12.Tokyo Police Club - A Lesson In Crime
The technicality of the group because it was originally released in 2006 and then re-released in March. But they definitely got things rolling in 2007. Off the strength of this release they signed with Saddle Creek, toured the world and gave me one of my favorite songs of the year "Be Good".
11.LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
The flow of the album is what works best. It builds up at all the right times and the tracks are actually a lot better than his last release. What really made the album even more enjoyable for me is that he toured in support of it and did so with a complete live band.
10.Kings Of Leon - Because of the Times
It took till album three for them to earn my respect. This album has some of the most ambitious songs they have created to date. This one was slept on by a lot of people and I would suggest going back and giving it another listen. Plus "My Party" is the jam.
9.Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
All kinds of stuff going on here. Three guys creating as much sound as humanly possible in the most futuristic way they could think up. All of it comes across in the most amazing way especially the track Golden Skans, the second most played song on my iPod this year.
8.Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
How was this not loved more by people? There are some outstanding tracks on this album and it served as an unofficial soundtrack for the summer over here. Plus I have said it before and will say it again. The final track on the labum "505" is THE best track I heard all year. In the year of the sophomore slump I think they triumphed.
7.Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
They bought and old church, played with huge organs and delivered one of the most solid sophomore efforts in a while. Not too bad considering having to follow up such a massive debut. I have to admit it took me a while to get into, but once I did it....
6.The National - The Boxer
Off the strength of the track "Start a War" alone this should be on anyones Top 10 list. This is a band finding themselves in their music. I suggest listening to it on long road trips, it really works best on an open road.
5.Interpol - Our Love To Admire
The jump to a major also gave the band a more arena ready third album. They didn't stray away from their sound though which would have been a mistake, they just made the sound louder and more broad. I still can't decide what song is my favorite, it changes from week to week.
4.Albert Hammond Jr. - Yours to Keep
The Strokes guitarist steps out and delivers a surprisingly good debut. His day job may be on hold for now but luckily be have this Strokes "lite" album to keep us occupied. It's takes a lot of guts to step out with a solo project because more than likely it will suck. Guess we got lucky this time.
3.M.I.A - Kala
The most high energy of any release on this list. This album is just really damn cool to listen to. She recorded on a beach and in slums, sampled chickens and even brought in Timbaland for a track. Put that altogether and why would this not be one of the best albums of the year?
2.Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
The production of this album speaks volumes, it's like they let you right into the studio and didn't hold anything back. Don't You Evah and The Underdog are two of the most fun tracks I have heard all year. I wasn't expecting to love it but I do.
1.Radiohead - In Rainbows
Nevermind the whole "give it away" craze, it almost made me not want to put it on the list. But you simply cannot deny that it is an amazing album featuring some of the most accessible tracks the band has made in years while still maintaining the style they mastered on Kid A. The more I listen the more I fall in love with it. They seriously are the most important band in the world right now.