|Top 20 Albums Of 2007|
In my opinion, the twenty best albums of 2007.
In Defense of the Genre
What's better than a Say Anything album? A double disc Say Anything album. Fucking fantastic. Despite the criticisms that it's off balanced (which to a degree, I suppose it is), no other album this year has had the impact and continual awesomeness that is provided here.
|2||Saves the Day|
Under the Boards
After the stellar Sound the Alarm, STD are back with another killer disc of instant classics.
This is just plain fun. The lyrics are incredibly blunt, and the melodies just take root in your brain. This band has an incredible future in front of them.
The Needles, The Space
This album shows how creative and brilliant the Nolan siblings are when they aren't trying to compete with former buds TBS. Too bad Michelle left the band.
The Shade of Poison Trees
I've never really "gotten" Dashboard. The early stuff was a tad too whiny and over dramatic for me (and that's saying a lot), and then the straight-up power pop of the last couple discs has just felt forgettable. This time, though, combining the acoustic, raw sound of Swiss Army Romance with the more mature, thoughtful mindset of Dusk & Summer, Chris Carraba has created his finest work.
MxPx are back!!!! You cannot help but feel like you're fifteen years old, rocking out to "Chick Magnet" or "Under Lock and Key" when this is on. While not their best recording, this is easily their greatest in close to a decade.
|7||Poison the Well|
The experimentation is incredible, alternating between gorgeous and haunting. The core is hard as rock. The metal hits like fucking steel. This was really worth the four-year wait.
|8||A Wilhelm Scream|
Technical, fast, brutal. Another great AWS release.
|9||Fall of Troy|
Prog never sounded so good. With all of the start/stop, off time rhythms, and obtuse dynamics, they actually venture forth into uncharted territory on a few tracks, like the jazzy, cleanly sung "Caught Up".
Almost ten years after Jersey's Best Dancers, Lifetime is back, and they sound fantastic. Picking up right where they left off, they did not disappoint one bit.
|11||Jimmy Eat World|
Chase This Light
Yet another solidly good JEW release.
|12||Voodoo Glow Skulls|
Southern California Street Music
Hardcore tinged ska-punk is a rarity these days, and after a handful of lackluster albums, VGS have put another notch in their belt of skank-worthy yumminess.
Minutes to Midnight
Well there goes my indie/punk cred. Really, it's damn good. When I was 14 Linkin Park was the shit, so I figured 'what the hell' and bought this. I could not believe how good this actually was. Seriously.
|14||Boys Night Out|
Boys Night Out
Very solid emo-rock album. Gone is the murder, in is a new found screamo-less slew of catchy choruses and always awesome riffs. This was destined to be a disappointment after Trainwreck, but they manage to do a decent job not trying to re-create and or seeming intimidated.
|15||Every Time I Die|
The Big Dirty
So I finally checked out ETID and their brand of metalcore... and it's fucking cool.
|16||Motion City Soundtrack|
Even If It Kills Me
MCS is a great band. They just aren't MY great band. While still releasing quality material, they are going in the opposite direction I want them to... either way, they still churn out some of the greatest songs of the year like "Antonia" and "Last Night".
|17|| ||The Graduate|
Pop-emo-rock-whatever. Solid debut. Trite at times, but maintains its own. Catchy as hell.
Arrivals and Departures
Easily the angriest Silverstein has ever sounded. The first half of it sounds like their building their own masterpiece... then it falls apart. Still good, though.
|19|| ||Down to Earth Approach|
Come Back to You
This now defunct band were the eternal underdogs. With no promotion, little label support, and a tons of push backs on the actual release date, Come Back to You lives to the levels expected from their previous album, Another Intervention.
|20||Big D and The Kids Table|
Ska is still alive in 2008! Need I say more?