This is different than the Best Album thread in the fact that while the aforementioned thread is list only, this thread is intended to discuss your biggest musical surprises of 2006. Discussion as to why you agree or disagree with certain things is welcome. SNOOP DOGG - THE BLUE CARPET TREATMENT One of the largest surprises (musically) of 2006 for me. I had grown disenchanted with Snoop Dogg over the years because while Doggystyle is one of the best rap albums ever created, Snoop's later albums eventually grew less gangsta and more mainstream until the forgettable Rhythm and Gangsta made him basically just like any other crap rapper on the billboard charts at the moment. Snoop must've seen this as he decided to finally reunite with Dre for this album and ended up completely blowing me away. The Blue Carpet Treatment is a direct return to the days of young Snoop, with Snoop appearing refocused and sharper with his delivery and lyrical content. Rather then devote an entire album to one of his favorite topics ('hoes') this album is pure gangsta and as result truly shines. For those who miss Snoop's Dr. Dre days and the quality of the beats that were featured back then, this album answers your complaints. Perhaps Snoop's not ready to retire just yet? MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE- THE BLACK PARADE What can I say about this album that everyone hasn't already said about it? My Chemical Romance went from another angry emo band to a rock band that truly matters. Black Parade took any traces of emo that used to remain and said goodbye to them creating an album that I'm hard pressed not to call the best of 2006. And to show their emo days are over? Gerard Way says "The End" is a direct reference to their exit from the so called 'scene' which explains the "i'll sing it in drag" line featured there. MCR have evolved into something great and here's to hoping their next CDs are even better and more creative. Go MCR!