I've been going on and on about how strong this year has been for new music, tho when it came time to think up this list, it all came together fairly easily. The top 4 were no brainers, it turned out. #5 was a surprise after giving it a lot of thought, but looking back, this makes sense.
1. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, are you the Destroyer?
I don't listen to it all that often anymore, but it's still the best this year. By a good margin.
2. Tegan & Sara - The Con
Just wrote about this recently. Nothing's changed.
3. Digitalism - Idealism
Great dance record. Pogo is their pop song, and it's great I'll let em have it, but the rest of the album is just one perfectly timed dance beat after another.
4. Nakatomi Plaza - Unsettled
If there were more bands releasing records like this in 2007, emo wouldn't be such a filthy word. I hope they someday graduate from the basement of the Knitting Factory and gain a decent following, cause they are absolutely the real deal.
5. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank...
A surprise for sure...but when I looked back at what I listened to the most and genuinely enjoyed, this one was above the rest. An honorable mention to Bright Eyes, The Maccabees, Bloc Party, Kings of Leon and The National for all making excellent albums a spent I bunch of time with, but looking back, I think this Modest Mouse record managed to edge them all out. I really liked it. It was everything a great album does for me. Can't compare it to old old Modest Mouse, cause it's different and easier and everything, but judging it on its own, it really stands up.
So that's that. We'll see how this holds up in December...