Top 50 Albums of 2007

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Getintothis presents our countdown of the top records of 2007



1. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
There’s so many reasons why James Murphy‘s second longplayer has topped my listening list this year.
For longevity alone it has proved to have incredible staying power. In an industry where the product is not only given away by the makers for free, but eaten up by the consumers faster than ever before, LCD has been at the forefront of my listening pleasures since March, and I’m convinced will continue to be so for years to come. But this isn’t the basis for it’s success alone.
The reason could be, that in a year when festivals were largely homogenised as dance and rock became almost inseparable and electronic music spawned greater end products, that Murphy’s lot managed the perfect synthesis of all that was great about this musical fusion.
But, in my mind, the biggest reason behind Sound of Silver’s undeniable greatness is that Murphy has created something which few electronic pioneers have done before him – create a record to dance to which has a huge human heartbeat at its soul. This is a record which sounds equally, if not more, powerful at home as it does down the indie-disco or in the clubs.
There’s superb characteristic LCD flourishes – see Get Innocuous‘ funk, North American Scum‘s dirty, tongue-firmly-in-cheek pop precison and New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down‘s hopeless romanticism. But Sound of Silver builds on his excellent, yet flawed, debut creating something which feels complete as whole.
Integral to its beauty are the two most discussed tracks of 2007, Someone Great and All Of My Friends; the former an understated groove, the latter a whitehot rush of building momentous euphoria.
What they share is a reflective, yearning for time, moments and people that you’ve left behind – a past that’s forever lost – while seeking solace in the good things you’ve got and celebrating your future. That’s reason enough alone for listening.
There is a reason why Sound of Silver has topped virtually every end of year poll – that’s because it is a truly special record. I doubt James Murphy will ever top this, but lets hope he’ll give it a try.

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3. Battles: Mirrored
Review.

4. Iron & Wine: The Shepherd’s Dog
Review.

5. Fujiya & Miyagi: Transparent Things
Review

6. !!!: Myth Takes
They owned Glastonbury, and they finally fulfilled their potential with this beat explosion. If you listen to Myth Takes and don’t dance you must be dead.

7. Okkervil River: The Stage Names
Review.

8. Yeasayer: All Hour Cymbals
Review

9. Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of the Decline
Review

10. Minus The Bear: Planet Of Ice
Review.

11. Radiohead: In Rainbows
Review

12. Miracle Fortress: Five Roses
Review.

13. MIA: Kala
Review

14. Holy Fuck: LP
Review

15. Panda Bear: Person Pitch
Review

16. Burial: Untrue
Review

17. Dizzee Rascal: Maths + English
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18. Strategy: Future Rock
Review

19. Oceansize: Frames
Review

20. Les Savy Fav: Let’s Stay Friends
Review

21. Deerhunter: Cryptograms
Psyche-pop fuzz to completely lose yourself to.

22. Minus Story: My Ion Truss
Review

23. Shearwater: Palo Santo
Review.

24. Justice: †
Review

25. Bloc Party: A Weekend In The City
Awful lyrics. Superb songs.

26. Grails: Burning Off Impurities
Epic slices of twisted, sitar-led grooves designed for the big screen.

27. Fields: Everything Last Winter
Review

28. Jay-Z: American Gangster
Review

29. The Field: From Here We Go Sublime
Axel Willner paints in beats – this is his masterpiece.

30. Do Make Say Think: You You’re A History In Rust
The fifth outing from Canadian post-rockers, and perhaps their most ‘pop’, a thrilling record which is as imaginative and creative as it is accessible and enjoyable.

31. Electrelane: No Shouts No Calls
Review

32. Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare
Review

33. No Age: Wierdo Rippers
Review

34. Robyn: Robyn
Review

35. Shy Child: Noise Won’t Stop
Review

36. New Young Pony Club: Fantastic Playroom
Review

37. The National: Boxer
Review

38. Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns Fifteen Winters
Review

39. LCD Soundsystem: 45:33
Review

40. Boris with Michio Kurihara: Rainbow
A maelstrom of beauty and bombastic noise.

41. Citay: Little Kingdom
Review

42. Kiln: Dusker
Review

43. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible
After their remarkable debut Funeral, their sophomore effort couldn’t help but feel a tad anti-climactic, that said there’s much to enjoy and in Ocean of Noise they’ve a genuine classic to add to their canon.

44. Six Organs of Admittance: Shelter From The Ash
Review

45. Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound: Ekranoplan
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46. Kings of Leon: Because Of The Times
Review

47. 65daysofstatic: The Destruction of Small Ideas
Review

48. St Vincent: Marry Me
Review

49. Dungen: Tito Bitar
Review

50. The Black Lips: Good Bad Not Evil
Review

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