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I know the main page is running a similair feature but in the indie and alternative world what was your best album(s) of 2007 also include your biggest disappointment if you feel like it.

As for me my top stand outs would be Modest Mouse's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, Andrew Bird's Armchair Apocrypha and The Golden Dogs' Big Eye Little Eye.

As for a disappointment, I dont know I was expecting a bit more from Wilco's Sky Blue Sky, wasn't bad just didnt interest me.

Discuss
#4
Modest Mouse's We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank is so good. OLP1, whats your favorite MM album?
#5
As for the worst, Coheed and Cambria's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow. Their old stuff is so much better.
#6
Modest Mouse for best, Zeitgeist by Smashing Pumpkins for most disappointing.
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#7
Era Vulgaris by Queens of the Stone Age.

Not so much indie, but a great newer rock album.

New MM was great too.

The new Kings of Leon album was great, too.

Same with the new Spoon album.
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#8
best albums:
in rainbows-radiohead
because of the times- kings of leon
neon bible- arcade fire


most dissapointing:
we were dead- modest mouse
zeitgiest- smashing pumpkins
#9
Best:

"Planet of Ice"- Minus the Bear
"The Pirate Ship Quintet EP"- The Pirate Ship Quintet
"Casually Smashed to Pieces"- The Six Parts Seven
"The Destruction of Small Ideas"- 65daysofstatic

Worst:

Not sure. I didn't really hear any album I disliked. Then again, I only really listened to albums that I heard were good, and loved. So..... yea.
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#10
damn, i was going to do one of these tomorrow. it was going to be more organized too. and perhaps there would be less of those people that just catch the thing on the front page and know nothing of alt/indie.


So,

Top 5 (not in an order):
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings

Other Good Releases:
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Justice - Cross
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna...
Shocking Pinks - s/t
Parts & Labor - Mapmaker
Black Dice - Load Blown
Holy Fuck - s/t
Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Caribou - Andorra
Dirty Projectors - Rise Above
Do Make Say Think - You, You're A History In Rust

Let Downs:
Modest Mouse
The Shins
Andrew Bird
Bright Eyes
Wilco
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Interpol
Devendra Banhart

Best Soundtrack:
I'm Not There

Best Reissue/Collection/Deluxe Edition:
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation Deluxe Edition
Elliott Smith - New Moon

Best EP:
Ra Ra Riot - s/t

Best Packaging:
Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna...

Best Albums I Got Into Recently That Came Out In 2007 That I Haven't Listened To Enough To Really Decide If They Have Any Sort Of Staying Power:
St Vincent - Marry Me
Madlib - Beat Konducta In India (Vol. 3 &4)


maybe i will come up with more later.
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As for the worst, Coheed and Cambria's Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World For Tomorrow. Their old stuff is so much better.



dude that record is amazing

anyways

In rainbow- Radiohead
The Scenery Of Farewell - Two Gallants
Help Wanted Nights - The Good Life
Cassadaga - Bright Eyes
All The Sudden I Miss Everyone - Explosions in the Sky
No world For Tomorrow - Coheed and Cambria
#14
Off the top of my head..

'Sky Blue Sky' - Wilco
'Under the Blacklight' - Rilo Kiley
'Challengers' - New Pornographers
'In Rainbows' - Radiohead

Uhh, I'll have more later..I'm having trouble recalling release dates.
#15
New Magnetic Wonder by Apples in Stereo
Make Another World by Idlewild
Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? by Of Montreal
Everything Last Winter by Fields
Because Of The Times by Kings of Leon
Is Is EP by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Wincing The Night Away by the Shins (I actually really liked it)

Perhaps at a later date I can be arsed to expound upon this.
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#16
The Shins, Radiohead, Kevin Drew, The New Pornographers, Rilo Kiley and Of Montreal's albums were definately my favourites.
#18
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dude that record is amazing


Agreed, it's probably one of my favourites from them.

I liked

In Rainbows - Radiohead
Ashtray Rock - Joel Plaskett Emergency
Hospital Music - Matthew Good
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Kidcrash - Jokes
Tartar Lamb - Sixty Metonymies
Pharoahe Monch - Desire
Time of Orchids - Namesake Caution
Richard Youngs - Autumn Response


i don't know who any of these bands are
i'll have to look some up

what did you guys see in the new rilo Kiley i couldn't stand that record
#21
I still haven't picked up the new Rilo Kiley record. What I've heard so far sounds nothing like their old stuff.
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#23
Jack Penate,call me sad,but i like all the songs on the album...
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#24
Umm... since I'm kind of badly updated, I'll just name my favourite releases of 2007 overall, instead of just Alt/Indie.

Era Vulgaris - Queens Of The Stone Age
Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
New Moon - Elliott Smith

Huge Suprise:
Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles

Huge Let Down:
Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
#25
Woah woah, hold the phone. Yeah, the new Rilo Kiley album is different than their previous stuff (I personally don't notice it that much, but whatever) - however, the album still rocks I think. 'Smoke Detector' is a very fun tune.

I really enjoyed 'Under the Blacklight' overall, although I think 'The Moneymaker' was a bad choice for a single.
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I didn't mean it was bad, just... different.
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Quote by European Son
Umm... since I'm kind of badly updated, I'll just name my favourite releases of 2007 overall, instead of just Alt/Indie.

Era Vulgaris - Queens Of The Stone Age
Neon Bible - Arcade Fire
New Moon - Elliott Smith

Huge Suprise:
Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles

Huge Let Down:
Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys


You liked New Moon that much? I really like elliott smith but I feel like I can see why these songs didnt make the records which were spectacular.
#28
^New Moon is brilliant, IMO. The only track that I skip over is New Monkey. 'Angel in the Snow,' 'Talking To Mary,' 'All Cleaned Out' and 'Either/Or' are some of my favourite Elliott Smith songs.
#29
My favorites are Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank although I might be missing something, can't think of any real let downs, maybe Wincing the Night Away and Living with the Living, although they weren't that bad... they just weren't that good.
#30
Best: Random Spirit Lover

Runners Up: Armchair Apocrypha
Andorra
Neon Bible
Boxer
Strawberry Jam
Beyond
Person Pitch
(Basically whatever Pitchfork tells me is good)
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#31
Interpol- Our Love To Admire
Portugal. The Man- Church Mouth
Minus The Bear- Planet of Ice
The Hives- Black & White Album
#32
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^New Moon is brilliant, IMO. The only track that I skip over is New Monkey. 'Angel in the Snow,' 'Talking To Mary,' 'All Cleaned Out' and 'Either/Or' are some of my favourite Elliott Smith songs.

I'll just let your post speak for me.
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Using the example set by European Son....

As good as I expected:

Babyshambles - Shotters Nation
Willy Mason - If The Ocean Gets Rough
Bjork - Volta
Clinic - Visitations/Funf

The surprise:

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (Catchy and fun)

The letdown:

Arctic Monkeys - FWN (More of the same proves to be a bad formula)
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Quote by xX*Zeppelin*Xx
^New Moon is brilliant, IMO. The only track that I skip over is New Monkey. 'Angel in the Snow,' 'Talking To Mary,' 'All Cleaned Out' and 'Either/Or' are some of my favourite Elliott Smith songs.


Oh my gawd, 'Angel in the Snow' is my favorite Elliott Smith song too.
#35
The Shins- Wincing The Night Away
Radiohead- In Rainbows
Kings of Leon- Because of the Times

Need to get me some underground stuff.
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#36
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Woah woah, hold the phone. Yeah, the new Rilo Kiley album is different than their previous stuff (I personally don't notice it that much, but whatever) - however, the album still rocks I think. 'Smoke Detector' is a very fun tune.

I really enjoyed 'Under the Blacklight' overall, although I think 'The Moneymaker' was a bad choice for a single.


to me it just isn't rilo kiley
they lost the twang and jenny just sings like shes in a 90's all girl rock band
#38
i need to listen to everything released this year so much more. i've gotten into so much more music this year it's going to take me a while to catch up. some of my favorites, however, are:

panda bear - person pitch
animal collective - strawberry jam
radiohead - in rainbows
of montreal - hissing fauna, are you the destroyer?
arcade fire - neon bible
lcd soundsystem - sound of silver
andrew bird - armchair apocrypha
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TOP TEN OF THE YEAR FOR SOMETHING_VAGUE (MATT)

10.) Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?



Excellent release, but near the end it started to really get too experimental. I felt if he had kept in tune with the beginning of the album it would have been classic, but the need for his "alter-ego" to take control of the album after "The Past is a Grotesque Animal" really sets album loose in crazy-ville. He provides some of his strongest melodies at the beginning, and his strongest lyrics near the end, so it's a fair trade. He closes the album with his most endearing and simply beautiful track to-date, no silly gimmicks, just a wonderfully written track. It started the year off with a bang and proves to be Of Montreal's best cd to date.

Favorite Tracks - A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger / We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling

9.) Taken By Trees - Open Field



Gorgeously constructed, Victoria Bergman's voice is to die for, and just a wonderful debut. Crafted with seasonal depression in mind, the cd is a bit depressing, but manages to uplift in a sort of sullen way. It is quirky at times, and Victoria does let loose, but over all she captures the lonliness people feel during the holidays, and her accent provides some truly wonderful if not intentional play on words like, the word "July."

Favorite Track - Lost And Found

8.) Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha



Andrew Bird, professional whistler, violinist, and general can-do-basically-anything guy provies his most beautiful and engaging release. A soft, quiet exploration into who knows what, but the music speaks for itself. Whimsical whistling, and beautiful violin playing along with introspective lyrics, into some of the best layered music all year. The album culminates in the epic and gorgeous, "Yawny at the Apocalypse" which shows Andrew Bird's talent for creating and composing some truly awe-inspiring violin music.

Favorite Track - Armchairs / Yawny at the Apocalypse

7.) Justice - Cross



Probably the best French House release since Daft Punk's Discovery. The beats are insane, the grooves are destructive, and it sounds like Michael Jackson on synthetic steroids. The opening track is so great.

Favorite Track - Phantom Pt.1 & Pt. 2 / Genesis

6.) Band of Horses - Cease to Begin



The new album from Band of Horses proves to show they know what they're doing, sure it doesn't have a knock 'em dead hit like "The Funeral" (now being used in car commercials) but I think the cd overall is stronger, it's more focused and has a lot more of a small town vibe to it. Excellent sophomore album.

Favorite Track - Ode To LRC / Cigerettes, Wedding Bands

5.) Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank



Modest Mouse can do no wrong, even when they do their poppiest songs yet, it's still hard, and abrasive and incredibly Isaac Brock. The opening tracks are the strongest and they close with another powerful one, it just seems they can do no wrong.

Favorite Track - Invisible

4.) Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone



Gorgeous from start to finish, the Texas boys out do themselves and upstage their post-rock brethren here, and really show how unpretentious post-rock can be sometimes. The closing track is one of the most powerful tracks I've heard them do, they seem to have really grown and are starting to understand length versus beauty. Excellent album and puts them leagues beyond their post-rock counterparts like Mogwai and Sigur Ros.

Favorite Track - So Long, Lonesome

3.) Menomena - Friend or Foe



Since their debut a few years back, they've been somewhat of a big mystery to everyone, with this release, they catapulted themselves high into indie superstar-dom (whatever that means.) It's almost an instant classic, if it weren't for the drag in the middle of the cd it would be a classic, it's a beautifully weird album, written for god knows why, dark, abrasive, and at the same time endearing, quirky and beautiful. Excellent, excellent album.

Favorite Track - The Pelican / Wet and Rusting

2.) Sunset Rubdown - Random Spirit Lover



The album opens up and kicks you in the throat with the exact opposite of what you expect if you know Spencer Krug and think of the low-fi he's smitten with, hardcore riffage and pop hooks coupled with music from an evil, and twisted carnival. Spencer Krug is proving to be king of the indie scene at the moment, with bands like Swan Lake, Frog Eyes, and the critically acclaimed Wolf Parade, give this boy another year or two and he will be churning out classics, as he just seems to keep getting better and better. Genius release.

Favorite Track - The Taming Of The Hands That Came Back To Life / Child - Heart Losers

1.) Radiohead - In Rainbows



Well, duh. The release redefined the music industry, set the bar high for free music, and reshaped our thoughts on Radiohead yet again. Reworking their electric-anti rock stance into their rockiest album since...they last time they rocked. No longer depressed they've written some of their most (and only) uplifting songs, one with children yelling "Yay!" in the background. Also Thom seems to be more comfortable writing a straight up love song, with "All I Need" coming out of his little shell of political boo-hoos and government wrong-doings, Thom seems to be back in his own skin, no longer walking around the moon listening to "Metal Machine Music" and trying to destroy rock & roll. It probably won't last for long, who knows, but it's a nice change and another brilliantly written album from Radiohead.

Favorite Track - All I Need / 15 Step

Honorable Mentions:
The Twilight Sad - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters
The Fall of Troy - Manipulator
Fields - Everything Last Winter
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