As the insidious tendrils of death creep up on another year of our bleak miserable lives, soon to be irretrievably deposited back into the eternal void, its time to reflect on the only thing that truly matters in life, music! Traditionally, year end music threads consist of posters arbitarily listing their favorite records, peppering on the occasional descriptive anecdote as a means of inviting discussion, and then we all go back to doing whatever it is that we do. Given that I have no delusions of innovation, here goes: 2007 1a. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Kevin Costner had no part in the creation or production of this epic catastrophe drama From the first time this glorious instrumental set punctured through my ears Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone has been the prize of this years collection. As far as wordless, shimmering rock albums are concerned, its amazing how much emotional intensity can be evoked with just the lo-fi sprawl of a slinking guitar sound, tastefully powerful drums, and the occasional glistening piano part. Arrangements are orchestrated to perfect an omniously beautiful oceanic sound; Cymbals crash as waves in a monsoon as piano notes evoke the ghosts of the Titanic with choral elegance, all the while electric feedback conjours up images of a prehistoric leviathan. A narrative of catastrophic proportions is being signaled as one navigates through its six chapters, starting with one of the great songs of all-time, The Birth and Death of a Day, which alternately exhilrates and confounds with an arresting calm, even during its frenetic and prolonged crescendo. This album is songwriting at its very best and the first time when this band has completely stepped out of the shadows of post-rock pioneers Godspeed You Black Emperor and Mogwai. 1b. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The immortals gently awaken At this late hour however, EITS have a challanger by way of Love is Simple by Akron/Family, a psychedelic folk cult bent on channeling the spirit of Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and the universal force of love into a unique genre-mashing extravaganza for the modern era. The narrative of poetic lyrics which ponder such cosmic themes as love and infinite space is smattered over grand progressive rock statements: Tribal drums, camp-fire sing-a-longs, wistful drones, gloriously communicate a sincerity and purity that can move mountains merely for the sake of improving ones mood. 3. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The lo-fi predilections of Sam Beam are given the electric roots rock makeover Another one of the truly accomplished records of the year is Iron & Wine - The Sheperd's Dog, which is marked by the successful transition of singer/songwriter Sam Beam's minimilist accoustic talents into an eclectic selection of pastoral songs given the full band treatment, complete with tastefully tripped out breakdowns and transitions which are about as unthreatening to the ears as Jessica Alba is to the eyes. The outro jam in Wolves (song of the Shepard's Dog) is a marvel of production and arragement ingenuity that is rarely acheived in music. Other stuff: 20. The New Pornographers - Challangers 19. Blonde Redhead - 23 18. Okkervil River - The Stage Names 17. Battles - Mirrored 16. The Besnard Lakes - Are the Dark Horse 15. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams 2 14. The John Butler Trio - Grand National 13. Bat For Lashes - Fur and Gold 12. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin 11. Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris 10. The Aliens - Astronomy For Dogs 9. The Horrors - Strange House 8. Angels of Light - We Are Him 7. Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist 6. LCD Soundsytem - Sounds of Silver 5. Ween - La Cucaracha 4. Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim Best epics Smashing Pumpkins - United States Ween - Woman and Man The Aliens - Caravan Neil Young - Ordinary People Exlplosions in the Sky - It's Natural to Be Afraid Best Singles The Arcade Fire - Keep the Car Running Queens of the Stone Age - Sick Sick Sick Smashing Pumpkins - Tarantula Sigur Ros - Hljómalind Akron/Family - Of All The Things</div> Best Song Damn, just can't decide yet!