The Twilight Singers
One Little Indian Records 
Who would have thought there would be life after The Afghan Whigs? I guess we never talked to Greg Dulli because Powder Burns is fantastic musical experience. Every song has an intense sense of urgency, emotion and swagger that just pours out onto the listener making Powder Burns the Twilight Singers best album to date.
The Twilight Singers Review [5/16/06] @ The Fire Note
All This Time
Fat Possum Records 
With Erika Wennerstrom’s powerful vocals, loud guitars and plenty of fuzz the Heartless Bastards captured and maintained our interest all year on their sophomore release All This Time. It was consistent from beginning to end and the formula was perfect - some quite moments, some loud moments and plenty of Erika’s husky vocals.
Heartless Bastards Review [8/7/06] @ The Fire Note
Broken Boy Soldiers
V2 / Third Man Records 
Jack White's new side project The Raconteurs proved to be more than something just to keep him busy between Stripes albums. Teaming up and sharing vocals with indie darling Brendan Benson the two put forth a duel vocal assault that crossed all decades carving out catchy number after catchy number leaving us with an album that is anything but broken.
The Raconteurs Review [5/17/06] @ The Fire Note
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Show Your Bones
Interscope Records 
Show Your Bones was an excellent follow up to 2003's successful Fever To Tell. It was like the band grew up over night and front woman Karen O took the spotlight and just shined. It was a risk making a more mature elaborate album and leaving some of the punk venom from their earlier work in the background but the result was a stunning new appreciation and sound for the band highlighting Karen O's voice.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Review [4/13/06] @ The Fire Note
Black Holes And Revelations
Warner Bros. Records 
This album has completely grown on us Fire Noters since its July release. Probably given another review, Black Holes And Revelations would have scored higher on the heat meter just because of how it has stuck in our head all year. The pulsing pounding beats, keyboards and crunchy guitars all merge together to make one giant opus calling the spirits of Queen and old school Depeche Mode leaving the listener with a spectacular sonic experience.
Muse Review [7/11/06] @ The Fire Note