Tuesday, December 04, 2007

TOP 10 ALBUMS AND 30 GREAT SINGLES OF 2007

**UPDATE**: Please check out my friend Tom's list HERE, and Mandy (w/ Victor???) will have her list posted HERE, later this week. Anyone else wanting post a list of any kind - music related, of course - please do! You can leave them in the comments section or send me a link.
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***TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2007***

10. Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

Rick Rubin knows how to trim the fat and flip the format. He made the Red Hot Chili Peppers tolerable from 1999 and beyond, and he's turned Linkin Park from a singles band into album rockers. Minutes to Midnight has less rapping (and unlike past LP efforts, when there is rap, it's good...) and less DJing and more focus on these sit-up-straight songs. It's the best big rock chugga-chugga album of the year.


FAVORITE SONGS: "Bleed It Out", "Valentine's Day", "In Pieces"



9. Because Of The Times - Kings of Leon

Three albums in, and still spry at the age of 25, Caleb Followill is beginning to mature. Songs about "perfect nipples" and premature ejaculation on 2005's Aha Shake Heartbreak (along with its suggestive Georgia O'Keefe artwork...), have morphed into a suitcase of cuddle tunes as evidenced on the ballads "True Love Way" and "Ragoo".

FAVORITE SONGS: "Charmer", "True Love Way", "Black Thumbnail"

8. Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters - The Twilight Sad

The band name and album cover gives a first impression that this may be another sub-par hardcore emo band from Kansas City, but really its just four regular looking Scots playing something like the Once soundtrack with a fuzz pedal. It's a flashback to the days of lovesick 90's indie rock, (circa Wedding Present's Sea Monsters). Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters'unchained heart-on-sleeve guitar assault is refreshing.

FAVORITE SONGS: "Cold Days From The Birdhouse", "Mapped By What Surrounded Them", "And She Would Darken The Memory"



7. Strawberry Jam - Animal Collective

Much has been about the Panda Bear album being a sort of neo-psychedelic Pet Sounds, but for me, Strawberry Jam deserves that comparison. Strawberry Jam is where the madness of Brian Wilson touches the madness of Syd Barrett, creating songs that may not be singable, but are endlessly hummable.

FAVORITE SONGS: "Chores", "For Reverend Green", "Winter Wonder Land"



6. Magic - Bruce Springsteen

Listening to a great Bruce Springsteen album is like pulling on your favorite, perfectly symmetrical t-shirt. You can trust it to make your day in that simple way. "Girls In Their Summer Clothes" divides the two sides of Magic. It's the type of anthem that would blast from radios if this were 1984, but radio won't play that type of rock anymore.

FAVORITE SONGS: "You'll Be Comin' Down", "Girls In Their Summer Clothes", "Long Walk Home"


5. The Good, The Bad, & The Queen - The Good, The Bad, & The Queen

Folk music filtered through dub-influenced piano hall music. Damon Albarn's vision of London is dark in contrast to the days of Parklife, but his point-of-view is still wide and varied: "It's bigger than you/the welfare state", "Drink all day/cuz the country's at war", "We saw the green fields/turn into stone/such lonely homes". Oh, and Paul Simonon is one nasty bugger on the bass.

FAVORITE SONGS: "80's Life", "Kingdom of Doom", "The Bunting Song"

4. Random Spirit Lover - Sunset Rubdown

Wolf Parade who?!? Spencer Krug dropped a pre-emptive bomb on his other band when he released this monster: a non-stop, hook laden, marble-mouthed minor masterpiece. As if Wolf Parade didn't have enough sophomore-slump anxiety looming over their heads already. On the upside, Krug is one half of WP's double-headed song machine, so the outlook for is still good.

FAVORITE SONGS: "The Courtesan Has Sung", "Winged/Wicked Things", "Stallion"


3. In Defense of the Genre - Say Anything

Like Kanye West, emo song-machine Max Bemis likes to call his shots, and so he does with the title of his band's second album. And just like Kanye, amazingly, he pulls it off... and then some! Not only is In Defense of the Genre 2007's most exciting latecomer, it's also the most consistenlty great pop album of the year. You can complain about the lyrics, but Bemis will just refer you to the album title again.

FAVORITE SONGS:
"Skinny, Mean Man", "The Church Channel", "Shiksa", "The Truth Is, You Should Lie With Me", "Have At Thee", "I Used To Have A Heart"

2. Icky Thump - The White Stripes

Rock's most naturally gifted songwriter, since Kurt Cobain, continues his streak. Throw in Jack White's pen work with Loretta Lynn and The Raconteurs, and it's pretty frightening how many trick tunes he keeps pulling out of his lil' black top hat. The lyrics have always been great, but with each chapter, White's wit gets wittier ("Rag and Bone") and his humility more human ("A Martyr For My Love For You").

FAVORITE SONGS: "300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues", "Bone Broke", "Little Cream Soda", "I'm Slowly Turning Into You"

1. Kala - M.I.A.

M.I.A. has made the "dope beat" a global phenomenon. Like Beck did with Odelay, Kala mixes found sounds with pop culture staples to produce a filler free track-to-track sophisticated dance factory. Your feet won't feel cheated while your brain's busy picking apart the sonic puzzles.

FAVORITE SONGS: "Bamboo Banga", "Boyz", "Jimmy", "World Town", "XR2", "Paper Planes"


***30 GREAT SINGLES***


1. "Say it Right" - Nelly Furtado w/ Timbaland
2. "Give It To Me" - Timbaland w/Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake
3. "Throw Some D's" - Rich Boy
4. "Paper Planes" - M.I.A.
5. "Flashing Lights" - Kanye West
6. "AYO Technology" - 50 Cent
7. "Umbrella" - Rhianna
8. "Lazy Eye" - Silversun Pickups
9. "Early Winter" - Gwen Stefani
10. "U & Ur Hand" - Pink

the rest....

"A Bay Bay" - Hurricane Chris
"Bleed It Out" - Linkin Park
"Don't Matter" - Akon
"Gimme More" - Britney Spears
"Girlfriend" - Avril Lavigne
"Glamorous" - Fergie
"Halloween Head" - Ryan Adams
"Last Night" - Diddy w/ Keyshia Cole
"Makes Me Wonder" - Maroon 5
"Misery Inc." - Paramore
"Never Again" - Kelly Clarkson
"No I In Threesome" - Interpol
"Phantom Limb" - The Shins
"Read My Mind" - The Killers
"Roc Boys" - Jay-Z
"Stronger" - Kanye West
"Teenagers" - My Chemical Romance
"What Goes Around..." - Justin Timberlake
"Who Knew" - Pink
"You Know I'm No Good" - Amy Winehouse

5 comments:

Tom Drew said...

Posted at 12:01 AM? Jesus, you weren't kidding. More comments will follow, I'm sure, but in the meantime I must finish my own list.

Fox said...

ha.... yeah. well, actually it was more like 11:21 PM (Monday) and I just played god with the time so it would be posted on the 4th.

Looking forward to your list!

Mandy said...

Sorry I'm such a loser... my list will be posted by Saturday.

debbie said...

Great list.
I gotta get MIA

Kyleebxm said...

Great list. I gotta get MIA