The best albums of 2007

Monday, December 14th, 2009, 11:13 am by Ben Salmon

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)

The first year I started doing year-end reviews in GO! Magazine was 2007. You can read my thoughts on 15 of that year’s albums (all of which are on the list below) by clicking here.

Looking back, 2007 was a monster year. This list is longer than any other individual year, and there are albums that aren’t listed here that are very good. Like Blue Scholars and Brother Reade. Manu Chao and Bruce Springsteen. Radiohead and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Against Me! and Panda Bear. Your 33 Black Angels and Limbeck. I mean, seriously … the list goes on.

It’s exhausting. And I’m exhausted. And you’re tired of reading this stuff, so here’s the list.

Ryan Adams, “Easy Tiger”
Aesop Rock, “None Shall Pass”
Arcade Fire, “Neon Bible”
Band of Horses, “Cease to Begin”
Black Moth Super Rainbow, “Dandelion Gum”
Blitzen Trapper, “Wild Mountain Nation”
Gui Boratto, “Chromophobia”
The Broken West, “I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On”
Burial, “Untrue”
Eluvium, “Copia”
Future Clouds and Radar, “Future Clouds and Radar”
Jose Gonzalez, “In Our Nature”
Albert Hammond Jr., “Yours To Keep”
Miranda Lambert, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Lewis & Clarke, “Blasts of Holy Birth”
Maserati, “Inventions For the New Season”
The National, “Boxer”
The New Pornographers, “Challengers”
Pelican, “City of Echoes”
Josh Ritter, “The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter”
The Shaky Hands, “The Shaky Hands”
The Shins, “Wincing The Night Away”
Various Artists, “Cue the Bugle Turbulent: The 2007 Believer Music Issue CD”
Wooden Shjips, “Wooden Shjips”

P.S. If you made me pick the best song of the past decade, I would pick something that lurks somewhere within this list.


2 Responses to “The best albums of 2007”

  1. 939pandas says:

    I recall that Your 33 Black Angels’ album “Lonely Street” was on many Best of 2007 lists.

  2. Scott says:

    The album that really stood out for me this year was Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer by Of Montreal. And the companion Icons, Abstract Thee EP. A little too much for some, but just right for me.

    Also, probably because I was in my late-20s when I first listened to it, LCD Soundsystem’s Sound Of Silver hit home.

    And an album that’s stuck around for me is Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters by The Twilight Sad.

    And I didn’t listen to this until more recently, but Bat For Lashes’ Fur And Gold is amazing.

    And Panda Bear (Bros!) and M.I.A.

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