Record of the Year

In 2007, I’ve purchased a number of cds – legitimately, I might add! Some were from the brick & mortars, but about half were through iTunes.

From the 15 or so disks I’ve shelled out cash for this year, I thought since I do an album of the month, it only stands to reason I do an album of the year.

I am sticking with my August album of the month as being the disk of the year: Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible. Last year, I picked a disk I didn’t make one of my monthly choices….but to be fair, I had only started doing this monthly entry mid-year.

I’ll let you go to my original post to read on what I thought about the disk then. It really hasn’t changed in the on-going months. It still resides in my car and I still play it frequently.

But since I don’t want to leave you with a repeat, maybe I can list a few songs I think that were outstanding for 2007 – some may surprise you, some won’t:

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Most think it’s about “Rehab”, it’s really about the title track
Phantom Limb – the Shins
The words are seemingly non-sensical, but it works
The PretenderFoo Fighters
Love the song
You’ll Remember – Patty Griffin
If the rest of the disk was this strong, it would have been a winner
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
From the movie Once. If you haven’t seen it, I believe it is on DVD. Better than the version from the Frames – which also has Mr. Hansard as a member
Never Again – Kelly Clarkson
This might be the one that would surprise you. Trust me, I am constantly amazed that I like it
Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us – Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Plant might do some really distant background vocals. Maybe. But I like the song from a very marginal disk
Pour Le Monde & Walked Her Way Down – Crowded House
Wasn’t thrilled with the first song for a long time, but the second one was always great
Lucky Stars – Marti Jones
Technically I think this was a 2003 song that didn’t make it onto her last disk but was made available for free download on efolkmusic.com. Not her strongest outing, but I’ll always take in something from her
Ghost in My Machine – Annie Lennox I just groove to the cajun squeezebox. Literally. No Who sexual overtones
Perfect Crime #2 – the Decemberists
Technically Q4 2006, but I didn’t hear it until 2007
Unsuffer Me & Where is My Love – Lucinda Williams
It’s a toss up between the songs. So I’m not choosing. I don’t have to. It’s my blog
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs – Fall Out Boy
“Up and at them!” I like it mainly for the chorus. And by ‘mainly’, I mean ‘only’
New York is a Woman – Suzanne Vega
A completely overlooked disk for 2007. Not horribly different for Ms. Vega though

What song(s) do you think should have made the cut?

I have a fear my 2008 disks of the month might be older releases. There is nothing new out there I’m excited by – nor have I heard of any intriguing upcoming releases. Hopefully some unexpected things will jump out. But the good thing is, there is lots of stuff that are older that warrants mention – even by me.

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