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Lists!: Favorite albums of 2007 by Barbecue Bros
January 16, 2008, 10:25 pm
Filed under: lists, music

Kenny already shared his, so here we go… 

1. The NationalBoxer
What else can I say? I love this album to death; even more so than Alligator, which I thought would be almost impossible to top. The National can pretty much do no wrong in my book.

2. Against Me!New Wave
Hmmm…I never noticed that my top two albums have the same album cover color scheme. This album snuck up on me, mainly because I hadn’t heard an album of folk-punk anthems like this before.

3. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver
This album felt more focused than the self-titled album, which sorta disappointed me from a dance punk perspective. This feels nothing like a collection of dance punk hits, but rather a cohesive album of electronic pop songs.

4. Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Spoon continue their remarkable run of consistent albums, this time adding touches of motown soul to their reportoire.

5. RadioheadIn Rainbows
I know its Radiohead and all, but I didn’t expect an effort like this after the letdown of Hail to the Thief. Never mind the innovative pay-what-you-want scheme, Radiohead‘s return minimizes the experimental fare (probably courtesy of Thom Yorke’s solo album the year prior) and do what they do best – primarily guitar-based rock that sounds like no one else.

6. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup
Zach Condon makes a remarkably mature album for a 21-year old. Between waltzes and Mediterranean-influenced instrumentation, this album bears some resemblance to Neutral Milk Hotel‘s seminal In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, now 10 years old.

7. Prints – s/t
This duo released their debut album on the awesome Temporary Residence Limited music label, an eclectic mix of memorable pop songs.

8. Menomena Friend and Foe
Speaking of memorable pop songs, Menomena specialize in creating these types of songs that are more experimental – utilizing drum loops and keyboards among more standard instrumentation.

9. The Ike Reilly AssassinationWe Belong to the Staggering Evening
Ike Reilly’s latest album is a blues-inspired bar brawl waiting to happen.

10. BattlesMirrored
Some of the most pop math/prog-rock I’ve ever heard.

11-20 after the jump…

11. Animal CollectiveStrawberry JamAs stated before, “Reverend Green” is the jam
12. Band of HorsesCease to Begin – No standout track like “The Funeral”, but consistent throughout
13. Explosions in the SkyAll of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – More beautiful post-rock from EITS
14. EluviumCopia – Another fine collection of ambient from Eluvium
15. Dan DeaconSpiderman of the Rings – Random, experimental WTF-ness
16. Future of the LeftCurses – Thank goodness Future of the Left is filling the void left by Mclusky
17. The EternalsHeavy International – Space-dub/funk jams
18. The FieldFrom Here We Go Sublime – My first foray into minimal techno
19. LowDrums & Guns – Finally, Low is no longer dead to me. A return to form, with the incorporation of some electronics
20. Ghostface KillahThe Big Doe Rehab Ghostface‘s latest continues a great run


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