Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Best of 2007

This is My updated Best of 2007. Wilco is still #1. The debuts are Lyle Lovett at #5, Oakley Hall at #16, Josh Ritter at #20, Iron & Wine at #30, Mary Gauthier at #33, Bettye Lavette at #38, Slider Pines at #40, Alberta Cross at #41 and finally Steve Earle at #45. Also, as usual, I did some rearranging based on further reflection.

Since I vowed last month to stop at 50, some albums had to come off. My apologies to the following artists, Hoots & Hellmouth, Eillen Jewell, Pieta Brown, 2 Cow Garage, Willy Mason, Pela, Brandi Carlisle, Martin Sexton, Okkervil River and The Derailers. For a year in which you hear so much negative press about the music industry, 2007 is a banner year. The major labels may have committed Pop suicide but the indie world is as or even more prolific as ever. Enjoy the list and feel free to tell me how you agree or disagree. Also, make no hesitation to trash me or my intelligence in any way you see fit. I'm used to it.

1) Wilco - "Sky Blue Sky"
2) Patty Griffin - "Children Running Through"
3) White Stripes - "Icky Thump"
4) Kelly Willis - "Translated From Love"
5) Lyle Lovett - "It's Not Big It's Large"
6) Wrinkle Neck Mules - "Wicks Have Met"
7) Jason Isbell - "Sirens of the Ditch"
8) Assembly of Dust - "Recollection"
9) Kane, Welch, Kaplin - Kane Welch Kaplin
10) Hackensaw Boys - "Look Out"
11) The Shins - "Wincing the Night Away"
12) Ryan Adams - "Easy Tiger"
13) John Doe - "A year in the Wilderness"
14) Son Volt - "The Search"
15) Peter Case - "Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John"
16) Oakley Hall - "I'll Follow You"
17) The Broken West - "I Can't Go on I'll Go on"
18) Elliot Randall - "Take the Fall"
19) The Basement - "Illicit Hugs and Playground Thugs"
20) Josh Ritter - "The Historical Conquests of"
21) Paul McCartney - " Memory Almost Full"
22) Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles - "Diamonds in the Dark"
23) Kim Richey - "Chinese Boxes"
24) Joe Henry - "Civilians"
25) King Wilkie - "Low Country Suite"
26) Modest Mouse - "We Were Dead Before he Ship Ever Sank"
27) Giant Bear - "Giant Bear"
28) Josh Rouse - "Country Mouse, City house"
29) Feist - "The Reminder"
30) Iron & Wine - "The Shepherds Dog"
31) Olav Larsen and the Alabama Rodeo Stars - "Loves' Com to Town"
32) Elizabeth Cook - "Balls"
33) Mary Gauthier - Between Daylight and Dark"
34) Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "This is Somewhere"
35) Dale Watson - "From the Cradle to the Grave"
36) Spoon - "Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga"
37) The Gourds - "Noble Creatures"
38) Bettye Lavette - "The Scene o the Crime"
39) The National - "Boxer"
40) Slider Pines - "Road, Avenue, Railroad"
41) Alberta Cross - "The Thief and the Heartbreaker"
42) Charlie Louvin - "Charlie Louvin"
43) Infamous Stringdusters - "Fork in the Road"
44) Nathan - "Key Principles"
45) Adam Hood - "Different Groove"
46) Steep Canyon Rangers - "Lovin' Pretty Women"
47) Rocky Votolato - "The Brag and Cuss"
48) Steve Earle - "Washington Square Serenade"
49) Joe Ely - "Happy Song from Rattlesnake Gulch"
50) Cadillac Sky - "Blind Man Walking"


Corey said...

Thought I'd drop by with my top 25 (I won't hog space with my own top 50) since we have so many artists in common - just a completely different order. Completely agree with you that 2007 is a GREAT year for music.

1. Two Cow Garage - III
2. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
3. The Snake The Cross The Crown - Cotton Teeth
4. The Gourds - Noble Creatures
5. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
6. Chris Knight - The Trailer Tapes
7. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
8. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
9. Brad Paisley - 5th Gear
10. Son Volt - The Search
11. Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara
12. White Stripes - Icky Thump
13. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito (check this out!)
14. Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros - Diamonds in the Sun
15. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
16. Adam Hood - Different Groove
17. The Broken West - I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
18. Joe Nichols - Real Things
19. Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers - No More Beautiful World
20. Miranda Lambert - Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
21. Lori McKenna - Unglamorous
22. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - This is Somewhere
23. King Wilkie - Low Country Suite
24. Kanye West - Graduation
25. Halfway to Hazard - S/T

Autopsy IV said...

Two Cow is most definitely a top 5 album of 2007 IMO.

Paul said...

If you have heard Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, "Diamonds in the Sun." They have to belong in every top 50. Nice to see them so high on Corey's list.

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Shelby said...

great blog - glad I happened upon it...

Chip Frazier said...

Corey Like you r top 50. It was hard to drop out Two Cow I'm starting to feel guilty about it now. I love Kings of Leon and was tempted to put that one in too. But I like their previous albums better. Ryan binghan will be in my next one. Downloaded it the day after I posted this. Also the deadstring brothers will make my top 5.

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