So what if both the Silversun Pickups and Smashing Pumpkins share the same acronym, have cute chick bass players and lead singers that sound sing alike and have singles that are somewhat identical (“1979” and “Lazy Eye”). The Pumpkins are long gone, as Corgan tries to reinvent the cherub rock with Jimmy Chamberlain, but the Silversun Pickups are now, and they certainly are gaining some steam following their Coachella appearance.
On the surface, with iPods selling in the millions, downloads becoming more and more accessible, and even the actual coining of the moniker, 'The MySpace Generation,' 2006 may appear to be a relatively quiet year for the album. But taken as a whole, it was actually another solid year for LP releases. Sure, there were less blockbusters and a few too many prematurely hyped 'next best thing' mp3s, but when we sat down to go over the piles of CDs, there were more than enough quality titles that had to be reluctantly voted off the island. What we ended up with was a list that offered a little bit of everything – a blurring of genres and styles, featuring artists who created definitive statements – easily identifiable as 2006, but timeless all the same.