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Daniel's Top 10 Albums Of 2007

Author: Daniel Crichton-Rouse
Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Lifestyle Editor and owner of a cool Beatles shirt Daniel Crichton-Rouse offers up his Top 10.
Radiohead – In Rainbows
According to the Bible, God created man in little over a week. Well, Radiohead managed to create a worldwide phenomenon in roughly the same time when, out of nowhere, they announced the arrival of their seventh studio album, dropping it a little over a week later, and allowing fans to pay what they wanted for it. Oh, and did I mention how fucking beautiful it is-

Klaxons – Myths of The Near Future

2007 will be remembered as the year of ‘new rave’ and how much Klaxons, who spawned it, tried to shake off the stigma of that non-genre. With as much energy and brilliance as the finest punk records, Klaxons emerged like the second coming of the Sex Pistols, albeit without the politics. The year’s best pop record.

Blonde Redhead – 23
23 put to rest any worries fans had that 2004’s Misery Is A Butterfly couldn’t be topped. Inspired by frontwoman Kazu Makino’s equestrian accident, this album builds on the lush romantic and hypnotic music of their last record to make a stunning, yet brooding, record, and in the process propelling Blonde Redhead to God-like status (to throw an NME term in there).

Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City
Nothing can compete against the wake-up call that was Bloc Party’s 2004 debut, Silent Alarm, but A Weekend In The City is about as perfect a follow-up as any band could hope for. Each song killer, with absolutely no filler, this album has perfect lyrics, perfect riffs, and perfectly manic drumming. That said, it’s a pity their best song, Flux, was a stand-alone single released later in the year.

The Panics – Cruel Guards
Australian album of the year hands down, and a well-deserved J Award winner. In a year that Powderfinger and Silverchair both released comeback albums, it gives me great faith in the Australian music scene when a relatively small group of guys, on an indie label, can topple the heavyweights. You’re not going to find finer songwriters in Australia right now, nor a more exquisite album.

Belleruche – Turntable Soul Music

It was their reworking of Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing that first caught my eye, and the rest of the record didn’t disappoint. It’s like former Tru Thoughts labelmate Alice Russell fronting Massive Attack on a happy day – pure cocktail music bliss, with enough beats, scratches and sass to make the new-jazz kids tap their feet. Seriously cool.

Young + Restless – Self-titled

SCREEEAMMIIINNNGGGGGG!!!!!! Hitting you like a nail-gun to the temple after your jugular’s been ripped out by the girl you caught fucking your best friend, Canberra’s Young + Restless were the single greatest band in Australia to emerge this year and if there’s any justice in the world, they’ll be supporting Rage Against The Machine at their sideshow. It was worth the tinnitus picking up this album.

Babyshambles – Shotter’s Nation
Let’s hope Pete Doherty will one day be remembered for the music he writes and not for the newspapers he adorns for all the other reasons (but let’s face it, he won’t). Seriously, have most of you even listened to the romantic poetry in Down In Albion and Shotter’s Notion- Probably not you slash-fiction writing sheep. Un-Bilo-Titled is sublime.

Tegan and Sara – The Con
2005’s So Jealous was my most played record of 2006 (I caught on a little late) and it still rates as one of my favourite pop records of all-time. It’s near perfect. The Con, thankfully, didn’t disappoint. Taking everything I loved about their previous record and adding a little more edge and sass, they’ve made another charming record.

Shocking Pinks – Self-titled

Dear New Zealand. Hi, how have you been- I’ve been meaning to say thanks for giving us Die! Die! Die! – the best band to emerge from the South Pacific in years – and, now, Shocking Pinks. It’s great that Flying Nun still have their finger on the pulse and it’s even better that this guy is in love with Kevin Shields. No seriously, thank you. I want more.
 
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