In 2006, the pop singles market continued to dominate, in no small part because the pick-to-click-driven mentality of online music stores and ring-tone sites gave consumers unparalleled freedom to Choose Their Own Musical Adventure. What suffered in the meantime, though, was the quality of pop/rock albums. These platters frequently spawned great singles Justin Timberlake, KT Tunstall, The Rapture, Pearl Jam, My Chemical Romance, etc. but didn't hold together as cohesive statements. Still, a few artists managed to churn out catchy and innovative long-players that held up over repeated listens. In... More >>>
Robyn Hitchcock crawled out of the woodwork with Olé! Tarantula.