Welp that’s been a fun and long run. I’m terribly sorry this gala drew on so far into the double o eight, business became busy-ness and new music was clogging my earholes to the point of filled, so that it started touching on the edge of my brain and rushed procrastination to the scene, and nothing keeps one away from updates like the fresh smell of procrastination. But here I am, on a Tuesday afternoon, punching out the final text to my favorite 4 albums of the previous year. And as a very quick sidenote: 2008 is lining up to be just as energetic. Cheers and enjoy.
Never have I had an EP change my entire perspective on a band or group until Between the Devil & the Sea. When I encountered the band on their debut self-titled LP, nothing really struck a nerve. I enjoyed most of the quirky tunes, not as favorites, but as an intersting thing to listen to hear and there. When I decided to check out this EP, I came out of it loving every single track to death. I dissected every second of music until I could be embraced by the songs completely. Every song on this release has become a favorite in my book, and this 5 track EP shows the bands taking leaps in their sound’s maturity. This album can make you smile and laugh at some of the simple fun things that are usually casted over in life, and it can make you look at some of the seriously wonderful moments that take place every once in a while. It can all be summed up within the final humming minutes of “The Party Punch”:
“But I don’t even care. Stay back. Stay home. Stay home.”
In my opinion, this EP gathers all your happiest memories and gives you a chance to re-live them for 15 minutes of grin resulting muzak. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “The Party Punch”.
M P 3s
What is there to say about Noah Lennox (Panda Bear) that hasn’t already been said on some other audio blog. “He rolls like a prince” is the phrase that can explain him as a musician in the fewest amount of words. But while mashing fuzzy psychodelic vinyl tunes from the late 60s and presenting vocals that sound like he’s yelling them from the bottom of a 50 foot deep cave, something so majestic crawls through the headphones wire and makes its gentle way into your ears. Sounds so beautiful embark on a journey on this record that you never in your wildest dreams could imagine to exist. The second best part of this record is the consistency. Never, never is there a flaw in the flow of the album that makes the idea of hitting the double arrow right button to see what other goodies could emerge cross your heavily distracted mind. If you haven’t at least given this album a chance at this point of time in the world, then my best advice to you is to dive head first into the crowded hot tub of animals and little kids and have yourself a time you’ll never forget. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Comfy in Nautica”.
M P 3s
buy person pitch here.
I know this may seem like a surprise pick to many (probably most of you expecting LCD Soundsystem’s popular release, but honestly that record apparently didn’t rub me as right as it did everyone else because I still prefer the self-titled to dance up a storm to), but this album blew me out of my seat after my first listen and from then on didn’t let me get back down to rest. The lyrics are the c lear stand-out hear on this album, both clever and dramatically effective. Each line is carefully crafted to create some pretty edge of your seat stories, so descriptive that you feel like you are with the narrator or with the characters that feel so completely like at least somebody you have met. But other than the lyrics, the music depict a picture of a Wintery northeastern town surrounded by woods and lost loves. Spacey guitar riffs accompany a comforting bass line that adds familiarity and smiles in “Civil Twilight”, where the story relates to a relationship that every one has seemed to be involved in.
“Hey, every other hour I pass that house, where you told me that you had to go. I wonder if the landlord has fixed the crack that I stared out instead of staring back at you, my chance to say something, seems so brief but it wasn’t. Now I know I had plenty of time. Between the sunset and certified darkness. Dusk comes on and I follow the exhaust from emory up to the end. The civil twilight.”
The pop joy that lays out wonderful songwriting abilities rolls without a gap through the entire album, and is (in my opinion) the peak of this group. They have matured completely and with this release they are allowed to boast with pretty kick ass songs. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Civil Twilight”.
M P 3s
buy reunion tour here.
And the winner is… Yes. Who else could create an album like this. An album that adds to the historical marks that this band seems to effortlessly cross in full powerful stride. Producing some of the most interesting, creative and beautiful sounds that I have ever heard, and having them follow or warm-up in the absolute perfect order. When they have songs that build up to the point of sounding like something too good for this world. Sounds that feel like you are in the presence of a God. The songs build up to this almost mythological position and then masterfully climb back down the ladder to give its listener time to breathe before the next epiphany. To me, the title and the album work are also the best of the year. The idea of Strawberry Jam basically has one imagine a glass jar of dark red gew. But the album art work compliments the idea of just getting lost in the thick and dark insides of some beautiful fruit. Something such as a strawberry that seems so desireable and at other times even presents a sexual reference, being mushed and deformed to the point of something ugly and dark. But when you listen to the full album, and apply it to this, it almost makes you want to sink into the blood like substance and just stay there for a while. This album kind of makes me want to get lost in an imaginary place, so dense so that I wouldn’t even be able to leave if I wanted to. *SONG OF THE ALBUM*: “Fireworks”
M P 3s
buy strawberry jam 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)
the top 44 albums of 2 thousand 7 part x (8-5)
Well that’s it. So sorry it took this long, but this entire month has been so busy and is gonna get even busier. I’ll try to make it up to anyone who actually frequents this thang as soon as I can. Thanks for reading. Cheers.