This batch of albums really gives me the shivers, which is technically a great thing, but it also means that I’m getting down to the really personal albums of 2007.
The one thing that I actually treasure from the fact that the majority of these posts are coming in January and probably even February 2008, is that I can look back at where I was when I listened to that one album hundreds of times. The nostalgia is a fantastic high from where albums like these take shelter inside one’s memory.
Enjoy this batch of shiners.
I anticipated this album for months on end, just waiting for what innovations Kanye would put into the album that would end up affecting the hip-hop world. Kanye takes chances. It’s simple and abrupt, and the chances he takes usually pay off in some grandiose way. Whoever would have thought a backing beat of Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger” would take the cake of most downloaded song of the year? Eh, I guess if someone told me that before I heard “Stronger” I would have been like, “wow that sounds fucking awesome,” thank you Kanye for proving what I would have said to be correct. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Stronger”.
buy graduation here.
This was an album that never really got me on the first, second, or even third listen. It wasn’t until my excessive rocking out to “Impossible Germany” that I began to recognize this albums simple beauty. Wilco is a band that makes complex structured folk songs that turn out sounding so simple and wonderful. But when that guitar cries out on several of the tracks, it really hits you. This is not very simple after all, but it is still really quite beautiful. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Impossible Germany”.
buy sky blue sky here.
I didn’t get into this album until a couple months after its release, and it really is not like anything I have ever heard before. Practically starting a new genre of complex and confusing beat arrangements from laptops, YACHT succeeded triumphantly by even collecting a fancy fan base that took his style into indie cult status. The entire album explodes with energy and emphasis while not even using a real instrument. It makes the future of music look kind of interesting. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “So Post ‘Em All.
I can be listening to this album right now and it could be improving on my list. Basically, number 25 does not speak for “Challengers” potential. This disc is a complete collection of perfectly crafted alternative pop songs. Each with their own little niche that curls up and takes their own spot on the best couch in your body. A.C. Newman and company continue to build as one indie rock’s most productive and influential bands because of their on spot work ethic and ever-growing experience and talent. If this isn’t TNPs at their peak, then gosh darn I am excited for whatever their gonna release next. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “My Rights Versus Your’s”.
buy challengers here.