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Best Albums of 2007: Picks 50 to 11

In a turbulent (but musically strong) year, the steadfast stand out

There’s something almost comforting about year-end lists. It’s a crazy, ever-changing world out there, and if there’s one thing that you can depend on, it’s that your trusty music pundits will trot out their album hierarchies year after year, declaring what’s worth hearing and inspiring debates by water coolers, on message boards and at badminton courts worldwide.

This was a banner year for music across the board, and that’s reflected in the breadth of our Top 50 list. There were truly creative releases from the indie-rock establishment and the hip-hop camp, both under and over the radar. We got strong showings from the ambient electronica, trad singer/songwriter, soul, techno and metal realms. But one of the biggest stories of the year came from a lil’ band out of Oxford, which made waves by self-releasing its new album and leaving the price up to the fans. In a year when only a quarter of our top albums were released with major-label backing, Radiohead’s move came as just another indication that the tectonic plates of the record industry are slowly shifting. 2007 will be remembered for changing the way we think about how music is delivered almost as much as for the music itself.

And so here it is: our Top 50 albums of 2007. A lot of sleep was lost while constructing the thing, and pride and hair too, but we’d like to think it was all worth it. After all, this list is here for you. We even waited to publish it until after the New Year, just in case that new Meowy Christmas: Kittens Sing Your Holiday Favorites disc was good enough to bump something else (it wasn’t). Disagree with our choices if you must, but read ’em quick, before we change our minds again.~Etan Rosenbloom

 

50    Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams [Loud]
49    Digitalism: Idealism [Astralwerks]
48    Soulsavers (with Mark Lanegan): It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s How You Land [V2]
47    Jesca Hoop: Kismet [3 Entertainment/Red Ink/Columbia]
46    The Brunettes: Structure & Cosmetics [Sub Pop]
45    Bill Callahan: Woke on a Whaleheart [Drag City]
44    Boris featuring Michio Kurihara: Rainbow [Drag City]  
43    Electrelane: No Shouts, No Calls [Too Pure/Beggars]
42    Little Brother: Getback [ABB]
41    Nina Nastasia and Jim White: You Follow Me [Fat Cat]
40    Dan Deacon: Spiderman of the Rings [Carpark]
39    Beirut: The Flying Club Cup [Ba Da Bing!]
38    Blonde Redhead: 23 [4AD]
37    Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation [Lidkercow Ltd.]
36    Baroness: The Red Album [Relapse]
35    Amiina: Kurr [Ever]
34    Cass McCombs: Dropping the Writ [Domino]
33    Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future [Polydor]
32    Iron & Wine: The Shepherd's Dog [Sub Pop]
31    Deerhoof: Friendship Opportunity [Kill Rock Stars]
30    Burial: Untrue [Hyperdub]
29    Dragons of Zynth: Coronation Thieves [Gigantic Music]
28    Justice: Cross [Ed Banger]
27    Liars: Liars [Mute]
26    Fennesz: Cendre [Touch]   
25    Robert Wyatt: Comicopera [Domino]
24    Sean Price: Jesus Price Superstar [Duck Down]
23    Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? [Polyvinyl]
22    Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of the Decline [Kranky]
21    El-P: I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead [Def Jux]
20    Low: Drums and Guns [Sub Pop]
19    The Field: From Here We Go Sublime [Kompakt]
18    PJ Harvey: White Chalk [Island]
17    Battles: Mirrored [Warp]
16    Caribou: Andorra [Merge]
15    Amy Winehouse: Back to Black [Republic]
14    Okkervil River: The Stage Names [Jagjaguwar]
13    Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge]
12    Deerhunter: Cryptograms [Kranky]
11    Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]

 

Prefix's top ten albums of 2007 

Prefix's top albums  of 2007 - Staff picks 

 

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Best Albums of 2007

How come the picture says 'best of 2008'? ...and I can't believe Deerhunter didn't make the top 10.

bradford

no black lips? boo! hiss!

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not a bad list, dudes. JD is correct, a little more predictable than in the past, but parity is tough to get away from these days, unless you want to be like Wire and avant-garde everyone to death.

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Black Lips should be there. Pretty high.

Anthony

The stuff that's missing that would be in my personal list:

1. Ratatat - Remixes Vol. II
This one is obviously missing because it was a super-limited tour release, I know. But seriously, that shiz was amazing. I listened to it heavily all year, and their remix of "Stomp" by Young Buck, The Game and Luda landed on pretty much every mixtape/playlist I made this year.

2. Prodigy - Return Of The Mac
Probably my favorite thing P has touched since THE INFAMOUS. There was such intense paranoia and anxiety on this album, it really reminded me of what an impressive lyricist he can be.

3. T.I. vs T.I.P.
I've read a lot of reviews of this one that considered it a disappointment after KING. That may be true in a sense, if we're comparing the two. But as a record on its own, I found the examination of self and the duality of man a rather well presented concept--especially when magnifying the importance of image in pop music (extra-especially in "rap music"). A well executed drama.

4. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
F all y'alls. That record was solid.

bradford

5. Thurston Moore - Trees Outside The Academy
Sonic Tooth Unplugged rulez.

bradford

AA Bondy, 'American Hearts.' Bradford, if you dig that Ryan Adams record, check this one out.

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AA Bondy? Never heard.. I'll look into that.

I would've also included Devin The Dude's WAITING TO INHALE. That was such an awesome summer record.

bradford

I think No Age's 'Weirdo Rippers' should've been in there.

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Definitely, Dave.

Tine

how can you possibly put wu-tang on that list and then ignore jay-z, wu tang album was garbage.

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we went with more of a democratic process this year. Amos had Wu as his #1 so it made the top 50. I liked the Jay-Z record, but I would've had Big Doe Rehab above both of them myself.

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acb, AA Bondy is great. Overlooked record.

Anthony

arctic monkeys should def be in top 50...sunset rubdown, white stripes, wilco, ryan adams, NIN also.......but this is all subjective..

basho

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