Scott Landis’ Top Ten of 2007 List
And once again we’ve made it through to produce yet another set of Top (fill in your number of choice) Albums of the Year list. Yet this year it’s a little different. If you look back to the July edition you’ll see my top 5 of the first half of 2007. Surprisingly, three of those five albums made it into my top ten of 2007. Now here’s the list.
1. Magnetic North – Hopesfall
This has nothing to do with the fact that they just broke up. It has everything to do with the fact that this was possibly the most listenable album I have heard since…well, since A Types was released in 2004. Despite line-up change after line-up change after line-up change, the Hopesfall name has managed to consistently promise high quality music. If you don’t have this album, go out and get it.
2. In Rainbows – Radiohead
It seems cliché, but this is a great album. While I was a huge fan of Pablo Honey and The Bends, Kid A and Hail to the Thief were a bit too spacey for me. In Rainbows picked up where The Bends left off. I only bought the album on a whim and it turned out to be an album that I could listen to over and over again.
3. Colors – Between the Buried and Me
I’ve always kind of been “kind of” a fan of BTBAM. If they were in town for a show, I would go see them, but they had never blown me away. Colors changed that. While everyone knows that BTBAM is an incredibly hard-hitting metal band, no one had been exposed to their ability to produce more than metal. Songs like “Sun of Nothing” and “Informal Gluttony” showcase an instrumental and creative side that I did not expect. Oh, and did I mention that this is a metal album that you can actually listen to straight through? And that it’s an eight-track album that clocks in at an hour and four minutes?
4. Dancing Down a Fine Line EP – The Brakemen
Ah, there is nothing like a top ten list that goes from brutal metal to alternative country. The Brakemen have managed to keep my attention since I received their album last summer. Their brand of alternative country mixed with a Bruce Springsteen sensibility makes for a great EP.
5. m(US)ic – Dameira
I really have to credit the discovery of this album to ADD. If I had not stopped studying at Borders last spring I would not have found this album sitting on a listening station. There is nothing better than a band that combines a listenable sound with interesting music. Dameira is a band that does exactly that and it makes for an album that is completely worth taking a listen to.
6. Versions – Poison the Well
What happens when a band takes almost three years to write an album, drops from a five-piece to a three-piece and jumps from a major label to an indie powerhouse? Magic. Versions, while a slight step away from the brutal hardcore of their past, is a melodically brutal album that was well worth the long wait. With great albums like this coming from Ferret I can promise you that they won’t be the relegated to minor player status for long.
7. The Big Dirty – Every Time I Die
Speaking of great music coming from Ferret, Every Time I Die’s fourth full-length release did anything but disappoint. After 2005’s lackluster release Gutter Phenomenon the guys of ETID knew they needed to bring the heat with their next album. They certainly delivered the heat needed to beat back anyone who said ETID was down for the count.
8. 06/06 – Säh
This is possibly the best hour of instrumental music I have ever heard. The band, based out of Marquette, Michigan, features a guitarist, a drummer and a drummer/ guitarist and almost no lyrics. The EP is spectacular for driving or relaxing or just really any time.
9. The Alchemy Index Volumes 1&2 – Thrice
Since Vheissu, all Thrice fans have wondered if the band would embrace their heavy side that they became so well known for or if the darker, more melodic sounds of Vheissu would become the sound of Thrice. Then the Alchemy Index was released and Thrice fans found that both sounds would be the new sound of Thrice.
10. Kill the House Lights – Thursday
Yes, I know there were only seven new songs on it. And I know I’m a little biased since they’re my favorite band. But…they were seven good songs. Also, the DVD is an awesome documentary of one of the greatest examples of the rise from basement band to selling out the Starlight Ballroom.