Year-End Critics' Polls '07

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

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Alex in Baltimore, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 15:35 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:05 (6 years ago) Permalink

no love for Deerhoof?

poortheatre, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:14 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

The Chloe and Pantha Prince albums both sound great TBF

DJ Mencap, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 16:40 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

w00t @ Jess voting for Charlotte Hatherley

The Reverend, Thursday, 13 December 2007 09:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

And the tracks

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

Jamie T Smith, Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:07 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

DJ Mencap, Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:14 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 13 December 2007 13:50 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

since the clipse, anyway

r|t|c, Thursday, 13 December 2007 14:01 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

top reissues can also be seen on that link

Mark Clemente, Thursday, 13 December 2007 14:46 (6 years ago) Permalink

i like the OM list.

poortheatre, Thursday, 13 December 2007 19:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

WTF! WHY DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE BAND OF HORSES??

stephen, Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

Every time someone listens to Band of Horses, god kills a kitten.

Mordechai Shinefield, Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Or even a small horse.

Rockist Scientist, Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

Or both.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 13 December 2007 21:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

stephen I kiss you

Matos W.K., Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

They're sort of a watered-down Built to Spill, so maybe residual love for that band has something to do with it.

jaymc, Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:08 (6 years ago) Permalink

The indie rock's been worshipping one watered-down Built To Spill or another (Modest Mouse, Death Cab, etc.) more than BTS themselves for damn near a decade now.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

haha "the indie rock" was a funny way to phrase that, sorry, subtract "the" or add a "world/community" at the end.

Alex in Baltimore, Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:26 (6 years ago) Permalink

teh indie rockz

Mordechai Shinefield, Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

who is this band the Indie Rocks and where can I buy their music

latebloomer, Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

Why hasn't Ricardo Villalobos been mentioned in any of those lists? Is it because it was not an 'album' or that no one listened to it or (scary?!) that no one liked it?

Popture, Thursday, 13 December 2007 22:48 (6 years ago) Permalink

Was there a new Ricardo Villalobos this year that got a lot of hype? (Last year he was on a bunch of lists...)

Mordechai Shinefield, Thursday, 13 December 2007 23:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

Fabric36, I guess?

jaymc, Thursday, 13 December 2007 23:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

that or fizheuer

max, Thursday, 13 December 2007 23:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

fabric 36 never quite lived up to its pre-release hype. i liked it - but didn't love it like some of his other work.

sam500, Friday, 14 December 2007 00:34 (6 years ago) Permalink

Some debut's on NME sure, but NME doesn't count as NME only likes debut albums. It is a well-known fact that NME hates anyone who has released more than 1 album and 2 singles.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 14 December 2007 00:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

Panda Bear is the worst music I've ever heard.

The Reverend, Friday, 14 December 2007 00:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

Reverend is a god among men.

Mordechai Shinefield, Friday, 14 December 2007 00:41 (6 years ago) Permalink

why is glasvegas mentioned on this thread? people are weird

amused to see my #1 of the year isn't on any list at all.. still got it

electricsound, Friday, 14 December 2007 00:45 (6 years ago) Permalink

i don't really like person pitch all that much but rev hating an indie album being backed up by the dude who likes mickey avalon and skye sweetnam is shocker non-shocker of the month for sure.

J0rdan S., Friday, 14 December 2007 00:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

it doesn't really seem like hateable music to me. it's just... there. resenting its critical love, maybe. but idk. it's kind of like wallpaper or something.

J0rdan S., Friday, 14 December 2007 00:53 (6 years ago) Permalink

No it is not wallpaper. It is earsplitting. (And actually I don't hate indie, just the way it gets privileged so much.)

The Reverend, Friday, 14 December 2007 01:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

(Well, that's to say I don't hate indie on principle. I certainly hate that particular example thereof.)

The Reverend, Friday, 14 December 2007 01:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

idk dude whenever i listen to it i just get kinda bored. way too may stretches where nothing really happens. i like the overall mood, but i most def do not get how anyone could really love person pitch.

J0rdan S., Friday, 14 December 2007 01:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

so you chaps who don't get person pitch - how do you feel about animal collective?

sam500, Friday, 14 December 2007 01:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

i doubt rev has heard any animal collective, but i think panda's two songs on strawberry jam are better than anything on person pitch besides maybe "i'm not"

J0rdan S., Friday, 14 December 2007 01:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard Animal Collective, actually. I only downloaded Person Pitch after reading that if I liked LCDSS I'd like Panda Bear. Suffice to say, that wasn't true. Maybe after the cd I'm listening to is done, I'll pull them up on the U-Toob.

The Reverend, Friday, 14 December 2007 01:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

xp haha

The Reverend, Friday, 14 December 2007 01:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

idk if you'd like them. i don't have a great handle on what indie rockier music you might like. the new album is way more song-y than panda bear if that means anything.

J0rdan S., Friday, 14 December 2007 01:22 (6 years ago) Permalink


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