Friday, December 14, 2007

Dave's top albums

2007 was a good year for music but not really so good for albums. Plenty of great tracks and great potential for albums but many fell ever so slightly short of their potential. It adds weight to that "downloading is killing the album" theory but i'm not convinced... I think 2005 and to an extent 2006 was a bit of an abnormality when it comes to techno albums. As we know, techno has always struggled with the album to an extent but 2005/6 saw a bunch of great albums... And 2005/6 was also the time when mnml was at it's exploratory peak... I dunno but it seemed like there was so many unexplored possibilities back then which made composing an album much easier. That's not to say techno is on the decline... but it's rate of improvement or evolution has decreased... pre 2007 there were massive areas to explore but now there only seems to be little niches which are better explored in an EP than LP format. The one exception, and the one album which has potential to move up my list over time, is Bruno Pronsato's album. It's got the potential to over time deliver all it promises and emerge as the best album of 2007. So far it's great but not quite brilliant.

So for these reasons there's a higher percentage of non techno albums on my list than there was in 05 and 06. Also, indie and folk have made a minor comeback after some very lean years.

1. Junior Senior - Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
2. Kathy Diamond - Miss Diamond To You
3. Digitaline - Anticlockwise
4. Radiohead - In Rainbows
5. False - 2007
6. Rio En Medio - The Bride Of Dynamite
7. Bruno Pronsato - Why Can't We Be More Like Us?
8. Pansonic - Katodivaihe
9. Kalabrese - Rumpelzirkus
10. Whitehouse - Racket
11. David Toop - Sound Body
12. International Pony - Mit Dir sind wir Vier
13. Cobblestone Jazz - 23 Seconds
14. Charlemagne Palestine - A Sweet Quasimodo Between Black Vampire Butterflies
15. Nina Nastasia and Jim White - You Follow Me
16. Prins Thomas - Cosmo Galactic Prism
17. Onur Ozer - Kasmir
18. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered
19. MIA - Kala
20. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
21. Pantha Du Prince - This Bliss
22. Agnes - Dumbles Debuts
23. Liars - Liars
24. Optimo - Walkabout
25. Mitsuhiro Yoshimura - And So On
26. Frank Bretschneider - Rhythm
27. Otomo Yoshihide - Prisoner Soundtrack
28. Black Dice - Load Blown
29. Robert Babicz - A Cheerful Temper
30. Mika Vainio - Revitty
31. Aidan Baker - Green & Cold
32. Burial - Untrue
33. Dapayk & Padberg - Black Beauty
34. Efdemin - Efdemin
35. Growing - Vision Swim
36. Organ Eye - Organ Eye
37. Rhys Chatham - A Crimson Grail (For 400 Electric Guitars)
38. Ricardo Villalobos - Sei Es Drum
39. Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
40. The Fiery Furnaces - Widow City

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