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Top Albums of 2006

In no particular order and the ones that most quickly come to mind:

1) Gnarls BarkleySt. Elsewhere

I was hesitant to purchase this because I’d read a lot of reviews from people saying that “Crazy” was the only good track. I caved in after they released the recent deluxe edition and I was pleasantly surprised. Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse together are absolute geniuses. The album more than deserves all the praise it’s been receiving.

2) AterciopeladosOye

I’d heard of them before but I didn’t know they were a Colombian duo, nor did I know they had just released a long awaited new album. Saw the album on sale for ten bucks at Target and became a new fan. Great musicianship, sharp lyrics (in Spanish of course), and catchy tunes. I may be a bit biased here since I’m Colombian myself. 🙂

3) Gloria EstefanThe Essential Gloria Estefan

This woman…I’ve never been a fan of hers. Well, I used to rock out to “Conga” when I was about five but besides that, I never cared for her English material. Her Spanish songs I’ve always appreciated because they use lots of instruments and carry that whole Cuban vibe but anyhow, I decided that since I do collect music, this would be my first and only Gloria purchase. A wise move since it provides a concise and still complete overview of the woman and her music which, in some cases (“Heaven’s What I Feel”, “Words Get in the Way”, “Wrapped”) are genuinely good. I also recommend her Spanish language hits package, “Oye Mi Canto: Los Exitos”.

4) Christina AguileraBack to Basics

Yes, it’s a bit sprawling and longer than necessary but it’s creative, it feels old school, and it’s not that big rebellious mess that was Stripped. And yes, I know Stripped sold well but this shows Ms. Aguilera (Mrs. Bratman?) at her classiest and most daring. I’m actually looking forward to what she might do next.

5) Nelly FurtadoLoose

To a certain degree, I do concur with many critics that she “sold out” after Folklore (an album I also own and highly recommend) went nowhere. But since when was jamming to ultra catchy tunes like “Promiscuous”, “Maneater”, and “No Hay Igual” a bad thing? Sometimes you just gotta put the “I’m an artist and want to be taken serious” ego aside and take music for what it’s also known for: escaping the daily grind and just having a good time.

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Uplifting Music and Videos

At some time last week, I started a potential “been there, done that” forum thread on Last.fm asking members of that particular forum what songs put them in a jovial mood regardless of how they may be feeling. In my case, I was jamming to “Volare” by The Gipsy Kings and I noticed that each time I played the song, I suddenly felt super happy and just full of energy.


This evening, when I was cooling off from another intense round of exercising, I remembered I had transferred some videos to my Zen Vision: M, among them this popular video of some dude named Matt dancing (or at least attempting to) in various parts of the world.

I don’t know if it was the Deep Forest “Sweet Lullaby” remix playing in the background, or just how carefree and happy this Matt dude seemed to be. Whatever it was, it made me happy to be watching this video and I’ve put it here for you to see.

But my question is, what tunes elevate your mood? “Volare” is just one of many but I’m curious to know what does it for you. Leave a comment or something or a sample so we can all share in the happiness together.

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