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Top 10 Albums of 2007

2007-12-12 09:59
 
The Top 10 Albums of 2007
1. M.I.A. Kala
Kala is drum ’n bass, it’s grime, it’s indie-rock, it’s spastically funky electro. It’s a jungle of funky global grooves where AK47 gun fire, Pixies samples and Bollywood mash-ups come together to create a new world order in 'world' music. Kala is 'world' music with attitude.
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2. The White Stripes Icky Thump
Rock's most obsessive-compulsive pathologists curate a master class in retro rock forensics that maps the DNA shared by Ennio Morricone, the Queens of the Stone Age, Guns ‘n Roses and is that Little Richard lurking beneath Jack’s falsetto cry!?
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3. The Buckfever Underground Saves
For some reason, iTunes classifies Buckfever’s music generically as Brazilian. Possibly because it nakedly exposes the crazy, smelly beauty that is South Africa, but more likely because there are some great thongs on the CD.
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4. Amy Winehouse Back to Black
Old-fashioned soul by a rebellious modern girl with nice crunchy beats, moments of vulnerability, and lyrics written in a language that anyone angry and lovelorn might use. There's just enough softness to guarantee airplay, but good art is rarely a compromise.
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5. Arcade Fire Neon Bible
Neon Bible is a bit like a good bottle of wine - each person's glass of the same thing tastes different to them. At the end, though, everyone should be reasonably buzzed. It sheds a disturbing light on post-911 life, but it's so beautiful you can't help listening.
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6. Bjork Volta
In a world obsessed with genre-splintering sales pitches and fast-food musical fads Bjork is the one Pop phenomenon we can all agree on. From the urban synth squelches of Timbaland powered electro-jam "Earth Intruders" to the fist-thrusting apocalyptic tribal punk cry of "Declare Independence", Bjork and her crazy cast of co-conspirators vault merrily over any generic boundary that threatens to hinder their fun.
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7. Common Finding Forever
Adult contemporary rap, social responsibility rap… call it what you want but Common is one of the few genuinely innovative hip hop emcees left in the charts. Common has sense. With Finding Forever he decided to stick to his roots and rebel against new club-orientated hip hop with its simplistic beats and crunk clichés.
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8. Kanye West Graduation
No need to Wiki, here’s a quickie: Graduation sold 957 000 copies in its first week on the shelves. This time he pushes the mainstream hip hop envelope even further by tapping into what sounds like some European slow motion techno beats: totally fresh tunes that grip you so tight you’ll forget to listen to what Kanye’s gaaning aan about.
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9. Queens of the Stone Age Era Vulgaris
A return to their unique brand of raw, raunchy rock and roll that spoke to a generation of listeners that have grown tired of the same old rehashed four chord commercial ‘rock’ CRAP that is so generously endorsed by the MTV Society of Beautiful People. Rock needs QOTSA to exist. If not, who else will step up and inject life into this dull and stale genre?
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10. Britney Spears Blackout
Pop’s fallen prom queen lets it all hang out on this dirty set of prefabricated dance pop bangers about being a freak. Not that there’s anything wrong with a troubled young chick wanting to get her career back on track by having some escapist fun. In fact, if ‘fun’ is trumpeting the fact that you’re a horny slut then well…hit me baby one more time!
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2007 was another schizophrenic year in music. For a second it did look like Pop had finally eaten itself with everyone from Arctic Monkeys to 50 Cent recycling their multi-platinum sales pitches into creative oblivion. Still, at least the current climate of self-parody inspired the White Stripes, Kanye West and our own Buckfever Underground to deliver brilliantly ironic renovations of rock, hip-hop and The Rainbow Nation respectively. Meanwhile spunky British electro-rapper M.I.A. redefined funk

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