Albums of the year
By no means is this meant to be some professional critic’s list but rather simply my list of the albums I enjoyed the most over the course of the past year. Enjoy.
Daft Punk “Alive 2007”
Some of you may remember my raving on about the Daft Punk show I saw in Vegas back in October. This is the reason why. This was taken from a show they did in Paris in June and it will rock your pants off. It's layer upon layer of the thickest beats and sleaziest breaks only the best in the business could deliver. From atop a glowing pyramid. Between “Touch it/Technologic” and the 10-minute freakout of “Prime time of your life/Brainwasher/Rollin’ & scratchin’/Alive’” and the wicked show-closer “Human/Together/One more time/Music sounds better with you”, it’s the best thing I heard this year. Seriously. Check this: Spin.com
Radiohead “In Rainbows”
The boys dust off the guitars, lose the skittering and rediscover emotions other than paranoia. And record some of the best songs of their career. Even the distribution broke new ground.
Kings of Leon “For the Times”
From “Knocked Up” right on down through “Arizona”, there wasn't a bad one in the bunch. This album was easily the best southern album of the year. Unless you count Band of Horses.
Band of Horses “Cease to Begin”
The Band moves from Seattle home to Charleston and records another stunner of an album about ghosts and oceans and unseasonably warm weather and love gone right and wrong. Stellar. Hearing a lot of these songs last summer at the Hollywood Bowl helped.
Modest Mouse “We were dead before the ship even sank”
Wow. I listened to this one non-stop during the early part of the spring as I was hatching my plan to escape from Atlanta. The one-two punch of “Parting of the sensory” and “Missed the boat” was for me the best of the year. And "Fire it up."
Panda Bear “Person Pitch”
I bought this album the week I got to LA during a trip to Amoeba as the summer was kind of beginning and it captured it all in song. “Bros” may be my single of the year.
Arcade Fire “Neon Bible”
During my aforementioned “escape from Atlanta” this album was like the light above my bed. I must have listened to it 100 times during at least as many runs around as many blocks as it all came down.
Amy Winehouse “Back to Black”
Like most Americans I heard her name sometime last spring and as soon as I heard her voice, I was hooked. And like everyone, I hope she cleans it up because I wanna hear more of it.
The Austin boys make the album of their career with more great songs like “Black like me”, “Eddie’s Ragga”, and the incomparable “My little Japanese cigarette case.” Wall-to-wall stellarness.
Most of you probably won't notice I slipped this into the list after initially publishing of the original list. But this one is good. They're like the Daft Punk of rock and roll. Math rock? Whatever it is, it rocks.
Britney Spears “Blackout”
Just kidding. That bitch is whack.
The Good, the Bad and the Queen “The Good, the Bad and the Queen”
My man, Damon Albarn, rounds up the best in the bidness and makes the album we’d all been dreaming about. Here’s hoping that’s not a one-off project ‘cause I think they were just getting started.
LCD Soundsystem “Sound of Silver”
I bought this album the day it came out and heard “Get Innocuous.” That was it for me. “All my friends” ended up being my favorite song on the album but they all rocked.
Andrew Bird “Armchair Apocrypha”
Oddly beautiful. Same story about seeing him at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Shout out Louds “Our Ill Wills”
Interpol “Our love to admire”
Wilco “Sky Blue Sky”
Feist “The Reminder”
The National “Boxer”
Ryan Adams “Easy Tiger”
Arctic Monkeys “Favourite Worst Nightmare”