We scoured the major music magazines publishing the top albums of 2007, combined and tallied their rankings and came up with the best of the best. Use this guide, if you are a music collector who want to add on to your yearly "Best Albums" collection.
20. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Sank (Epic)
Isaac Brock half-sings and half-screams anti-social, lost-traveler songs that seems hard to penetrate at first listen. Great songs include "Missed the Boat", "Education", and "Little Motel". MM is doing pop, but they're not selling out.
19. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)
Indie rock album with poignant songs and guitars sounding sad beautiful melodies. Great songwriting and vocals from Bridwell.
18. Peter Bjorn and John - Writer's Block (Wichita)
The 3rd album of these 3 Swede Indie pop group turn their romantic melancholy into warm, Sixties-sounding folk pop mixed with rock-and-roll and electronica.
17. Feist - The Reminder (Cherry Tree)
Beautiful love-lorn ballads done with delicate vocalization ("The Park" and "My Moon My Man"). Indie mix of jazzy pop, folk and lo-fi torch songs.
16. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Whimsical songs of love pains from a band who continues to surprise. It's indie disco, but it’s the band’s most personal to date, with Kevin Barnes putting in a lot of emotion, heartbreak, frustration and elation into the songs. Contains "Bunny Ain't No Kind of Rider", the funniest sex song.
15. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black (Universal)
Finest soul album in years. 60's girl group style songs of addictions that come from Amy’s intense personal sorrow. Instant classic songs include "Rehab", "Back to Black", "Wake Up Alone", and "Addicted".
14. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand (Rounder)
Led Zeppelin's screamer collaborates with bluegrass whispherer Alison Krauss. The result is a subdued, understated harmonious album that mixes genres like gospel, blues and folk rock.
13. Lil Wayne - Da Drought 3 (Young Money Entertainment)
This year's king of hip-hop shows off his crazy rap rhyming virtuosity on one underground mix tape after another.
12. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
Nebraska's Conor Oberst, the once wunderkind, sings songs of love, politics, existence and alienation that reminds some of Bob Dylan. The music is delivered with swelling strings and concert-hall ready arrangements.
11. The White Stripes - Icky Thump (Warner Bros.)
The White Stripe's bombastic album mixes American folk-style music with garage rock, blues, nouveau and flamenco. Features tube-amp distortion-laden guitar squeal and frantic falsetto vocal in "I'm Slowly Turning into You", and the busted-immigrant song "Icky Thump".
10. Jay-Z - American Gangster (Roc-a-Fella)
The music, although a companion piece to the movie, is about Jay-Z's articulation of real gangster life. The studio production is unrestrained, with the nutty organ solo in "Success", the Miami beatbox in "Party Life", and the unstoppable horn riff in "Roc Boys."
9. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight (Warner Bros.)
Big, bright pop-rock gems with frontwoman Jenny Lewis seductively cooing lavish melodies with underlying foreboding lyrics. It's a combination of indie pop and torch songs with danceable beats and stylistic flourishes like Latin bounce and horn sections. Talented group is capturing bigger audience without sacrificing intelligence.
8. Lily Allen - Alright, Still (Capitol)
Lily Allen's music is witty and often hilarious. The songs are reggae pop ditties with danceable beats. "Smile" is the most popular track.
7. Bruce Springsteen - Magic (Columbia)
The Boss paints a panorama of America that has seen Iraq and a bumbling administration. It's still rock-pop that's fun to listen to in the tradition of Born in the USA and Born to Run. Contains the hauntingly beautiful "Gypsy Biker" and "Magic"
6. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
The indie-rock band sounds big and gloriously commercial with songs that are embellished by koto, flamenco guitar, and mariachi brass.
5. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (Capitol/DFA)
A masterpiece of punk, dance, and funk from James Murphy. The complex, original-sounding dance music mixes analogue synths with chugging basslines, chunky guitar and Murphy's wild falsetto.
4. Against Me! - New Wave (Sire)
This rock record from Florida punks mixes power chords with politics. Singer-guitarist Tom Gabriel uses his steel-cable vocal chords to express his righteous anger against corporate oppression and military aggression. Awesome songs include "White People for Peace". "Stop!" is about getting off your ass and making a difference.
3. Kanye West - Graduation (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam)
This one-of-a-kind hip-hop album from a one-of-a-kind artist consists of Daft Punk samples, Jay-Z samples, flashy disco, a Lil Wayne cameo, hooks and catchy rhymes that mix self-examination and high-life swagger. It wonderfully celebrates the artists' ego.
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Merge)
This indie band whose genre defies characterization shapes songs about religion running wild, weather gone haywire and privacy under siege. They imbue their lush orchestral rock sounds with a sense of purpose.
1. M.I.A. - Kala (Interscope)
This exciting electronica fusion album from the Sri Lankan-born UK rapper was made with imaginative sounds that came from all over the world. Sri Lankan temple rhythms, Bollywood disco, police sirens, Third World car horns, and a whole slew of sounds help express the artist's political rage.
See also: Top Music Albums of 2008 Top Music Albums of 2009 Top Music Albums of 2010
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