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Old 12-12-2007, 02:56 PM   #106
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I apologize to Sally Shapiro for not mentioning her Disco Romance release in my post. It's quite good and deserving of a nod in someone's year-end list.
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:07 PM   #107
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01. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
02. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire works
03. Mr. Hudson & The Library - A tale of two cities
04. The Shins - Wincing the night away
05. Iron & Wine - The shephard's dog
06. White Stripes - Icky Thump
07. Ryan Adams - Easy tiger
08. PJ Harvey - White chalk
09. Rufus Wainwright - Release the stars
10. I'll leave this one open for now
ok, had to redo this slightly:

01. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
02. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire works
03. Mr. Hudson & The Library - A tale of two cities
04. The Shins - Wincing the night away
05. Iron & Wine - The shephard's dog
06. Allison Moyet - The turn
07. White Stripes - Icky Thump
08. PJ Harvey - White chalk
09. Sonya Kitchell - Words came back to me
10. Crowded House - Time on Earth

and just missing out are Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega's Beauty & Crime and John Fogerty's Revival
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:50 PM   #108
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and just missing out are Ryan Adams, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega's Beauty & Crime and John Fogerty's Revival
I've heard a lot of good things about Fogerty's release and just haven't had the time to check it out. I'm going to have to take care of that.
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:56 PM   #109
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Thanks for the tip on the accidentally out-date track in my playlist.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:34 AM   #110
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01. St. Vincent- Marry Me
02. Silversun Pickups- Carnavas (released last year in the US but only here this year)
03. The Wildhearts- The Wildhearts
04. Super Furry Animals- Hey Venus
05. Justice- Cross
06. Bishop Allen- The Broken String
07. Manu Chao- La Radolina
08. Menomena- Friend and Foe
09. Paris Motel- In The Salpêtrière
10. Beirut- The Flying Club Cup
11. Robert Wyatt- Comicopera
12. Monkey Swallows the Universe- Casket Letters
13. Tiny Dancers- Free School Milk
14. Manic Street Preachers- Send Away the Tigers
15. Patrick Watson- Close to Paradise
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Here's my top 5.

Number Fiver: Songs Of Mass Destruction by Annie Lennox
Songs Of Mass Destruction is the sound of furious femininity in Annie Lennox’s classic sound. The tracks are playful and at the same time stunningly beautiful. This is an album of heart and understanding. It is probably the most beautiful album of the year. Ghosts In My Machine and Through The Glass Darkly are the album’s real standouts.

Number Four: Fear Of A Blank Planet by Porcupine Tree
Fear Of A Blank Planet is fluidic and acidic in its feel. At times it is suffocating and at other times it is freeing. Those two elements and the balance between them make this one of the year’s most rewarding listening experiences. As a total sound it is one of the year’s best albums. My favorite tune is Sleep Together with its strangle hold of bubbly effects.

Number Three: Zeitgeist by Smashing Pumpkins
The Smashing Pumpkins haven’t rocked like this since Cherub Rock. They also haven’t been this adult and political before. Zeitgeist doesn’t sound like anything else released this year. Songs like Tarantula, United States and Bleeding The Orchid stand out as some of the best rock tracks of the year. But what elevates this album to the three spot is its classic Pumpkins moments in Pomp And Circumstances and That’s The Way (My Love Is). They show that Billy Corgan still has the ability to create those moments of pure joy.

Number Two: Mantaray by Siouxsie Sioux
Mantaray is loud and industrial. It is blistering in its electronic attack. However it wouldn’t be Siouxsie Sioux if there wasn’t a marriage of one of the most unique voices in rock and a chaotic rhythm section. What makes this the third best album of the year is how beautifully that marriage comes together. Songs like Into A Swan, One Mile Below and They Will Follow You are evidence of that.

Number One: American Doll Posse by Tori Amos
American Doll Posse is one of those moment-in-time albums. It is in fact many things most of which are revelations on an artist whose work has inspired a generation. For the Tori Amos fan base this is a naked album presenting beautifully cut pieces of Tori in all her musical brilliance. This album was made by a poet, a feminist, a mother, a person of passion and a woman of strength and vitality. This is what every listener should come away with. For this album you are introduced to a few versions of Tori to expand the schizophrenic experience. Each song is credited to one of those dolls which I found to be quite unique when I first listened to the album. My personal favorites are Santa and Pip. Their tracks are the most beautiful and passionate of the album. Of the notable tracks, I found Dragon, Smokey Joe and Digital Ghost to be the best of the album. Dragon is the album’s closer and a Santa track. It is wrapped in a sense of sadness but hits you with its warm chorus. Smokey Joe is a relentless tune that feels like a heavy weight of sound is pressing down on you. This is the album’s darkest track. Digital Ghost might be the best track on the album with its elegance and calm. All these things add up to make this the top album of the year.
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Old 12-15-2007, 01:34 PM   #112
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I've heard a lot of good things about Fogerty's release and just haven't had the time to check it out. I'm going to have to take care of that.
it doesn't change the world but does make it that little bit more happier
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Animal Collective.

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man this is hard. it doesn't seem like i checked out a lot of music this year... and i probably haven't by comparison to a lot of you.

here's a loose list:

1. radiohead - in rainbows
2. the good the bad and the queen - self titled
3. kevin drew - spirit if...
4. the national - boxer
5. modeselektor - happy birthday
6. emily haines - knives don't have your back
7. caribou - andorra
8. daft punk - alive in japan (i'm counting it )
9. wilco - sky blue sky
10. the shins - wincing the night away

2007 was a year where i spent most of my time looking up stuff from the past, i guess. manic street preachers, spiritualized, placebo, final fantasy, and electronica as a whole took up most of my interest though i guess it'd be impossible to tell from my top ten list.
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as i look through these lists again, i realize how many albums i forgot. lcd soundsystem in particular... and i really wish i'd checked out !!!

i should probably get on that.
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as for favourite songs...
i'm avoiding all radiohead. it's too easy for me to put that in there. so radiohead excluded, i present the following:

modeselektor - deboutonner
modeselektor - the white flash
modeselektor - the dark side of the sun
modeselektor - happy birthday
the national - apartment story
the national - mistaken for strangers
kevin drew - safety bricks
kevin drew - when it begins
lcd soundsystem - all my friends
interpol - mammoth
the good the bad and the queen - soldier's tale
the good the bad and the queen - herculean
emily haines - dr. blind
emily haines - our hell
caribou - niobe
bjork - innocence
bjork - earth intruders
the shins - sleeping lessons
wilco - you are my face
wilco - what light
sugababes - about you now
stars - today will be better, i swear!
sigur ros - hljomalind
bat for lashes - what's a girl to do
bat for lashes - prescilla
jonny greenwood - hw/hope of new fields
radiohead - 4 minute warning (ok, i lied about no radiohead)

i will put these in order later.
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This forum didn't discuss Spirit If... enough.

This forum doesn't discuss a lot of things enough.

Nice lists, Zoomers.


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Impy, I know you're a huge Okervivialsidsnbfjdjdnd River fan, I've read many good things 'bout them, what's a good starting album?
Start with Black Sheep Boy and the Black Sheep Boy Appendix. They're seminal.

Then go to Stage Names (you could actually do this first, even).

Then go Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See.

And then get Down the River of Golden Dreams, if not only for "Maine Island Lovers."





And here are my top 15 songs, at long last. Trying to keep it to one per artist:

1. LCD Soundsystem – “All My Friends”
2. Radiohead – “15 Step”
3. The National – “Apartment Story”
4. Wilco – “You Are My Face”
5. Sigur Rós – “Hljómalind”
6. Arcade Fire – “Keep the Car Running”
7. Spoon – “Don’t Make Me a Target”
8. Feist – “Past In Present”
9. Bright Eyes – “Four Winds”
10. Iron & Wine – “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car”
11. Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew – “Fucked Up Kid”
12. Explosions in the Sky – “The Birth and Death of the Day”
13. The White Stripes – “Rag & Bone”
14. Okkervil Rivcer – “Plus Ones”
15. Andrew Bird – “Spare-Ohs”



And my honorable mention albums to amend to my top 25 list:

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City
Bruce Springsteen - Magic
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder
The Good, the Bad, and the Queen - The Good, the Bad, and the Queen
Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The Shins - Wincing the Night Away
Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
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Congrats, IMP, you might be the only person who actually liked that Clap Your Hands album.
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All My Friends is greatness, sounds like a future classic, but I dunno...I would take Someone Great over it any day.
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1. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
2. M.I.A. - Kala
3. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
4. Bat For Lashes - Fur & Gold
5. Tori Amos - American Doll Posse
6. Keren Ann - Keren Ann
7. Feist - The Reminder
8. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
9. Caribou - Andorra
10. Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!
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