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Top 50 Albums of 2007

By: Stylus Staff

Posted 10/31/2007 - 01:50:40 AM by terrorist:
 ... stretches arms out wide... hands to the ceiling... YAWNS... rubs sleep from eyes... peers at the clock... 7am... rolls over ...zzzzzz
Posted 10/31/2007 - 04:10:34 AM by gbutcher:
 yay i picked the winner for both album and single. go me!
Posted 10/31/2007 - 05:53:26 AM by karldudley:
 pretty good list - good to see the national and spoon so high. But are kanye and arcade really deserving of their high positions?? REALLY?? Both their albums were only half decent IMO - in fact Kanye's down right sucked! Oh, and you guys must be deaf for not including Future of the Left, but hey, I'll let you off seeing as its your last week. :-)
Posted 10/31/2007 - 07:31:38 AM by Brooon:
 Karl - I voted for Future Of The Left. Blame the others.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 09:04:43 AM by Clingerpratt:
 thank god. . .I've only heard like three of these
Posted 10/31/2007 - 09:13:45 AM by smwynne:
 Miranda Lambert at #2? Ahead of the National, Spoon, Of Montreal, Radiohead, Arcade Fire...? Good fucking riddance to you morons.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 09:22:03 AM by diego.olivas:
 It's good that the list only goes up to Oct. 31st, seriously will anyone think that LCD's album will have much reverberation in the future? I have already forgotten what his previous album sounded like more less put it on repeat very often, same goes with this one. Great list though, I would have liked to see a more potent, hallmark of an album at Number 1 though that truly screams 2007 for listeners in 2012. To me the Radiohead album did so i.e. tacking musical elements of R&B;, electronic, folk, psych, dub and adding outside cultural effects of a change of face for the music industry and sparking dialog about what we expect from musicians. Just a more substantial album even if not what I would have picked would have been cool to see. Sad to see Stylus leave though even though I wasn't too keen on the list.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 10:56:16 AM by meatbreak:
 So you’ve all known that Stylus was going down since August and in three months the best Top 50 you could come up with is this? I really don’t think we’ll be needing Sound Of Silver in thirty years time. Not over Losing My Edge at any rate, that’s the only summation of the last ten years that we need and it’s the best James Murphy can and will ever amount to as a songwriter. Of Montreal all that way back down the list too – did you listen to the same album I did? Oh dear. Really. For the record, here’s my current 2007 Top 20. Subject to change, but the top 10 is unlikely to suffer more than a little shuffle:

20. Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
19. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
18. Efterklang – Parades
17. Gravenhurst – The Western Lands
16. Bill Callaghan – Woke On A Whaleheart
15. 65 Days Of Static - The Destruction Of Small Ideas
14. Wolves In The Throne Room – Two Hunters
13. Gnaw Their Tongues – Spasming and Howling, Bowels Loosening and Bladders Emptying, Vomiting Helplessly
12. Bone Awl – Meaningless Leaning Mess
11. Caribou – Andorra
10. The Angelic Process – Weighing Souls With Sand
09. Alcest – Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde
08. One Unique Signal – Tribe, Castle and nation 07. The National - The Boxer
06. Cobalt – Eater Of Birds
05. Monters Build Mean Robots - Monsters Build Mean Robots
04. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
03. Future Of The Left – Curses
02. Wold – Screech Owl
01. Of Montreal - Oh Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Still can’t tell which is resonating most strongly in me, Wold or Of Montreal. All I know is they both make me totally freak out and are simply the most devastating albums I have heard this year – Wold for sheer cacophonous ferocity and purity (See Stewart Voegtlin’s review in these very pages for the kind of beautifully haunting imagery this record provokes) and Of Montreal for Barnes complete honesty and recklessness as a lyricist (DO NOT see Stylus’ review, in which THE greatest, most passionate and disturbing song of the year – The Past Is A Grotesque Animal – is tragically and erroneously dismissed as “lengthy and uneventful”).

Do you think 2007 might be the year defined by The Klaxons? Is it remotely possible?
Posted 10/31/2007 - 11:15:08 AM by meatbreak:
 P.S> You want a tip for next year? TURBOWOLF!!!! I am telling you!
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:03:53 PM by badhaircut:
 Of Montreal sucks and you all know it. Snotty indie boys like you are the best reason to bring back the draft.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:36:26 PM by meatbreak:
 Awesome. Right, one last go >>> Haircut buddy, do you know half the bands in that list? I ain't no fuckin' indie boy and that's putting it mildly. Though maybe I forgot to mention that Of Montreal also put on the best gig I have seen this year too. Oooohh hyper camp indie-disco rulz the skool!
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:38:43 PM by cwperry:
 meatbreak: I have to agree with you on your #1 choice so far this year.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:39:23 PM by adage1:
 lol @ the In Rainbows picture
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:41:43 PM by cwperry:
 One day Nick Cave will announce that Grinderman was a big hoax conducted just to see how sycophantic people can be, and how they can mistake total buffoonery for profundity.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:51:13 PM by meatbreak:
 CW: I thought that it would be a shoe-in for the top 5 in Stylus chart, no worries. I'mpretty surprised to see it far down, and I accept, Mr haircut, that it's not to everyones tastes, but lyrically, I have nothing like it, certainly not this year. Cato As A pun, as well has having THE best squeally guitar non-solo thing-bit is one of the most accurately sad songs ever: "I can't even pretend that you are my friend what has happened to you and I and don't say that i have changed cause man, of course i have are you far too depressed now even to answer the phone i guess you just want to shave your head have a drink and be left alone - is that too much to ask?" GONG!
Don't tell me that isn't the most powerful shit on the streets this year. It must be. I never bother to learn lyrics ("from the cd inlay to impress people with the stupid things I say"), but I pretty much know this album off by heart.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 12:52:36 PM by meatbreak:
 Why is that bold? I never did that. hmm. Stylus - I have one question to ask that has been bugging me since day one and it's kind of pointless to answer now but I'd like to know: When you search for albums what does that ranking score mean? Fanks!
Posted 10/31/2007 - 02:29:11 PM by remission_:
 Sad to see you guys go out. I would've like to have seen where the new Electric Wizard would've placed. I'm also a little sad about the lack of love shown for Oxbow's album The Narcotic Story.
Posted 10/31/2007 - 03:45:19 PM by cinatyte:
 I'm really sad to see you guys go. Aside from the ludicrously esoteric 50-30 (some things never change, eh?) I think this wound up being a pretty solid list. Bon voyage!
Posted 10/31/2007 - 04:43:25 PM by PeteGuy:
 Ooooh, good question from meatbreak - I too have often wondered about that ranking thingy, quick tell us before you die! What... What was that you said? Quuuuick, don't die on us!
Posted 10/31/2007 - 05:41:10 PM by elcunzio:
 Of Montreal is definitely the best album of the year. I think I stopped reading Stylus when I read that review. Next to the review to the new Animal collective, it was the worst mistake ever.
Posted 11/01/2007 - 04:00:41 AM by NickSouthall:
 Re; the rankign thing number - I for one haven't a fucking clue, guys.
Posted 11/01/2007 - 10:50:45 AM by Dulinz:
 ..................... Person Pitch is definately the best fucking album of this year. Why is Mirrored not in the top five? And who the fuck keeps putting KANYE WEST ON THESE GODAMN LISTS!!!!
Posted 11/01/2007 - 10:58:36 AM by brente:
 um, yeah, whether or not of montreal is the best album of the year, or the 27th, or not even worth mentioning is completely a MATTER OF OPINION. if it didn't rank as highly as you thought it should, this is not a personal attack against you. it just means that the people who write for this site collectively happened to get a little more excited about 26 other albums. not that i agree with all their choices, but guess what, it's just their opinion. stylus was never as concerned with trendsetting as, say, pitchfork is. if you disregard everything else they say just because you disagree on one album, you're going to miss out on a lot of stuff that you might not have otherwise heard. besides that, you're not even disagreeing by that much (the best vs. pretty great). look at the bigger picture. which is a bigger loss--of montreal's position on this page, or the departure of stylus from existence? if you're going to pick a fight with anyone, pick one with me (of course, it probably won't be a very interesting fight, since i doubt i will come back to read this)--if i had to rank of montreal, it would probably be in the low 40s or 50s. it was a fairly good album as i recall, but one i didn't feel the need to return to often. i can think of at least 40 or so albums that i was more excited about this year. not that it was bad, i just listen to a lot of music. besides, i've never really liked more than a few songs on any given of montreal release. feel free to call me an idiot. but i would venture to guess that we actually agree in our love for many other bands. so let's not say anything we might regret later, shall we?
Posted 11/01/2007 - 01:18:38 PM by barbarian:
 Go Stylus! Miranda at #2 is fucking awesome. Fuck smwynne. Fool should go listen to some Belle & Sebastien and shut up.
Posted 11/01/2007 - 02:01:24 PM by barbarian:
 My favorite albums so far would be Neil Young "Live at Massey Hall" and Caribou "Andorra." I'm not ready to do a full recap yet.
Posted 11/01/2007 - 02:39:38 PM by karlkafka:
 i think studio owns this list.
Posted 11/02/2007 - 04:29:59 PM by yarn24:
 I am also sad to see this site leave. As long as Meatbreak is doing a top 20 list, I guess I will too. 20.White Rabbits-Fort Nightly 19.Spoon-Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga 18.Beirut-The Flying Club Cup 17.Okkervil River-The Stage Names 16.The Shout Out Louds-Our Ill Wills 15.LCD Soundsystem-Sound of Silver 14.SFA-Hey Venus 13.MIA-Kala 12.Andrew Bird-Armchair Apocrypha 11.Brother Ali-THe Undisputed Truth 10.Patrick Wolf-The Magic Position 9.Mac Lethal-11:11 8.Dizzee Rascal-Maths and English 7.Of Montreal-Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? 6.Mr. Hudson & the Library-A Tale of Two Cities 5.Arcade Fire-Neon Bible 4.The National-Boxer 3.Radiohead-In Rainbows 2.Feist-The Reminder 1.Jens Lekman-Night Falls Over Kortedala And really, Miranda Lambert at #2? Inexcusable and unforgiveable.
Posted 11/02/2007 - 04:36:59 PM by florenz6:
 meatbreak - I have never heared your No.s 1 and 2. Mr.Perry nods. Barbarian names the wonder-, wonder-, wonderful Neil Young album collecting dust in the archives since 1971. Great choice! I loved this site though i don´t find a lot of my favourite works among the Top List. No problem. Robert Wyatt´s: Comic Opera is running in the background. I´m in love with every dying note on it! The Fripp & Eno one, "Beyond Even" is a good one, too, but a marginal work compared to "Evening Star" or "No Pussyfooting". Good night, i´m the closer here:)
Posted 11/02/2007 - 06:21:31 PM by Meowface:
 Stylus - thanks for the past few years. it's so good to see PJ Harvey and Besnard Lakes on here! Having a site with so many amazing articles (Playing God!!!) was such a nice break from the same old music review crap. I'll have to forgive you for forgetting all about Animal Collective this year. I guess my top ten would read something like 10 SUNSET RUBDOWN - Random Spirit Lover 09 DEERHOOF - Friend Opportunity 08 A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW - Scribble Mural Comic Journal 07 OF MONTREAL - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer 06 PANDA BEAR - Person Pitch 05 THE BESNARD LAKES - Are the Dark Horse 04 THE FIELD - From Here We Go Sublime 03 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - Strawberry Jam 02 DEERHUNTER - Cryptograms 01 RADIOHEAD - In Rainbows
Posted 11/02/2007 - 07:11:07 PM by barbarian:
 Hey I chill out at www.sputnikmusic.com now. It's pretty tight. The reviews aren't anywhere near as awesome though. Mainly user submitted stuff, but you can comment on pretty much anything. There's also a lot of customizable stuff. I think you can be banned though. That was the thing about Stylus - I'm sure I could've been booted a few times. Well, I don't know how long the servers here are staying up, but I'm sure I'll be back before the ship is all the way sunk.
Posted 11/03/2007 - 01:59:33 PM by florenz6:
 RE: barbarian - Tiil the end of year, I´ve been told (reliable sources:)) ! So a lot of time to re-read some of the ancient stuff. Maybe then some guy from Stylus will a constant home for this.
Posted 11/03/2007 - 06:22:10 PM by barbarian:
 Well, I just found another of my favorite albums of the year. Goodness, Acid Mothers Temple have once again raised the bar for psychedelic chillout/freakout jams with Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Stars. Kawabata... Wow. Crystal clear sound on this one too. I thought the 40 minute finisher was going to be a tough listen, but damn is it rewarding.
Posted 11/05/2007 - 10:16:19 AM by florenz6:
 Re:barabraian - you might be keen to listen to some ancient Krautrock stiff, too, I think. Just released (for the first time at all)on Groenland Records: "Harmonia Live 1974", the band that was loved by Brian Eno, the early Human League a.o. never leaving their underground status before dissolving - and did some relly nice stuff on their two records from the 70s.
Posted 01/02/2008 - 05:09:14 PM by barbarian:
 i'll see you hosers around... or i guess i rather won't, eh