I’ve been a member of an online music discussion list for over a decade. Here is Postcard’s Best of 2007 list. The list is compiled from the top 10 new releases as submitted by list members every year. Here was my list:
Here they are.
1. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
By far, my favorite album of ‘07. My whole family likes it, including my 4-year-old son. He knows the words.
2. Wilco - Sky Blue SKy
I ended up listening to it quite a bit. There are some clunkers, but that’s pretty much true with any Wilco record other than maybe YHF.
3. White Stripes – Icky Thump
I’m amazed at their consistently high-quality output. I loved “Get Behind Me Satan” although apparently the critics thought it was weak. This was another great album from Jack and Meg. One thing that I thought was interesting: they sounded a little less AC/DC and a little more Led Zepplin on this release.
4. Dr. Dog – We All Belong
5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
I actually heard this album on NPR for the first time. This got played a lot this year.
6. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
An early favorite this year.
7. You Am I – Convicts
It’s encouraging that there are bands still making great, raw music that is worth listening to.
8. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Living with the Living
His show here in Denver was fantastic, too.
9. Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger
This could just as easily have been Band Of Horses or The National. I listened to Ryan a bit more than those two, so he wins.
10. Babyshambles - Shotter’s Nation
God help me, I actually like this album.
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Other very worthy contenders:
Band of Horses – Cease to Begin
The National – Boxer
Broken West – I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On
Feist - Remainder
I also listened to the Fratellis quite a bit, but does this one count?
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My most anticipated album of 2007, but ended up being a disappointment:
Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
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Good Lord, what the hell was this?
PJ Harvey – White Chalk