10 Albums to Revisit From... 2006



Got some free time on your hands? Well, we've got a great way to spend it! Here at See Tickets, we are all for discovering new music, but sometimes it's great to take a step back and take a look at albums of years gone by. You might have missed an essential album, one that's just waiting to be added to your library. Today, we're looking at 10 albums that you need to revisit from the year 2006. Take a look, and let us know if we've missed any. We're always looking for new or old albums to discover!

Belle & Sebastian The Life Pursuit

Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit

Released: 6 February 2006

UK Chart Position: 8

Biggest Hit: 'Funny Little Frog'

Belle & Sebastian's seventh album earned the band its most successful chart performance to date, and was praised widely by critics who noted its fleeting Bowie-esque sound, and nostalgic, retro vibes. It was argued that in 'The Life Pursuit', Belle & Sebastian found their groove in the sphere of sunny indie pop, a corner of the music industry that they still find themselves in today.

 

Rihanna A Girl Like Me

Rihanna - A Girl Like Me

Released: 10 April 2006

UK Chart Position: 5

Biggest Hit: 'SOS'

With distinct dancehall and reggae influence, Rihanna's second album 'A Girl Like Me' put the star well and truly on the map. Following on from the success of her debut, which spawned breakout hit 'Pon De Replay', her sophomore album featured high profile features from the likes of Sean Paul and featured on the hit film Bring It On: All Or Nothing, in which Rihanna has a cameo as herself.

 

Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now

Released: 25 April 2006

UK Chart Position: 18

Biggest Hit: 'Make Damn Sure'

Following a signing to Warner Bros. Records, and a contribution to the film soundtrack for Fantastic Four, Taking Back Sunday produced Kerrang! magazine's Album of the Year for 2006 in the form of 'Louder Now'. The essential emo album was praised for its tight and full sound, which put it apart from its predecessors 'Where You Want To Be' and 'Tell All Your Friends'.

 

Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need To Whisper

Released: 23 May 2006

UK Chart Position: 6

Biggest Hit: 'The Adventure'

Tom DeLonge formed Angels & Airwaves in the wake of rising tensions and a departure from his former band, Blink-182. During their hiatus, he recorded Angels & Airwaves' debut album 'We Don't Need To Whisper'. A departure from Blink-182's pop-punk sound, the album found room for a more melody-driven influence from 70s rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

 

Beyonce - B'Day

Released: 1 September 2006

UK Chart Position: 3

Biggest Hit: 'Déjà Vu'

Released to coincide with her twenty-fifth birthday, Beyonce's 'B'Day' was inspired lyrically by her role in the film Dreamgirls which was released in the same year, and a starring role from Beyonce. It was widely acclaimed for its range of musical influences, including funk, hip-hop and R&B. The album also saw two features from Beyonce's now husband Jay-Z.

 

Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds

Released: 8 September 2006

UK Chart Position: 1

Biggest Hit: 'SexyBack'

'FutureSex/LoveSounds' earned Justin Timberlake his first of four US number one albums and built on his success from breakout album 'Justified' which established him as a solo artist away from his former band, NSYNC. Producer, and featuring artist, Timberland helped to establish the musical direction of the album which was inevitably praised for its eclecticism.

 

The Fratellis - Costello Music

Released: 11 September 2006

UK Chart Position: 2

Biggest Hit: 'Chelsea Dagger'

In amongst the surge of indie bands establishing themselves in the mid-noughties, The Fratellis released their debut album 'Costello Music' to widespread praise, with many publications likening them to acts such as  likened the album to the works of The Libertines, Babyshambles and Arctic Monkeys. Its high energy and infectious sound made it a huge success.

 

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

Released: 24 October 2006

UK Chart Position: 1

Biggest Hit: 'Welcome To The Black Parade'

Regarded as one of the most important bands in emo, My Chemical Romance propelled the genre into the mainstream for the first time with acclaimed release 'The Black Parade'. The concept album was considered a rock and roll triumph, which due to its subject matter (following the story of a terminally ill character, 'The Patient') was heralded as challenging, engaging and cohesive.

 

Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift

Released: 24 October 2006

UK Chart Position: 81

Biggest Hit: 'Teardrops on My Guitar'

It's hard to imagine that a Taylor Swift album could ever have charted at number 81 in the UK. But before her breakout hit 'Love Story', which was released with her second album, Taylor Swift was a minor name in the country music scene. Though, her biggest hit of the album - 'Teardrops on My Guitar' - remains a fan favourite, with the sound of that and the rest of the album praised for being fresh, confident and mature.

 

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Released: 27 October 2006

UK Chart Position: 1

Biggest Hit: 'Rehab'

Amy Winehouse's second and final album 'Back To Black' was an almagalm of difficult themes, based on experiences of turbulent personal relationships and substance abuse. Its sound was heavily influenced by pop, jazz and soul music. The result of all this, was a formidable sophomore album which remains highly praised and widely loved, remaining the second best-selling album of the 21st century in the UK.

 

 

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