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#1 of 49 OFFLINE   Kristian

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Posted January 17 2008 - 05:33 AM

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"


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Feist - The Reminder
PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Joan as Police Woman - Real Life
Lavender Diamond - Imagine Our Love
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#2 of 49 OFFLINE   dberthia

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Posted January 17 2008 - 06:26 AM

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 of 49 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted January 17 2008 - 08:08 AM

One that immediately comes to mind is Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky." IMO, it is perfect from start to finish.
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#4 of 49 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

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Posted January 17 2008 - 08:24 AM

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.
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#5 of 49 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted January 17 2008 - 08:42 AM

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.

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Posted January 17 2008 - 10:56 PM

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...
When she embraces, your heart turns to stone
She comes at night, when you're all alone
And when she whispers, your blood shall run cold
You'd better hide before she finds you...

#7 of 49 OFFLINE   Jeff_A

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Posted January 18 2008 - 12:12 AM

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

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 of 49 OFFLINE   Jeff_CusBlues

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Posted January 18 2008 - 12:46 AM

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 of 49 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted January 18 2008 - 05:19 AM

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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

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.
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#10 of 49 OFFLINE   Russell G

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Posted January 18 2008 - 05:24 AM

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

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Posted January 18 2008 - 08:09 AM

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

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Posted January 18 2008 - 06:40 PM

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 of 49 OFFLINE   Jean D

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Posted January 18 2008 - 11:26 PM

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
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#14 of 49 OFFLINE   Jeff_A

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Posted January 19 2008 - 02:31 AM

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Jason Falkner - I'm Ok . . . You're OK
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Wow! I am a big fan and had no idea this was out. I am shopping today. Thanks! Posted Image

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Posted January 19 2008 - 03:08 AM

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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 of 49 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted January 19 2008 - 05:26 AM

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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 of 49 OFFLINE   Ron Reda

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Posted January 19 2008 - 10:43 AM

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Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Dammit, I can't believe I forgot another one of my favorites from this year...easily one of Foo's best!
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#18 of 49 OFFLINE   Rachael B

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Posted January 19 2008 - 11:12 AM

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......
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Posted January 19 2008 - 01:51 PM

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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#20 of 49 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted January 20 2008 - 03:36 PM

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