My Top 10 Albums of 2007

By on Tuesday, 1st January 2008 at 7:29 pm
 

This is the time of year it seems just about every credible publication is doing a “best of 2007” albums, so I thought I’d join them and do a quick top 10 of my favourite albums this past year. I’ve chosen the top 10 from the 74 albums I’ve “acquired” (either downloaded / bought the CD of / been given the CD of). Disagree? Just say in the comments below.

  • Memorable-ness – Does it have you humming it for days after? Can you remember snippets of lyrics?
  • “Car factor” – Can you put it on play and leave it going without skipping any tracks / few tracks?
  • Irritability – Can you have tracks on repeat without wanting to throw the CD out of the window?
  • Musical quality – Is it likely to be a classic / seen as a highlight of the artist’s career?
  • Enjoy-ability – Is it fun? Get you going?
  • Innovation – How innovative is it?

10. Jack Peñate – Matinee
Jack Penate - MatineeHe may just be one man with a funny swirl over his name, but his album turned out to be one of the most consistent of the year. Many of the tracks are single-worthy, fun, danceable and just the sort of thing that goes down a storm at many end-of term parties.

Tales of bitterness, nights out, missed opportunities, and images of guys in smart suits akin to West Side Story make this album the first in my 2007 top ten.

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9. Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion
Mika - Life In Cartoon MotionWho couldn’t have heard Mika’s first single, Grace Kelly, which bothered the top 10 for a few months at the start of the year. Fun, simple pop tunes that live are just quality party tunes.

Many people claimed Mika was trying to capture Freddie Mercury, and yes, he does sound a tiny bit like him, but is completely different: the tunes are quite possibly more girly than anything Freddie did, and his shows are far more like an acid trip than Queen could ever pull off.

His come down tunes, “Relax, Take it Easy,” “Any Other World” and “Happy Ending” are quality tunes in their own right, comedowns for the end of the party. All in all a quality mixture of pop, rock, and pure fun.

My Live Review | Buy the CD on Amazon

8.The Wombats – A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation
Wombats - A Guide To Love, Loss and DesperationI only really got into this a couple of weeks ago after the release of “Let’s Dance To Joy Division”, but it was on repeat all the way home from the US, with their amusing tales of urban English life. Songs like “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” celebrate English irony brilliantly, tunes that just have everyone dancing for the hills.

They’re knowledgeable, and the whole album is very tongue-in-cheek, which is just what modern indie-pop should be.

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7. I’m From Barcelona – Let me Introduce My Friends
I'm From Barcelona - Let Me Introduce My FriendsI’ll admit it, I didn’t think I’d like this album. 29 people on a record sounds like a recipe for destruction if you ask me, but somehow they pull it off without sounding as chaotic as the Polyphonic Spree do at times.

Songs like “We’re From Barcelona” are fun, simple tunes which has all the vibe of a secondary-school band gone pro. EP song “Britney” unfortunately doesn’t make an appearance on this album, but if it did, the album would be even higher up my list.

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6. Band of Horses – Cease To Begin
Band of Horses - Cease To BeginOpening song, “Is there a Ghost” is enough for Band of Horses to deserve their 6th place position on this list. A quality, haunting tune that just captures the whole vibe of the album – musically capable, listener – accessible.

The entire collection sounds far more polished and consistent than their debut, “Everything, All the Time”, which whilst had moments of brilliance, failed to capture the consistency of this collection.

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5. Radiohead – In Rainbows
Radiohead - In RainbowsA suprise release, Radiohead seemed to garner more headlines for their “Music Industry ruining” way of release and letting people choose the price they wanted to pay for the download of the tracks as an MP3 file.

However, the album wa, in my opinion, one of their strongest yet. A distinctly electronic feel, they combined their solo efforts into a collection that was strong, consistent, and interesting. I wouldn’t be suprised if it turns out to be one of their strongest of their career.

My Review of In Rainbows | Buy the CD on Amazon

4. Stars – In our Bedroom After the War
Stars - In Our Bedroom After The WarI bought this one on a whim – I didn’t know much about Stars, but quickly grew to love them. Songs like the haunting “Barricade”, the danceable “The Night Starts Here” and the yearning “Bitches in Tokyo” make for a collection that builds on their previous albums (which I’ve since acquired), and makes a strong and consistent collection that I’ll be listening to for months to come no doubt.

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3. Tegan and Sara – The Con
Tegan and Sara - The Con

They may be two lesbian identical twin sisters, but don’t let you think they’re a novelty act – far from it. They’re a quality duo, who make amazing short stories for the 00’s generation.

Produced by Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, The Con is their most accomplished yet, full of drama like their previous records, but a bit more believable, and a bit more stable now that they’re settled down with partners. They seem happier, if that’s possible, which is always good.

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2. The National – Boxer
The National - BoxerThe National’s fourth album, Boxer is a very consistent record, though unfortunately not quite as good as their break-through “Alligator”.

They seem to be more at home with themselves, not quite as angry as standout songs on Alligator “Mr. November” or “Lit Up”. Instead, all of the songs are accomplished, but not as much emotion, which is a shame

The National @ The Astoria Live Review | The National – Boxer – My Review | Buy the CD on Amazon

1. Bloc Party – A Weekend in The City
Bloc Party - A Weekend In The CityI’ll admit it here. I wasn’t a big fan of their debut, Silent Alarm. I thought it was crap. However, once I listened to A Weekend in the City I “got” Bloc Party, and fell in love with both albums at once.

Songs such as “I Still Remember” and “Sunday” are the standouts for me, both quality songs that deserve the huge audience Bloc Party have garnered. I’ve possibly listened to this album more times than any other album, and will continue to do so for 2008 no doubt.
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This top 10 was chosen out of the below 74 albums which I have purchased / downloaded / been given this year.

Air Traffic – Fractured Life
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Angels and Airwaves – I-Empire
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Architecture in Helsinki – Places Like This
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Athlete – Beyond the neighbourhood
Avril Lavigne – Best Damn Thing
Band of Horses – Cease To Begin
Barenaked Ladies – Are Men
Bloc Party – A Weekend in The City
Calvin Harris – I Created Disco
CSS – Cansei De Ser Sexy
Decemberists – The Crane Wife
Editors – An End has a Start
Fountains of Wayne – Traffic and Weather
GBTQ – GBTQ
Ghosts – The World is Outside
Hard-Fi – Once Upon a Time In The West
Hellogoodbye – Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!
Hoosiers – Trick to Life
Idlewild – Make Another World
I’m From Barcelona – Let me Introduce My Friends
Interpol – Our Love to Admire
Jack Penate – Matinee
Jamie T – Panic Prevention
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature
Just Jack – Overtones
Justice – Cross
Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob
Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
Kissaway Trail – The Kissaway Trail
Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
KT Tunstall – Drastic Fantastic
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
Maccabees – Colour it In
Manic Street Preachers – Send Away the Tigers
Maps – We Can Create
Mark Ronson – Version
Maximo Park – Our Earthly Pleasures
Mika – Life in Cartoon Motion
Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Mumm-Ra – These Things Move in Threes
My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade
New Pornographers – Challengers
New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom
Newton Falkner – Hand Built By Robots
Oppenheimer – Oppenheimer
Or, The Whale – Light Poles and Pines
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Reverend and the Makers – The State of Things
Robyn – Robyn
Rufus Wainwright – Release The Stars
Scouting For Girls – Scouting For Girls
Shins – Wincing The Night Away
Shiny Toy Guns – We Are Pilots
Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Stars – In the Bedroom After the War
Switches – Heart Tuned to Dead
Tegan and Sara – The Con
The Enemy – We’ll live and Die in These Towns
The Go! Team – Proof of Youth
The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control
The National – Boxer
The Polyphonic Spree – The Fragile Army
The Thrills – Teenager
The Wombats – The Wombats Proudly Present..A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation
Thirteen Senses – Contact
Tiny Dancers – Free School Milk
Tom McRae – King of Cards
Travis – The Boy With No Name
Twang – Love it When I Feel Like This
Until June – Until June
Young Galaxy – Young Galaxy

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4 Responses

4:33 pm
3rd January 2008

you might as well say top ten of december.

6:14 pm
3rd January 2008

Four of my top ten were from the first half of the year, the other six were mostly from September, October and November. Granted, they may have come to prominence towards the end of the year, but it is a best of 2007 not just December.

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