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Old 12-09-2007, 04:33 PM   #76
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Thanks, Angela, but I just found it on Rhapsody.
Okay, cool . Hope you like it!

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1. Radiohead, In Rainbows

Making music on a level so much higher than everyone else, this doesn't even have to be close to their best to take this spot. Disappointment at what could have been is really beside the point when you're given riches like this to plunder. All I need, personally.

2. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver

Neck and neck with Neon Bible until rainbows strafed the skies, I think seeing them live (ironically, with Arcade Fire) put them ahead. Murphy's energy on record and stage is contagious. A breath of fresh air, it's 80's nostalgic (something I usually hate, but New Order-esque is an exception) and cutting edge at the same time.

3. The Arcade Fire, Neon Bible

Not much to say here. I was more into it when it came out, but it's still a great piece a work and proof that they've got the goods. Nothing unexpected, but that's not a crime.

4. Super Furry Animals, Hey Venus

See above re: Radiohead's pwnage of all else. I prefered the grandeur and sophistication of the last album, but this one is an easier and perhaps more pleasurable listen.

5. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

Every time I think maybe I'm overrating this I listen to it again and am reminded of the bizarre juxtaposition of her out-of-this-world voice and the rawness of her lyrics. She's the real thing, even if her lifestyle prevents her from being the next Madonna, Courtney Love, whoever. Hopefully she'll be more productive than Lauryn Hill.

6. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

I felt Gimme Fiction was possibly Spoon's best work to date, so it was hard not to be a little disappointed by what seems like a bit more off-the-cuff and less ambitious album. I'm a little bewildered at all the critical attention because I don't think it's even close to their best work. But none of the songs are bad, most are great, and after the break-up of Sleater-Kinney I'd say they're the best band in America right now...because unlike Wilco, these guys know how to dance.

7. Bjork, Volta

I'm not going back to this one very often, but it's such an amazing comeback from the boring depths plumbed by Medulla and Vespertine, I'm just glad to have the loud and crazy Bjork back. It's definitely no Homogenic or Post, but it's close enough. Genius is genius.

8. Okkervill River, The Stage Names

I came pretty late to this one, and I've only heard it like 5 times, but I'm liking it so much with each successive listen I can't NOT put it on here. It's nice to see how much praise this is getting.

9. Bruce Springsteen, Magic

I still think The Rising is better. But this one is more E-Street so it's an easy pleaser. The problem is with a shorter album the clunkers stand out a bit more. The best tracks are among the best he's ever done, and that says a lot. Still in Dylan's shadow 30 years on, though, perhaps unable to give us another late-in-the-game masterpiece.

10. Kanye West, Graduation

I feel like I'm listening to this more on the radio than at home, but the amount of cuts getting airplay shows that it has just as many hooks as Late Registration. I prefer Jon Brion + Kanye to dabblin' wit' Daft Punk, though, and this is probably his most consistent, but least impressive album so far. It's still Top 10 because he ain't messin' with no broke broke.

11. The White Stripes, Icky Thump

I wanted this to make the top 10, but it didn't. Maybe by next year it will be. A hell of a lot of fun, even if it's more of a de-stijlation of the last few albums than any kind of new thing. Of course, for a classicist like Jack, he probably doesn't mind.


Also:

Arctic Monkeys, Your Favorite Nightmare
Neil Young, Chrome Dreams II
Kings of Leon, Because of the Times
Midnight Movies, Lion the Girl
Cansei de Ser Sexy (2006)
Band of Horses, Cease to Begin
Wilco, Sky Blue Sky
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# Artist - Album (Key track)

1. !!! - Myth Takes (Must Be the Moon)
2. 65daysofstatic - The Destruction of Small Ideas (The Distant & Mechanized Glow of Eastern European Dance Parties)
3. A Northern Chorus - The Millions Too Many (Remembrance Day)
4. A Place to Bury Strangers - A Place to Bury Strangers (The Falling Sun)
5. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (Fireworks)
6. Battles – Mirrored (Atlas)
7. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup (Cliquot)
8. Björk – Volta (I See Who You Are)
9. Burial – Untrue (Archangel)
10. Caribou – Andorra (Irene)
11. Chromatics - In Shining Violence (In the City)
12. Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses (Sun Against My Eyes)
13. Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (Carmencita)
14. Eluvium – Copia (Prelude for Time Feelers)
15. Euphoria - White Pattern (Reverse)
16. Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden, I Miss Everybody (Catastrophe and the Cure)
17. Giardini di Miró - Dividing Opinions (Spectral Woman)
18. God is an Astronaut - Far from Refuge (Far From Refuge)
19. Immanu El - They'll Come, They Come (Kosmonaut)
20. Iron & Wine - Shepherd's Dog (House by the Sea)
21. Joy Wants Eternity - You Who Pretend To Sleep (Above the Clouds Lies Eternal Sun)
22. Justice - † (D.A.N.C.E.)
23. Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future (Atlantis to Interzone)
24. L'Homme Puma - L'Homme Puma (Prélude D’un Baiser)
25. Maserati - Inventions for the New Season (12:16)
26. Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion (Relax, Take it Easy)
27. Okkervil River - The Stage Names (A Hand to Take Hold of the Scene)
28. Panda Bear - Person Pitch (I’m Not)
29. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (Get Lost)
30. Port-Royal - Afraid to Dance (Deca-Dance)
31. Radiohead - In Rainbows (All I Need)
32. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight (Close Call)
33. Spoon - Ga ga ga ga ga (Rhythm & Soul)
34. Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement Of The Decline (The Evil That Never Arrived)
35. Super Furry Animals - Hey! Venus (Show Your Hand)
36. Tegan and Sara - The Con (Like H, Like O)
37. The American Dollar - The Technicolor Sleep (Raided by Waves)
38. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Black Waves/Bad Vibrations)
39. The Fall of Troy – Manipulator (Quarter Past)
40. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (Over the Ice)
41. The Mary Onettes - The Mary Onettes (Void)
42. The Most Serene Republic – Population (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
43. The National – Boxer (Fake Empire)
44. The Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army (Mental Cabaret)
45. The Shins - Wicing the Night Away (Sea Legs)
46. The World on Higher Downs – Land Patterns (Ascension And)
47. Tulsa Drone - Songs for the Mean Season (There Isn’t a Single Star in the Sky)
48. Tunturia – Maps (These Are the Words)
49. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (On and On and On)
50. World's End Girlfriend - Hurtbreak Wonderland (Birthday Resistance)
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I felt Gimme Fiction was possibly Spoon's best work to date, so it was hard not to be a little disappointed by what seems like a bit more off-the-cuff and less ambitious album. I'm a little bewildered at all the critical attention because I don't think it's even close to their best work.
Agreed. It's great, but honestly I think their previous 3 are all as strong (and probably more consistant) than Ga Ga Ga Ga. Still good though. I guess critics and fans jumping the bandwagon late is better than never...

I kinda feel the same way about The National too.
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Agreed. It's great, but honestly I think their previous 3 are all as strong (and probably more consistant) than Ga Ga Ga Ga. Still good though. I guess critics and fans jumping the bandwagon late is better than never...

I kinda feel the same way about The National too.

You know, I've felt Kill The Moonlight was overrated since it came out. I've tried to get more into it several times, but I just find it the least enjoyable of all their albums, and that includes Telephono.

Of course, Pitchfork likes it the best; go figure.
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It's probably my favorite as well. Reviews schmreviews.
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6. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

I felt Gimme Fiction was possibly Spoon's best work to date, so it was hard not to be a little disappointed by what seems like a bit more off-the-cuff and less ambitious album. I'm a little bewildered at all the critical attention because I don't think it's even close to their best work. But none of the songs are bad, most are great, and after the break-up of Sleater-Kinney I'd say they're the best band in America right now...because unlike Wilco, these guys know how to dance.
I disagree. Gimme Fiction was great, but had no focus whatsoever, and its hit-to-miss ratio was considerably lower than the likes of Girls Can Tell (which I consider to be arguably their finest effort). I didn't really care much for Kill The Moonlight either, which felt to me like a bunch of great ideas that were just waiting to explode but never did. GaGaGaGaGa is sheer brilliance, simply because there isn't a bad song on it. That's rare enough, but there are no less than 3 songs on the album that I would consider among the best of 2007.
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1.Album: Release the Stars
Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Prime Cuts: Release the Stars, Between My Legs, Going to a Town

2. Album: In Rainbows
Artist: Radiohead
Prime Cuts: House of Cards, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Jigsaw Falling into Place

3. Album: Easy Tiger
Artist: Ryan Adams
Prime Cuts: Goodnight Rose, The Sun Also Sets, I Taught Myself How to Grow Old

4.Album: Meanest of Times
Artist: Dropkick Murphys
Prime Cuts: State of Massachusetts, Fairmount Hill, Vices and Virtues

5. Album: Young Modern
Artist: Silverchair
Prime Cuts: Straight Lines, If You Keep Losing Sleep, Those Thieving Birds/Strange Behavior


The rest are in no particular order.

Album: Back to Black
Artist: Amy Winehouse
Prime Cuts: Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Me and Mr. Jones

Album: Neon Bible
Artist: Arcade Fire
Prime Cuts: (Antichrist Television Blues), Neon Bible, Black Wave, Bad Vibrations

Album: Magic
Artist: Bruce Springsteen
Prime Cuts: Long Walk Home, Devil’s Arcade, Gypsy Biker

Album: Infinity on High
Artist: Fall Out Boy
Prime Cuts: “The Take Over, The Break’s Over,” “Hum Hallelujah,” “I’m Like a Lawyer with the Way I’m Always Trying to Get You Off”
I wish I were joking, but this is actually a good album.

Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Artist: Foo Fighters
Prime Cuts: Summer’s End, Long Road to Ruin, Statues

Album: Grinderman
Artist: Grinderman
Prime Cuts: No Pussy Blues, (I Don't Need You to) Set Me Free, Go Tell the Woman

Album: American Gangster
Artist: Jay-Z
Prime Cuts: No Hook, American Dreamin’, Success

Album: Graduation
Artist: Kanye West
Prime Cuts: Stronger, Big Brother, Flashing Lights

Album: Life in Cartoon Motion
Artist: Mika
Prime Cuts: Grace Kelly, Lollipop, Love Today

Album: Year Zero
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
Prime Cuts: The Beginning of the End, Capital G, The Good Soldier

Album: White Chalk
Artist: PJ Harvey
Prime Cuts: When Under Ether, The Devil, The Mountain

Album: Planet Earth
Artist: Prince
Prime Cuts: Guitar, The One U Wanna C, Lion of Judah

Album: Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall
Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Prime Cuts: Over the Rainbow, Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart, The Man That Got Away

Album: American Doll Posse
Artist: Tori Amos
Prime Cuts: Teenage Hustling, Bouncing Off Clouds, Dragon

Album: Icky Thump
Artist: White Stripes
Prime Cuts: You Don’t Know What Love Is, Prickly the Thorn but Sweetly Worn, Icky Thump

Album: Sky Blue Sky
Artist: Wilco
Prime Cuts: Walken, Impossible Germany, Sky Blue Sky

Random singles and guilty pleasures:
Alicia Keys – No One
Avril Lavigne – Girlfriend (shoot me, but it’s catchy and good disposable pop)
Bad Religion – Heroes and Martyrs
Beck – Timebomb
Bjork – Intruders
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weapon of Choice
A Fine Frenzy – Almost Lover
Gym Class Heroes – Cupid’s Chokehold (see Avril comment)
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me, Santa
Linkin Park – With or Wi… I mean, Shadow of the Day
Oasis – Lord, Don’t Slow Me Down
Rihanna – Umbrella
Smashing Pumpkins – Tarantula
The Tossers – Traps and Ultimatums
Travis – Big Chair
Vanessa Carlton – Nolita Fairytale
Velvet Revolver – Mary Mary
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Down Boy
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I disagree. Gimme Fiction was great, but had no focus whatsoever, and its hit-to-miss ratio was considerably lower than the likes of Girls Can Tell (which I consider to be arguably their finest effort). I didn't really care much for Kill The Moonlight either, which felt to me like a bunch of great ideas that were just waiting to explode but never did. GaGaGaGaGa is sheer brilliance, simply because there isn't a bad song on it. That's rare enough, but there are no less than 3 songs on the album that I would consider among the best of 2007.

Well, I partially agree. Focus isn't really high on my list with Spoon compared to some other things--they're not really a conceptual band. If you want focus, then Series of Sneaks is the best. I find Ga Ga Ga all over the place too, even though I like everything. Fiction could have lost a track or two, but I think it has higher peaks. I don't think there's anything on GGGGG that's better than Beast & Dragon, Sister Jack, and probably I Summon You.

And I'd say Girls Can Tell is their second best, so I'm right there with you. I can't figure out how people rate Moonlight higher, it was like a de-evolution.
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Oh, and I forgot to mention how lousy I felt for making my list without really listening to so many records that I've heard so many great things about. Albums I've either not given enough attention to or not even listened to at all include:

The National - Boxer
Battles - Mirrored
Bjork - Volta
Jay-Z - American Gangster
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Super Furry Animals - Hey! Venus
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I forgot to mention Jens Lekman's Night Falls on Kortedala, which isn't in my Top 10, but is a beautiful album.

Joni Mitchell's Shine was also noteworthy but not quite the comeback one would have hoped for. It also could be a grower, which is certainly possible with her work.
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Popmatters is going to be putting up their best of lists every day for the next two weeks. Today they put up their list of the best Electronic albums of 2007, pretty decent list.

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/feature...onica-of-2007/


For the lazy:

10. Gui Boratto - Chromophobia
9. New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
8. Burial - Untrue
7. Amon Tobin - Foley Room
6. Various Artists - After Dark
5. M.I.A. - Kala
4. Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings
3. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
2. Justice - Cross
1. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime
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