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February 5, 2008

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 (8-5)

Geez I have been super busy with busy-ness lately. School work has been such a …. drag. I’ve been at the library more than I have had time to eat practically, and I keep (like an idiot) piling up wonderful new music that I don’t have enough time to praise and spread. Anyways, I have a small time slot of freetime right now so I figured I’d try to make the best of it and try to pound the second to last out. I really wasn’t counting on these posts surpassing February 1, or January 31st in that manner, but it did, and what can I do. Hopefully you’ll all forgive me when I can start posting more frequently again when I get my feet on the ground and my head cleared. Spring Break isn’t too far away, so let’s hope I can get something going before then and use that vast opening of nothingness to gain some productive momentum. Well hopefully this post won’t take me too long and hopefully I can get it to you guys like an hour after I’m typing this very line. Cheers.

8. radiohead : in rainbows

I think everyone will agree with me when I say that the eve of anticipation for this album was more than extraordinary, and every expectation was met with either relief or pleasant surprise. I mean it’s kind of like a diss to the band if one would expect anything less than what Rainbowsgives. The sound of the album once again explores the boundaries of sound recording by mixing songs like the hypnotically rhythmic “Wierd Fishes / Arpeggi” and the loud crashing and crunching bliss from “15 Step”. Each song brings its own attitude and sound, presenting how far this group can go with the clashing of their instruments, but each song brings out the same result: the listener is left in his / her own imagination, welcome to think or dream of anything he pleases, the sound travels softly through the brain, capturing nostalgic memories and setting flowers in bloom along the way. This album is truly a feat for any modern group, but for Radiohead a lot of people say it’s just another one of their albums, anything less would be a disappointment. To me, this is one of my favorite Radiohead albums because of it’s contemporary sound and it’s relativity to the other modern day muzak I enjoy so much. Other things that make this album worthy: There is a bonus disc with its own fair share of gems. Basically I’ve been talking to much about this CD, and by now you should know what I mean. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Reckoner”.

M P 3s
RADIOHEAD – BODYSNATCHERS [MP3]
RADIOHEAD – VIDEOTAPE [MP3]

buy in rainbows here.

7. the national : the boxer

The National gets a butt load of shout outs and top ten mentions, and yeah they deserve it. Over the past three years they’ve released two of the best albums. In The Boxer we see the group at their best, creating the most quiet but silencing guitar riffs while Matt Berninger whispers some of the best written lyrics of our modern age. Each song asks poweful questions, and eventually releases chillingly realistic answers, the answers may be somewhat ambiguous, but they allow the mind to wander and inevitably become lost in the magic of the track, letting it surround the listener completely, and the shock fades away quickly because the next song will do it to him in its own special way. Every song on this album is what it needs to be, at the perfect time. It’s hard for anyone in my opinion to give only one song a spin on this album, because once you’ve heard a bit of this masterpiece, you need to see it all from one big perspective. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Fake Empire”.

M P 3s
THE NATIONAL – GREEN GLOVES [MP3]
THE NATIONAL – SLOW SHOW [MP3]

buy the boxer here.

6. the rakes : ten new messages

These guys just get me. They make that fast cool indie rock. I call it cool because they make songs about models, and a famous life that we should all be envious of. Well I’ll get real. This was my favorite album from across the big lake this year. The sound that elevates from my headphones during this entire record is so pessimistic but controlled. For me it seems the world this album surrounds is dark and horrific, but The Rakes have this cool confidence about the matter. When songs like “Trouble” burst out into pure energy near immediately after beginning, I am just pulled into its atmosphere like that. This is definitely a more personal pick than it is for substantial evidence. I just really really like it. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “When Tom Cruise Cries” (p.s. the movie he iss watching is my all time favorite, Magnolia, hence- “tom cruise crying on his father’s bed”).

M P 3s
THE RAKES – WHEN TOM CRUISE CRIES [MP3]
THE RAKES – THE WORLD WAS A MESS BUT HIS HAIR WAS PERFECT [MP3]

buy ten new messages here.

5. josh ritter : the historical conquests of josh ritter

This album blooms magic. As simple as I can put it. With The Historical Conquests…, Josh Ritter readies himself for a long career that will begin comparing him to the likes of Tom Waits and Bob Dylan. His folk memoirs flow beautifully as if being read from a book of poetry. One of his most interesting components is working folk music into futuristic or modern day situations. On perhaps the best track of the year in all of music, “The Temptation of Adam”, Ritter tells a modern day love story revolving around two who fall in love in a time of nuclear war. The song takes place around the bomb, food rations and missile silos, and concludes with one of my favorite lyrics of my musical knowledge.

“I think about the big one, W W I I I, would we ever really care the world had ended? Would you hold me hear forever, like you’re holding me tonight, I think about that big red button, and I’m tempted.”

Just the thought of temptation to destroy the world because of how perfect this moment is for him, and the allusion to Adam and Eve and Eve’s temptation, to me it seems like this is a modern day look at Adam’s turn at temptation. Wonderfully written song both lyrically and musically, and a wonderful accomplisment of an album. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The Temptation of Adam”.

M P 3s
JOSH RITTER – THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM [MP3]
JOSH RITTER – RUMORS [MP3]

buy the historical conquests of josh ritter here.

the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part i (44-41)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ii (40-37)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iii (36-33)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part iv (32-29)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part v (28-25)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vi (24-21)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part vii (20-17)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part viii (16-13)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part ix (12-9)

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