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Best Albums Of 2007

These are what I thought to be the best albums of 2007.
10Sondre Lerche
Phantom Punch

While not as strong as the excellent "Two Way Monologue," the punchy rock of "Phantom Punch" is a nice change of pace from Lerche's last effort, the jazzy "Duper Sessions."
9Devin Townsend
Ziltoid the Omniscient

Frank Zappa + Thrash Metal * Concept album = this recording. Devin Townsend is as eclectic as always; this album in particular demonstrates that eclecticism masterfully.
8Explosions In The Sky
All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone

Continuing their requisite sound, Explosions in the Sky have crafted another gem in "Miss Everyone," an album that features some of their most epic ("The Birth and Death of the Day") and their most gorgeous ("So Long, Lonesome") work yet.
7Pain of Salvation

A solid step back from the portentous concept record that 2005's "BE" was, "Scarsick" is the band's most aggressive outing. Moments like "Mrs. Modern Mother Mary" and the title track are as intense as PoS can get, and the band even takes the time to mock the good ol' U S of A in the punk-driven satire "America."
6Between the Buried and Me

"Alaska," the band's 2005 outing, was almost uncontrollably kinetic. With "Colors," the band has taken their style, refined it, and put out a record of massive power and musicianship; a truly awe-inspiring metal record. "Ants of the Sky" is a testament to the band's skill and their newfound progginess (a country jam at the end of a thirteen-minute long metal track is weird, even for prog).

Easily the most danceable record of the year, perhaps even of the decade, "Cross" is rife with creative beats, sampling, and just darn good electronic music.
4The Dillinger Escape Plan
Ire Works

"Ire Works" features the Dillingers at their most kinetic and most creative; they even manage to pull off a Faith No More-esque radio friendly rock jam in "Black Bubblegum."
3Porcupine Tree
Fear of a Blank Planet

Porcupine Tree's best album since "Stupid Dream" is a concept record that features the band at their most complex, challenging, and rewarding. "Blank Planet" is easily the band's magnum opus.
2 Steve Vai
Sound Theories Vol. I & II

With "Sound Theories," Steve Vai has crafted an album that has merged his famous guitar shredding with challenging and exciting classical music.
Blackfield II

A rock records that manages to fit brilliant songwriting in short, four minute song lengths, "Blackfield II" is a record awash with catchy hooks, intelligent songwriting, beautifully melancholy lyricism, and fantastic production.
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