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2007: A Year In Music


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2007... what is there really to say about this year in music. For me there has not been a year that I was so excited and liked so many albums. This year was so great that even without Radiohead's In Rainbows (my favorite album of this year, decade,and possibly ever... well with the exception of The Beatles Abbey Road) this year would have still been amazing. So here's a runthrough of my favorite albums:


1. In Rainbows-Radiohead:


So you all know how much I love this album perhaps this might explain why:


This album I remember being so excited for. My love for Radiohead started very quickly considering that I really started to listen to them at the end of 2006. I had already missed out on the 2006 tour (which I wish I was a fan to go to). The Band had roadtested so many songs that would end up on In Rainbows. The excitement and anticipation of this album killed me throughout the summer of 07 when there were so few band updates on DAS. Then around September there started to be a bit more life with these codes, which build up more momentum that something was happening. Then on Oct. 1 there was the announcement by Jonny that the new album would be released in 10 days! You have no idea how excited I was for this album, I was freaking out when I found out about it. And then on top of it I found there was a bonus disc with other songs.


The on Oct. 10 I woke up early and was so excited to listen to the album that it felt like I was a little child waking up Christmas anticipating opening the presents. I then decided to listen to the album and to be quite honest was pretty disappointed first listen. Being so familular with the live 2006 performances I felt that some of the songs didn't have the same energy (Jigsaw, Videotape, 15 Step). As the days and weeks progressed I listened to the album more and more and became more obsessed with the album. To this day I can listen to it and still not get sick of it. I often wish that I could go back in time and experience the excitement for this album all over again because I have never experienced something like that since then or before.


The album is great because it is extremely concise and to the point, and works extremely well as one unit. The album is full of emotion but also a lot of truth, and you can see how Thom's lyrics are more personal, talking about himself, rather than political issues. With the exception of 15 Step and Videotape, this album really walks away from the electronica that defined Radiohead earlier on in the decade. Having flavorful and colorful sounds throughout the album there are many layers that has it be a must to listen over to the small intricacies. With the color and feel of the album it is no wonder that it is called In Rainbows


Tracks to check out: Reckoner, 15 Step, Arpeggi

My Favorite Tracks: (at the moment, constantly changes) Videotape, Nude, Arpeggi






2. Person Pitch-Panda Bear



I remember in 2007 I was around looking for new albums to get into, but couldn't find any. I stumbled across this on itunes. I ended up buying the album because I listened to the songs and although they sounded a little different than most music I had listened to previously I found it catchy. This album is one of my favorite albums of all time. From start to finish the way that Panda Bear layers all the different instruments/sounds, it's an album that you need to listen to multiple times not just to appreciate it, but also listen to things you may have missed out on before.


Tracks check out: Comfy In Nautica, Bros, Good Girl/Carrots

My Favorite Tracks: Good Girl/Carrots, Search For Delicious, I'm Not






3. Once-Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova


This album is the soundtrack to the movie Once. The movie itself is one of my favorite movies and it included great music from Glen Hansard (of the Frames) and Marketa Irglova. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Song (Falling Slowly), and from that launched them into fame to which now they call themselves The Swell Season. The songs have personality and emotion to it, running through feelings of love. It is no wonder that the two were together dispite the large age gap. With Hansards empowering and gut wrenching vocals and Irglova's soft voice it is a great combo


Tracks to Check Out: Falling Slowly, When Your Mind's Made Up, Lies

My Favorite Tracks: Once, The Hill, Falling Slowly






4. Oracular Spectacular-MGMT


This album is a perfect album for the summer. I remember that I didn't get into this album until 2008, but it still is a great album. The song that initially hooked me was Time to Pretend. The psychedelic pop electronic sound that MGMT was able to get on this album was very interesting and I quite enjoyed this album because of that.


Tracks to check out: Kids, Time to Pretend, Electric Feel

My Favorite Tracks: Electric Feel, The Handshake, The Youth






5. Neon Bible-The Arcade Fire



Being the band's 2nd album release after their extremely successful first album Funeral, Neon bible continued in the same sounding path as their previous album using full orchestra this album is no disappointment. After such success and fame from their first album many probably felt how could they make their 2nd album be close to as good as the first, well they were able to. With energy and layering of instruments the album keeps you intrigued throughout and also makes it interesting to listen to multiple times to hear small things you may have skipped out on. Even to this day I still get chills when hearing the string work in The Well and the Lighthouse, it's just so great.


Tracks to check out: Keep the Car Running, No Cars Go, Intervention

My Favorite songs: The Well and the Lighthouse, Black Mirror, My Body is a Cage





6. Armchair Apocrypha-Andrew Bird



The multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird releases this album after his successful album The Mysterious Production of Eggs. With his skills in layering and looping Andrew Bird is able to make his music interesting and thoughtful. This album is no different than others and also show how great of a musician he is.


Tracks to check out: Imitosis, Heretics, Plasticities

My Favorite Songs: Fiery Crash, Dark Matter, Heretics





7. We All Belong-Dr. Dog


One band that I don't see so much on this thread talked about, Dr. Dog's album We All Belong is a very catchy album that goes back to the roots of 60's & 70's rock/pop music. Initially I thought it was a rap artist, but they are far from it.


Tracks to Check Out: Ain't it Strange, Alaska, Old News

My favorite songs: Ain't It Strange, The Way the Lazy Do, Keep a Friend





8. Seal Beach-Album Leaf


One artist i'm sure that I talk about a lot but a great artist never the less. More of ambient music, The Album Leaf for me is a great artist to listen to while doing work and also having great imaginary imagery associated with the music. Although only an EP this release is no different than other albums in that it's still solid and also includes live performances of songs on other releases.


Tracks to Check Out: Brennevin, Malmo, Seal Beach

My Favorite songs: Brennevin, Seal Beach, For Jonathan






9. All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone-Explosions in the Sky



This was the first album I had ever listened to by this artist. Although the album is all instrumental, it is post-rock and for me an album that is great to listen to late at night. Although the album is relaxing and chill it has it's moments of sounding epic and powerful with the driving guitars and drums. With songs averaging around 6 minutes or so, each song is a treat and for me the album is great music to imagine/visualize with


Tracks to check out: So Long Lonesome, The Birth and Death of the Day, Welcome Ghosts

My Favorite Tracks: The Birth And Death Of The Day, It's Natural to be Afraid, Welcome Ghosts






10. Strawberry Jam-Animal Collective


With one of the members already having a solo album released this year, Strawberry Jam is a typical Animal Collective album filled with noise pop throughout. Some say that this is AC's best album, and it really is a great one!

Tracks to Check Out: Fireworks, Peacebone, For Reverend Green

My Favorite Tracks: Chores, Cuckoo Cuckoo, Fireworks





11. Memory Almost Full-Paul McCartney



Another release by the great Sir Paul McCartney. At first listening to this album was a disappointment but after more listens its an album that grows on you. The album title possibly being believed to be an angram "for my soulmate LLM" (LLM was Linda who was Paul's first wife who died in the mid 90's of cancer), it fits with McCartney going through the divorce. The album at one point also has songs that connect together that resembles the Beatles last recorded album Abbey Road. The album has many catchy songs and shows that even being in his 60's and pushing closer towards 70, McCartney still has energy and drive to write great songs.

Tracks to Check Out: Dance Tonight, Ever Present Past, Only Mama Knows

My favorite Songs: House of Wax, Mr. Bellamy, The End of the End






12. Wincing the Night Away-The Shins

Songs to Check Out: Phantom Limb, Australia, Sleeping Lessons

My Favorite Songs: Sea Legs, Australia, Phantom Limb





13. The Reminder-Feist

Songs to Check Out: 1234, I Feel it All, My Moon My Man

My Favorite Songs: 1234, Brandy Alexander, I Feel it All






14. There Will Be Blood (OS)-Jonny Greenwood

Songs to Check Out: Open Spaces, Future Markets, Eat Him By His Own Light

My Favorite Songs: Prospectors Arrive, Open Spaces, Future Markets





15. The Fragile Army-Polyphonic Spree


16. You Are Here-The Newno2


17. Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy-Mum


18. For Emma Forever Ago-Bon Iver


19. Hvarf-Heim-Sigur Ros


20. Saddles-Phuzzbot & the Cavemen


21. 23-Blonde Redhead

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Young Galaxy - s/t

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw8e7rshO1M]YouTube- Wailing Wall - Young Galaxy[/ame]


Stars - In Our Bedroom After the War

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxeIivNDtFU]YouTube- Stars - Take Me To The Riot[/ame]


Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQUTKIGN0kg]YouTube- Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere[/ame]


Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQBe_pibFCo]YouTube- Arctic Monkeys - 505[/ame]


LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dL79-7oo9Xc]YouTube- LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends[/ame]


Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are you The Destroyer?

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2p9fDJsHNo]YouTube- Of Montreal - The Past is a Grotesque Animal[/ame]

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I honestly had difficulty getting into Radiohead prior to "In Rainbows", which was finally the clincher for my enjoyment of them. Even after discovering the rest of their back catalog, "In Rainbows" is still my favorite. (I love how you're so passionate for the album that you put up every single track, including Disc 2 :P)


"Neon Bible" isn't quite "Funeral" in my book, but it's still able to be one of my favorite albums of 2007.


A few other favorites:


Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwUctgGIZJQ]YouTube- Yeasayer - Sunrise[/ame]

One of the great debut albums of the decade.


Travis - The Boy With No Name

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxwIr3LiXCo]YouTube- TRAVIS - Battleships[/ame]

Still my favorite Travis album since "The Man Who".

Interpol - Our Love to Admire

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6oIzvholME]YouTube- Interpol "No I In Threesome"[/ame]

Their weakest album but has a few gems on it.

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honestly i haven't really listened to the Arctic Monkeys




Listen to Favourite Worst Nightmare, it's so good. Humbug too.


Actually just listen to 505 first, if you don't like it then... you're filled with poop. :angry:


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPVBvGzPTRw]YouTube- Arctic Monkeys - 505[/ame]


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easily the best year of the decade for aussie music


John Butler Trio - Grand National


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJUV8CSXQfY]YouTube- John Butler Trio - Better Than[/ame]


Josh Pyke - Memories and Dust


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFbkncgKugM]YouTube- JOSH PYKE: Memories & Dust[/ame]


Silverchair - Young Modern


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciczG2pyOD8]YouTube- Silverchair - Straight Lines[/ame]


Midnight Juggernauts - Dystopia


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtynjqYUOvk]YouTube- MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS - 'SHADOWS' (OFFICIAL)[/ame]


The Panics- Cruel Guards


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_cK_cIydHY]YouTube- The Panics - 'Don't Fight It'[/ame]


Pnau - S/T


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyKjaS3mn60]YouTube- PNAU 'Wild Strawberries'[/ame]

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♦ "A Weekend in the City"-Bloc Party




♦ "Yours Truly, Angry Mob"-Kaiser Chiefs




♦"Call Me Irresponsible"-Michael Bublé



♦"It Won't Be Soon Before Long"-Maroon 5




♦"Ghost Opera"-Kamelot




♦"Icky Thump"-The White Stripes




♦"The Divine Conspiracy"-Epica




♦"All the Lost Souls"-James Blunt




♦"Drastic Fantastic"-KT Tunstall




♦"The Flying Club Cup"-Beirut




♦"Lupe Fiasco's The Cool"-Lupe Fiasco




The rest seem to be here already. :nice:

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That was a really good review :surprised:



My favourites that I don't think has been mentioned...


Caribou - Andorra

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QklfmJ4vfLs]YouTube- Melody Day[/ame]


Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_uIC4wlo-U]YouTube- Dinosaur Jr-Crumble[/ame]


The National - Boxer

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KehwyWmXr3U]YouTube- The National - Fake Empire[/ame]


Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmq3GXsMcHM]YouTube- Jens Lekman - A Postcard To Nina[/ame]

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2007 was the second year of Coldplaying's album countdown. Here's what we voted into the top 50:



1. Radiohead - In Rainbows 12165

2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible 8880

3. Travis - The Boy With No Name 6465

4. Editors - An End Has A Start 5775

5. Interpol - Our Love To Admire 5410

6. Arctic Monkeys - Favorite Worst Nightmare 5200

7. Bloc Party - A Weekend In the City 4920

8. Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future 3565

9. The Shins - Wincing the Night Away 3485

10. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace 3385


11. Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone 2980

12. The White Stripes - Icky Thump 2565

13. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup 2270

14. Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly, Angry Mob 2270

15. Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures 2120

16. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank 2015

17. Feist - The Reminder 1935

18. Elliott Smith - New Moon 1915

19. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver 1635

20. Athlete - Beyond the Neighbourhood 1550


21. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin 1460

22. Bjork - Volta 1430

23. The Good, The Bad, and The Queen 1385

24. Okkervil River - The Stage Names 1305

25. Justice - † 1280

26. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog 1275

27. KT Tunstall - Drastic Fantastic 1275

28. The Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet 1245

29. The National - Boxer 1225

30. Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight 1205


31. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times 1115

32. Manic Street Preachers - Send Away the Tigers 1040

33. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 1040

34. Eluvium - Copia 1010

35. Mika - Life in Cartoon Motion 945

36. Stars - In Our Bedroom After The War 940

37. Young Galaxy - Young Galaxy 940

38. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer 930

39. Wintersleep - Welcome to the Night Sky 875

40. Wir Sind Helden - Soundso 875


41. Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero 860

42. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga 855

43. Biffy Clyro - Puzzle 825

44. The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters 815

45. José González - In Our Nature 805

46. Expatriate - In the Midst of This 775

47. James Blunt - All the Lost Souls 775

48. Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist 770

49. Maps - We Can Create 750

50. Air Traffic - Fractured Life 740

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certainly one of the best year of the decade (for music i mean)


i'd like to add UNTRUE by Burial -great electronic allbum.


1. Radiohead - In Rainbows

2. Burial - Untrue

3. The National - Boxer

4. LCD Soudsystem- Sound Of Silver

5. Animal Collective- Strawberry Jam

6. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

7. Panda Bear - Person Pitch

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I has one that seems to have been missed, finally.


British India - Guillotine

Really fun songs on this one, I have posted two of them so you get an idea of the sound of it.


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5PGrTCAxiE]YouTube- British India - Black & White Radio[/ame]


[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QkgsyCrAgs]YouTube- BRITISH INDIA - Tie Up My Hands[/ame]

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