Holy Shit. My 50 Favorite Albums from 2007.

It’s January 2nd. 2007 is in the past. It was a shitty year. But it was a shitty year filled with awesome albums. Allow me to put them in a meaningless order for the consumption of the 2.5 readers of this blahg.

50. Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy
49. Ghostface Killah – The Big Doe Rehab
48. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
47. XXL – Spicchiology
46. Deathspell Omega – Fas – Ite, Maledicti, in Ignem Aeternum
45. Dalek – Abandoned Language
44. Ween – La Cucaracha
43. Pissed Jeans – Hope for Men
42. John Vanderslice – Emerald City
41. Electric Wizard – Witchcult Today

40. Monarch – Die Tonight
39. Glass Candy – Beatbox
38. The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
37. Okkervil River – The Stage Names
36. Shipwreck a.d. – Abyss
35. Suishou No Fune – I Throw a Stone Into the Endless Depths
34. RST – Axes
33. Amon Tobin – Foley Room
32. World’s End Girlfriend – Hurtbreak Wonderland
31. Air – Pocket Symphony

30. The Apples in Stereo – New Magnetic Wonder
29. Stendeck – Faces
28. Yellow Swans – At All Ends
27. 108 – A New Beat From A Dead Heart
26. Byla & Jarboe – Viscera
25. Bloody Panda – Pheromone
24. Raccoo-oo-oon – Behold Secret Kingdom
23. The Angelic Process – Weighing Souls With Sand
22. Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
21. Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew – Spirit If…

20. To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie – The Patron
19. Ulver – Shadows of the Sun
18. Omega Massif – Geisterstadt
17. Burning Star Core – Blood Lightning 2007
16. Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters
15. Pantha du Prince – This Bliss
14. A Place to Bury Strangers – A Place to Bury Strangers
13. Birchville Cat Motel – Birds Call Home Their Dead
12. UGK – Underground Kingz
11. Blonde Redhead – 23

10. The Angels of Light – We Are Him

The top ten kicks off with another arresting, emotional, and sometimes downright scary effort from Michael Gira. Although the man is mostly known for his work in the groundbreaking and influential Swans, his Angels of Light work continues to give us gem after underrated gem. This is just another feather in the cap for a man who has had an amazing career.


09. Pan Sonic – Katodivaihe

An epic album featuring stark contrasts bewteen loud, abrasive industrial beats and quiet, ambient minimalism. Katodivaihe requires a lot of patience, but for those willing it’s a terrific album rich with layers. An album that will greatly reward repeated listening.


08. Jackie-O Motherfucker – Valley of Fire

This one snuck into the top ten at the last moment. JOMF has an impressive work ethic, so for them to release an album of such quality in the midst of all their stellar EPs and bootlegs is quite a feat. Epic, dust-covered American psychedelica. Easily on par with the stunning Flags of the Sacred Harp.


07. Clipd Beaks – Hoarse Lords

One of my most talked about bands, Clipd Beaks slot in at number seven with their debut album. More awesomely messy, noisy, post-punk influenced mayhem. It’s the soundtrack for wandering the streets at night, beating up homeless people while tripping on psychotropic drugs.


06. Burial – Untrue

Dark and melodic. A fine evolution of the dubstep superstar’s debut album, managing to successfully infuse more soulful vocal samples with his cavernous, stuttering beat-making. It was difficult to find a more immersive electronic release in 2007…


05. Gui Boratto – Chromophobia

… but this was it. The album art for Chromophobia is quite telling of the music contained within. Colorful and brimming with life. Far from redefining or revolutionary, this album merely does everything right. It’s playful when it needs to be, somber when the moment calls for it, and beautifully life-affirming. Another exhibit in the case for electronic music being touching and organic.


04. Burning Star Core – Operator Dead… Post Abandoned

C. Spencer Yeh is so fucking awesome he made it on this list twice. I flip-flopped this with Blood Lightning for much of the year, but finally settled on Operator Dead being the more cohesive album. Yeh works with a full band in tow here, fleshing his psyche drone out into a total assault on the senses. If you’ve ever wanted to take a vacation to a neon-lit world where time stands still; a world inhabited by aliens that do acid and read Philip K. Dick novels all day– well then, this album is for you my friend.


03. Emeralds – Allegory of Allergies

I was late to the party on this one, but goddamn, what a party it was. Two hours of gorgeous shifting, pulsating drone. This is one of the few things to completely floor me upon hearing it in 2007. The genre seems to be growing in exposure, but few acts have managed to make ambient drone feel as personal as Emeralds did on Allegory. The best part? This is just the beginning for this band. I look forward to a shit ton of amazing releases in 2008 and beyond.


02. Neurosis – Given to the Rising

Wow. I did not expect an album of this caliber from Neurosis at this point in their careers. Yes, they have been putting out quality releases in recent years, but this album manages to capture a perfect balance between their more ambient leanings of late, and their more crushing, sludgy style found on albums like Times of Grace and Through Silver in Blood. An awesome album from start to finish, and one that will no doubt be recognized as one of Neurosis’ finest albums.


01. El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead

This was the one album I came back to over and over again throughout 2007, constantly being amazed by its brilliance every single time. El-P’s dark, cynical and imaginative storytelling combined with his razor-sharp, attention-grabbing beats make for one very memorable listening experience. The album begins with a sample of dialogue from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me for fuck’s sake. You cannot go fucking wrong when you open up with that. I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead is a modern classic, and deserves to be heard by anyone with an adventurous ear or a love for rap music.


~ by theoberlander on January 2, 2008.

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