Top 10 Albums of 2007


12 Dic 2007, 19:50

This is going to take a lot of thought to be honest; really a lot more thought than I thought I had.

We'll go in reverse numerical order, from 10 down to 1, just for the suspense factor, eh?

10. Zombie GirlBlood, Brains & Rock N Roll
Released way back in April, this is the quirky entry to the list. First up, you have to be a fan of low grade industrial, or preferably dancier things, to appreciate it fully. Next, you have to have a sense of humour, and a love of things that edge towards the Rob Zombie end of things. Apart from Zombie Girl herself being a right cutie, this album always has my feet tapping; something every album should do.

9. ReubenIn Nothing We Trust
Holy sweet everything was this a good album. I should have put it higher, but then I'd have had to have not put in the 'better' albums. Really, if you're into your Post-Hardcore, Reuben are the under-rated kings of it, and they deserve more recognition; this album is exactly the reason why. Look at We're Going Home In An Ambulance; what a hell of a track. It is both heavy and mellow, and 'bluesy' (well, more like experimental jazz). Fun for all the family then!

8. MenomenaFriend and Foe
In some countries, I'm sure there are people raving about this calling it 'Album of the Year' and words to that effect. It's possibly 'experimental' album of the year, far outdoing the piss-about that was Battles. Realistically, this was one of the more fun albums to listen to. It was textural heaven. Songs like 'Evil Bee' and 'Wet and Rusting' could easily be my 'song of 2007'.

7. Bright EyesCassadaga
Oh no! Shoot me now, for I am a heathen! Oh please, get over it. It's nowhere near the best thing Conor has ever produced; it's good, I'll give it that, but, it's very much a country rocker album. As much as that sort of thing isn't my 'cup of tea', I still enjoyed it. I did not fully enjoy it though, and at some points it became background music. It's good, as I keep saying, to keep the fanboys off my case, but, it is not the messiah of all albums.

6. DeerhoofFriend Opportunity
I am in love, in a sense. I fell, head over heels, for The Perfect Me and +81. It was so hard to dislike any songs on this album, but there did end up being a few; a minor few. It was, as far as Deerhoof goes, a pretty spectacular album, rivalled only by their latest release, the free mp3 mix, with it's cover of The Perfect Me which I basically died over (it was that good). Seriously good attempt.

5. Bombay Bicycle ClubThe Boy I Used to Be
Strangely, a four tracker beats the five previous full-length albums. It's pure magic, from four seventeen year old Londoners. It's really quite magnificent in what it manages to do in four short tracks. I must say, usually I'll consider buying an album after a week or so of first hearing the band through youtube or on imeem; this one, I went straight from the gig, and bought it the next day. It's so worth the money, and the guys really deserved every penny from it.

4. Explosions in the SkyAll of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
Oh me, oh my, what's a boy to do when something of this calibre comes his way? It's not every day that a brilliant masterpiece of post-rock comes flying out at you. Maybe this made number 4 because of the extra disc of remixes, or maybe just because it was so damn awesome, especially that riff in the opening track, which made me almost cry with joy.

3. Modest MouseWe Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
'Johnny Marr has never done anything this good since The Smiths' would be too much of sweeping statement on this album. (He probably did some good things, but I've yet to hear them). This whole album, a 'concept' if you will, reminded me almost of The Decemberists, if they were more inclined to the indie rock and roll ways of Modest Mouse. You just can't fail to love it. (Now THAT's a sweeping statement.)

2. Frank TurnerSleep Is For the Week
It's hard when you have a 'favourite artist' to not like their albums. It's even harder when you figure out there's a better album than theirs out there. That's the case here, today. Frank's album is amazing. It's folk and punk and folk punk at its best. It's catchier than Ghost Mice, and more intelligible than Defiance, Ohio, but when you have to skip two tracks because you think they're pants, then you know it's not the best album out there.

1. EditorsAn End Has A Start
Finally, the big O-N-E. Numero uno. And, as far as I'm concerned, this year it goes to a deserving band. So many people out there that I know have called this a bad album, and I can't see what's wrong with it. They compare it to Interpol, and they whine and moan, and yet, in my heart of hearts, I know that it's a great album. Admittedly, it takes some growing on you, but once it has, you'll find it hard to put down. It's like the smack of the CD world; once you've had a hit, you're back for more.

(Disclaimer – This list was made up of CDs I own. If your favourite CD of 2007 isn't there, either I didn't like it enough, or I don't own it. Capisce?)


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