January 1, 2008

'07's Music to Love More Than Music: Like, pt. 1

Everyone has a "best of". Even if you don't blog, or don't even really get into music all that much, you still have a "best of." Even if you don't consciously think of it, you've had a favorite album, or favorite song, or favorite ... well ... anything, be it sports moment, or travel spot, or whatever you happen to be in love with.

I'm in love with music. If this year has taught me anything, it is that. So, because I'm human, I've got a best of. And, because I'm me, I wrote it down as the year went by. But, because I'm untraditional, this isn't a top 10 or a top 50 or anything, it's just a collection of full LP's that were released in the year of 2007 that I found a certain amount of joy in, broken up into sections which express how much I enjoyed them. It's been a great year, and I can't wait to see what '08 holds. Ill tell you one thing though, I'm going to do things differently next time ... because this shit was a lot of work (which is evident in the fact that only some of the CD summaries are any amount of long lol)

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The list is broken up into 4 parts: Like, Love, Love More, and Love More Than Music. Here is part 1:

Like ( )

Best Fwends - Alphabetically Arranged
Spastic-ly out of control dance music in the vein of Dan Deacon if Dan Deacon were split in two and then those two didn't grow up together, but met in middle school.
Best Fwends - Greetings to You
Best Fwends - Awww-some

Dolores O'Riordan - Are You Listening?
Solo album by the Cranberries old lead singer. Pleasant, but not a revolution.
Dolores O'Riordan - Black Widow

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
Jazzy and dark, it was good, but didn't justify my existence, something I expected when I'd heard all the hype around it ... which is probably why I didn't like it as much as everyone else seemed to.
The Besnard Lakes - Ride the Rails

Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music
Gosh, this was another one I wish I liked more. Fun, campy, but not as inventive as I could have wished, and certainly doesn't hit as hard as their live show.
Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow (Age of Rockets Remix)

Papercuts - Can't Go Back
Cute, droning head-bobbing tunes brought to you by what would appear to be Radiohead's hippy cousin. Not overwhelmingly memorable, but a good effort nonetheless.
Papercuts - Dear Employee

Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
Confusing, and not much like their old stuff, which is why I only liked it, but it was still pretty fun. This one's the one that sounded most like old Jimmy:
Jimmy Eat World - Carry You

Fields - Everything Last Winter
Elements of folk, electronic, and orchestral indie music, Fields seems to be having fun on this (what seems to be) therapeutic release. I hope that next time I have as much fun listening as they did recording. I'd still like to see them live.
Fields - You Don't Need This Song [To Fix Your Broken Heart]

Evripidis and his tragedies - Evripidis and his tragedies
A surprise to say the least, its dark and folky sound held me through the album, but there really weren't any innovative songs. I expect a good follow up.
Evripidis and his tragedies - Antarctica

New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
You know, it's dancy, and peculiar, but I just don't think their music was diverse enough for me to fully buy into their act.
New Young Pony Club - Hiding on the Staircase

Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dancy and hip as a square, it was a good follow up, but it was still using the same formula as the last album, which I all ready have...
Arctic Monkeys - If You Were There, Beware

The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns, Fifteen Winters
I think I expected this album to be Great Northern's little brother/sister, and it wasn't, so I didn't like it as much as I probably would have otherwise, but some tracks stood out. This one I liked a lot, and you can see where I got the Great Northern idea:
The Twilight Sad - That Summer At Home I Became the Invisible Boy

Aa - gAame
Inventive and nuts Aas hell, I'd love to see whAat they hAave in store for us in the future. This Aalbum was Aa good stAart. I'd love to see them live.
Aa - Flag Day


I Am Not Ghengis Kahn said...

it's pretty evident that you worked your ASS OFF on this list...

half of these albums i had forgotten about dropping in 2007, i'd listened to them so much i thought they came out in 2006.

good list, though. a really varied look through the world of your music.

...and i still think it's sad that dethklok's album WAS one of the best metal albums of the year. i wish there was more good metal that didn't come from fictitious metal bands from comedy shows.

Snap! Clap! Recs said...


There is finally a follow up to first Evripidis and his Tragedies record. You can listen to it here http://snapclapclub.tumblr.com/listen and I can assure you this time there are plenty of greaat songs (less darky maybe).


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