Very pleased to see that so many Blogglebum Cage 2006 picks have made it into The Wire's year-end round-up. Indeed, a couple of my faves topped the overall list (Burial is record of the year, with The Drift coming in second). Probably the most personally pleasing placing, though, is A Life Without Fear at number seven. Boo-Ya!
There's a point to all this, by the way. I've noticed a great deal more general agreement among discerning music fans over the last year or so. During the last few years, it's seemed like you could have the exact same taste as someone, without having heard any of the same recent albums. Now, it's as if the disturbing paucity of really remarkable stuff is forcing a lot of thoughtful listeners to the same conclusions. I guess that's a bad thing but I find it oddly cheering.