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Best of 2007 (so far)

Date June 25, 2007

This was both one of the funnest and hardest music lists I’ve made for this site. Fun because I got to relisten to all my favorite albums of 2007 and remember why I liked them so much in the first place. Hard because I only am choosing 12 (and a half) for this list and I’m cutting out some big favorites. When it came down to it though, I chose the albums that are both hitting me the hardest right now and that I think I’ll remember most down the road. Without further adieu, here they are.

These 12 and a half albums (picked because it’s half of 25) are listed in chronological order and only include albums released in the first half of this year.

Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Of Montreal have made some wonderful records in their career but this one tops them all. Kevin Barnes takes the glam and elctrodance tendencies of the band to their extreme and comes up with twelve of the most memorable tracks of the year.

MP3 Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse

Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City
I really didn’t expect much out of this album. Bloc Party seemed like a surefire entry in the “sophomore slump” category. Boy, was I wrong. The album is just as ambitious and grandiose as their debut, and proves how incredibly talented this band is.

MP3 Waiting for the 7.18

Dear and the Headlights – Small Steps, Heavy Hooves
I knew the moment I heard the opening piano to “It’s Gettin’ Easy” that Dear and the Headlights were something special, but it wasn’t till I got their whole debut did I realize how seriously awesome this band is. Takes the best of the parts of indie folk and late-90’s emo scene and creates an album where each track is as stunningly fresh as the one before it.

MP3 It’s Gettin’ Easy

Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
It’s not as incredibly powerful and consistent of an album as Funeral, but Neon Bible is still far from being a disappointment. Songs like “Keep The Car Running”, “Antichrist Television Blues” and the updated “No Cars Go” prove that Arcade Fire are still completely in a league of their own.

MP3 Keep The Car Running

Andrew Bird – Armchair Acrophya
Andrew Bird is ridiculously talented, I don’t think it’s possible for him to make a bad album. In Armchair Acrophya, Andrew Bird really embraces guitar rock while still incorporating his trademark violin and whistle on some of the best songs of his career.

MP3 Heretics

LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
What an incredible step-up from LCD Soundsystem’s first album this is. Going from an album with a couple great singles and a bunch of filler to one that has one great song after the other, filled with musical variety and lyrical sincerity. If I had to choose a favorite song of the year right now I think it would be “All My Friends”.

MP3 All My Friends

Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
I know these songs have been floating around for a while, but this has been my go-to album ever since I first heard it early this year. The album is hyped as a nu-rave dance record but what’s really amazing how hard Myths of the Near Future rocks. This is a party album if there was one.

MP3 Atlantis to Interzone

Cloud Cult – The Meaning of 8
I’ve never heard an album that is so enjoyable to listen to and at the same time is so emotionally draining. The lament for the singer’s lost son is really heartbreaking, but it’s done in a way that is so musically and lyrically beautiful that you can’t help but listen to it again and again. I can’t imagine this not being a top 5 album when the end of the year comes.

MP3 Take Your Medicine

Windmill – Puddle City Racing Lights
Windmill is probably the most exciting new band I’ve heard this year, and it would seem that I can’t stop talking about how great this album is. Puddle City Racing Lights impresses me even more on a daily basis. Unbelieveably epic stuff.

MP3 Plastic Pre-Flight Seats

Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position
This album was my first experience with the sheer brilliance that is Patrick Wolf, and the mixture between dark and enchanting and uplifting and triumphant is completely captivating. The songs creep into your ears and don’t escape.

MP3 The Magic Position

Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
I’ve only been a full-fledged Wilco fan for a couple of years, and I’m really glad that I jumped on board because this to me is up there with the band’s best. Nel Cline’s guitar freak-outs alone would be enough to secure a place on this list, but Tweedy’s songwriting and vocal delivery are also in top form on tracks like “On and On and On” and “Impossible Germany”.

MP3 Impossible Germany

The National – Boxer
This one was a blog favorite from the get-go, and it shows that 2005’s Alligator was no fluke. The musical atmosphere that The National portrays is what separates them from the pack, the album is overflowing with the fantastic drumming and dark and meaningful vocals that create a dense musical landscape.

MP3 Fake Empire

Favorite EP of the 2007 (so far):
Beirut – Lon Gisland
These five songs represent the half in my 12 and a half number, and the main reason I think it should be recognized is it proves that Beirut weren’t a one-album wonder. The new version of Scenic World is a huge improvement, and Elephant Gun is easily one of the best singles of the year. This band is going to be around for a long time and I couldn’t be more excited about it.

MP3 Elephant Gun

Just Missed:
The Rosebuds – Night of the Furies
Page France – And The Family Telephone
Battles – Mirrored

Honorable Mentions:
The Broken West – I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
Loney Dear – Loney, Noir
The Snake The Cross The Crown – Cotton Teeth
The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Pela – Anytown Graffiti
The Maccabees – Colour It In
Ola Podrida – s/t
Dappled Cities Fly – Granddance
The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

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22 Responses to “Best of 2007 (so far)”

  1. Jeff said:

    Nice choices. I’m surprised to see the Wilco disc in your top 12.

  2. Tacim said:

    1- Brett Anderson – Brett Anderson
    2- Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position
    3- Perry Blake – Canyon Songs
    4- Bill Callahan – Woke on A Whaleheart
    5- Rufus Wainwright – Release The Stars
    6- The National – Boxer

    Panda Bear – Person Pitch
    Manic Street Preachers – Send Away The Tigers
    Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City
    Grinderman – Grinderman
    Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
    Pleasure – Pleasure 2
    Sarah Nixey – Sing, Memory
    Blonde Redhead – 23
    The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse
    Lucky Soul – The Great Unwanted
    Gruff Rhys – Candylion
    Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

    and new Interpol, Liars and Ryan Adams albums are so good.

  3. John said:

    *Secretly bumps White Stripes up the list when no one is looking* Other than that, good list, good list 😉

  4. Raw Steel said:

    Hissing Fauna totally deserves #1. (I know it’s in chrono order but still works). I knew when I heard it, it wouldn’t easily be topped, but some come close including:

    Tough Alliance
    Matthew Dear

    to name a few.

    it intrigues me how LCD Soundsystem crosses so many borders of taste. But it’s completely worthy.

    The maccabees blow.

  5. Graham Perry said:

    Cloud Cult for #1 so far, but where’s Ted? Living With the Living and especially Bomb,Repeat,Bomb should be blasting out every car speaker this summer!

  6. Mayra Flowers said:

    Loney, Dear should have been on your list, not just an honorable mention. He is definitely top three.

    -Mayra Flowers

  7. taylor said:

    Not a big fan of Ted’s latest. La Costa Brava and Why Do You Love? are the only ones I listen to at all. Loney, Dear still has a good chance of working it’s way up. It’s pretty great.

  8. Christian said:

    Gotta disagree on some of those. Wilco’s album is really just average at best imo. And Patrick Wolf’s album is pretty amateurish. I tried hard to like it but just couldn’t.

    Some definite top 10ers for me were The Apples in Stereo, Low and Handsome Furs and Menomena.

    If you want to see my top 10 of the half-year, head on over to my site: ortonreviewsmusic.blogspot.com

  9. wayne said:

    I love Wilco’s album. Also with you on Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, The National. Do like Cloud Cult, need to give it a few more listens. My favourite is definitely the Handsome Furs.

  10. Christian said:

    By the way, if you like The National, you should definitely check out ‘The Winter Sounds’, they just released their first album Tuesday ‘Porcelain Empire’. I guarantee you’ll love it. I think the myspace is myspace.com/thewintersounds

  11. motovres said:

    great list, it just burns me that the best blogs are ignoring Modest Mouse. for my money, We Were Dead and Ga-5 are the best records this year.

  12. anonymous said:

    i’ll amen to that motovres.

  13. matt said:

    I’m sure that The Twilight Sad’s albums will climb its way into throngs of your list after a few more listens, also Dinosuar Jr’s- Beyond!

  14. hello said:

    i thought the Beirut album was released in 2006

  15. taylor said:

    annyong, is that you? Lon Gisland was released on January 30 of this year.

  16. Simona said:

    I like the list! I’m glad to see Bloc Party, Beirut, & Of Montreal up there.

  17. kyle said:

    technically, the beirut ep came out december 12, but wasn’t released as a hard copy until january 30. good list – i don’t agree with all of them, but i’m pumped to see ola podrida on there.

  18. Shawn said:

    Ola Podrida – s/t is amazing. and underrated like whoa. i saw them last week. they were increadable, but like no one knows the album. Good Underradar pick =P

  19. j.greg bishop said:

    I think Wilco deserves a little more respect. This is a fine piece of work by tweedy. Is it the VW thing that irks you a great deal?

  20. Tully said:

    where is menomena????!!!

  21. kay said:

    Patrick wolfs album definately comes up on top for me.. the other albums are also very deserving .. a lot are a breathe of fresh air considering the indie overload in the UK scene at the moment

  22. Rickey in LA said:

    I think Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 is worthy of this list as is the Justice cd.