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on 19 Aug 2011 05:04

 
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Best albums of 2007

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For my other Best albums lists for this decade, please visit my Best albums of the 00s list. All videos chosen for quality of sound, rather than visuals.
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1. Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
Were this simply an album, it would be farther down my list. However, in 2007 Trent Reznor partnered with 42 Entertainment to produce an Alternate-Reality Game (ARG) that created a view of a dystopian future through a series of websites. Some labeled it a marketing tactic, but Reznor publicly announced that it was simply the way Year Zero was meant to be experienced. I was among the NIN fans who eagerly participated in the experience, and so largely because of the ARG surrounding Year Zero & all the time I spent lost in that world, the album (& therefore overall experience) earns its place at the top of my list.
Favorite song: "the great destroyer"

(For an entertaining mockery of this video, you should check out this video.
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2. The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy ... - Saul Williams
My favorite current poet (Saul) teams up with my favorite artist (Trent)...surely you're not surprised to see this album here?
Favorite song: "Niggy Tardust"/"No One Ever Does" (tie)


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3. Grinderman - Grinderman
Favorite song: "Go Tell the Women"
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4. Curses - Future of the Left
From the ashes of Mclusky came Future of the Left, and as a late Mclusky fan (got into them less than a year before they broke up) I had to hear them. And I still can't stop listening to this album.
Favorite song: "my gymnastic past"
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5. In Glorious Times - Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
"Rock-against-Rock pioneers Sleepytime Gorilla Museum celebrate the extremes of sonic debilitation, with this muffled cry into the dark night of the soul. Triumphantly smothered within the intricate stylings of musical evolution, the expansive world of literature and the pain and passion of one’s emotions, the Oakland, California-based band have once again imbedded themselves deep in the creative process, allowing themselves to reach new plateaus on their latest album In Glorious Times."
--from a press release by The End Records

Favorite song: "Formicary"
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6. Ire Works - The Dillinger Escape Plan
Favorite song: "Black Bubblegum"
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7. Widow City - The Fiery Furnaces
Favorite song: "Automatic Husband"
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8. Strange House - The Horrors
Favorite song: "She Is the New Thing"
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9. Liars - Liars
This self-titled album is more of a collection of songs than an album, and so the whole thing felt like a step down from their other work. The first several times I listened to it I loved some songs, but couldn't get into others. After seeing them play most of the album live, however, I finally found my way into the songs I wasn't so enthusiastic about. At first I started only listening to the album at night (which really helps about half the songs here sound better for some reason), but it wasn't long before I could listen to it any time.
--me, from my Albums that grew on me list

Favorite song: "Protection"
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10. Excellent Italian Greyhound - Shellac
Favorite song: "The End of Radio"
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11. Human the Death Dance - Sage Francis
Favorite song: "Midgets and Giants"
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12. The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event
Got into this band by seeing them live, & bought the album after. The more I listened to it, the more I liked it, and now I love every song on it. I still go through phases of listening to it for days on end.
Favorite song: "Happiness Is Overrated"
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13. Versions - Poison the Well
Favorite song: "Naive Monarch"
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Fun fact: The top 2 albums here both earn their spots courtesy of the internet, in addition to having the common element of Trent Reznor's involvement. Niggy Tardust was released digitally first, with the option that you could either download it for free or pay $5 for it if you wanted to support it (I paid). As for Year Zero, see my notes for it.

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Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 4 22:25
By the way, Saul Williams's music is very much in the style of Gil Scott-Heron, or at least I think so. If you like socially and politically conscience spoken word/rap blended with other styles Gil's music is beyond reproach.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 5 2:28
I'll have to check him out then!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Sep 9 8:25
Oh man, if it wasn't for our mutual love for NIN I'd own zero of these. Shameful, I know.

I don't think Excellent Italian Greyhound made your favorite album names list, but it just made mine ;) Another band my brother is cooler than me about, btw.

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