As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 2007 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!
From 2007 the year that was “European Year of Equal Opportunities for All”, the year Gordon brown became UK prime Minister, and the year of minority government at the Scottish Parliament.
the contenders in alphabetical order;
Using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are
Over The Rhine – The Trumpet Child
This is Over the Rhine’s third appearance in albums i liked from the 2000’s. and this one is again full of consistently great tunes and wonderful lyrics. another quietly wonderful album.
seek out – “Desperate for Love”, “Trouble”, “If A Song Could Be President” & “Don’t Wait For Tom”
Steve Earle – Washington Square Blues
A great album from Mr Earle, Recorded in New York where he had moved and influenced by the sounds of new york this album mixes up folk and country with hip hop beats and urban production. But it does this without messing with the songwriting, or the key folkiness of the album. It is a good album to listen too, but every so often some of lyrics will catch you provoke and challenge, i like that.
seek out – “Satellite Radio”, “City of Immigrants”, “Sparkle and Shine” & “Oxycontin Blues”
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Radiohead, narrowly edge out The National’s “Boxer”, with “In Rainbows”. What a great album. First thing to notice is that it is only ten songs, ten great songs, everyone is individually noticeable and integral to the album. secondly, it rocks. It really does. “15 step” is great, “Bodysnatchers” sounds wonderful, “weird fishes/arpeggi” is as clean a rock song as Radiohead have ever done.and on it goes. one song highlights this for me “House of Cards”, so simple, deep, emotional, yet simple. it doesn’t seem the longest song on the album yet it is. Lovely album. and in all the coverage about the pay what you want thing, i think the lovelyness of this album got lost somehow.
seek out – The whole album. It lovelyness in musical form.