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Top Albums of 2007 - "Time to throw down!"

Discussion in 'Music' started by Kristian, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. Kristian

    Kristian Well-Known Member

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    For me, 2007 was the best year for music in a long time. Most of my favorite current artists released new material and I also discovered some new favorites along the way. Here's my list (feel free to post your own top 10 or top 5 or whatever else you'd like):

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    1. Tori Amos - American Doll Posse

    Track picks: "Bouncing Off Clouds", "Almost Rosey", "Father's Son"


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    2. Suzanne Vega - Beauty & Crime

    Track picks: "Ludlow Street", "Frank & Ava", "Zephyr & I"


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    3. St. Vincent - Marry Me

    Track picks: "Your Lips Are Red", "Paris is Burning", "Jesus Saves, I Spend"


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    4. Tegan and Sara - The Con

    Track picks: "Back in Your Head", "The Con", "Hop a Plane"


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    5. Eisley - Combinations

    Track picks: "Invasion", "Many Funerals", "A Sight to Behold"


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    6. Art in Manila - Set the Woods on Fire

    Track picks: "Golden Dawn", "I Thought I Was Free", "Time Gets Us All"


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    7. Maria Taylor - Lynn Teeter Flower

    Track picks: "Small Part of Me", "Smile and Wave", "A Good Start"


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    8. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

    Track picks: "Sister Rosetta Comes Before Us", "Trampled Rose", "Let Your Loss be Your Lesson"


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    9. The White Stripes - Icky Thump

    Track picks: "Conquest", "Icky Thump", "Effect and Cause"


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    10. Norah Jones - Not Too Late

    Track picks: "My Dear Country", "Sinkin' Soon", "Until the End"


    Honorable Mentions:

    Feist - The Reminder
    PJ Harvey - White Chalk
    Joan as Police Woman - Real Life
    Lavender Diamond - Imagine Our Love
    The Postmarks - The Postmarks
     
  2. dberthia

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    For my tastes 2007 was a less than stellar year, but here are a few that were memorable:

    Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather - Full of catchy hooks and clever lyrics, this is another in a string of great records from FOW.

    Band of Horses: Cease to Begin - Moody, interesting and atmospheric, this one is a real grower.

    Steve Bertrand: Pain is a Megaphone - Solid effort from start to finish. Mostly mid-tempo rock ballads, but done in a good way.

    Daniel Wylie: The High Cost of Happiness - Mostly acoustic based, but full of great hooks and choruses.

    The Red Button: She's About to Cross My Mind - 60's inspired pop songs that stick in your head. Very Beatlesque.

    Bruce Springsteen: Magic - Probably the best thing he's done in 20 years. Doesn't approach the lofty heights of this work in the 70's and 80's, but it's a lively rocker that holds up to repeated listenings. I just wish he'd lighten-up with the preaching a bit.

    Rooney: Calling the World - A "big" record, full of loud pop. Lot's of throwback sounds from the 1980's, but with a modern feel.

    Crowded House: Time on Earth - A bit of a disappointment by CH standards, but still better than most of the dreck being spewed out nowadays. Neil Finn is one of the great songwriters of our time.
     
  3. Ron Reda

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    One that immediately comes to mind is Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky." IMO, it is perfect from start to finish.
     
  4. Aaron Silverman

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    I didn't buy much new stuff this year, but I did enjoy the 2007 releases from Dream Theater, Within Temptation, and Rush (in that order with DT the best). I just got the new Radiohead (which is sort of a 2007 release) and am still digesting it.
     
  5. Russell G

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    I think these all came out last year...

    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero : A nice return to form.

    WEEN - La Cucaracha : They could release anything at this point and I would like it

    White Stripes - Icky Thump : Already discussed. Love the stripes.

    Neil Young - Live At Massy Hall - Fantastic live album of solo Young in the 70's. The DVD is even better.
     
  6. Don Giro

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    I quite enjoyed the new ones by ARCADE FIRE and THE SHINS, and that's coming from a lifelong metalhead! Speaking of which, my favorite metal albums of the year (off the top of my head) were:

    PORCUPINE TREE - "Fear of a Blank Planet" ( I KNOW they're more of a "progressive" band, but...)
    NIGHTWISH - "Dark Passion Play" (sometimes I'm in the mood for over the top, over-produced bombast)
    EXODUS - "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A" (proving yet again that they are still the GODS of the "monster-crunch" riff)
    IN THIS MOMENT - "Beautiful Tragedy" (yeah, some of it comes off as rather "generic," but the title track is monstrous)
    DETHKLOK - "Dethalbum" (yeah, I know it's a goof, and it's the soundtrack to a cartoon, but there are several well-crafted songs on this album, and the lyrics are hilarious)

    The biggest disappointment this year for me was ICED EARTH's "Framing Armageddon, Part 1" (although I STILL like it better than "Horror Show"). I expected so much more from this outfit after the benchmark they set with "The Glorious Burden")

    I'm sure I'll be editing this post as I ponder...
     
  7. Jeff_A

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    I completely agree . . . this is my number one also. Some of my other favorites (in no particular order).

    1. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

    Radiohead - In Rainbows
    Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
    The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
    Robert Plant/Allison Krauss - Raising Sand
    Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
     
  8. Jeff_CusBlues

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    In no particular order

    1. Ian Hunter - Shrunken Heads

    2. The Smithereens - Meet the Smithereens

    3. Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th Anniversary Re-issue)

    4. Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall

    5. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
     
  9. Ron Reda

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    I don't know how the heck I forgot "Easy Tiger"...another one of my faves from this year. It plays like a Ryan Adams "Greatest Hits" CD.
     
  10. Russell G

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    And I'll add that Amy Winehouse release. Some good soul on there, reminded me of Motown in the 60's.
     
  11. Tarkin The Ewok

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    The best album I heard in 2007 was Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good.
     
  12. Greg_S_H

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    The only two I bought that were 2007 albums were:

    Jason Falkner - I'm Ok . . . You're OK
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    Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
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  13. Jean D

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    The Good, The Bad, and the Queen - ST
    Hellyeah - ST
    Korn - Untitled
    Marilyn Manson - Eat Me, Drink Me
    Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
    Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust
    Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
     
  14. Jeff_A

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    Wow! I am a big fan and had no idea this was out. I am shopping today. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
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    1. Megadeth - United Abominations

    Best songs: "Sleepwalker", "Burnt Ice", "Washington Is Next"

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    2. Down - III: Over The Under

    Best songs: "In The Thrall Of It All", "On March The Saints", "Mourn"

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    3. Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon

    Best songs: "Infiltrate And Assimilate", "Framing Armageddon", "Ten Thousand Strong"

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    4. King Diamond - Give Me Your Soul...Please

    Best songs: "Mirror Mirror", "Cold As Ice", "The Floating Head"

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    5. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion

    Best songs: "Rumours Of War", "Turk", "Waste Of Tiamat"

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    6. Clutch - From Beale Street To Oblivion

    Best songs: "Electric Worry", "The Devil & Me", "White's Ferry"

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    7. Rush - Snakes & Arrows

    Best songs: "Armour And Sword", "Spindrift". "Far Cry"

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    8. Dinosaur Jr - Beyond

    Best songs: "Back To Your Heart", "Almost Ready", "Been There All The Time"

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    9. Bad Religion - New Maps Of Hell

    Best songs: "Requiem For Dissent", "Before You Die", "Grains Of Wrath"

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    10. Machine Head - The Blackening

    Best songs: "Wolves", "Aesthetics Of Hate", "Clenching The Fists Of Dissent"

    Honourable mentions

    The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works
    Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times
    Symphony X - Paradise Lost

    Disappointments of the year--

    Hellyeah - S/T
    The Cult - Born Into This
    The Stooges - The Weirdness
     
  16. Greg_S_H

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    It's only available as a Japanese import right now. Wiki says it'll come out here early this year, but his site doesn't have any info right now.
     
  17. Ron Reda

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    Dammit, I can't believe I forgot another one of my favorites from this year...easily one of Foo's best!
     
  18. Rachael B

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    I really liked the two Smithereen's albums, Meet The Smithereens & Christmas With The Smithereens.

    Billy Cox & Buddy Miles' The Band Of Gypsies Return is an album that begs to be played repeatedly. Buddy's vocal on Manic Depression just knocks me out. If I live to 110, I'll never hear enough Buddy Miles.

    The Kennedys' Songs Of The Open Road is stille in heavy rotation. It's an album of covers they like. Mrs. Kennedy sure can sing and Mr. Kennedy plays some of best 12 string get-tar I've ever heard. They sound better doin' Eight Miles High than the bloody Byrds do. Her vocal on Steven Stills' Pretty Girl Why is awesome....

    I really liked Joss Stone's Introducing J.S. It's more commercial sounding than what I usually like. I like the way she sings though.

    Hiromi's Sonic Boom's Time Control is one of my fav jazz albums of the year. I didn't get many jazz albums though but this one's a winner.

    Marcus Miller's Silver Rain is my other fav jazz album of the year. His cover of Edgar Winter's Frankenstein is off the chart literally and sonically. He's not just playing bass, fabulously, these days. Now he's tootin' on horns suprisingly well.

    Roddy Frame's Western Sky is another terrific effort for Mr. Aztec Camera. It's all analog recorded. It sounds like space normal musick. There's no brickwall here!

    Allison Moorer's Getting Someplace refuses to stay shelved......
     
  19. Tony-B

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    My list is here:

    Tony's Best of 2007 - Rate Your Music

    If you don't like clicking links:

    1. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
    2. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
    3. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
    4. The Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army
    5. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
    6. They Might Be Giants - The Else
    7. Jay-Z - American Gangster
    8. Radiohead - In Rainbows
    9. The Good, The Bad, and The Queen
    10. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Ire Works

    And 23 more albums after that!
     
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