Best Albums of 2007: Staff Picks

    Bradford Allison
    10. Sean Price: Jesus Price Superstar [Duck Down]
    09. Ratatat: Remixes Vol. II [Self-Released]
    08. Thurston Moore: Trees Outside the Academy [Ecstatic Peace]
    07. Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger [Lost Highway]
    06. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    05. Prodigy: Return of the Mac [Koch]
    04. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]
    03. T.I.: T.I. vs. T.I.P. [Grand Hustle]
    02. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [Merge]
    01. Deerhunter: Cryptograms [Kranky]

    Amos Barshad
    10. Jens Lekman: Night Falls over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]
    09. Liars: Liars [Mute]
    08. Hallelujah the Hills: Hallelujah the Hills [Collective Psychosis Begone?] [Misra]
    07. Konono No.1: Live at Couleur Café [Crammed Disc]
    06. Ghostface Killah: Big Doe Rehab [Def Jam]
    05. The Maccabees: Colour It In [Polydor]
    04. Devin the Dude: Waiting To Inhale [Rap-A-Lot]
    03. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam [Domino]
    02. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]
    01. Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams [Loud]

    Karl Birmelin
    10. Beirut: The Flying Club Cup [Ba Da Bing!]
    09. Kevin Drew: Spirit If… [Arts & Crafts]
    08. !!!: Myth Takes [Warp]
    07. Sunset Rubdown: Random Spirit Lover [Jagjaguwar]
    06. The Field: From Here We Go Sublime [Kompakt]
    05. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]
    04. Dragons of Zynth: Coronation Thieves [Gigantic Music]
    03. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    02. The National: Boxer [Beggars Banquet]
    01. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]

    John Bohannon
    10. Nina Nastasia and Jim White: You Follow Me [Fat Cat]
    09. Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur [Ninja Tune]
    08. Bruce Springsteen: Magic [Capitol]
    07. Kanye West: Graduation [Roc-A-Fella]
    06. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black [Republic]
    05. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    04. Robert Wyatt: Comicopera [Domino]
    03. Dalek: Abandoned Language [Ipecac]
    02. Fennesz: Cendre [Touch]   
    01. Boris featuring Michio Kurihara: Rainbow [Drag City]  

    Mike Burr
    10. Various Artists: I’m Not There soundtrack
    09. Black Kids: Wizard of Ahhs
    08. Radiohead: In Rainbows
    07. Christopher Denny: Age Old Hunger
    06. Kanye West: Graduation
    05. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Dec 19 of 2006)
    04. The Izzys: The Violent Bear It Away
    03. Steve Earle: Washington Square Serenade
    02. Jason Isbell: Sirens of the Ditch
    01. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky

    Gwendolyn Elliott
    10. Tracy Thorn: Out of the Woods [Astralwerks]
    09. Blonde Redhead: 23 [4AD]
    08. My Brightest Diamond: Tear It Down [Asthmatic Kitty]
    07. Tom Brosseau: Cavalier [Fat Cat]
    06. Cass McCombs: Dropping the Writ [Domino]
    05. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]
    04. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha [Fat Possum]
    03. The Shins: Wincing the Night Away [Sub Pop]
    02. The Cave Singers: Invitation Songs [Matador]
    01. Bill Callahan: Woke on a Whaleheart [Drag City]

    Lee Fullington
    10. Little Wings: Soft Pow’r [Marriage]
    09. El-P: I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead [Def Jux]
    08. No Age: Weirdo Rippers [Fat Cat]
    07. Grinderman: Grinderman [Anti-]
    06. Low: Drums and Guns [Sub Pop]
    05. The Warlocks: Heavy Deavy Skull Lover [Tee Pee]
    04. Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon [XL]
    03. PJ Harvey: White Chalk [Island]
    02. Cass McCombs: Dropping the Writ [Domino USA]
    01. Deerhunter: Cryptograms [Kranky]

    Matthew Gasteier
    10. Fennesz and Sakamoto: Cendre [Touch]
    09. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black [Island]
    08. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]
    07. Burial: Untrue [Hyperdub]
    06. Amerie: Because I Love It [Columbia]
    05. The Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [Merge]
    04. Justice: Cross [Ed Banger]
    03. Pole: Steingarten [~scape]
    02. Pharoahe Monch: Desire [Universal Motown]
    01. M.I.A.: Kala [Interscope]

    Jeremy Goldmeier
    10. Beirut: The Flying Club Cup [Ba Da Bing]
    09. The National: Boxer [Beggars Banquet]
    08. Blonde Redhead: 23 [4AD]
    07. Caribou: Andorra [Merge]
    06. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]
    05. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]
    04. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [Merge]
    03. Iron & Wine: The Shepherd’s Dog [Sub Pop]
    02. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    01. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge]

     

    Eli Halpern

    10. Pinback: Autumn of the Seraphs [Touch & Go]
     09.Baroness: Red Album [Relapse]
     08. Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation [Lidkercow Ltd]
     07. Get Him Eat Him: Arms Down [Absolutely Kosher]
     06. Art Brut: It’s a Bit Complicated [Downtown]
     05. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge]
     04. Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna [Polyvinyl]
     03. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
     02. Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity [Kill Rock Stars]
     01.Okkervil River: Stage Names [Jagjaguwar]

     

    Jeff Klingman 

    10. PJ Harvey – White Chalk [Island]
    09. Glass Candy – B/E/A/T/B/O/X [Italians Do it Better]
    08. Electrelane – No Shouts, No Calls [Too Pure / Beggars]
    07. Radiohead – In Rainbows [self-released]
    06. Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lover [Jagjaguwar]
    05. Deerhunter – Cryptograms/Fluorescent Grey (cop out I know, but they did release both together on double vinyl) [Kranky]
    04. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam [Domino]
    03. M.I.A. – Kala [XL]
    02. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver [DFA / Capitol]
    01. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, are You the Destroyer? [Polyvinyl]

    Mike Krolak
    10. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha [Fat Possum]
    09. Aesop Rock: None Shall Pass [Definitive Jux]
    08. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]
    07. Sean Price: Jesus Price Supastar [Duck Down]
    06. Little Brother: Getback [ABB]
    05. Pharoahe Monch: Desire [SRC]
    04. Okkervil River: The Stage Names [Jagjaguwar]
    03. Burial: Untrue [Hyperdub]
    02. The National: Boxer [Beggars Banquet]
    01. El-P: I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead [Definitive Jux]

    Matt Liebowitz
    10. Kings of Leon: Because of the Times [RCA]
    09. Keren Ann: Keren Ann [EMI]
    08. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    07. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]
    06. Low: Drums and Guns [Sub Pop]
    05. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha [Fat Possum]
    04. David Vandervelde: The Moonstation House Band [Secretely Canadian]
    03. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge]
    02. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam [Domino]
    01. Aaron Ross: Shapeshifter [Grass Roots]

    Norman Mayers
    10. Chrisette Michele: I Am [Def Jam]
    09. Blue Six: Aquarian Angel [Naked]
    08. Jill Scott: The Real Thing Words & Sounds Vol. 3 [Hidden Beach]
    07. 4Hero: Play With the Changes [Milan]
    06. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black [Republic]
    05. The Politik: The Politik [Milan]
    04. Ledisi: Lost & Found [Verve]
    03. Angie Stone: The Art of Love & War [Stax]
    02. Eric Roberson: Left [Dome]
    01. M.I.A.: Kala [XL/Interscope]

    John Motley
    10. Dan Deacon: Spiderman of the Rings [Carpark]
    09. Deerhoof: Friendship Opportunity [Kill Rock Stars]
    08. Arthur & Yu: In Camera [Hardly Art]
    07. Papercuts: Can’t Go Back [Gnomonsong]
    06. Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala [Secretly Canadian]
    05. Caribou: Andorra [Merge]
    04. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-released]
    03. Deerhunter: Cryptograms [Kranky]
    02. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]
    01. The Brunettes: Structure & Cosmetics [Sub Pop]

    Sean Nelson

    10. The Austerity Program: Black Madonna [Hydrahead]
    09. Kanye West: Graduation [Roc-A-Fella]
    08. Arp: In Light [Smalltown Supersound]
    07. Okkervil River: The Stage Names [Jagjaguwar]
    06. Pharoahe Monch: Desire [5RC]
    05. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand [Rounder]
    04. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam [Domino]
    03. The Field: From Here We Go Sublime [Kompakt]
    02. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]
    01. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]

    Dan Nishimoto
    10. Dragons of Zynth: Coronation Thieves [Gigantic]
    09. Donnie: The Daily News [SoulThought]
    08. Budos Band: Budos Band II [Daptone]
    07. Jay-Z: American Gangster [Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam]
    06. Pharoahe Monche: Desire [SRC/Universal]
    05. Cafe Tacuba: SiNo [Universal Latino]
    04. Björk: Volta [Atlantic/WEA]
    03. M.I.A.: Kala [XL/Interscope]
    02. Robert Wyatt: Comicopera [Domino]
    01. Kanye West: Graduation [Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam]

    Steve Pollock
    10. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha [Fat Possum]
    09. Les Savy Fav: Let’s Stay Friends [French Kiss]
    08. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]
    07. Stars: In Our Bedroom After the War [Arts & Crafts]
    06. Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future [Polydor]
    05. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga [Merge]
    04. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]
    03. Kaiser Chiefs: Yours Truly, Angry Mob [B-Unique]
    02. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [Merge]
    01. M.I.A.: Kala [XL]

    Brian Reid
    10. Kanye West: Graduation [Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam]
    09. The Field: From Here We Go Sublime [Kompakt]
    08. The National: Boxer [Beggars Banquet]
    07. Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam [Domino]
    06. Ricardo Villalobos: Fabric 36 [Fabric]
    05. Thomas Fehlmann: Honigpumpe [Kompakt]
    04. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]
    03. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    02. M.I.A.: Kala [XL/Interscope]
    01. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA]

    Etan Rosenbloom
    10. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    09. Chris Letcher: Frieze [Sheer Sound/2 Feet Music]
    08. Baroness: The Red Album [Relapse]
    07. The Teeth: You’re My Lover Now [Park the Van]
    06. Bat for Lashes: Fur and Gold [Echo/She Bear]
    05. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: In Glorious Times [The End]
    04. Wolves in the Throne Room: Two Hunters [Southern Lord]
    03. Grayceon: Grayceon [Vendlus]
    02. Battles: Mirrored [Warp]
    01. Jesca Hoop: Kismet [3 Entertainment/Red Ink/Columbia]

    Chris Sahl

    10. White Stripes: Icky Thump [Warner Brothers]
    09. Amiina: Kurr [Ever]
    08. Ween: La Cucharaca [La Cucaracha]
    07. Dan Deacon: Spiderman of the Rings [Carpark]
    06. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    05. Nine Inch Nails: Year Zero [Interscope]
    04. Caribou: Andorra [Merge]
    03. Liars: Liars [Mute]
    02. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [DFA/Capitol]
    01. Battles: Mirrored [Warp]

    Bruce Scott
    10. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: 100 Days, 100 Nights [Daptone]
    09. Caribou: Andorra [Merge]
    08. Feist: The Reminder [Cherry Tree]
    07. Iron and Wine: The Shepherd’s Dog [Sub Pop]
    06. Antibalas: Security [Anti-]
    05. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha [Fat Possum]
    04. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible [Merge]
    03. Battles: Mirrored [Warp]
    02. PJ Harvey: White Chalk [Island]
    01. Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? [Polyvinyl]

    Adam Webb-Orenstein
    10. Jana Hunter: There’s No Home [Gnomesong]
    09. Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation [Lidkercow Ltd.]
    08. Melt Banana: Bambi’s Dilemma [A-Zap]
    07. Pissed Jeans: Hope for Men [Sub Pop]
    06. Black Moth Super Rainbow: Dandelion Gum [Graveface]
    05. Pop Levi: Return to Form Black Magick Party [Counter]
    04. Islaja: Ulual Yyy [Fonal]
    03. Ghost: In Stormy Nights [Drag City]
    02. Panda Bear: Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]
    01. Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of the Decline [Kranky]

    Travis Woods
    10. Amiina: Kurr [Ever]
    09. Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of the Decline [Kranky]
    08. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Is Is EP [Interscope]
    07. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    06. The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event [Self-Released]
    05. The National: Boxer [Beggar’s Banquet]
    04. PJ Harvey: White Chalk [Island]
    03. Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris [Interscope]
    02. Nick Drake: Family Tree [Tsunami LG/Fontana]
    01. Soulsavers (with Mark Lanegan): It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s How You Land [V2]

    John Zeiss
    10. Nina Nastasia and Jim White: You Follow Me [Fat Cat]
    09. Panda Bear/Animal Collective: Person Pitch/Strawberry Jam [Paw Tracks/Domino]
    08. The Weakerthans: Reunion Tour [Anti-/Epitaph]
    07. Ferraby Lionheart: Catch the Brass Ring [Nettwerk]
    06. The National: Boxer [Beggars Banquet]
    05. Okkervil River: The Stage Names [Jagjaguwar]
    04. Low: Drums and Guns [Sub Pop]
    03. Radiohead: In Rainbows [Self-Released]
    02. Explosions in the Sky: All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone [Temporary Residence]
    01. Electrelane: No Shouts, No Calls [Too Pure/Beggars]

    Jen Zipf

    10. M.I.A: Kala [Interscope]
    09. V/A: The Brit Box [Rhino/WEA]
    08. Justice: [CROSS SYMBOL] [Downtown/Ed Banger]
    07. Soulwax: Most of the Remixes [Parlophone*]
    06. Midnight Juggernauts: Dystopia [Siberia/Inertia*]
    05. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver [Capitol]
    04. Interpol: Our Love to Admire [Capitol]
    03. Simian Mobile Disco: Attack Destroy Sustain Release [Interscope]
    02. Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future [Geffen]
    01. Digitalism: Idealism [Astralwerks]

    *: Import

     

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