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Top Albums of 2007 Poll

Postby Old Forums » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:11 pm

Acclaimed Pazz & Jop Poll hosted by Rocky Raccoon
Results posted on January 17, 2008

A total of 38 voters participated this time around, casting votes for 141 albums. Here are the top 30, which, coincidentally are all the albums that received 30 or more points. Number of votes is listed in parenthesis.

1. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver 335 pts (21)
2. Radiohead - In Rainbows 306 pts (21)
3. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible 237 pts (22)
4. The National - Boxer 228 pts (16)
5. Blonde Redhead - 23 113 pts (11)
6. PJ Harvey - White Chalk 100 pts (11)
7. M.I.A. - Kala 86 pts (11)
8. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 80 pts (11)
9. Of Montreal - Hiss Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? 79 pts (6)
10. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky 67 pts (7)
11. Feist - The Reminder 63 pts (6)
12. Battles - Mirrored 59 pts (8)
13. Caribou - Andorra 57 pts (5)
14. Studio - Yearbook 1 54 pts (2)
15. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away 53 pts (6)
16. The Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare 52 pts (6)
17. Burial - Untrue 51 pts (5)
18. Bruce Springsteen - Magic 47 pts (5)
19. Panda Bear - Person Pitch 46 pts (4)
20. The White Stripes - Icky Thump 45 pts (5)
21. Okkervil River - The Stage Names 44 pts (4)
22. Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover 43 pts (2)
23. The Apples in Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder 40 pts (4)
24. Besnard Lakes - Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse 40 pts (3)
25. Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala 38 pts (4)
26. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black 37 pts (3)
27. The Good, the Bad and the Queen - st 36 pts (4)
28. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga 36 pts (3)
29. Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha 35 pts (3)
30. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin 34 pts (2)

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Re: Top Albums of 2007 Poll

Postby Old Forums » Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:22 pm

agent provocateur
1) shout out louds - our ill wills (20)
2) deer tick - war elephant (15)
3) sea wolf -leaves in the river (15)
4) robbers on high street - grand animals (10)
5) lcd soundsystem - sound of silver (10)
6) feist - the reminder (10)
7) black lips - good bad not evil (5)
8) jens lekman - night falls over kortedala (5)
9) okkervil river - the stage names (5)
19)spoon - ga ga ga ga ga (5)


AJackson
1. Sunset Rubdown - Random Sprit Lover (30)
2. Okkervil River - The Stage Names (20)
3. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away (10)
4. The New Pornographers - Challengers (7)
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (6)
6. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank (6)
7. The Apples In Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder (6)
8. Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures (5)
9. The National - Boxer (5)
10. Tegan and Sara - The Con (5)


AKO
Studio - 30
Feist - 20
Of Montreal - 10
Bright Eyes - 10
Wilco - 5
Maps - 5
LCD Soundsystem - 5
Electrelane - 5
Radiohead - 5
Arcade fire - 5


Andre
1 - 14 - The National - Boxer
2 - 13 - Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
3 - 12 - Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
4 - 12 - Radiohead - In Rainbows
5 - 10 - LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
6 - 9 - PJ Harvey - White Chalk
7 - 9 - Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
8 - 8 - The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
9 - 7 - Blonde Redhead - 23
10 - 6 - Beirut - The Flying Club Cup

Bubbling under: Okkervil River, Ibrahim Ferrer, Patty Griffin & Andrew Bird.


Anthony
BAND OF HORSES CEASE TO BEGIN 25
ARCADE FIRE NEON BIBLE 20
RADIOHEAD IN RAINBOWS 15
EDITORS AN END HAS A START 10
BLONDE REDHEAD 23 5
WHITE STRIPES ICKY THUMP 5
KANYE WEST GRADUATION 5
INTERPOL OUR LOVE TO ADMIRE 5
ARCTIC MONKEYS FAVORITE WORST NIGHTMARE 5
SPOON GA GA GA GA GA 5

BillAdama
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (30)
The National - Boxer (30)
Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex Girlfriend (5)
MIA - Kala (5)
Okkervil River - The Stage Names (5)
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus - Raising Sand (5)
Patty Griffin - Children Running Through (5)
A Place To Bury Strangers - s/t (5)
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (5)
Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala (5)


Chris
1 In Rainbows Radiohead 19
2 Neon Bible Arcade Fire 17
3 The Good, The Bad, and The Queen The Good, The Bad, and The Queen 14
4 Sound of Silver LCD Soundsystem 11
5 Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Spoon 8
6 White Chalk PJ Harvey 8
7 Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Of Montreal 7
8 Andorra Caribou 6
9 Kala MIA 5
10 23 Blonde Redhead 5


Collin
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows (19)
2. Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover (13)
3. Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block (12)
4. Caribou - Andorra (11)
5. Blitzen Trapper - Wild Mountain Nation (10)
6. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (7)
7. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Dandelion Gum (7)
8. Hotel Alexis - Goliath I'm On Your Side (7)
9. Deerhunter - Cryptograms (7)
10. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond (7)


Dan M
Radiohead – In Rainbows (16)
Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (15)
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (14)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (13)
M.I.A. – Kala (11)
Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare (9)
The National – Boxer (7)
Kanye West – Graduation (5)
Feist – The Reminder (5)
Battles – Mirrored (5)


David
1. Blonde Redhead - 23 (25)
1. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse (25)
3. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (7)
3. The Good The Bad & The Queen - The Good The Bad & The Queen (7)
3. PJ Harvey - White Chalk (7)
3. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha (7)
3. Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block (7)


Dumbangel
1. JENS LEKMAN - Night falls over Kortedala (20)
2. THE CORAL - Roots & echoes (16)
3. LUCKY SOUL - The great unwanted (16)
4. OF MONTREAL - Hissing fauna, are you the destroyer ? (12)
5. RICHARD SWIFT - Dressed up for the letdown (8)
6. JASON FALKNER - I'm OK...You're OK (6)
7. MALIBU - Robo-sapiens (6)
8. JACKDAW4 - Bipolar diversions (6)
9. THE RED BUTTON - She's about to cross my mind (5)
10.CANDIE PAYNE - I wish I could have loved you more (5)


EdAmes
1 lcd soundsystem-sound of silver-20 pts
2 the national- boxer-16
3 blonde redhead-23-12
4 pj harvey-white chalk-11
5 besnard lakes-are the dark horse-10
6 panda bear-person pitch-8
7 interpol-our love to admire-7
8 arcade fire-neon bible-6
9 dinosaur jr-beyond-5
10 the shins-wincing the night away-5


Eduard
1) Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer (30)
2) Feist - The Reminder (13)
3) Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (12)
4) The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (10)
5) Robert Wyatt - Comicopera (8)
6) Blonde Redhead - 23 (7)
7) PJ Harvey - White Chalk (5)
8) M.I.A. - Kala (5)
9) Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand (5)
10) Kanye West - Graduation (5)


Giuseppe
1 Panda Bear Person Pitch 19
2 National, The Boxer 14
3 Akron/Family Love Is Simple 12
4 Radiohead In Rainbows 11
5 Wilco Sky Blue Sky 10
6 Arcade Fire, The Neon Bible 8
7 Battles Mirrored 8
8 Blonde Redhead 23 8
9 Field Music Tones of Town 5
10 Animal Collective Strawberry Jam 5


Harold Wexler
1. The Arcade Fire, NEON BIBLE - 20
2. LCD Soundsystem, SOUND OF SILVER - 17
3. The White Stripes, ICKY THUMP - 13
4. Of Montreal, HISSING FAUNA, ARE YOU THE DESTROYER? - 11
5. Radiohead, IN RAINBOWS - 10
6. Spoon, GA GA GA GA GA - 7
7. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, RAISING SAND - 6
8. Bruce Springsteen, MAGIC - 6
9. PJ Harvey, WHITE CHALK - 5
10. GRINDERMAN - 5


Henrik
1. Studio - Yearbook 1 (24 points)
2. Burial - Untrue (22)
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows (16)
4. Jens Lekman - Night Falls at Kortedala (8)
5. Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur (5)
6. Feist - The Reminder (5)
7. PJ Harvey - White Chalk (5)
8. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (5)
9. Gravenhurst - The Western Lands (5)
10. M.I.A. - Kala (5)


John
1. Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams-I wish I had more time to listen to this, but I like it just as much on the 10th or 11th listen as the 1st. This stacks up with 36 Chambers, The W and Forever. 19 points
2. Tegan and Sara: The Con- The album kind of dies a little at the end but it starts out stronger than any album I heard this year. The first 5-6 tracks could very well be at the top of my songs list. 16 points
3. Talib Kweli: Ear Drum- After a disappointing album Kweli comes back with an equal to his great 2002 release Quality.13 points
4. The National: Boxer- Such a moody album. Brainy is easily my favorite track of the year. 12 points
5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: Living With the Living- I've always like Ted Leo's albums but never loved them. I love this one. 10 points
6. MIA: Kala- I think this is better than Arular. I know a lot of people think she took a step back but I think it was a big step forward. 8 points
7. Battles: Mirrored- Wins my vote for the most innovative album of the year. It has a few flaws. I would have loved to see these guys when they came through. 7 points
8. Radiohead: In Rainbows- It's good. I just don't think it's anywhere near Kid A or Hail To the Thief let alone OK Computer. It's good but we've heard it before. 5 points
9. Chromeo: Fancy Footwork- The "fun" electronic album of the year. 5 points
10. Nina Nastasia/Jim White: You Follow Me- This is one of the coolest albums of the year and I don't even think they were trying for that label. Jim White's drumming is amazing and Nastasia brings it all together. 5 points


Jonah
1. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver - 25
2. Deerhoof - Friend Opportunity - 15
3. The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible - 12
4. Caribou - Andorra - 10
5. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam - 9
6. Liars - Liars - 7
7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - 7
8. M.I.A. - Kala - 5
9. Battles - Mirrored - 5
10. Besnard Lakes - Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse - 5


Lonesome Panda
LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver 30 I was not much a fan of LCD's first album, I found it quite boring after the end of the 4 first track (which were amazing, especially Tribulations). But it didn't take long before their second piece of art have conquered me. The opening track sums up what we could have been expected, great rythm, impressive production, that song talks at the same time to your brain and your feet. Watch the Tapes and Time to get away are great pop/punk/rock songs, North American Scum is the dancefloor hit we hoped for, Us v Them brings his fabulous rythms to make everybody move at the sounds of bells !
But the real standout tracks are the two fabulous songs in the middle of the album, Someone Great and All My Friends reveals a deeper emotional range. We already knew James Murphy had the sens of rythm and production, but he then provides sincere and personal lyrics enhanced by an impressive sense of production, every single instrument seems to have his balance and volume exactly settled. The crescendo of All My Friends is really stunning, perfectly mastered !
The 2 last songs also prove that this band has an impressive range of possibilities, the title song should be exactly what I don't like, but I can not resist to it, and New-York I love you is a witty love song with a great ending... No album this year came even close !
Elliott Smith New Moon 20 I don't like saying that, but Elliott Smith must have been a dumbass! Who would have seriously not let those tracks appear in an album ? What is amazing is that almost half of those B-Sides overpass some of Either/or tracks and there are even some of the best Elliott's song ever, in particular the intense half right and high times (with those simple but beautiful lyrics "I don't know where I'm supposed to go but I don't go really anywhere you know"). Elliott does not vary much but offers a few changes in rawer songs. And he finds the perfect songs to cover, Big Star's Thirteen, and do it with grace !
Battles Mirrored 10 The only album this year which has really changed my way of listening to music… well, Sound of Silver has proved that repetition can be the path of awesomeness, Panda Bear, Caribou or Animal Collective might have shown me the beauty of strange, but this one really is a shock compared with standards, with stranges rythms, voices, harmonies... but it remains melodic and fascinating ! I guess it is often "math" or "prog" rock but avoid the usual problems of those genres by remaining listener friendly !
Arcade Fire Neon Bible 8 A deception at first ! Since it really is nothing like a "Funeral 2, the return of the vengeance" but those clever songs need time to grow and become like familiar friends. Keep the car Running is of a rare intensity, Intervention is deeply poignant, No Cars Go reminds us of the greatest moments of Funeral, the title song is a dark monument... Arcade Fire confirms that they are a major band !
Cocoon My Friends all died in a plane crash 6 What if young Ben Harper met Damien Rice and created an album guided by the spirits of Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and the Care Bears ? This would probably lead to this album, who don't need to be any surprising to be charming
Architecture in Helsinki Places like that 5 This one makes me happy ! Well it's less wonderful than In Case We die but it still kicks ass ! The most underrated album of the year.
Klaxons Myths of the Near Future 6 Not every hyped album is overrated ! This one truly is great, with nearly only great songs
Burial Untrue 5 Strangely hypnotizing, creepy and familiar, the soundtrack of suburbs
Dizzee Rascal Maths + English 5 Boy ! Let him get old school !
Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris 5 Not their best, but they still rock ! And there are 5 wonderful tracks : the psychedelic Turning on the Screw, the mad Sick, Sick, Sick, the deeply dark Into the Hollow, the heavy 3's & 7's and overall the sexier song of the year, I wanna make it wit' chu

Bubbling under Panda Bear Person Pitch Those three really are interesting, in many ways fascinating, but still a little too hermetic in an important part to reach my top 10
Caribou Andorra
Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
!!! Myths Takes Sounds to me like the first LCD album, a few awesome tracks (All my heroes are weirdos, must be the moon, bend over Beethoven) but too many repetitive songs


Loophole
1. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha (20)
2. Avett Brothers – Emotionalism (18)
3. The National - Boxer (17)
4. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver (9)
5. MIA – Kala (8)
6. Sea Wolf – Leaves In The River (7)
7. Lacrosse – This New Year Will Be For Me And You (6)
8. Radiohead – In Rainbows (5)
9. New Pornographers – Challengers (5)
10. Apples In Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder (5)


Michel
30 LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
17 Radiohead - In Rainbows
10 Grinderman - Grinderman
10 The National - Boxer
7 Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
6 Florent Marchet - Rio Baril
5 CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn
5 The Go! Team - Proof of Youth
5 Interpol - Our Love to Admire
5 Art Brut - It's a Bit Complicated


MightyMadMax
1) Radiohead - In Rainbows (22)
2) Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (12)
3) LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver (11)
4) Arctic Monnkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (11)
5) The Shins - Wincing The Night Away (10)
6) Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (8)
7) Kanye West - Graduation (7)
8) Burial - Untrue (7)
9) Kings of Leon - Because Of The Times (6)
10) Elliott Smith - New Moon (6)

Bubbling under:
The White Stripes - Icky Thump
The National - Boxer
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Sigur Ros - Hvarf-Heim
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
Justice - Cross
Blonde Redhead - 23
Okkervil River - The Stage Names
Jay-Z - American Gangster
The Crimea - Secrets Of The Witching Hour


Miguel
1. THE ARCADE FIRE: Neon Bible (13)
2. THE HIGH LLAMAS: Can Cladders (13)
3. GRUFF RHYS: Candylion (11)
4. JESSY SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER: Like Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul (11)
5. NORAH JONES: Not Too Late (11)
6. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Magic (11)
7. EUROS CHILDS: Bore Da (11)
8. ELLIOT MURPHY: Coming Home Again (7)
9. B.C. CAMPLIGHT: Blink of a Nihilist (7)
10. LAURA VEIRS: Saltbreakers (5)


Mitchell Sterling
10 Super Furry Animals Hey Venus! - 6
9 M.I.A. Kala - 6
8 Tinariwen Aman Iman: Water Is Life – 6
7 Burial Untrue - 7
6 Arctic Monkeys Favourite Worst Nightmare – 8
5 The National Boxer - 8
4 ? The Good, the Bad & The Queen – 10
3 Radiohead In Rainbows – 14
2 Field Music Tones of Town - 15
1 LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver - 20

Next Best
1990's Cookies
The Twilight Sad Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters
The Cribs Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
Efterklang Parades
Klaxons Myths of the Near Future
Vampire Weekend - Blue CD-R


Moonbeam
1. LCD Soundsystem- Sound of Silver (20)
2. Chromeo- Fancy Footwork (15)
3. !!!- Myth Takes (15)
4. Kylie Minogue- X (12)
5. Annie Lennox- Songs of Mass Destruction (9)
6. Björk- Volta (7)
7. Arcade Fire- Neon Bible (6)
8. Prince- Planet Earth (6)
9. P.J. Harvey- White Chalk (5)
10. Justice- † (5)


Neoptolemos
1) The National - Boxer (30)
2) Bruce Springsteen - Magic (17)
3) Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand (9)
4) The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (8)
5) Panda Bear - Person Pitch (8)
6) Battles - Mirrored (7)
7) Blonde Redhead - 23 (6)
8) Patty Griffin - Children Running Through (5)
9) LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (5)
10) Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (5)


Netjade
1: MIRRORED.battles (12)
2: FEVER_PITCH.panda_bear (12)
3: RISE_ABOVE.dirty_projectors (11)
4: ALL_HOUR_CYMBALS.yeasayer (10)
5: CRAFT_OF_THE_LOST_ART.shape_of_broad_minds (10)
6: ANDORRA.caribou (10)
7: FRIEND_AND_FOE.menomena (10)
8: COMICOPERA.robert_wyatt (10)
9: MARRY_ME.st.vincent (8)
10: CURSES.future_of_the_left (7)


Nicolas
1. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky 30
2. LCD Soundsytem – Sound of Silver 12
3. Marie Knight & Larry Campbell – Let Us Get Together: A Tribute to Reverend Gary Davis 12
4. Josh Ritter – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter 9
5. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare 8
6. Bruce Springsteen – Magic 6
7. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 6
8. Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II 6
9. Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life 6
10. Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Delay Sustain Release 5


pop elton
1.Radiohead - In Rainbows
2.Feist - Reminder
3.National - Boxer
4.Au Revoir Simone - A Bird of Music
5.Explosions in the Sky - All of Sudden I Miss Everyone
6.Liars
7.P J Harvey - White Chalk
8.CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn
9.Blonde Redhead - 23
10.The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
11.Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
12.White Stripes - Icky Thump
13.Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
14.Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur
15.New Pornographers - Challengers
16.Battles - Mirrored
17.Dälek - Abandoned Language
18.M.I.A. - Kala
19.Air - Pocket Symphony
20.LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver


Rendel
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows (20)
2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (15)
3. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (14)
4. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (11)
5. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (9)
6. The White Stripes - Icky Thump (7)
7. The National - Boxer (7)
8. M.I.A. - Kala (7)
9. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (5)
10. Battles - Mirrored (5)


Rocky Raccoon
#1. “Kala” by M.I.A. (20)
#2. “Cassadaga” by Bright Eyes (14)
#3. “Neon Bible” by The Arcade Fire (12)
#4. “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse (11)
#5. “Because of the Times” by Kings of Leon (10)
#6. “In Rainbows” by Radiohead (8)
#7. “Boxer” by The National (7)
#8. “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On” by The Broken West (7)
#9. “Planet Earth” by Prince (6)
#10. “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” by Miranda Lambert (5)
Bubbling under albums that deserve notice:
“New Magnetic Wonder” by The Apples in Stereo
“Sound of Silver” by LCD Soundsystem
“Era Vulgaris” by Queens of the Stone Age
“Dumb Luck” by Dntel
“Icky Thump” by the White Stripes


Slush
1. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (30)
2. The National - Boxer (18)
3. !!! - Myth Takes (12)
4. Spoon - GaGaGaGaGa (8)
5. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (7)
6. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (5)
7. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (5)
8. The Field - From Here We Go Sublime (5)
9. Grinderman - Grinderman (5)
10. Blonde Redhead - 23 (5)


Snusmumrik
1) The National - Boxer (23)
2) The Shins - Wincing the Night Away (15)
3) Warren Zevon - Preludes (11)
4) P.J. Harvey - White Chalk (10)
5) Band of Horses - Cease to Begin (9)
6) Soulsavers - It's Not How Far you Fall, It's How you Land (8)
7) Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog (7)
8) Radiohead - In Rainbows (6)
9) Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (6)
10 Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (5)


Sonofsamiam
[01] PJ Harvey | White Chalk (25 pts) - Critics keep writing about the piano, and the change in style, even the cover, but too few talk about the incredible songs like they should. This is a singular album, distinct from fashion and time, bearing similarity to now-acknowledged classics like Pink Moon and The Marble Index in that it's short, succinct, stark, sparsely instrumented, somewhat terrifying, often beautiful, and absolutely brilliant. PJ's best work yet, and that's saying something. My guess is this gets reappraised even more favorably a couple decades from now.
[02] Antibalas | Security (12 pts) - Where they quit just aping Fela, take a cue from new competitors Nomo, and introduce more funk & jazz into the Afro-Beat stew, with John McEntire producing to great effect. This is impossibly tight stuff, and "Beaten Metal" is the slept-on track of the year.
[03] Terence Blanchard | A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) (10 pts) - This is the best contemporary jazz album I've heard in many years; Blanchard takes musical cues from Miles but never sounds like an imitator, all the while somehow capturing the tragedy of Katrina in very human terms. Gorgeous and often very sad.
[04] Orchestra Baobab | Made In Dakar (9 pts) - All these years on, this amazing Senegalese group continues to age like the finest of wines.
[05] Radiohead | In Rainbows (8 pts) - Radiohead, finally at ease. And it suits them.
[06] Lucky Soul | The Great Unwanted (8 pts) - The '00s finally have their own Saint Etienne, though with more sugar and bounce. And it's about damn time!
[07] Tinariwen | Aman Iman: Water Is Life (7 pts) -
[08] Jay-Z | American Gangster (7 pts) - The early '70s soul influence on this suits Jay-Z extremely well.
[09] Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings | 100 Days, 100 Nights (7 pts) - Who knew that throwback soul could sound so abaolutely fresh in '07? The Dap Kings back Amy Winehouse too, but I'll take 'em with Sharon Jones any day.
[10] LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver (7 pts) - For an artist so linked with hipster status and the aloof pose that most equate with that, there sure is a heck of emotion and even nostalgia dripping from this album. And "Someone Great" is one of the tracks of the decade.
Bubbling Under
[11] Gui Boratto | Chromophobia
[12] Burial | Untrue
[13] Ghostface Killah | The Big Doe Rehab
[14] Dungen | Tio Bitar
[15] Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. | Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under The Stars
[16] Aesop Rock | None Shall Pass
[17] El-P | I'll Sleep When You're Dead
[18] Yoko Ono | Yes, I'm a Witch
[19] Super Furry Animals | Hey Venus!
[20] Feist | The Reminder
[21] Grinderman
[22] Herbie Hancock | River: The Joni Letters
[23] Robert Plant and Alison Krauss | Raising Sand
[24] Jens Lekman | Night Over Kortedala
[25] The National | Boxer


Stammer
Although I don't think there was any clearcut classics out there this year I think 2007 had a deeper selection of good albums than in recent years.
9 through 30 was rough and I can see major changes in the future.

Rank Artist Album Pts.
1 Les Savy Fav Let's Stay Friends 16
2 Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 15
3 Okkervil River Stage Names 14
4 Gruff Rhys Candylion 12
5 White Stripes Icky Thump 10
6 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Living With The Living 8
7 Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha 8
8 Parts and Labor Mapmaker 7
9 Dinosaur Jr Beyond 5
10 Apples In Stereo New Magnetic Wonder 5

Also enjoyed the following this year:

11 New Pornographers Challengers
12 Blitzen Trapper Wild Mountain Nation
13 Cloud Cout The Meaning of 8
14 Radiohead In Rainbows
15 Intelligence Deteronomy
16 Bees Octopus
17 Arcade Fire Neon Bible
18 Mark Sultan Sultanic Verses
19 National Boxer
20 Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
21 Liars Liars
22 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81
23 Sound Of Silver Lcd Soundsystem
24 Battles Mirrored
25 Boris with Michio Kurihara Rainbow
26 Deer Tick War Elephant
27 Grinderman Grinderman
28 Deer Hoof Friend Opportunity
29 Arctic Monkeys Favorite Worst Nightmare
30 Robert Wyatt Comicopera
31 Art Brut It's A Bit Complicated
32 Li'l Cap'n Travis Twilight On Sometimes Island
33 Interpol Our Love To Admire
34 Future Of The Left Curses
35 Band Of Horses Cease To Begin
36 Kings Of Leon Because Of The Times
37 Deerhunter Cryptograms
38 Marissa Nadler Songs III: Birds On The Water
39 Pelle Carlberg In A Nutshell
40 Ryan Adms Easy Tiger
41 The Shins Wincing The Night Away
42 The Cynics Here We Are
43 Wilco Sky Blue Sky
44 Wussy Left For Dead
45 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Some Loud Thunder
46 !!! Myth Takes
47 Dappled Cities Granddance
48 Iron And Wine The Sheperds Dog
49 Loney Dear Loney Noir
50 Black Lips Good Bad Not Evil
51 New Model Army High
52 Menomena Friend Or Foe
53 Pop Levi The Return To Form Black Magick Party
54 Robert Pollard Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love
55 Low Drums And Guns
56 Besnard Lakes The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
57 Two Gallants Two Gallants
58 Dungen Tio Bitar
59 Charlotte Hatherley The Deep Blue
60 The Ponys Turn The Lights Out
61 Pantha Du Prince This Bliss
62 They Might Be Giants The Else
63 Jennifer Gentle The Midnight Room
64 Arbouretum Rites Of Uncovering
65 Arthur And Yu In Camera
66 Blonde Redhead 23
67 Buffalo Tom Three Easy Pies
68 Broken West I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
69 The Ghosts Blue Birds Blood
70 Electrelane No Shouts No Calls
71 Shellac Excellent Italian Grayhound
72 Animal Collective Strawberry Jam
73 Kim Richey Chinese Boxes
74 Ha Ha Tonka Buckle In The Bible Belt
75 Burial Untrue
76 Nine Inch Nails Year Zero
77 Robert Plant And Alison Krauss Raising Sand
78 Sea And Cake Everybody
79 Marnie Stern In Advance Of The Broken Arm
80 Patton Oswalt Werewolves and Lollipops


Tim
1) Apples in Stereo -New Magnetic Wonder (24)
2) Blonde Redhead- 23 (23)
3) White Stripes -Icky Thump (10)
4) Klaxons- Myths of the Near Future (8)
5) the Once Soundtrack (7)
6) Kate Nash- Made of Bricks (6)
7) Radiohead- In Rainbows (6)
8) the Horrors- Strange House (6)
9) Interpol- Our Love to Admire (5)
10)the Shins- Wincing the Night Away (5)

Songs
1) the Underdog- Spoon (25)
2) Tonight I Have to Leave it- the Shout Out Louds (15)
3) Same Old Drag- Apples in Stereo (12)
4) the Magic Position- Patrick Wolf (11)
5) Valerie- Amy Whinehoue and Mike Ronson (8)
6) Brandy Alexander- Feist (7)
7) When Your Minds Made Up- Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova (6)
8) the News-Carbon/Silicone (6)
9) An End Has a Start- the Editors (5)
10) Can't Believe A Single Word" by VHS or Beta (5)


Twister
1) The Aliens - Astronomy For Dogs (20)
2) The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (15)
3) Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (15)
4) Richard Swift - Dressed Up For The Letdown (10)
5) Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers (10)
6) Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare (10)
7) Just Jack - Overtones (5)
8) Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (5)
9) The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen (5)
10) The Stooges - The Weirdness (5)


Vgrd
1 Caribou – Andorra 20
2 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible 10
3 The Field – From Here We Go Sublime 10
4 High On Fire – Death Is This Communion 10
5 Burial – Untrue 10
6 Maps – We Can Create 10
7 Radiohead – In Rainbows 10
8 Neurosis – Given To The Rising 10
9 El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead 5
10 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver 5
11 Joni Mitchell – Shine
12 Dinosaur Jr. – The Beyond
13 Big Business – Here Come The Waterworks
14 Smif-N-Wessun – The Album
15 Panda Bear – Person Pitch
16 Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
17 M.I.A. – Kala
18 Justice – Cross
19 Battles – Mirrored
20 Baroness – Red Album


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