Tuesday, December 11, 2007

2007 Top Picks.

Here it is, the much anticipated list of albums that were my favorites this year. To be quite honest, I haven't been loving as much as I normally do. Maybe it's been my lack of listening this year due to a busy life away from a monitor. Or maybe it's that it takes more to impress. Who knows?

These are going to be in no particular order and are basically picked based on what I've listened to the most and continued to go back to, even after the initial release month. That generally means I like it.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight. I'm still listening to it, despite the crap all the snob ass critics wanted to give this album. It seems to have worked for them, considering the fact that the live show pulled out energy and crowd pleasure more than any band I've seen this year. That, and MTV gobbled it up like a binging model for every commercial and shit reality show they could muster up after someone over there got their ears on it. Kudos to them.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketFionn Regan - The End of History. This kid is great. He really, really is. You'll be hard-pressed to find any other folk singer/songwriter with lyrics and music that's so honest. This album drips in passion. It's campfires and marshmallows and cold weather.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRyan Adams - Easy Tiger. I'm a sucker for Ryan Adams. No, I don't think he's hot. I think he's an amazing writer, one I can respect and listen to and actually feel. So that earns his last LP a spot on my list.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketRantings of Eva - Lowering the Curtain on Memphis. The first recorded material by a local band that's been around made me happy. So, of course, I'm going to list this. Even though it was released in February, I'm spinning it about every other week. "Bright Side" is the stand out tune and has been popping up all over podcasts and blogs for the past year. That should say something...

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEisley - Combinations. Wow, really. They're young and in charge with their sophomore album, and that's why I get excited when it shuffles along in the iPod mixes.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGreat Northern - Trading Twilight for Daylight. I love this band. They're angelic and soothing and everything that's right with the world. I can't believe I haven't heard or seen more about them. Although, I think if the dudes picked up on how hot the chicks in this band are, that may change...

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketAmy Winehouse - Back to Black. Okay, I may not think she's a stand-up individual, and I may not agree with her ethics as far as behavior goes, but the woman can sing. And she can make me believe that someday, in the current state of the world, I can flashback to the age of Motown and jive.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMagnet - The Simple Life. Yet another songwriter that manages to make me tap my feet profusely against that little pedal in the car that's on the left side and doesn't move. (Is that the footrest?) Anyway, it puts me in a good mood, and I've had to retreat to it a lot in the past few months I've had it.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe Western States Motel - I like this album because it makes me look cool. Truly, it does. When I tell people about it, or I let them have a listen, they're instantly hooked and impressed with my vast knowledge (*snort*) of sunny California rock.

*Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketEvan McHugh - From the Second Chair. Another local talent that's bustling right beneath the surface of superstardom is Evan McHugh. His endearing lyrics and catchy musical accompaniment make his debut full-length one that I can listen to just as often as the rest of the better-known acts.

There you have it. If I can find the time, I'll do the opposite of this and list the worst. But I really don't think I'll have the time, especially since about 75% of what I've heard falls in that category...

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