Friday, January 04, 2008

2007: Dany's Top 30

30. Kano // London Town (679)
Not as immediately enjoyable as his debut, but like his amigo Dizzee, he shows that grime has room for growth.

29. The Pigeon Detectives // Wait For Me (Dance To The Radio)
28. Kylie Minogue // X (Parlophone)
27. Babyshamblers // Shotter's Nation (Regal/Parlophone)
26. Arctic Monkeys // Favourite Worst Nightmare (Domino)
25. The Rakes // Ten New Messages (V2)
24. Modest Mouse // We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
One million years after their debut, Isaac Brock and company (and now Johnny Marr!) are still obsessed with life and death, penning unforgettable tunes that don't expire after a few listens.

23. Kate Nash // Made of Bricks (Fiction/Interscope)
22. The Cinematics // A Strange Education (TVT)
21. Girls Aloud // Tangled Up (Universal)
"OMG A GIRLS ALOUD ALBUM ON YOUR END LIST?/?!1??? THAT'S NOT INDIE!!1" I figure that will be the reaction from a lot of people, but if you're into anything remotely dancey (Kylie, Saint Etienne, etc), give this an album a chance. Their fourth album is by far their best, full of tunes that are anything but disposable.

20. Idlewild // Make Another World (Sanctuary)
19. Dizzee Rascal // Maths & English (XL)
18. Sophie-Ellis Bextor // Trip The Light Fantastic (Universal)
17. Bjork // Volta (One Little Indian/Atlantic)
16. Justice // Cross (Ed Banger/Vice)
15. Yeasayer // All Hour Cymbals (We Are Free)
14. The Maccabees // Colour It In (Fiction/Interscope)
13. O Fracas // Fits & Starts (I Can Count)
12. Klaxons // Myths of the Near Future (Interscope)
11. We Are Wolves // Total Magique (Dare to Care)
10. Young/Lost Ones // Left Coast or Pacifica and His Misadventures at the Flower Fields (Self-released)
Besides the UK, it seems that the best new bands are coming out of California, as the haul from the past few years is pretty impressive -- Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, Birdmonster, Division Day, Grand Ole Party...and #6 on this list. At times reminiscent of Limbeck, Tom Petty and Old 97s, these incredibly prolific guys just can't miss. Even their demos are better than most band's album tracks.

9. Dartz! // This Is My Ship (Xtra Mile)
8. Les Savy Fav // Let's Be Friends (French Kiss)
In case anyone forgot about these guys with the long layoff, Les Savy Fav is the best band in NYC right now.

7. Jamie T. // Panic Prevention (Caroline)
6. Rademacher // Stunts (Self-released)
5. Kubichek! // Not Enough Night (30:30)
4. The Wombats // A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation (14th Floor)
This was easily my most listened to band in '07 -- a day doesn't go by where I don't listen to "Lost in the Post" three times. The easiest touchstone is Supergrass, but the impressive thing is that they've already developed well beyond their influences with a lethal combination of hooks and unmatched wit.

3. Manic Street Preachers // Send Away The Tigers (Columbia)
As a teenager, I latched onto the Manics as a latter day Clash -- a band that could combine politics with undeniably catchy tunes. After The Holy Bible, the band was on top of the world, but then Richey James Edwards disappeared. It was an occurrence tantamount to Kurt Cobain's death, and it's something that would have destroyed a lesser band. In '97, they returned with Everything Must Go, an album that was not only critically praised, but one that made them one of the biggest bands in the world. Since then it's been a steady decline, but as one of my favorite bands, I stuck with them and I was rewarded by this year's Send Away The Tigers. It's a stunning return to form that shows that the band doesn't have to repeat their gems of the past to be a fighting and fit unit. This is a record borne of desire and reflection, reminding us that the best way to change the world isn't by living outside the system, but by working from inside it.

2. M.I.A. //Kala (XL/Interscope)
In 2007, even music had traces of globalization. Maya was basically finished with her sophomore album when the US denied her visa (it has since been resolved), so instead of fretting, she racked up the frequent flyer miles and made a world music album that doesn't suck shit, recording the album over three continents. She has two types of fans -- those that want to dance and those that want something more out of their music, and like the way of life she espouses in her work, those fans seem to get along just fine.

1. Bloc Party // A Weekend in the City (Wichita/Vice)
Two links for you. One sums up how I feel about this record and the other will make you chuckle.
Review @ SIS
Chuckle: Best Albums of 2005 (check #1 & #2)


Blogger Beth said...

Let me be the first to say, OMG A GIRLS ALOUD ALBUM ON YOUR END LIST?/?!1??? THAT'S NOT INDIE!!@!!1

11:23 AM EST  
Blogger Malcolm Sosa said...

MIA!!! Hells yeah. Love that record.

1:34 PM EST  

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