This is the year’s last weekend. So without any further adieu The N. Period presents its list for the year’s top albums. We found that a top 10 list was far too restrictive, so here is a list of our top 15 albums of the year.
15. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
As huge fan of this band I must say that this release was met with mucho anticipation. Diagnosis: mostly awesome with a side of “what’s this?”
14. The Arcade Fire – Black Mirror
Crazy album name with some of the most powerful songs I’ve heard in ages.
mp3: “No Cars Go”
13. Battles – Mirrored
Are they human?
12. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Damon Albarn is a pimp. So is Danger Mouse.
mp3: “Northern Whale”
11. Liars – Liars
This band never ceases to amaze. I already can’t wait for their next release.
10. Peter, Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
I’m definitely guilty of whipping this one out on several of my friends during the first weeks of its release. Has some of the catchiest tunes that simply stick with you. Popular in advertising this year too – Im sure I heard songs from this album on at least three commercials by the time summer came around.
mp3: “The Chills”
9. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
In England the troubled, drug-addled music stars in the limelight actually have talent. At least until Amy Winehouse dies.
8. Justice – Cross
“D.A.N.C.E” was one my most played tracks for the year. In a very short period of time.
7. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Yet another candidate for the Questionable Album Title Club. There are some amazing songs in here, though, so it’s something that must be overlooked.
mp3: “Don’t You Evah”
6. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
Two awesome things: 1) Sharon Jones has a storied past as a corrections officer, including many years of service at Sing-Sing. 2) This album was inconceivably released in 2007. Fantastic blast to the past.
mp3: “Let Them Knock”
5. Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
Exclaim “hell yes!” Repeat ad infinitum.
mp3: “None Shall Pass”
4. Blonde Redhead – 23
A very complete album from an all-time fave. Word.
mp3: “Top Ranking”
3. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
The first time I heard this album I pretty much hated it. After shelving it for months I dove back in, hopefully this time with a different perspective. My mind was then systematically blown over the course of a week or two. Exceptional “me time” album.
2. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
There is so much going on here that it is a wonder that the band not only keeps it together, but also manages to form a continuous cohesive work of art of it all.
1. Radiohead – In Rainbows
Radiohead have proven once again that they are indeed a conglomeration of geniuses. The most important move in recent history in the world of music economics would have never worked as well had the product not been so damned amazing.