December 30, 2007
Top Ten + 1 Albums of 2007
The Top Three:
1 Siobhan Donaghy Ghosts
Read my full post about the Album Of The Year.
Key tracks: Medevac, Halcyon Days, So You Say, There's A Place, Don't Give It Up
2 Sophie Ellis-Bextor Trip The Light Fantastic
After 2 previous solo albums that were more like singles sets with filler, Sophie nailed it on the 14-track Trip. She does it all, Blondie poprock on Catch You, Pet Shop Boysian dramatic balladry on Can't Have It All and one of the more unique Xenomania productions of the year, If You Go. Read my full review.
Key tracks: If You Go, Can't Have It All, New York City Lights, Catch You and What Have We Started, among many other gems.
3 Darren Hayes This Delicate Thing We’ve Made
Incredibly ambitious double CD with some perfect moments and a few failures. A huge risk that paid off for pop fans. Read my full review ...and this too!
Key tracks: Who Would Have Thought, Conversation With God, Step Into The Light, Tuning Of Violins, The Future Holds A Lion's Heart.
and the rest, in no order:
Roisin Murphy Overpowered
When Roisin is good, she is electrifying. This album is jam packed with brilliant tracks and, I think, a big leap forward from her first solo CD. I have to also say that among many physically beautiful pop women this year, she was the queen. Read my full review and more about the Artist Of 2007.
Key tracks: Let Me Know (song of the year!), You Know Me Better, Primitive, Cry Baby
Ghosts The World Is Outside
The best Britpop album since Keane's Hope And Fears, no contest. I love this band's fearlessness to really be POP. I think a second album is in the works - I really hope so.
Key tracks: Stop, Stay The Night, Ghosts and Temporary. Brilliant b-side with Hate This Music.
Tracey Thorn Out Of The Woods
The return everyone had been waiting for. What was thrilling about this album, which I never reviewed because it rendered me speechless, was the surprising breadth of styles. Out Of The Woods has moments of acoustic beauty, pure blissful pop and dancefloor coolness. Her voice has never sounded better. Thank GOD she is back. This probably should be in the Top 3.
Key tracks: It's All True, Raise The Roof, Nowhere Near, By Piccadilly Station I Sat Down And Wept (brilliant song title!)
Patrick Wolf The Magic Position
The first great album of 2007. This is Patty's finest moment, combining the best elements of his first two records, and raising the bar with his finest lyrics and melodies. Read my full review.
Key tracks: Augustine (lyric of the year), The Magic Position, Stars, Bluebells
Sara Bareilles Little Voice
Beautiful debut record by the best female voice to emerge from America in years. Sara belongs in the group with Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan and Billy Joel. Read my full review.
Key tracks: Love Song, Gravity, Between The Lines, One Sweet Love
Suzanne Vega Beauty And Crime
Unexpected return from the great singer/songrwriter who launched an army of female musicians in the years following her chart-toppers. Ths is her third best record after the debut and Solitude Standing. Jimmy Hogarth's production gives SV's songs the complexity they deserve. Major record. Read my full review.
Key tracks: Ludlow Street, Bound, Pornographer's Dream
Annie Lennox Songs Of Mass Destruction
The great Diva of our time brings it with her best vocal performance ever and her finest album since her solo debut Diva. Annie goes pretty deep for most older fans and this CD is no exception. Alongside classic Annie songs like Dark Road and Love Is Blind, she included surprises like the Eurythmics-y synth gem Coloured Bedspread and the "filmic", sentimental Fingernail Moon. Add in the Elton John-ish Smithereens (sad song!) and her finest vocal performance ever on Big Sky. Read my full review.
Key tracks: Big Sky, Smithereens, Love Is Blind
Kylie Minogue X
The final analysis is, for me, that Kylie X is brilliant. She has a great formula here: 1) classic Kylie songs like Stars and Wow, 2) modern Kylie on The One and Sensitized 3) successful new styles on All I See and In My Arms, 4) gorge emotional ballad on Cosmic and 5) attempts at "radicalism" that fail horribly, like Nu-di-ty. Read my full review.
Key tracks: Wow, The One, All I See
Best Album of 2007 that is actually from 2005:
How many times has this CD been released? The final version with With Every Heartbeat and Jack U Off is the best. I left the songs off my lists because they are old. With Every Heartbeat was on my best song list last year but never wore out its welcome.
Key tracks: With Every Heartbeat, Be Mine!, Should've Known, Konichiwa Bitches
Other great albums:
Girls Aloud Tangled Up
Key tracks: Call The Shots, Control Of The Knife, Black Jack
Tom Baxter Skybound
Better, Skybound, Night Like This, Last Shot
Just Jack Overtures
Key tracks: Disco Friends, Starz In Their Eyes, No Time
Mandy Moore Wild Hope
Key tracks: Extraordinary, Wild Hope, Nothing That You Are
The Hours Narcissus Road
Key tracks: Ali In The Jungle, Back When You Were Good, Love You More
Key tracks: Take It Like A Man, Competition, Another Day, I Get Around
Passengers Wicked Man's Rest
Key tracks: Four Horses, Wicked Man's Rest, Walk You Home
Rufus Wainwright Release The Stars
Key tracks: Going To A Town, Between My Legs, Nobody's Off The Hook, Release The Stars
Lucky Soul The Great Unwanted
Key tracks: The Great Unwanted, Ain't Never Been Cool, Lips Are Unhappy (great song title!), My Darling Anything
Wonder what I forgot?!
See 2006's Best Albums list