Top albums of the year

I don’t normally do these kinds of things, but I’m bored now that I passed my first grad class with a 98% average. w00t! Here it goes in no particular order:

  • Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • It’s an infectious groove that gets into your brain. Over. And over.
  • Feist – The Reminder
    • 1 2 3 4 tell me when they release some more…
  • Loudon Wainwright III – Strange Weirdos: Music From and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up
    • Just some all-around good music to sit and enjoy the weather, sipping a lemonade.
    • Wish the same could be said for his son’s album, Rufus Wainwright – Releasing the Stars. That one lost me.
  • Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
    • Groundbreaking work recorded in a Montreal cathedral. Simply breathtaking.
  • The Pipettes – We Are the Pipettes
    • Girl rock, old school, with nice harmonization and an edge.
  • The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
    • Guitar driven melodies and intelligent lyrics that somehow got overshadowed since the album’s early 2007 release.
  • Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
    • A quirkly collection of songs that works well together, reminiscent of a 1970’s disc. Bring on the cocktails!
  • They Might Be Giants – The Else w/ bonus disc, Cast Your Pod to the Wind
    • I’m Impressed.
  • Ted Leo & The Pharmacists – Living With the Living
    • Militaristic in its theme and drive, but well-rounded and politically charged.
  • For the Kids Three
    • How can you not like a song about poop?!?
  • Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday
    • Great night music.

    By no means is this comprehensive. 2007 brought a lot of good music, some of which I have yet to give a listen. Like Iron & Wine. Rockfour. Okkervil River. Architecture In Helsinki. Paolo Nutini.

    And I need to ask, what’s with all the bear groups this year? Grizzly Bear. Panda Bear. Giant Bear. Bear Hands. Minus the Bear. It’s like the deer last year. Deerhunter. Deerwolf. Aaargh. It’s enough to thoroughly confuse a person.

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    One Comment

    1. Eric
      2007/12/18

      Good list. We have similar tastes in music. Check out my favorite songs list – 3 are from albums you listed, and the only reason a Pipettes song didn’t make the list is that I couldn’t decide on just one. If you like Ted Leo, this was one of his weakest albums. Get “Hearts of Oak” or download “Ballad of a Sin Eater.”

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