Best albums of 2007

I had been meaning to post this for a while and finally got around to it. I couldn’t quite pull off a top 10 for 2007, but I did manage a top 12, and you can find it on Lists of Bests (where you can create your own list of “Best of 2007” and see how your tastes stack up against other LoB users).

My number one, unsurprisingly, was Radiohead’s In Rainbows, which stayed at the top of my playlist for a good three months—longer than any other album this year. Right behind it, of course, was Black Francis’s Bluefinger. And behind that? A few surprises. Marissa Nadler’s Bird on the Water totally pwned me the first time I heard it, and it’s one of the few albums I listened to twice in a row this year. Only a little weakness in some of the lyrics kept it out of the top 2. M.I.A.’s Kala, on the other hand, snuck past me when it came out; it took her KEXP in-studio appearance to get me to listen to it again, and now I’m hooked. And Feist’s The Reminder is a nice chocolate ice-cream of an album, in that it’s probably unhealthy how many times I spun it this year to enjoy its sweet pop hooks.

The rest of the list is probably unsurprising—Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, new records from Iron & Wine, the White Stripes, the Arcade Fire, and PJ Harvey. But two were kind of surprising to me personally. I didn’t expect Nick Cave’s side project Grinderman to be as much fun as it is, and I was totally blown away by Rickie Lee Jones’s rambling, honest, and deeply devotional Sermon on Exposition Boulevard—highly recommended for all, and a must listen if you’re a seminarian. (Ahem).