Year-End Critics' Polls '07

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NME Albums

50 Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
49 Interpol - Our Love TO Admire
48 The View - Hats Off To The Buskers
47 Enter Shikari - Take To The Skies
46 Kaiser Chiefs - Yours Truly Angry Mob
45 !!! - Myth Takes
44 Gruff Ryhs - Candylion
43 Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence Patience and Grace
42 Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
41 Menomena - Friend and Foe
40 EL-P - I'll Sleep When I'm Dead
39 Jeffery Lewis - 12 Crass Songs
38 Justice - â€
37 Jamie T - Panic Prevention
36 Holy Fuck - s/t
35 Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
34 New Young Pony Club - Fantastic Playroom
33 Simian Mobile Disco - Attack Decay Sustain Release
32 Grinderman - s/t
31 The Pigeon Detectives - Wait For Me
30 QOTSA - Era Vulgaris
29 Lethal Bizzle - Back To Bizznizz
28 Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
27 The Horrors - Strange House
26 Kate Nash - Made of Bricks
25 The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America
24 The Maccabees - Colour It In
23 Maps - We Can Create
22 Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
21 The Enemy - We'll Live and Die In These Towns
20 Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City
19 Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
18 ? - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
17 Future of The Left - Curses
16 The Coral - Roots and Echoes
15 The White Stripes - Icky Thump
14 Babyshambles - Shotter's Nation
13 PJ Harvey - White Chalk
12 The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
11 LCD Soundsytem - Sound Of Silver
10 Battles - Mirrored
9 The Cribs - Man's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
8 Biffy Clyro - Puzzle
7 MIA - Kala
6 Kings of Leon - Because Of The Times
5 Les Savy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
4 Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3 Radiohead - In Rainbows
2 Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
1 Klaxons - Myths of The Near Future

Tracks

50 Biffy Clyro - Living Is A problem Because Everything Dies
49 Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!
48 QOTSA - Sick, Sick, Sick
47 Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position
46 Richard Hawley - Tonight The Streets Are Ours
45 Black Lips - Bad Kids
44 CSS - Off The Hook
43 Kate Nash - Foundations
42 The Enemy - It's Not OK
41 MIA - Boyz
40 The Horrors - She Is The New Thing
39 Late of The Pier - Bathroom Gurgle
38 Lightspeed Champion - Galaxy Of The Lost
37 The White Stripes - Icky Thump
36 The Hives - Tick Tick Boom
35 Bloc Party - The Prayer
34 XX Teens - Darlin'
33 Cold War Kids - Hang Me Out To Dry
32 Those Dancing Days - Those Dancing Days
31 Gallows - Abandon Ship
30 Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Let's Make Out
29 Jarvis - Don't Let Him Waste Your Time
28 Björk Earth Intruders
27 Howling Bells - Low Happening
26 Arcade Fire - Keep The Car Running
25 Kings of Leon - Charmer
24 The Gossip - Standing In The Way of Control
23 Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
22 Klaxons - It's Not Over Yet
21 SFA - Run Away
20 Dizzee Rascal - Sirens
19 Santogold - LES Artistes
18 Hadouken! - That Boy That Girl
17 MIA - Jimmy
16 Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
15 Battles - Atlas
14 Black Lips - O Katrina!
13 Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
12 Foals - Hummer
11 Grinderman - No Pussy Blues
10 LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
9 Arcade Fire - Intervention
8 Foals - Mathletics
7 Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
6 The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
5 Rihanna - Umbrella
4 The Teenagers - Homecoming
3 The Cribs's - Men's Needs
2 Glasvegas - Daddy's Gone
1 Klaxons - Golden Skans

Mitchell Stirling, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

They really are going to regret Biffy Clyro at number eight in years to come in a Carter/Wonder Stuff type of way.

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

won't be an nme in eight years.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

They really are going to regret Biffy Clyro at number eight in years to come in a Carter/Wonder Stuff type of way.

-- Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:15 (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

As opposed to being really proud of listing The Horrors, Hadouken, and Justice.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

amazed you didn't go for the MIA zing there. too broad?

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Who?

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh, her. I liked that "Chewing Gum" track she did, I've not heard anything since.

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

No, that "Chewing Gum" was - Helen Shapiro or whatever her name was?

The poll certainly proves that Girls Aloud's valiant attempts to sound as much like Biffy Clyro as possible on their new album were in vain.

Dingbod Kesterson, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

scrubs is shit

Free Peace Sweet!, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

dr cox is a zing icon.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

Surely the janitor is the US branch of LBZC?

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

apatow, more like CRAPATOW

Free Peace Sweet!, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

this guy knows my work.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

You seen my work, you know my steez
It's a slim chance that I'ma hesitate to squeeze, please
Money never made me (no) money never played me (NO NO)
.. and Money bet' not make (?) or I break his ass
Subtract his ass when I step through his hood
Fuck droppin you, I'm into stoppin you for good

[Lil' Fame]
Stop him if you could {"You're as cold as ice"}

Dom Passantino, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

Idolator published Time Magazine's list:
Albums
1. Amy Winehouse, Back To Black
2. Radiohead, In Rainbows
3. Feist, The Reminder
4. Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
5. LCD Soundsystem, Sound Of Silver
6. Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
7. Battles, Mirrored
8. Robert Plant And Allison Krauss, Raising Sand
9. M.I.A., Kala
10. Kanye West, Graduation
Songs
1. Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
2. Feist, "1-2-3-4"
3. Rihanna, "Umbrella"
4. LCD Soundsystem, "All My Friends"
5. Radiohead, "Jigsaw Falling Into Place"
6. 50 Cent, "I Get Money"
7. Plain White T's, "Hey There Delilah"
8. Manu Chao, "Me Llaman Calle"
9. Aly And AJ, "Potential Breakup Song"
10. The Fratellis, "Baby Fratelli"

Meanwhile, on the margins: African, Latin and Caribbean music magazine The Beat does not publish their critics poll list until March! I used to look at Latin Beat magazine's list on the newstand at Tower. Not sure where I can find that publication now (and I did not like it enough to want to subscribe).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

‘Robert Plant And Allison Krauss, Raising Sand’ is for 50-something women who listen to NPR.

(I just described my mother. Do you think I have mother issues?)

Mr. Goodman, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

Also, its weird to see The National’s ‘Boxer’ being so middle-of-the-road. Usually my favorite album will be in the top 5 of many critics polls.

Mr. Goodman, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

Why isn't beggin' in the tracks polls anywhere?

Jamie T Smith, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

Time's list isn't anywhere near as bad as I would have expected it to be. I mean, Battles!

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 13:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

Baltimore City Paper's top 10
http://www.citypaper.com/special/story.asp?id=14965
1 M.I.A. Kala (Interscope)
2 Dirty Projectors Rise Above (Dead Oceans)
3 UGK Underground Kingz (Jive/Zomba)
4 Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
5 Jesu Conqueror (Hydra Head)
6 Battles Mirrored (Warp)
7 LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (Capitol)
8 Valet Blood Is Clean (Kranky)
9 Yellow Swans At All Ends (Load)
9 Kanye West Graduation (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
10 Parts and Labor Mapmaker (Jagjaguwar)

two 9's because of a tie, apparently. I only know/like the 3 albums I voted for, but I'm kind of perversely pleased by the fact that I haven't even heard of some of the artists on this list ever.

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 14:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

Rock-a-Rolla's top 30:

1.Oxbow 'The Narcotic Story'
2.Neurosis 'Given To The Rising'
3.Tomahawk 'Anonymous'
4.Dillinger Escape Plan 'Ire Works'
5.Big Business 'Here Come The Waterworks'
6.Dälek 'Abandoned Language'
7.John Zorn 'Six Litanies For Heliogabalus'
8.Om 'Pilgrimage'
9.Jesu 'Conqueror'
10.Sleepytime Gorilla Museum 'In Glorious Times'
11.The Locust 'New Erections'
12.Angels Of Light 'We Are Him'
13.High On Fire 'Death Is This Communion'
14.Unsane 'Visqueen'
15.Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO 'Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under The Stars'
16.KTL '2'
17.Pig Destroyer 'Phantom Limb'
18.Fog 'Ditherer'
19.Qui 'Love's Miracle'
20.Pelican 'City Of Echoes'
21.Orthodox 'Amanecer En Puerta Oscura
22.Thurston Moore 'Trees Outside The Academy'
23.Sunburned Hand Of The Man 'Fire Escape'
24.Shining 'Grindstone'
25.Magik Markers 'Boss'
26.Battles 'Mirrored'
27.Caina 'Mourner'
28.Merzbow 'Coma Berenices'
29.Pissed Jeans 'Hope For Men'
30.Liars 'Liars'

m the g, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 14:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

Not got my rock-a-rolla yet despite subscribing again.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

That NME list is hilariously awful.

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

But, yeah, Klaxons, album of the year!

RONG.

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

xpost:

nor I. this is from the mailout. it only came out on monday though.

m the g, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

I thought nine of the albums on the NME list were quite good or better, which is about the same as the past five years

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

i like that rock a rolla list. first one on this thread to actually represent what i heard and found most interesting this year.

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

That NME list is hilariously awful

And awfully hilarious. How could anyone pick 50 records from 2007 without mentioning the mighty Hissing Fauna? It's starting to look like there's a conspiracy against that record.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

man, the new Onion list is totally edgy!

latebloomer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

waaaittt let me guess - top 10 include LCD, MIA, Spoon, Battles, Radiohead, etc etc etc etc

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

Rock a Rolla did a decent job.

Bill Magill, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

pretty much, yeah (except Spoon at #11 and no Battles). SO EDGY!

xpost

Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:35 (7 years ago) Permalink

How could anyone pick 50 records from 2007 without mentioning the mighty Hissing Fauna?

I totally agree with you. I was listening to some of the tracks from that record last night after not listening to any Of Montreal for awhile and, man, they still blew me away.

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

Especially the last track, "We Were Born . . ."

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:05 (7 years ago) Permalink

no love for Deerhoof?

poortheatre, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

That came out in January, everyone forgot about it by now. :-p

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

FACT magazine's 20 best albums. At last someone other than ILM mentions Studio. And there's some dance music!

http://www.factmagazine.co.uk/da/66222

Jamie T Smith, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

The Chloe and Pantha Prince albums both sound great TBF

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

Have there ever been fewer debut albums represented in the critics lists than in 2007? Looks like the record biz is going for the safe nowadays.....

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

w00t @ Jess voting for Charlotte Hatherley

The Reverend, Thursday, 13 December 2007 09:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

And the tracks

http://www.factmagazine.co.uk/da/66290

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

A pretty big chunk of the NME list is debut albums, Geir

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

18 of them in fact. 19 if you count 'Mirrored' as being Battles' debut album

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

I suspect Geir may deem the work of Battles as amelodic and rhythm dominate.

Dingbod Kesterson, Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:16 (7 years ago) Permalink

That came out in January, everyone forgot about it by now. :-p

This kills me every year. I make a point of 'remembering' albums that came out between Jan. and Apr...and then those end up dominating my year-end lists.

fukasaku tollbooth, Thursday, 13 December 2007 12:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

weirdness of the vibe list has a lot to do with fennessey's mp3-addled m.o i'm supposing, that glazed-over indifference where any song could be anywhere in the chart

not that i can really talk

r|t|c, Thursday, 13 December 2007 13:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i mean..."Feel Like Dyin'"?

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 13 December 2007 13:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

but yeah besides that and 'make me better' (just...wtffff, awful song) it is not all that crazy a list really. maybe they shouldve dispensed with the numbering.

also, i was expecting that fabo song where he sings about spaceships. if fabo's album comes out it will be the worst critical rigmarole in years.

r|t|c, Thursday, 13 December 2007 13:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

since the clipse, anyway

r|t|c, Thursday, 13 December 2007 14:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Other Music's top 25 (I'm pretty sure these are staff favorites, not top sellers):

1 TINARIWEN Aman Iman
2 PANDA BEAR Person Pitch
3 BURIAL Untrue
4 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Strawberry Jam
5 PANTHA DU PRINCE This Bliss
6 NO AGE Weirdo Rippers
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS Skull Disco - Soundboy Punishments
8 M.I.A. Kala
9 JAY REATARD Blood Visions
10 MAGIK MARKERS Boss
11 KING KHAN & THE SHRINES What Is?!
12 VARIOUS ARTISTS After Dark
13 THE CAVE SINGERS Invitation Songs
14 ROBERT WYATT Comicopera
15 ERIC COPELAND Hermaphrodite
16 SPOON Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
17 BAND OF HORSES Cease to Begin
18 BLACK LIPS Good Bad Not Evil
19 VAMPIRE WEEKEND EP
20 EFDEMIN Efdemin
21 STUDIO West Coast
22 THE FIELD From Here We Go Sublime
23 CHROMATICS Night Drive
24 ST. VINCENT Marry Me
25 OH NO Dr. No's Oxperiment

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 13 December 2007 14:46 (7 years ago) Permalink


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