Experimental Music Love

January 9, 2008

Top 20 Singles of 2007

Filed under: Features,Single Reviews — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 8:42 pm

Same as albums, but with singles. And 20 of them. Insert a humourous introduction in the space provided:

Hilarious. I knew you had it in you. Go!

20. Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Alone is Not Enough

A complete return to fantastic rocking form. Neato.

    19. Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home

    Something very, very special.

      18. Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong – Lucio Starts Fires

      He does. Exuberent punk pop that demands to be heard.

        17. Rumble Strips – Alarm Clock

        The perfect song to wake up to. As good a brass tinged pop anthem as anything Suggs has sang on.

          16. Sonny J – Can’t Stop Moving

          Damn catchy, damn dancey, damn happy.

            15. LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum

            It’s nice when Americans in the media are clever and ironic.

              14. M.I.A – Jimmy

              This gloriously imaginative pop single should have seen her become the biggest female star in Britain instead of the unfortunate Amy Winehouse. Oh well. Listen to it now.

                13. Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone

                Saw them support Little Man Tate nearly two years ago now. Were excellent then, and this is superb in a heartfelt weegie sort of way. Scottish accents in music are top.

                  12. Cherry Ghost – People Help the People

                  Standout from the brilliant Thirst For Romance, and a triumph in inspirational songwriting. And a rather fantastic voice too.

                    11. Twilight Sad – And She Would Darken the Memory

                    Master of the slow build to a wall of epic noise that manages to make it the most important thing in the world to anyone listening at the time.

                      10. Rihanna – Umbrella

                      I didn’t catch this until a good few months after its release. But it seems I missed out. A rare moment of brilliance in a genre populated by unimaginative, tedious dross (*cough* Soulja Boy *cough*).

                        9. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife 3

                        From their greatest, most emotional album yet, and something as exquisitely beautiful as anything you’d ever hope to hear.

                          8. Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent

                          Back with more lyrics detailing real people and real situations with such immaculate precision backed by a sauntering tune that gives such a fantastically joyous contrast to the bleakness offered by Turner’s realist tongue. They’re great, don’t dare argue.

                            7. Candie Payne – I Wish I Could Have Loved You More

                            As impressive and grandiose as anything Shirley Bassey has ever done, and really should be the next Bond theme.

                              6. The Courteeners – Cavorting

                              Already garnering their detractors. Oh just shut up why don’t you. This is bloody brilliant indie pop that matters.

                                5. Justice – D.A.N.C.E

                                With the Go! Team’s latest effort not up to the standards of Thunder, Lightning, Strike is up to this French duo to create the most uplifting floorfiller of the year. Inspired.

                                  4. Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip – Thou Shalt Always Kill

                                  Simple yet addictive beats, and intelligent lyrics. The best guide to life 2007 had to offer.

                                    3. Battles – Atlas

                                    A monstrous riff, with the most impressive drumming heard all year.

                                      2. The National – Apartment Story

                                      Those daringly personal, human lyrics that make life’s simplicities so beautiful (“Hold ourselves together with our arms around the stereo for hours/While it sings to itself or whatever it does/when it sings to itself of its long lost loves”) and a heart racing bass line turned this into just another reason as to why The National are the finest band in the world today.

                                        1. Modest Mouse – Missed the Boat (also easily best music video)

                                        So simple, yet so complex. So much, yet so little. Just perfect.

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                                        1 Comment »

                                        1. Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, Trains I Missed…My #1 They came out of nowhere, but Man , what a song!

                                          Comment by Paul Smith — January 10, 2008 @ 8:50 pm |Reply


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