Top 25 Albums of 2007 (Hank)

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25. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

24. Battles - Mirrored

23. I’m Not There Soundtrack

22. Panda Bear – Person Pitch

21. Okkervil River – The Stage Names

20. David’s Pegasus - David's Pegasus

19. Kanye West - Graduation

18. Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity

17. Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lover

16. Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew – Spirit If…

15. Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation

14. Paul Baribeau – Grand Ledge

13. Iron & Wine – Shepard’s Dog

12. The National – The Boxer

11. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

10. Once Soundtrack

9. Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams

8. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver

7. Feist – The Reminder

6. Sam King - Two

5. The Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Last year around this time, Zach made me a mixtape just so he could put a crappy radio recording of "Intervention" on it. Months later, Win Butler's hanging out with Springsteen and looks like the indie rock lock for president. Listen to this album to find out why. Earnest emotional pleading. Amazing riffs. The Arcade Fire made the first big indie splash of 07 and with good reason.

4. Dirty Projectors – Rise Above

What a great album sounds like if it was made by your hippie jam-band brother (who grew up listening to the Rat Pack) after he was stranded on a desert island with nothing but Black Flag, music theory, and had recently been turned into a muppet.

3. Radiohead – In Rainbows

ho hum. Another mind-blowing Radiohead album. ho hum.

2. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?

Kevin Barnes outdoes himself. Depression so good you can dance to it.

1. Beirut – The Flying Cup Club/Lon Grisland EP

Let's face it, these lists are completely subjective. I don't know if Beirut is the best album of the year or not. All I know is that this was definitely my favorite. I spent more hours than I can count listening to this as my family took a vacation through Poland. Zach Condon's heady concoctions are intoxicating odes to Balkan folk music with a nod to the 21st century. The bottom line with lists is that whatever it is, ultimately what makes the top is what speaks to you. So, thanks Zach Condon.


5 Flight of the Conchords - "Bowie Song"

4 Travis Morrison & the Hellfighters "As We Proceed"

3 Caribou – "Melody Day"

2 Sam King - "We Don't Get the Blues"

1 Georgie James - "Need Your Needs"


Elliott Smith - New Moon

Because every time I hear it, it reminds me that he's dead.

1 comment:

  1. Can't believe I forgot Sunset Rubdown. Shame on me that shit was tight!