2007: Favorite Albums of

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 - Hlj├│malind
    Akron/Family - Of All The Things​
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    Best Song
    Damn, just can't decide yet!​
     

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