I'm resurrecting myself with IndieAsshats. I let it die, but I get to be Dr. Frankenstein too, okay? deal.
but here's this, to get it (re)started.
TOP ALBUMS OF 2007
- ripping off Refused takes guts. these kids have them, and do the job right.
29. The Snake The Cross The Crown
- the amazing transformation through an EP and two full-lengths into a most excellent group of storytellers.
28. The Chariot
- so gorgeous and violent. and the chamber choirs are lovely.
27. Avril Lavigne
"The Best Damn Thing"
- just listen to the track "I Don't Have To Try" – bubble-gum pop beats roll into Sum 41 riffs to a Brody Dalle growl…it's over the top, ridiculous, and barely like trying, indeed.
26. Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
"What Is Free To A Good Home? EP"
- a perfect appendix to last year's "Knives Don't Have Your Back."
25. Winter Wardrobe
"Paul and the Owl EP"
- r.i.p., my friends. the first Fresno band I fell in love with, great guys, and an excellent 4 songs to sing farewell to.
24. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
"Music From The Motion Picture 'Once'"
- glen's voice is chilling as the soundtrack to one of the best music movies ever.
23. Moros Eros
"Jealous Me Was Killed By Curiosity"
- dance-punk have never been so dark, or intelligent.
22. The Glorious Unseen
"Tonight The Stars Speak"
- I don't listen to worship albums, so for one to grab me as I haven't been since Something Like Silas's release of "Glimpses" is an accomplishment.
"What The Hell Do I Know? EP"
- short, simple, wonderful pop-song gems.
20. Thes One
- classic advertising jingles sliced and set to hip-hop beats. what is says about hip-hop is obscure, but it's undeniably enjoyable.
- dark, dissolving dub-step.
18. Sunny Day in Glasgow
"Scribble Mural Comic Journal"
- like all the glitchy parts of a thom yorke album, but more schizophrenic and with melting, unintelligible choral vocals.
"Friend and Foe"
- it took a while for this to grow on me, but these three guys are insanely brilliant.
"Love Is Simple"
- when it sounds like a party, the party is ON.
15. The National
- driving, rhythmic, and a little dark, like songs at prom: played in the gym, yet being heard in the hallways.
"Burning Off Impurities"
- the best post-rock album of the year.
13. The OhSees
- self-produced, the bass is completely blown out, the party is a little quieter at times, but the result is completely gorgeous.
12. Stars of the Lid
"And Their Refinement Of The Decline"
- you can't describe ambient, but they can define it.
"Love Is For The Rich"
- made up of remnants of Number One Gun
, this two-man bedroom project is a grower, and is rich in lyrical and musical surprises.
- the lovely balance between "Drums Not Dead" and their previous post-punk offerings.
"Drums and Guns"
- the downer album of the year: minimal, cold, sparse, and intelligent.
8. Okkervil River
"The Stage Names" and "Golden Opportunities Mixtape"
- will sheff spins a musical yarn like no one's business, and the mixtape is free (@ okkervilriver.com)!
- the savior for distraught Say Anything
fans…they take up where the creatively (in)sane Bemis left off with "…Was A Real Boy," with a touch of the dirty energy of Sunny Day Real Estate.
6. The Weakerthans
- our friends from the north make their triumphant return after 4 years, with songs about business meetings, curling matches, and dead hockey players.
5. Broken Social Scene
Presents: Kevin Drew
- It's BSS with more of Drew in the monitor…and it works.
- Iceland's greatest import gets a bit more production credit, but that doesn't stop the album from being catchy, uncomfortably sensual, and pleasantly haphazard, like Beck, Bjork, and something else in a blender.
3. Panda Bear
- an album that almost seems simple, but is enrapturing and engaging, multi-faceted like none other: for driving, sleeping, studying, and the dinner party!
2. As Cities Burn
"Come Now Sleep"
- these are the most exciting steps to see a band make…from better-than-average screamo to a brilliant, self-conscious rock band that actively engages the listener in the struggle without sugar-coating or making nice for the Christian market…the polar opposite of a sophomore slump.
"Cryptograms" & "Fluorescent Grey EP"
- what to say? someone mentioned that this is the album every kid in America should be playing in their basement, and I concur. it's drugs and sex and adolescence steeped in echo and reverb, like dreams and nightmares and the best laid plans of kids too young to make plans. it's a drama told in three parts, the final chapter being the EP, that is a stunning achievement all to itself. it's music as emotion, story in song, it's genius ever the more accentuated by it's own self-encompassing enigma.