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the best albums of 2007.

here we are. the top 30.
merry Christmas, my friends.


30. Paramore "Riot!"
- ripping off Refused takes guts. these kids have them, and do the job right.

29. The Snake The Cross The Crown "Cotton Teeth"
- the amazing transformation through an EP and two full-lengths into a most excellent group of storytellers.

28. The Chariot "The Fiancee"
- so gorgeous and violent. and the chamber choirs are lovely.

27. Avril Lavigne "The Best Damn Thing"
- just listen to the track “I Don’t Have To Try” – bubble-gum pop beats roll into Sum 41 riffs to a Brody Dalle growl…it’s over the top, ridiculous, and barely like trying, indeed.

26. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton "What Is Free To A Good Home? EP"
- a perfect appendix to last year’s “Knives Don’t Have Your Back.”

25. Winter Wardrobe "Paul and the Owl EP"
- r.i.p., my friends. the first Fresno band I fell in love with, great guys, and an excellent 4 songs to sing farewell to.

24. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova "Music From The Motion Picture 'Once'"
- glen’s voice is chilling as the soundtrack to one of the best music movies ever.

23. Moros Eros "Jealous Me Was Killed By Curiosity"
- dance-punk have never been so dark, or intelligent.

22. The Glorious Unseen "Tonight The Stars Speak"
- I don’t listen to worship albums, so for one to grab me as I haven’t been since Something Like Silas’s release of “Glimpses” is an accomplishment.

21. Illinois "What The Hell Do I Know? EP"
- short, simple, wonderful pop-song gems.

20. Thes One "Lifestyle Marketing"
- classic advertising jingles sliced and set to hip-hop beats. what is says about hip-hop is obscure, but it’s undeniably enjoyable.

19. Burial "Untrue"
- dark, dissolving dub-step.

18. Sunny Day In Glasgow "Scribble Mural Comic Journal"
- like all the glitchy parts of a thom yorke album, but more schizophrenic and with melting, unintelligible choral vocals.

17. Menomena "Friend and Foe"
- it took a while for this to grow on me, but these three guys are insanely brilliant.

16. Akron/Family "Love Is Simple"
- when it sounds like a party, the party is ON.

15. The National "Boxer"
- driving, rhythmic, and a little dark, like songs at prom: played in the gym, yet being heard in the hallways.

14. Grails "Burning Off Impurities"
- the best post-rock album of the year.

13. Thee Ohsees "Sucks Blood"
- self-produced, the bass is completely blown out, the party is a little quieter at times, but the result is completely gorgeous.

12. Stars Of The Lid "And Their Refinement Of The Decline"
- you can’t describe ambient, but they can define it.

11. Surrogate "Love Is For The Rich"
- made up of remnants of Number One Gun, this two-man bedroom project is a grower, and is rich in lyrical and musical surprises.

10. Liars "Liars"
- the lovely balance between “Drums Not Dead” and their previous post-punk offerings.

9. Low "Drums and Guns"
- the downer album of the year: minimal, cold, sparse, and intelligent.

8. Okkervil River "The Stage Names" and “Golden Opportunities Mixtape”
- will sheff spins a musical yarn like no one’s business, and the mixtape is free (@ okkervilriver.com)!

7. Weatherbox "American Art"
- the savior for distraught Say Anything fans…they take up where the creatively (in)sane Bemis left off with “…Was A Real Boy,” with a touch of the dirty energy of Sunny Day Real Estate.

6. The Weakerthans "Reunion Tour"
- our friends from the north make their triumphant return after 4 years, with songs about business meetings, curling matches, and dead hockey players.

5. Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew "Spirit If..."
- It’s BSS with more of Drew in the monitor…and it works.

4. Mugison "Mugiboogie"
- Iceland’s greatest import gets a bit more production credit, but that doesn’t stop the album from being catchy, uncomfortably sensual, and pleasantly haphazard, like Beck, Bjork, and something else in a blender.

3. Panda Bear "Person Pitch"
- an album that almost seems simple, but is enrapturing and engaging, multi-faceted like none other: for driving, sleeping, studying, and the dinner party!

2. As Cities Burn "Come Now Sleep"
- these are the most exciting steps to see a band make…from better-than-average screamo to a brilliant, self-conscious rock band that actively engages the listener in the struggle without sugar-coating or making nice for the Christian market…the polar opposite of a sophomore slump.

1. Deerhunter "Cryptograms" & "Fluorescent Grey EP"
- what to say? someone mentioned that this is the album every kid in America should be playing in their basement, and I concur. it’s drugs and sex and adolescence steeped in echo and reverb, like dreams and nightmares and the best laid plans of kids too young to make plans. it’s a drama told in three parts, the final chapter being the EP, that is a stunning achievement all to itself. it’s music as emotion, story in song, it’s genius ever the more accentuated by it’s own self-encompassing enigma.


I want to listen to all of them. Like now. Ok, maybe not now. But pretty close to it.

December 2008

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