Cvalda's Radio Playlist For 2007
2007 has proved so far to be the year of the false epiphany for me. Though I always try not to be defeatist and pessimistic, certain transgressions with family, friends and work have heralded one of the most challenging years with regards to my personal life. However, one of the most amazingly good things to happen to me this year was a certain someone's introducing me to the wonders of last.fm, a web-community held together by the sheer love of music.
Since logging on in May, I have been able to rustle up more music than ever before, as well as make some good friends along the way. So with this in mind, and knowing that I still have another two months before the year is out, I've put together my playlist of the year so far (saying that, everyone else is advertising for Christmas already, so I'm guessing my journal here isn't too much or a bugbear, eh?). Just bear in mind that I never put myself down as consistent connoisseur of fine music... I know what I like though and am open to suggestions! So CvaldaVessalis would like to present her Class Of 2007!
(Apologies in advance for some of the apparent errors with regards to artist names and the like, but I have to say that tags are a constant problem with this place, aren't they?)
01) "How My Heart Behaves" by Feist
Was turned onto the lovely Feist by last.fm's very own Pluto88
, though her second album did take a while to get onto my iTunes. My personal favorite is this fine, melancholy finale to a light-as-a-feather sophomore effort featuring Eirik Glambek Bøe from Kings of Convenience
on guest vocals.
02) "This Is Not A Date" by Orange Anubis
As fine a lament to the death of romance as I've ever heard, made all the more heartbreaking by way of its delicate, forgiving nature. A special thanks to Bert
for inviting me to the last.fm party too, you fine piece of mansnatch, you!
03) "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi" by Radiohead
Until this album was downloaded, I had firmly rooted myself in the "Radiohead/Overrated" camp, but that was soon obliterated by the sheer gorgeousness of their music here. It's testament to both their chemistry and musicianship that not only are they still going, but that they still sound like they've just arrived.
04) "Do I Disappoint You?" by Rufus Wainwright
Mr Wainwright is responsible for my favorite opening line in a song this year with this decadent, strident stunner. It must be said that Rufus can softly swoon better than anyone, but when he's got all of the bells and whistles behind him, it's always hard not to have the wind taken out of you with such giddiness and awe.
05) "Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)" by Groove Armada
featuring Mutya Buena
Ex-Sugababe Mutya ingratiates herself into the Groove Armada discography with her customary sultriness by way of the dance duo's most commercial moment in their career so far... and it most certainly isn't a bad thing at all! Also happens to be one of my favorite karaoke choices!
06) "Over The Ice" by The Field
Though I downloaded a lot of electronica this year, this minimal Swedish band offered some of 2007's finest moments, by way of holding fast onto an entrancing mix of samples that would get anyone onto the feet. Expertly crafted dance music that doesn't outstay its welcome nor force its way into your head: a rarity!
07) "$20" by M.I.A.New Order
and The Pixies
mashed into a resonant anthem for the Third World by one of pop music's most refreshingly outspoken acts of today. Just one of the fine gems from Miss Arulpragasam's essential second album that sees herself and production extraordinaire Switch
bring world music and hip-hop into the same sound via electronic dance with exciting results.
08) "Valerie" by Mark Ronson
featuring Amy Winehouse
2007 certainly belonged to Miss Winehouse with regards to headlines and record sales, but, unlike other pop starlets today, her voice and music stood above any muck the press tried to throw at her. A special mention also for producer Mark Ronson, for bringing Motown soul into the twenty-first century mainstream without losing its sass or sexiness.
09) "Wanderlust" by Björk
Miss Gudmundsdottir's return to beats heralded a return to the pop sensibilities of her earlier work... how mis-informed those people were! Whilst it's probably her darkest solo release yet, Björk can still visit territories new to pop music without fear better than anyone, offering up listens that are always challenging but, more often than not, never less than breathtaking.
10) "Gimme More" by Britney Spears
Guilty pleasure mode is on full alert with this fine piece of sultry pop fluff, which also boasts my second favorite opening line in a song this year. Call it her utilizing the best pop songwriters and producers that American music has to offer, but for THAT
disastrous performance at the MTV Awards alone, Shitney deserves a place on anyone's 2007 playlist.
11) "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis
It's only taken ten months, but X Factor winner Miss Lewis has finally released the follow-up to that American Idol song from last Christmas. Questionable lyrics aside (this love doesn't sound remotely safe or hygienic at all!), it says a lot about Lewis's vocal prowess that she turns a mediocre song into something, dare I say it, quite soulful and catchy.
12) "No Cars Go" by The Arcade Fire
Back to the legit-tastes now with 2007's finest rock album from these resonant messagemakers from Canada. Operatic in its grandeur and moving beyond words, their collective snub at this year's Q Awards says absolutely everything there is to say about the English music press today. Need to apologize to Omissi0n
too... he was bleating on about these guys before I summoned up the good sense to listen!
13) "Atlas" by Battles
If you could imagine a Martian downloading a "Rock Music For Dummies" computer program, their first piece of music composition would most probably sound something like this. Unlike much of anything you'll have ever heard before; many cheers to the Post-Rocker
for letting me in on these guys!
14) "Run & Tell That" by Elijah Kelley
And for the home-stretch, we're resolutely in musical territory for the next three songs, so brace yourself. First up is the 2007 movie adaptation of "Hairspray's" true breakout star, the rather gorgeous Elijah Kelley, outdoing any High School Musical-er with a fierce rendition of this anthem of black pride with a fine supporting warble from Taylor Parks.
15) "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Billed as the musical for people who hate musicals, this gorgeous opening number from Irish indie-hit "Once" tugs the heartstrings better than any other movie moment this year. As a touching side note, the two stars after six years of knowing each other and making music together have finally got together. Altogether now... "AWWWW!!!"
16) "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by T.V. Carpio
To close the year, we have director Julie Taymor turn this much loved Beatles song into a yearning lesbian love anthem for her drug-addled tale of life, love and political unrest in '60s America, "Across The Universe". Bet you never realized how lovelorn and sad this song really was, nor that the Beatles would be the source music for one of the most questionable Hollywood releases in recent memory (Hint: It certainly isn't "The Wall"
And there we have it, my compilation CD for the past year! If I've left anyone out, please let me know... I wouldn't like to upset anyone! In the meantime, here's to another year of music!