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Best Of 2007 Albums List – Halfway Home

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So, despite the fact that there seems to be a list of just about everything these days, we here at ENS have never been shy about throwing one together. So far, 2007 has been a year very rich in new music in my opinion, and while there were some disappointments, there were also some big surprises and some band returning to form. Below, are my top 10 album of 2007 for the first half of the year, should be fun to compare this list to the one we compile at years end.

10. J Roddy Walston & The Business – Hail Mega Boyz _10.jpg

J Roddy Walston & The Business – I’ll Tell You WhatMP3

Baltimore’s best unsigned band have released the best self released album so far this year

More ENS on J Roddy

9. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible_9.jpg

Arcade Fire – Black MirrorMP3

While this is no Funeral, it deserves praise and attention for what it is, an excellent effort

Details on a new Arcade Fire album?

8. Feist – The Reminder _8.jpg

Feist – 1234 (Van She Technologic Remix) MP3

Former BSS siren comes of age on major label debut, all around brilliant

Feist at Bonnaroo 2007

7. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky _7.jpg

Wilco – One True Vine (Sky Blue Sky B-Side) MP3

Many say Wilco goes soft, but it is the very definition of a grower, and has done just that for me

ENS on Wilco
ENS on Wilco again
and again……

6. Art Brut – It’s A Bit Complicated _6.jpg

Art Brut – Pump Up The Volume MP3

Maybe the album that is the most fun so far this year

It’s a bit complicated reviewed

And another glowing review….

And one more…..

5. The Twilight Sad – Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters _5.jpg

The Twilight Sad – That Summer, At Home, I Had Become The Invisible Boy MP3

Came out of nowhere, and wowed us

The Twilight Sad Reviewed
Another review of Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters

4. The Bees – Octupus _4.jpg

The Bees – Got To Let Go MP3

Throwback sunny melodies show these guys at their best on Octupus

A great review of Octopus
Popmatters reviews The Bees

3. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha _3.jpg

Andrew Bird – Heretics MP3

His most consistent effort is also his most polished, an all around great disc

Andrew Bird @ The Southgate House

Armchair Apocrypha Reviewed…

2. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga _2.jpg

Spoon – The Underdog MP3

The most succinct and excellent album we have heard so far this year, short but very sweet

Spoon at Bonnaroo 2007

ENS on Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

1. The National – Boxer _1.jpg

The National – Fake Empire

How can a handful of mid-tempo tunes become our frontrunner? With the heartbeat percussion and all around amazing vocals and lyrics, why not?

The National On MTV
Pitchfork Review of Boxer

Just missed the cut, could make the year end list, albums from…..

The Shins
The White Stripes –
Mark Ronson
Field Music
Elvis Perkins

Posted by Joe Long   @   28 June 2007 12 comments


Jun 28, 2007
5:25 pm
#1 dave :

The National, Wilco, and Andrew Bird are all on mine as well… White Stripes are definitely there… New Pornographers will be too… And I’m a little biased, but you know where Kings of Leon will be on mine

Jun 28, 2007
7:01 pm
#2 gmack :

I know what I’ll be doing on napster tonight. I’d have to have Muse on my list though.

Author Jun 28, 2007
7:51 pm
#3 Administrator :

dave, i expected no less from you, and its a good album no doubt from KOL. and gmack, I’m a Muse fan, but they won’t be making a best of 07 list unless they release an album this year… :)

Jun 29, 2007
6:07 pm
#4 J-love :

I particularly appreciate your inclusion of The Twilight Sad. I just can’t stop listening to that album. Maybe Scottish accents just turn me on, I don’t know (heLLO, Cinematics!).

Yeah, Muse was 2006, but I still give them credit for creating an album that made me want to overthrow the government AND get my dance on – all at the same time. Good show, chaps!

Seriously, Dave: get over the KOL fixation. We get it; they rock.

Jun 30, 2007
1:44 pm
#5 u2popmofo :

Spoon isn’t even out yet.

I find both The National and Andrew Bird albums to be massive disappointments after their previous albums, particularly The National. Sad.

Jun 30, 2007
4:03 pm
#6 cujo :

Good list.

Boxer tops my list so far this year too. I was disappointed by the offerings from Arcade Fire and Wilco, but I may have placed too many expectations on them. Spoon’s inclusion is a bit premature, even though I’ve heard the leak (I still find their material to be the boring side of staccato). I hope towards the end of the year that The Clientele’s God Save The Clientele, Blonde Redhead’s 23, and Stars of the Lid’s And Their Refinement Of The Decline receive more attention and accolade.

Author Jul 1, 2007
1:54 pm
#7 Administrator :

RE: Spoon, I had to do it. I have had the album for about a month now (not the leak) and really dig it. I also saw them live within the past month and the new material live pushed me over the edge….

Jul 2, 2007
11:43 pm
#8 brandon :

cool list. i eagerly await the spoon album and some others on there i will be purchasing. thanks!

Jul 6, 2007
4:55 pm
#9 rob :

brother ali-undisputed truth
that is all

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