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Monday, December 10, 2007

The best albums that I bought in 2007.

It's that time, ladies and gents. I'm gonna break these puppies down into listening skill levels. The top albums require minimal effort to enjoy the most.

Get Your Ass Out There and Buy These:

Josh Ritter, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Arcade Fire, Neon Bible
Kings of Leon, Because of the Times
Okkervil River, The Stage Names
Patton Oswalt, Werewolves and Lollipops
Feist, The Reminder
Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The National, Boxer
Heartless Bastards, All This Time
The Thermals, The Body, The Blood, The Machine
The Good Life, Help Wanted Nights

For the Veteran Music Listeners:

Johnny Cash, American V: A Hundred Highways
Caribou, Andorra
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Dinosaur Jr., Beyond
Harlem Shakes, Burning Birthdays
Bright Eyes, Cassadaga
Band of Horses, Cease To Begin
The Avett Brothers, Emotionalism
The Twighlight Sad, Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters
Black Lips, Good Bad Not Evil
Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
White Stripes, Icky Thump
Bruce Springsteen, Magic
St. Vincent, Marry Me
Elliott Smith, New Moon
Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala
Robert Plant & Allison Krause, Raising Sand
David Dondero, Simple Love
Brandi Carlisle, The Story
Two Gallants, Two Gallants
Peter Bjorn and John, Writer's Block

Albums That Were Impossible to Live Up to the Hype Inside of My Head, But Were Still Good:

The Shins, Wincing the Night Away
Bloc Party, A Weekend in the City
Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Wilco, Sky Blue Sky

As my favorite Irishman, Bill O'Reilly would say, "Tell me where I'm wrong."

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Granted, I don't know what your expectations were of The Shins' album, but I thought it lived up to mine. I feel like it was more rich musically. I especially like what they did with the beats on Sea Legs and Split needles.

I would totally agree with your Neon Bible statement. I have been listening to that one a lot in the last week and am really digging it.

One album that you missed - which happens to be my favorite album of the year - is Andrew Bird's Armchair Apocrypha. It is awesome, if you haven't given it time, you need to. I also saw him a couple of times in concert this year and it was great.

An album that came out recently, that in the context of a whole album isn't that strong, but there are some great tracks on is Iron and Wine's The Shepard's Dog. If you are not a fan of Iron and Wine's melancoly sound, this album turns it up a little. There are some real gems on the album.
I did not like Iron and Wine whatsoever...which makes "The Shepard's Dog" that much more remarkable.

A fantastic album.

Another addition would be Jay-Z's "American Gangster." And there are probably others, but I cannot think of them at this particular moment.

But great call on Iron and Wine, napa. That really is a fantastic album.
Robert Plant and Allison Krause??? Really?
Believe me, there are plenty of albums that I have yet to pick up. These were just the ones that I've purchased. I need that Iron & Wine album and Andrew Bird's.
After reading this post i have only one question MIB-

How many of those CD's were put on Todd's Best Buy card before the domestic partner divorce?
so happy to see The Good Life in your list!
I totally agree with this post, saying Help Wanted Nights is the best 2007 album. Too bad most lists couldn't see it.
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