Saturday, December 22, 20072007
I've found it difficult to compile a list of 10 amazing albums for this list. Granted, all 10 of these albums are amazing, but I think quite a lot of new music has slipped past me this year. I have made it an early New Year's resolution to keep my ear to the ground, go to more gigs and buy more records. But here they are:
1. Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala
Swedish singer/songwriter delivers the year's most romantic and fresh album. For sure. It is twee in places, bittersweet in others, and Jens Lekman is a lyrical genius; every line is like literary syrup.
2. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
Rilo Kiley's new album is modern, grown-up pop at its best.
3. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Dark and dramatic second album, altogether undisappointing.
4. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
Haunting and melancholic folky perfection.
5. Interpol - Our Love to Admire
The same grnaduer as previous albums, with a little bit more pomp.
6. Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
Patrick Wolf lives out his pop star fantasy and it all comes true!
7. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
A longing and melodic fourth album from Denmark's finest exiles.
8. Bright Eyes - Cassadega
Conor Oberst seems healthier and less cryptic in 2007, but if you listen close enough the demons are all still there.
9. Justice - Cross
Incredulous and lush soundscapes, Justice push the boundaries of recorded music with their debut album.
10. The National - Boxer
Elegant and heartfelt music; Matt Berginger's deep, clean vocals are something special.
I also thought Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is (EP) was the most excellent collection of five songs ever released, but at five songs, it ain't an album. Sorry.
I'm so so so so excited about new albums from Sons and Daughters, Love is All, Laura Marling, Late of the Pier, Noah and the Whale, These New Puritans to name but a few!