Ok well the one person who reads this is on my ass about the 2007 albums so HERE THEY ARE!
The Albums of the Year (according to josh of course) 2007!
This year was an interesting musical year for me. For the first time in a while i found myself listening to older albums more than newer ones. It might be just because i'm discovering great albums from the past, but it also could be that this year didn't really produce anything that noteworthy. The top 5 were pretty easy to decide this year, but the rest i had a tough time with. Towards the end of the year I started listening to classic albums that I just never had a chance to listen to. Like Dark Side Of The Moon and Who's Next. So it doesn't say much for the current state of the music industry when even i'm bored with new music and i have to go back to the 60's to find anything decent. Regardless, there was still some stuff that was worth a listen. So check out the list below and if you haven't heard any of these, you should probably give them a chance.
As always, these are of the albums i heard that were released in the US in 2007. If you've got something you think I need to hear, please add a comment with it.
These albums just missed the cut for various reasons. I'll do my best to explain.
The Almost - "Southern Weather"
I really like 5 or 6 songs from this album. There's a lot of great choruses in here and some pretty good riffs. The issue is it's really only half an album, the other half isn't anything special and feels too much like filler. Filler isn't always a deal breaker (as we'll see later) but the second half of this album just straight up loses me. We all know "say this sooner" by now, but for one you may not know check out "Drive There Now".
Nine Inch Nails - "Year Zero"
I'm still a big Nine Inch Nails fan, which may be the only reason this one had a chance. Actually, after this came out it made me appreciate With Teeth that much more. Year Zero feels rushed...which it was. However, it's still NIN and it still has a solid amount of good songs which make it worth a listen. My favorites being "Capital G" and "Meet Your Master".
The White Stripes - "Icky Thump"
Over the years i've began to appreciate this band more and more. Their live show is unbelievabley good. These two continue to make whatever music they want and it's pretty clear here that they'll probably be the last group to ever "sell out". My favorite track on here is probably "Rag & Bone".
The Top Ten:
10. Chevelle - "Vena Sera"
I've always thought of Chevelle as a poppier version of Tool. This album probably wouldn't even be on here if I hadn't gone to see them live. After their show, i got this album and it really rocks. The songs are pretty straight forward and the riffs aren't exactly genious or anything but it certainly satisfies the need for rock. I do need to mention how lame the video for "I Get It" is though. Stll, one listen of "Brainiac" or "Midnight To Midnight" and i quickly forget. If you like heavy riffed rock look no further.
9. Every Time I Die - "The Big Dirty"
One of my favorite albums of 2006 that didn't come out that year was "Gutter Phenomenon". There are precious few bands as relentless as ETID. Actually, this album is probably too much for just about everybody who might be reading this right now. I found this album very anthematic though. With lines like "You don't live till you're ready to die" and "till death do we rock" followed suddenly by amazing guitar riffs as in "We'rewolf". This is probably the best road rage album in years. For something easier to process on here check our "Rendez-Voodoo". It still has their southern-rock infused with hardcorde style but with less screamy vocals.
8. Arctic Monkeys - "Favourite Worst Nightmare"
It took me longer to appreciate this album than their last effort which came out only a year earlier. The best thing about this is that it isn't just a re-telling of their last record. You'll find this feels a lot different although they do still have the same style of UK punk-rock. Yes i said punk-rock. Maybe not in the modern sense but in the traditional sense, yes. The first four songs on here are what really make the album, particularly "Balaclava".
7. Motion City Soundtrack - "Even If It Kills Me"
"Commit This To Memory" is really this bands shining moment. However, their latest album is solid all the way through. There's nothing here that really pops out at you and that's why it isn't higher on the list. Still, the songs here are everything we've come to expect from this band. Fun, thoughtful songs with heartfelt vocals and the occasional hint of nerd rock. The opening track "Fell In Love Without You" has to be my favorite but "Point Of Extinction" comes in there pretty close.
6. Say Anything - "In Defense Of The Genre"
"...Is A Real Boy" is the best record of this decade....probably. Which means this one can't be as good. Period. It's not really possible to get that out of your head. So in that sense, this album isn't that great. In fact i think it's a mess. As an album, this is the most disorganized collection of songs i've heard this year. First of all, two dics?? Completely unnecessary. What's with all the guest singers too? Are we Puff Daddy now? Where's Mase? Before i make my next comment, i want to say that I in no way am comparing the Beatles to Say Anything. This to me feels like The White Album though. A completely random collection of songs that as an album, don't really have any connection. Yet on their own, each song is brilliant in its own right. That being said, Disc 1 is laughable in its presentation. Disc 2 feels more like the album that should have been. I like these songs, i just wish the record didn't feel so much like a collection of b-sides. In conclusion, you should check out these songs, but they're just songs, they aren't "...Is A Real Boy". Oh, and Max...next time leave your friends at home.
5. The Used - "Lies For The Liars"
Woah, really? Yeah. By far the most surprising release this year. I didn't think i was into this band anymore, but this one proved me wrong. There are some kick-ass songs on here. "Pretty Handsome Awkward" stands out as the best track. "Hospital" and "Paralyzed" pull you through the middle while "Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)" really drives the point home. If you didn't like The Used before this isn't going to change your mind but if you're an old fan who's losing faith this will definitely revive you.
4. The Fratellis - "Costello Music"
This wins the most fun award for sure this year. This album just picks you up and puts you in a good mood. There's a few songs that i could do without, but they're far overshadowed by the good ones. With so many badadaa's, ooohh ahhhhh's and doodoodoo's it's hard not to enjoy yourself here. Not to be ignored is the rock some of these songs bring too. This is definitely one of those albums that gets people asking "who is this?". "For The Girl" might be my favorite but "Creepin Up The Backstairs" Gets me going too.
3. Avenged Sevenfold - "Avenged Sevenfold"
Ahhh yes. i used to think this band was a joke (and they kind of were before "city of evil"). But after listening to their latest albums you'll realize they're the real deal. This may not be as good as their last release, but this album solidifies Avenged Sevenfold as one of the best Rock bands out there right now. Talented too. The drumming and lead guitar on this album are uncanny. These guys are truly talented musicians. I can't stress that enough. "Almost Easy" is obviously one of the best songs on here, but i'm a huge fan of "Lost" as well. Particluarly the big rock ending to use a Rock band reference.
2. Against Me! - "New Wave"
When this album came out i knew it was going to be a huge success. Some long time fans will call this watered down but there's no denying how amazing this album is. At 33 minutes it clocks in as the shortest album on this list but don't let that scare you. The production value has come a long way, but i wouldn't call this over-produced. The only thing that hurts this is a few mediocre songs that bring down an otherwise fantastic record. Check out "Stop" and of course "Thrash Unreal".
1. Bayside - "The Walking Wounded"
This is #1 for a very simple reason. EVERY song on here is great. From start to finish this is the best album i heard released this year. I love all these songs. Amazing choruses. Surprisingly good guitar solos. Smart lyrics. As a whole the songs fit and feel connected. Everything just seems to come together. You're not going to find anything extraordinarily different on here or anything but you wll find 12 solid songs all the way through. "They're Not Horses, They're Unicorns" an "Dear Your Holiness" stand out as my favorite songs here.
Other Fun Categories:
Best Live Show - Muse @ The Agganis Arena
Most Anticipated Album For 2008 - The Mars Volta "The Bedlam in Goliath" & Nerf Herder "IV"
Best Band Name - Itchy Poopzkid
Most Disappointing Album - Armor For Sleep "Smile For Them"
Best Song Ending - Say Anything "You're The Wanker, If Anyone Is"
Best Novelty Album - Beatallica "Sqt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band"
Band I Really Miss - Death From Above 1979
Hottest Singer (Other Than Justin Timberlake) - Hayley Williams
Best Album From Last Year I Didn't Hear Until This Year - Silversun Pickups "Carnavas"
Best Song Involving Pirates Or Sounding Like Pirates Should Be Singing It - Flash Grenade "Nautical Nonsense\The Opening Jig"
Best X-Mas Song I Heard This Year - The Little Stinkers "I Farted On Santa's Lap (Now Christmas Is Gonna Stink For Me)"