Experimental Music Love

January 9, 2008

Top 10 Albums of 2007

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 2:32 am

And so, contrary to the beliefs of Don McLean, and subsequently Madonna (though less emphatically it must be said), music has survived another year. Heck, even Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty have made it through 2007 alive and kicking. And snorting and shouting and general nuisancing. But, as with many previous years, people desire the knowledge of what was the best music had to offer per this particular annum. Luckily, I have some answers at hand. You may not agree with them, but then again, you’d be wrong. Observe the words that follow, then listen to what they suggest. For that is the true path to happiness. That, and the road to the chippy.

10. Levy – Glorious

One of two wonderful acts from New York in the list, and one on their second album which more than lives up to its name. All the pop you could wish to hope for, all performed with that glimmering self-assuredness that steers just on the right side arrogance. Choice cut – there’s nothing decent on You Tube, so here’s their MySpace so you can enjoy So Hard.

 

9. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime

Another one that lives up to its title. Stick your headphones on and just sink away into bliss with its distorted vocals and electronic ambience that reminds of Boards of Canada. Choice Cut – Over the Ice.

 

8. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare

Not quite up to the standards of their fantastic debut, but few albums are. The intelligent lyrics remained however, along with some fine tunes that challenged that tired notion of Arctic Monkeys being just another indie rock band. Superb. Choice cut – Brainstorm.

 

7. Okkervil River – The Stage Names

One of far too many brilliant alt rockers from North America, and this is more than comparable with the bountiful amount of quality albums from that particular scene. Tender melancholy and triumphant hope intertwine beautifully to create an album that shows off a band at their absolute peak. Choice cut – Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe.

6. Justice – Cross
French electro disco? Yes please. One of the most imaginative records of recent years, showing startling levels of insane genius, yet still managing to be more fun than a pogo stick covered in jelly. Choice cut – Valentine.
5. M.I.A – Kala
Just brilliant. Arular was a debut album that offered a lot to live up to, but Kala took everything that was good about her previous effort and only made it so, so much better. Genres spliced and moods were diced and every colour of the rainbow shone out all speakers this was played on. No other artist had such ambition in 2007. Magic. Choice cut – Paper Planes.
4. Radiohead – In Rainbows
I don’t care how it got on my laptop, what mattered was how it sounded. And it sounded beautiful. Their most personal and powerful effort since OK Computer, with Yorke’s voice as incredible as ever and no lack in talent in terms of musicianship. Nice return boys. Choice cut – House of Cards.
3. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The greatest band ever in the history of music create another classic. Brock barks and snarls, then whispers and comforts before screaming and tearing every emotion apart. Add the guitarist from the second greatest band ever in the history of music, and you have something that’ll last as long as music itself. Choice cut – Fire It Up.
2. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
The Great Eastern by The Delgados has long been the greatest piece of music to ever come from my homeland. But this Glasgow post-rock four-piece managed to outshine even such a classic with Fourteen Autumn’s biting and bitter colloquial majesty. Relentless in their pursuit of congesting life into one 45 minute LP, it’s hard to see how The Twilight Sad can possibly top such a remarkable debut. Choice cut – Cold Days From the Birdhouse.
1. The National – Boxer

Yes, well. Choice cut – Fake Empire.

Top 10 singles tomorrow at some point. Look forward to it.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] the singles, now here’s the albums.  10 of them.  And all very good.  Though the top 7 of last year’s excellent 2007 list would have probably all come first this year if such time limitations were ignored or distorted.  […]

    Pingback by Top 10 Albums of the Year « Experimental Music Love — December 24, 2008 @ 12:34 am |Reply


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