Slow Action (Boompa!)
26 Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit (Matador)
27 Feist* Open Season (Arts and Crafts)
28 The Dears* Gang of Losers (MapleMusic)
29 Mr. Pine* The Gift of Wolves (Whiskey Lad)
30 Red Blanket* A Southern Manitoban Murder of Crows (C12)
31 Magneta Lane* Dancing with Daggers (Paper Bag)
32 Neil Young* Living With War (Reprise)
33 Mogwai Mr. Beast (Matador)
34 Built to Spill You in Reverse (Warner)
35 Wolfmother Wolfmother (Interscope)
36 Paper Moon* Broken Hearts Heal Faster Everyday (Endearing)
37 The Twisters* After the Storm (Northern Blues)
38 Yo La Tengo I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (Matador)
39 Hilotrons* Bella Simone (Independent)
40 Ladyhawk* Ladyhawk (Storyboard)
41 Madeleine Peyroux Half the Perfect World (Rounder)
42 Sufjan Stevens The Avalanche (Asthmatic Kitty)
43 The Walkmen A Hundred Miles Off (Record Collection)
44 Bob Dylan Modern Times (Columbia)
45 The Stance* The Stance Shall Inherit the Earth (Just Friends)
46 Lily Frost* Cine-Magique (Aporia)
47 Various Artists* Underground Hip-Hop Vol. 4 (Urbnet)
48 Beck Guerolito (Interscope)
49 Varioua Artists Strummin' With the Devil (CMH)
50 Kinnie Starr* Anything (MapleMusic)
51 Black Angels Passover (Light in the Attic)
52 Beck The Information (Interscope)
53 The Old Soul* The Old Soul (Hand of God)
54 Dustin Bentall* Street With No Lights (Independent)
55 Golden Dogs* Big Eye Little Eye (True North)
56 Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways (Lost Highway)
57 One Drop* Hell in a Band Casket (Independent)
58 Conrad* Never Would Have Guessed We Were All Blessed (Independent)
59 The Essex Green The Cannibal Sea (Merge)
60 Various Artists* Remembers the Low Five (Doormat)
61 Various Artists* CBC Radio 3 Sessions (Mint)
62 Viva Voce Get Yr Blood Sucked Out (Barsuk)
63 Various Artists* Sounds of Jazz Series: 30th Anniversary (Warner)
64 King Django Roots Tonic (Bacteria Buffet)
65 Various Artists* See You on the Moon! (Paper Bag)
66 From Fiction* Bloodwork (Last Gang)
67 Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Mint)
68 Ed Palermo Big Band Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Cuneiform)
69 Diableros* You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts (Baudelaire)
70 Franz Ferdinand You Could Have it So Much Better (Domino)
71 We Are Scientists With Love and Squalor (Virgin)
72 Sloan* Never Hear the End of It (Murder)
73 David Gogo* Acoustic (Cordova Bay)
74 Fiery Furnaces Bitter Tea (Fat Possum)
75 Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Love Their Country (Fat Wreck Chords)
76 Various Artists* Pink Floyd Redux (Zone3)
77 Matador's Conquest** Live at Heroes (Independent)
78 Ska Cubano Ay Carumba! (Cumbancha)
79 Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase (Warp)
80 Wilco Kicking Television (Nonesuch)
81 Maybe Smith* Second Best Death (Sir Handsome)
82 NoMeansNo* All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt (AntAcidAudio)
83 Martha Wainwright* I Will Internalize EP (MapleMusic)
84 Cut Chemist The Audience's Listening (Warner)
85 Cinderpop* Their Skies Are Beautiful (Bongobeat)
86 Jerry Alvarez Odyssey* Candy Prankster (Ricochet Sound)
87 Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards* It's Tight Like That (Stony Plain)
88 Xavier Rudd* Food in the Belly (Salt-X)
89 Ben Harper Both Sides of the Gun (Virgin)
90 King Size Suzi** Because of Love (Independent)
91 The Futureheads News and Tributes (679)
92 The Neckers* Love and Infection (Independent)
93 Shotgun and Jaybird* There Are Days and Then There Are Days (Independent)
94 Hawksley Workman* Treeful of Starling (Isadora)
95 Stoneland** Town Nowhere (Mind's Eye)
96 Flaming Lips At War With the Mystics (Warner)
97 Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine (Epic)
98 Anti-Flag For Blood and Empire (RCA)
99 Lovely Feathers* Hind Hind Legs (Equator)
100 The Cottars* Forerunner (Rounder)

CFBX Top 25 Jazz Albums for 2006

1 Jazz Epicure* Broadway Delicacies (Independent)
2 Lori Cullen* Calling for Rain (MapleMusic)
3 Various Artists* Sound of Jazz Series: 30th Anniversary (Warner)
4 Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards* It's Tight Like That (Stony Plain)
5 Ed Palermo Big Band Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance (Cuneiform)
6 New Orleans North* Born 40 Years Too Late (Independent)
7 Terez Montcalm* Voodoo (Marquis)
8 D.D. Jackson* Serenity Song (Justin Time)
9 October Trio* Day In (Cellar Live)
10 Melissa Stylianou* Sliding Down (Independent)
11 Jason Raso* Detour (Moped)
12 Maia Kuze* The City (Independent)
13 Madeleine Peyroux Half the Perfect World (Rounder)
14 Five Alarm Funk* Five Alarm Funk (Pacific)
15 Chantal Chamberland* Dripping Indigo (Independent)
16 Bill Runge* A Tribute to the South American Masters (Maximum)
17 Jane Bunnett* Radio Guantanamo (Blue Note)
18 St. Dirt Elementary School* Fall (in Love) By April (Rat-Drifting)
19 Tony Wilson* Horse's Dream (Drip Audio)
20 Michael Garding Big Band** Michael's Theme (Independent)
21 Bill Coon/Oliver Gannon* Two Much Guitar (Cellar Live)
22 Coco Love Alcorn* Sugar (Black Hen)
23 DK Ibomeka* Love Stories (Wychwood Park)
24 Oliver Jones* One More Time (Justin Time)
25 Ingrid Jensen* At Sea (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 World Beat/Reggae Albums for 2006

1 Lhasa* The Living Road (Nettwerk)
2 Eccodek* Voices Have Eyes (Independent)
3 King Django Roots Tonic (Bacteria Buffet)
4 Ska Cubano Ay Carumba! (Cumbancha)
5 Various Artists* Jamiaca to Toronto (Light in the Attic)
6 Bombay Dub Orchestra Bombay Dub Orchestra (Six Degrees)
7 Various Artists Electric Gypsyland 2 (Crammed)
8 UB40 What You Fighting For? (Rhino)
9 Ali Farka Toure Savane (Nonesuch)
10 The Cottars* Forerunner (Rounder)
11 Westbound Train Transitions (Hellcat)
12 Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars Living Like a Refugee (Anti)
13 Los Calzones Frecuencia Extrema (Delanuca)
14 Matisyahu Live at Stubbs (Jdub)
15 Jane Bunnett* Radio Guantanamo (Blue Note)
16 Celso Machado* Capivara (Independent)
17 Gigi Gold and Wax (Palm)
18 Terremoto Shadows from the Jungle (Fast Horse)
19 Johannes Linstead* Cafe Tropical (Independent)
20 Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble* New Frontiers (Independent)
21 Various Artists Full Up: More Hits from Studio One (Heartbeat)
22 Afrodizz* Froots (Universal)
23 Various Artists Reggae Playground (Putumayo)
24 Various Artists Tributo a Bob Marley (Delanuca)
25 Salif Keita M'Bemba (Gramercy)

CFBX Top 25 Metal/Loud Albums for 2006

1 Bolt Thrower Those Once Loyal (Metal Blade)
2 Cannibal Corpse Kill (Metal Blade)
3 Torture Killer Swarm! (Metal Blade)
4 Bathtub Shitter Dance Hall Grind (Super Hit Jam)
5 Slayer Christ Illusion (American)
6 Bleeding Through The Truth (Trustkill)
7 Joint Chiefs* And Still We Kill (Independent)
8 Lamb of God Killadelphia (Epic)
9 Various Artists* Galy Records Sampler #2 (Galy)
10 Voivod* Katorz (The End)
11 Shades of Dusk* Caress the Despair (Galy)
12 Ghoulunatics* Cryogenie (Galy)
13 Various Artists Metal Massacre XIII (Metal Blade)
14 Deathchain Deathrash Assault (Dynamic Arts)
15 Dying Effect* Bleed the Night (Torque)
16 Motorhead Kiss of Death (Sanctuary)
17 Verbal Deception* Aurum Attus Piraticus (Scarab)
18 The Video Dead* Brotherhood of the Dead (Stereo Dynamite)
19 Mastery* Lethal Legacy (Spinerazor)
20 Tugnut* Ode to Pete (Elliott Street)
21 Amon Amarth With Oden on Our Side (Metal Blade)
22 Waterdown All Riot (Victory)
23 Norma Jean Redeemer (EMI)
24 Bloodaxe* Raping the Ancient (Independent)
25 Various Artists Metal=Life (Hopeless)

CFBX Top 25 Electronic Albums for 2006

1 Various Artists Exit Music: Songs for Radio Heads (BBE)
2 Stereolab Fab Four Suture (Too Pure)
3 Carmen Rizzo The Lost Art of the Idle Moment (True North)
4 Sinewave* Unity Gain (Vinyl Republik)
5 Champion* Chill 'em All (Saboteur)
6 Junior Boys* So This is Goodbye (Domino)
7 Tiga* Sexor (Turbo)
8 The Hummers* Modern Entrance (Sisyphus)
9 Morgan Doctor* Is This Home (Aporia)
10 Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase (Warp)
11 1-Speed Bike* Someone Told Me Life Gets Easier in Your 50s (Broklyn Beats)
12 Various Artists Trance Plant Sessions 0.03 (In2Music)
13 Various Artists* Fear of a Digital Planet (Vinyl Republik)
14 Mint Royale See You in the Morning (Faith and Hope)
15 Thievery Corporation Versions (ESL)
16 Cantoma Cantoma (Quango)
17 Cut Chemist The Audience's Listening (Warner)
18 MSTRKRFT* The Looks (Last Gang)
19 Karsh Kale Broken English (Six Degrees)
20 Holy Fuck* Holy Fuck (Dependent)
21 Various Artists* Northern Faction 3 (Balanced)
22 Jordan Fields Presents 2084 (Nice+Smooth)
23 Tim Fuller* The Slightest Touch (Bombay)
24 Richie Hawtin* DE9: Transformations (Minus)
25 Enigma A Posteriori (EMI)

CFBX Top 25 Urban/Hip-Hop Albums for 2006

1 Various Artists* Underground Hip-Hop Vol. 4 (Urbnet)
2 Character Traits* Pencil Pushers (Still Moving)
3 The Phonograff* From the Bottom Up (Equilibrium)
4 Jurassic 5 Feedback (Interscope)
5 Various Artists* 2005 Brockway Entertainment Sampler (Brockway)
6 Dilated People 20/20 (Capitol)
7 Classified* Hitch Hikin' Music (Urbnet)
8 Fax4* Inklined (Independent)
9 Bridapres* Get it Done (Peanuts and Corn)
10 K-Os* Atlantis: Hymns for Disco (Virgin)
11 Soul Position Things Go Better with RJ and Al (Rhymesayers)
12 Various Artists* Legendary Gatherings (ICM)
13 DL Incognito* Organic Music for a Digital World (Urbnet)
14 Park-Like Setting* Craftsmen (Peanuts and Corn)
15 Phatt Al* Transistor (Independent)
16 Evil* Call Me Evil (Camobear)
17 OK Cobra* OK Cobra (Urbnet)
18 Jeff Spec* Rhythm and Blues (Avery)
19 Jorun Bombay* Jorun's Way (Dead Beats)
20 War Party* The Resistance (Independent)
21 The Roots Game Theory (Def Jam)
22 P.O.S. Audition (Rhymesayers)
23 The Streets The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (679)
24 2Mex and Life Rexall $martyrs (Cornerstone RAS)
25 Lady Sovereign Vertically Challenged (Chocolate Industries)

CFBX Top 25 Roots/Country Albums for 2006

1 Sarah Harmer* I'm a Mountain (Cold Snap)
2 Trevor Caswell** Mr. Poirier (Independent)
3 Dustin Bentall* Street With No Lights (Independent)
4 Linda McLean* No Language (Bongobeat)
5 Various Artists* Alberta: Wild Roses, Northern Lights (Smithsonian Folkways)
6 Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Mint)
7 Terry Tufts* The Better Fight (Independent)
8 Wailin' Jennys* Firecracker (Jericho Beach)
9 Be Good Tanyas* Hello Love (Nettwerk)
10 Fred Eaglesmith* Milly's Cafe (Independent)
11 Coco Love Alcorn* Sugar (Black Hen)
12 Rick Moranis* The Agoraphobic Cowboy (Independent)
13 Foggy Hogtown Boys* Northern White Clouds (Independent)
14 Karyn Ellis* Hearts Fall (Independent)
15 Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways (Lost Highway)
16 Jenny Whiteley* Dear (Black Hen)
17 Neil Young* Prairie Wind (Reprise)
18 Andrea Menard* Simple Steps (Independent)
19 Xavier Rudd* Food in the Belly (Salt-X)
20 Salt* Salt EP (Independent)
21 Various Artists Strummin' With the Devil (CMH)
22 Indio Saravanja* Indio Saravanja (Caribou)
23 Various Artists For a Decade of Sin (Bloodshot)
24 Tim Hus* Huskies and Husqvarnas (Independent)
25 Brant Westran** Acoustasoul (Independent)

CFBX Top 25 Blues Albums for 2006

1 Rich Hope* Rich Hope and His Evil Doers (Maximum)
2 Sue Foley* New Used Car (Justin Time)
3 Glamour Puss* Bluesman's Prayer (Northern Blues)
4 Jim Byrnes* House of Refuge (Black Hen)
5 David Gogo* Acoustic (Cordova Bay)
6 Trouble and Strife* Trouble and Strife (Independent)
7 Dave Dillon Blues Band* Passion for the Blues (Independent)
8 George Thorogood The Hard Stuff (Eagle)
9 Harry Manx* Mantras for Madmen (Dog My Cat)
10 Salmon Armenians** Swimmin' Upstream (Independent)
11 Lee Rocker Racin' the Devil (Alligator)
12 Dean McTaggert* Shed My Sin (Independent)
13 Summer and the Sinners* Boogie With the Devil (Independent)
14 Johnny Winter An Introduction to Johnny Winter (True North)
15 Herald Nix* Soul of a Kiss (Northern Electric)
16 Roxanne Potvin* The Way it Feels (Alert)
17 Otis Rush Live at Montreux (Eagle)
18 Nanette Workman* Mississippi Rolling Stone (Bros)
19 Terminal Station* Burnout Blues (Fat Tone)
20 Ricky Paquette* Early for the Show (Preservation)
21 Tim Williams* Passed Through Here (Independent)
22 R.A. Lautenschlager* Kiss My Axe (Independent)
23 Doc Maclean* Narrow House (Independent)
24 Rory Gallagher Live at Montreux (Independent)
25 Dan Engelland** More Than Anything (Independent)