Favorite Albums of 2007???

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Favorite Albums of 2007???

Postby Arlene » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:20 am

Hey-- it's November already!!! Is anyone up for listing their favorite albums of the year? Here's my list:

01. Patty Griffin- Children Running Through
02. Mavis Staples- We'll Never Turn Back
03. Eilen Jewell- Letters From Sinners and Strangers
04. Levon Helm- Dirt Farmer
05. Mary Gauthier- Between Daylight and Dark
06. Josh Ritter- The Historical Conquest of Josh Ritter
07. Teddy Thompson- Up Front and Down Low
08. Avett Brothers- Emotionalism
09. David Bromberg- Try Me One More Time
10. ByrdJones-Radio Soul

Favorite Compilation of Previously Released Material: Emmylou Harris- Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems
Favorite Tribute Record: Various Artists- A Case for Case
Favorite Live Album: Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band- Live in Dublin
Most Overrated Album of the Year: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss- Raising Sand

Honorable Mentions:
Steve Earle's "Washington Square Serenade"
Lucinda Williams's "West"
Bruce Springsteen's "Magic"
Bruce Robison's "It Came From San Antonio"
Gurf Morlix's "Diamonds to Dust"
Old Crow Medicine Show's "Big Iron World"
Linda Thompson's "Versitile Heart"
The Greencards's "Veridian"
The Everybodyfields's "Nothing is Okay"
Ryan Adams's "Easy Tiger"


I'm sure this list will change for me in about 10 minutes but here's my snapshot in time.
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Postby gillian » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:51 am

I'm in... I feel like I bought surprisingly few CDs this year, weird.


Favorites of the year, in no particular order:
Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
Anais Mitchell - The Brightness
Brianna Lane - Let You In
Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
Lori McKenna - Unglamorous
Over the Rhine - The Trumpet Child
Rose Polenzani - When the River Meets the Sea

Honorable Mentions:
Session Americana - Beertown
Ben Harper - Lifeline
Tegan & Sara - The Con
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Postby MWM » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:52 am

Wow, I can't believe it's so close to the end of the year already. There are still a couple albums that came out this year I haven't heard yet, but for now . . .

1. Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
2. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
3. The National - Boxer
4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6. Nina Nastasia & Jim White - You Follow Me
7. Feist - The Reminder
8. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
9. Anais Mitchell - The Brightness
10. Bruce Springsteen - Magic

With honorable mentions to so many, including . . .

Bat for Lashes - Fur and Gold
Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
Lori McKenna - Unglamorous
Marissa Nadler - Songs III: Bird on the Water
Elliott Smith - New Moon
Tegan and Sara - The Con
Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers
Windmill - Puddle City, Racing Lights
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Postby gillian » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:54 am

I need to get these.
MWM wrote:7. Feist - The Reminder
8. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Elliott Smith - New Moon
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Postby MWM » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:00 am

gillian wrote:I need to get these.
MWM wrote:7. Feist - The Reminder
8. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
Elliott Smith - New Moon


You sure, do especially Feist!

EDIT:

You should also get The National CD. I think you'd probably like it. Maybe I will have to send it to you and see.
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Re: Favorite Albums of 2007???

Postby elcorazon » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:45 am

Arlene wrote:Hey-- it's November already!!! Is anyone up for listing their favorite albums of the year? Here's my list:

01. Patty Griffin- Children Running Through
02. Mavis Staples- We'll Never Turn Back
03. Eilen Jewell- Letters From Sinners and Strangers
04. Levon Helm- Dirt Farmer
05. Mary Gauthier- Between Daylight and Dark
06. Josh Ritter- The Historical Conquest of Josh Ritter
07. Teddy Thompson- Up Front and Down Low
08. Avett Brothers- Emotionalism
09. David Bromberg- Try Me One More Time
10. ByrdJones-Radio Soul

Favorite Compilation of Previously Released Material: Emmylou Harris- Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems
Favorite Tribute Record: Various Artists- A Case for Case
Favorite Live Album: Bruce Springsteen with the Seeger Sessions Band- Live in Dublin
Most Overrated Album of the Year: Robert Krauss and Alison Krauss- Raising Sand

Honorable Mentions:
Steve Earle's "Washington Square Serenade"
Lucinda Williams's "West"
Bruce Springsteen's "Magic"
Bruce Robison's "It Came From San Antonio"
Gurf Morlix's "Diamonds to Dust"
Old Crow Medicine Show's "Big Iron World"
Linda Thompson's "Versitile Heart"
The Greencards's "Veridian"
The Everybodyfields's "Nothing is Okay"
Ryan Adams's "Easy Tiger"


I'm sure this list will change for me in about 10 minutes but here's my snapshot in time.

great list. sometimes, arlene is sort of a shopping list provider for me.
7 of those 10 are likely in my top 10 (I don't have the Eileen Jewel yet, but I've heard some of it and am confident it is awesome). I need to pick up the others. and most of those on your honorable mention would likely wind up in a similar position on my list.

I also feel like I haven't had that many records this year, but arlene pretty much nailed the best of 'em. Patty and Mavis are 1-2. at this moment ByrdJones might be higher, but probably because I just picked it up at the show Tuesday.
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Postby keith from ny » Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:58 pm

I haven't heard half the CDs on Arlene's list (in fact I didn't even know Levon Helm released an album this year) but here's mine, which I just posted on the OtR board last night:

1. Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
2. Over the Rhine - The Trumpet Child
3. Bruce Springsteen w/Sessions Band - Live in Dublin
4. Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
5. Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Revisited
6. Lucinda Williams - West
7. Cowboy Junkies - At the End of Paths Taken
8. New Pornographers - Challengers
9. Anaïs Mitchell - The Brightness
10. Over the Rhine - Live From Nowhere 2
11. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
12. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - This Is Somewhere
13. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
14. Nina Nastasia & Jim White - You Follow Me
15. KT Tunstall - Drastic Fantastic

Most delightful personal musical discoveries this year: Rilo Kiley, Nina Nastasia, Vienna Teng, Grace Potter

Biggest disapointment: Rilo Kiley's Under the Black Light. Same great sense of melody and thoughtfully layered production, but the cutting ironic lyrics that distinguished their last two CDs and Jenny's album with the Watson Twins last year are nowhere to be found. Literally makes me want to cry. Image
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Postby Arlene » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:11 pm

keith from ny wrote:I haven't heard half the CDs on Arlene's list...

Obviously, we don't spend enough time together attending concerts and talking about music. :wink:
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Postby keith from ny » Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:25 pm

Arlene wrote:
keith from ny wrote:I haven't heard half the CDs on Arlene's list...

Obviously, we don't spend enough time together attending concerts and talking about music. :wink:

And apparently you've been holding out on me! :D
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Postby Fool On Fire » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:11 pm

This will probably be nowhere close to my final listing, but hey. I like playing this game. :)

These aren't in order.

Children Running Through -- Patty Griffin
Armchair Apocrypha -- Andrew Bird
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter -- Josh Ritter
Challengers -- The New Pornographers
The Reminder -- Feist
The Shepherd's Dog -- Iron & Wine
Saltbreakers -- Laura Veirs
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga -- Spoon
Trees Outside the Academy -- Thurston Moore
In Our Bedroom After the War -- Stars
Nothing is Okay -- The Everybodyfields
The Scene of the Crime -- Bettye LaVette
In Our Nature -- Jose Gonzalez

Okay, well, that's a top 13, not a top 10. But whatever. (The National's Boxer will also probably worm its way up to the top, as will Gill Landry's The Ballad of Lawless Soirez, MIA's Kala, and Common's Finding Forever. Aesop Rock's None Shall Pass might make it up there too.)

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Postby beensaved » Sat Nov 10, 2007 6:40 pm

Music didn't move me much this year. My list is really short...

Orion Experience's Cosmicandy
Shout Out Louds' Our Ill Wills
VHS or Beta's Bring On The Comets
The National's Boxer
Thousand Foot Krutch's The Flame In All Of Us

I'm sad to report that both Patty's and OtR's releases this year left me disappointed as an entire body of work. Both albums had their highlights, but not enough for them to top my list this year.
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Postby MWM » Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:24 am

beensaved wrote:I'm sad to report that both Patty's and OtR's releases this year left me disappointed as an entire body of work. Both albums had their highlights, but not enough for them to top my list this year.


I think this was a pretty awesome year for music in general, but I kind of have to agree with what you said about Patty's and OtR's albums. Putting Patty's at the top of my list was more of a formality than an unbiased opinion. Although, if I was being unbiased, it certainly would've been #3 or #4. I think it's an amazing album. The year of Impossible Dream or 1000 Kisses though, Patty would've definitely been at the top of my list, biased or not. But the more familiar I become with it, the more I think it's a somewhat lesser album in her catalog. Still anything Patty makes is more than likely to be better than most everything else released in a given year. Over the Rhine's album, on the other hand, I just didn't really connect with. I tried at first, but to me there just wasn't anything about it that made me love Over the Rhine in the first place. It was like an album by someone else.
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Postby Browncoat » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:50 am

Hmm... to be honest, I don't think I've really bought too many new albums this year...

In no order:

Patty Griffin - Children Running Through
Feist - The Reminder
Peter Mulvey - Notes From Elsewhere
Hem - Home Again, Home Again
The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
KT Tunstall - Drastic Fantastic
Lori McKenna - Unglamorous
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Postby Kris » Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:11 am

I've bought a lot more music this year than in the last few years, but most of it wasn't from 2007.

So, my short list:

Once- The Motion Picture Soundtrack
Andrew Bird- Armchair Apocrypha
Brandi Carlile- The Story
Josh Ritter- The Historical Conquests
Brenda Weiler- End the Rain

I also agree about Patty and Over the Rhine. There are stand out tracks, but the albums as wholes are lacking. I listened to CRT for the first time in months just last week. I did buy OTR's new album on vinyl, though. The lounge-feel is nice on a record player.
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Postby Browncoat » Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:07 pm

I'd really like to hear some of Eilen's new stuff. I have a handful of really old recordings, but nothing from her new album(s). She was actually one of the students at a Peter Mulvey guitar workshop that I went to. There are student concerts at the workshops and I ended up having to follow her. Yikes! (Although I'm rather thankful that I hadn't started writing music, at that point. Otherwise, I might've embarrassed myself more, playing one of my own songs, after she had played.)
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