Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Best Music of 2007

With 2007 behind us (except for taxes), I follow up on a tradition I did for several years around the turn of the century, but haven't done for the last few years. The best music from 2007. I have to admit that I haven't bought much new music this year, so if I bought it, I am pretty confident that I would enjoy it.

1. Magic - Bruce Springsteen
A return to form with the E Street Band. My favorite tune on this album is "Livin' in the Future", with the classic E Street Band sound a la "Tenth Avenue Freezeout."

2. Sweet Warrior - Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson is one of the most critically acclaimed musicians you have never heard of. Favorites from the album: the mellow and thoughtful "Take Care the Road You Choose" and the lively "Mr. Stupid"

3. Beauty and Crime - Suzanne Vega
I enjoyed this album before, but even more after seeing her live. Highlights include "New York is a Woman" and "Pornographer's Dream," a sultry song not about what you think it is.

4. Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks
They are pissed and they aren't taking it anymore. "Lubbock or Leave It" (definitely not a love song to the Texas town) and "Not Ready to Make Nice."

Honorable Mentions:
Cimarron Manifesto - Jimmy Lafave
Wolfgang's Big Night Out - Brian Setzer Orchestra
X - Kylie Minogue

Two other albums came out that if I had heard them would likely be included on this list.
Pleasurado! - The Floating Men
Washington Square Serenade - Steve Earle

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At 9:55 PM, Blogger Particle Man said...

what? paramore's 'riot' didn't even make honorable mention???


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