Good music of 2007

I don’t do top ten lists. It’s too hard.

My tastes of today may not be my tastes of tomorrow and much less my tastes of six months ago. I could probably give you a ranking right now, but tomorrow I would change it. And I would change it again the day after that ad infinitum. Therefore, to try to provide any kind of resemblance of a ranking I’m going to list three groups: good, better, best. These groups will based on how many times I listened to a CD with “good” being the minimal plays and “best” being the most. I’ll toss in a little bit of commentary, but that’s about all I’ll give you (unless you ask).

As I said last year, I think it rather unfair to produce these type of lists before the end of year (which many people do). I would prefer everyone wait until February (or later) so that a person has time to digest releases that came out late in year (or in my case something you purchased with an iTunes gift card). However, since everyone produces their lists now I’ll play along.

A couple of notes before I give you the first group. First, the list is alphabetical so being first in the list means no more than being last. Second, I’m only including releases for which I have the entire CD. If I had only a couple songs from a CD, such as from the awesome Cats on Fire’s The Province Complains, I felt it was unfair to include it.

So here’s the “good” group (the others will follow on subsequent days):

Albert Hammonds, Jr. – Push Comes To Shove
Apostle of Hustle – The National Anthem Of Nowhere
Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin
Boat – Let’s Drag Our Feet
Bre Loughlin – Modern American Photo Album
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Some Loud Thunder
Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday
Field Music – Tones Of Town
Jarvis Croker – Jarvis
Jose Gonzalez – In Our Nature
Kevin Drew – Spirit If…
LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
Lightning Dust – Lightning Dust
Pela – Anytown Graffiti
The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
The Bird and the Bee – The Bird and the Bee
The Dreamers – Day for Night
The Frames – The Cost
The Ladybug Transistor – Can’t Wait Another Day
The New Pornographers – Challengers
The Purrs – The Chemistry That Keeps Us Together
The Shins – Phantom Limb
Vells – Integretron
Will Stratton – What the Night Said

As much as I hate to write this, the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah release was the biggest disappointment of the year.  Granted it would have been a major miracle to top their first CD, this one just never gained any traction with me.  I may have listened to it twice.  I’ve got my fingers crossed in hopes they re-discover their magic on release number three.

The Shins Phantom Limb was another letdown.  It was good, but I just couldn’t embrace it like I did Chutes Too Narrow or Oh, Inverted World.   Part of this I blame on their lackluster show at the Millenium Center in Winston-Salem (what a lousy venue).  I was pumped for the show, but it left me completely flat.

A lot of people discovered the Frames this year due to the movie Once.  I was already on their bandwagon with last year’s Burn the Maps (which was probably the best CD of 2006), but I found The Cost lacking the force of Burn the Maps.

I have Neon Bible from Arcade Fire, but I’ve let to listen to it. That’s a bit unfair as groupings go, but since I’m basing this on  “play” time, it ends up here.

More tomorrow.

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~ by Genevieve on 2008.01.01.

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