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[Lists] Albums of the Year 2007 (Kinda)

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I seriously doubt you need me to tell you that the albums by The National, Spoon, LCD Soundsystem and Fiest are really good, right? Those albums are littered throughout everyone else’s year end lists, and rightfully so.
Boxer might very well be album of the year. It was leaked super early but yet no one really got burnt out on it. There’s a reason for that.
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is easily Spoon’s best record since Girls Can Tell. I fell in, out and back in love with that record over the course of the year. Seeing Britt do “You Got Yr Cherry Bomb” on SNL really drove home how awesome that song, and this record, really is. Their video for “The Underdog” is pure genius.
I didn’t like the LCD record when it first came out, but seeing them three times over the course of the year brought me around. As far as dance-punk goes, it really doesn’t get any better.
I personally don’t like A Reminder as much as I did Let It Die (the on the former production was too samey compared the genre-tripping from the latter) but it did what Let It Die couldn’t, make Feist a household name.
You already know who I feel about In Rainbows. Neon Bible was also kinda meh. The new Kanye was good but not great. I love half of Favorite Worst Nightmare, but always hit the skip button a few times on the way through it.
So instead of giving you a list of 10 records that includes all of those titles, here are 10 records that you may or might not have heard this year but really ought to.
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Dappled Cities – Granddance
Quite possibly my favorite record of the year. You know how Mew can go from bombastic stadium rock to ethereal, space operas in the course of a record? Dappled Cities does all that in one song, many times over.
[mp3] Dappled Cities | Fire Fire Fire – Loving Hands Remix
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Editors – End Has A Start
I know it’s not necessarily cool to like this band but I’ve listened to this record non-stop since it came out. Yes, the production is a bit Snow Patrol, but they were going for an arena rock type record and they delivered.
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Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis
By no means his best work, but he’s not embarrassing himself either. It’s just nice to have Jarvis back on the grind. Dude writes songs like “Cunts Are Still Running The World,” and the tune is every bit as good as the title suggests.
[mp3] Jarvis Cocker | Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
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Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
A latecomer to this list, saw him do a few songs at the Black Cat and I’ve been hooked ever since. This album is a weird, but entirely enjoyable melange of Swedish pop, Motown influences and the occasional breakbeat. It’s the closest thing you’re going to get to a perfect pop record in 2007.
[mp3] Jens Lekman | Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo
[mp3] Jens Lekman | The Opposite of Hallelujah
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Kings of Leon – Because The Times
Bloggers (and everyone else) slept on this album big time. Whatever. Your loss. Go listen to The Decemberists then.
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Pela – Anytown Graffiti
Honest, earnest, indie-Springsteen type shit. If there’s any justice in this world, these guys are going to be huge, huge, huge.
[mp3] Pela | Lost To The Lonesome
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The Shins – Wincing The Night Away
Most likely forgotten because it was released in January, but I think it’s their best work to date. But I say that because I didn’t like their previous albums. Wincing has a depth and songwriting variety not shown in their early work. The live show still needs a bit of work though.
[mp3] The Shins | Phantom Limb
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Sloan – Never Hear the End of It
Yes, it’s too long, but in a way, that works for this album. It’s like a big Sloan mixtape.
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Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!
Technically this doesn’t come out until January, but the digital release has been out for a few months. I originally wasn’t going to include this album on my list but then I realized it contains two or three of my favorite songs of the year. After the mis-steps of Love Kraft, this is the year’s “return to form” release. Hey Venus! is full of frenetic energy and short pop songs very reminiscent of SFA’s debut album Fuzzy Logic, which is my favorite Furry record to this day.
[mp3] Super Furry Animals | Run Away
[mp3] Super Furry Animals | The Gift That Keeps On Giving
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Travis – The Boy with No Name
Supposedly their “return to form” but actually more like “the band having fun again.” Travis are always at their best when their a bit happy-go-lucky, and that’s an apt description for this record. It’s comparible to Teenage Fanclub’s Howdy, which I also love.
Just missed the list but also worth your time:
Gruff Rhys – Candylion
All Smiles – Ten Readings of a Warning
Ted Leo – Living with the Living
Art Brut – It’s a Bit Complicated
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81

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