Ah, it’s that time of the year again. “Best of” list time. While 2007 has been a pretty active year for new releases, I found that I kept going back to the same albums — which were not necessarily the ones whose releases I anticipated the most.
By the way, a lot of the music I’ve enjoyed the most this year deploy obscene amounts of bass. If you don’t have a subwoofer, you hear only half of the music…
6. Wilco — Sky Blue Sky
Wilco continues to craft great songs, and dress them up in just the right amount of studio trickery.
buy: Sky Blue Sky at amazon.com
5. Radiohead — In Rainbows
Much has been said of Radiohead’s decision to leave their major label and self-release In Rainbows and even more has been said about their decision to allow fans to pay any price, including nothing. Amid all the hoopla, though, is a really good album. Personally, I found the physical media package to be overkill. I am eagerly awaiting a standard cd release (or, a higher definition release if it ever becomes available. Please release your back catalog in SACD format! Surround would be even greater!).
All I Need
buy: In Rainbows at amazon.com
4. Skream — Skreamizm Vol:3
2007 has been another year of dubstep discovery. Skream continues to astonish with countless productions, and consistently high quality. Volume 4 will be great, I’m certain.
buy: Skreamizm Vol. 3 at boomkat.com
3. Burial — Ghost Hardware
Hyperdub teased the 2007 Burial followup, Untrue, with a 12-inch release that retained the flavor of the debut, but still showed development. The album did not disappoint.
buy: Untrue at amazon.com
buy: Untrue at bleep.com