Evilchris's Top 10 Albums Of 2007
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Evilchris, reviewer extraordinaire, gives us his Top 10 of 2007.
Saul Williams - The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust: This download-only release excited me much more than Radiohead's newie. Tour buddies Reznor and Saul finally release their collaborative record, and it's easily one of the best of both artist's careers.
Throbbing Gristle - Part Two: Somewhat ironically, the band originally labelled 'wreckers of civilisation' are now one of the few, truly, 'human' passionate sonic forces left twenty years on.
Ministry - The Last Sucker: Al J really did save the best for last (to quote Vanessa Williams). RIP Paul Raven - heaven just got one hell of a bass player.
Mochipet - Disko Donkey: Eric Yang is soooo awesome. Even if (as he told me), Ninja Tune wouldn't even listen to his demo. Their loss...
El-P - I'll Sleep When You're Dead: El Producto is one cranky guy, but pretty soon you'll realise it's the result of a huge heart. A lot of my favourite records tend to be cathartic bellows, and this is one of the most eloquent.
NIN - Year Zero: Yay for Trent being off drugs. I almost enjoyed playing the elaborate alternate reality web game as much as the record. Plus, it's some serious DSP plug-in porn...
The Tuss - Rushup Edge: Mr. Aphex, now that you're not on Warp anymore, you're really having fun, aren't you- The real question isn't so much whether Richard's involved, as who else is along for the ride.
Murcof – Cosmos: A bit like pressing an ear to the surface of the monolith from Kubrick's 2001 - the real space music.
Underlapper - Red Spring: In between records, this Sydney six-piece totally changed from a leftfield hip hop act to something far more approaching delicate post-rock...my fave local record of 2007.
Ivens - Sounds To Expire To: This debut really explores some interesting new angles on the hip hop genre that, to my mind, hadn't really been explored much by Australian acts. Listen, and just try not smoking...