1-Radiohead: In Rainbows
Being the best band in the world helps, you know.
2-Arcade Fire: Neon Bible
It was hard to beat the blietzkrieg success of "Funeral", but they somehow maneged to make it. I so intensely hope they're going to keep up the good work (and make my dream come true: be the "new" Radiohead. Be so important, so connected to the audience, to the zeitgeist).
3-Low: Drums And Guns
I saw Alan Sparhawk freak out on stage and got how deep this album cut into his brain, into his sould, and how this is not only rock'n'roll, this is no pose. This music is important, it's true.
4-Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
This man took me by surprise: come out of the blue and with the most impressive and emotional songs a songwriter has penned in quite a long time. Yeah, the names of Elliot Smith and maybe even Leonard Cohen come to mind. I do hope we'll hear from him real soon.
5-John Doe: A Year In The Wilderness
I listened to this so many times that I think I know all the lyrics like a teenager would. Great man too, saw him and talked to him a couple of months ago. And he doesn't make me regret his X days.
6-Panda Bear: Person Pitch
One of 2007's best surprises: I hadn't paid attention to Animal Collective much, mainly because I never really dug their first album, so when I listened to Panda I was totally blown away. The beach boys, one of the best productions (the sounds are modern but yet so warm)...all the good things contained in these compositions will probably make this a huge album also 10 or more years from now.
7-LCD Soundsystem: Sound Of Silver
I liked his first thing, no doubt about it (I'm all for the analogic you know, except for some artists that really lead me to believe they are some geniuses...), but S.O.S. (is it intended?) definetely convinced me he is the one of the few out there who play dance/elctronic stuff worth the buy.
8-Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga
Best indie guitar band of the year.
9-Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam
Same as Panda Bear. More or less.
10-The National: Boxer
Because of that voice. Because of a couple of songs like "Fake empire" and "Start a war".
11-Scout Niblett: This Fool Can Die Now
These days it's hard not to put in a list of the best music around some album with Bonnie "Prince" Billy. He's Midas. Niblett's never been so good though.
12-Okkervil River: The Stage Names
Second best indie guitar band of the year.
13-New Pornographers: Challengers
They make me whistle, holler, sing out loud. And they have Neko Case: my fave indie gal when Chan's not to be seen.
14-Tinariwen: Aman Iman
Love the guitars.
15-Tori Amos: American Doll Posse
Can a Tori Amos' album be still good with scarce piano-driven music in it? . "American..." proves it can.
16-Prince: Planet Earth
He still makes me dance like it's 1999... And I know the lyrics kinda suck, but heck, he's never been no Randy Newman. Anyway by far the best thing he has done since the -much- underrated "Rainbow Children". And before that we have to go waaaaaaaay back.
17-Richard Thompson: Sweet Warrior
He is -probably- my favourite guitar player. No doubt he has written better songs (and the old LP's with Linda make me want to grab my guitar and cry because I'll never be that good, not in a million years..), but still "Dad's gonna kill me" did the trick.
18-The Shins: Wincing The Night Away
I don't know...I absolutely loved the first two, so maybe I didn't give it enoght time. Yet it is hard not to find Mercer music meaningful on a craft basis.
I know it's not your indie cup of tea. But -although I may be the only person on Earth to think it way- "Introducing" IMHO is almost as good as "The Soul Sessions". She's not cool? I'm sure your average music critics will declare Amy uncool as well in a couple of years.
20-Alela Diane: The Pirate's Gospel
My favourite (post-new-pre etc etc) folkster of the year.
And now the all new...
(In no particular order)
-Bruce Springsteen: Magic
-Interpol: Our Love To Admire
-Giardini Di Mirò: Dividing Opinions
-The Stooges: The Weirdness
Big surprise for Go-Betweens'fans @ the next post.