Nick Greer

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Top 15 Albums Of 2007

Here are my Top 15 albums of 2007. Make sure to also check out my awards and summary report in the comments section.
1The Kidcrash

The Kidcrash's first LP since their reincarnation as a post-hardcore band rather than a pop punk band
is the best mix of catchy and challenging I've heard all year. The changing feels and intricate guitar
lines make for an intriguing listen but the awesome sense of melody and amazing songwriting keep
this album from just being self-congratulating math rock or bizarro circus music. Jokes is
unequivocably my number 1 album of the year. Check out the three split EPs they released this year
The Alchemy Index: Vols. I and II...

In general, the first half of The Alchemy Index points to success. There are questionable aspects to both
discs, but in general the cons are vastly outweighed by the pros. The Fire disc is a great exploration of
the heavier moments on Vheissu. The album is explosive and intense, with Dustin ripping his vocal
cords to pieces while the rest of the band unleashes their heaviest material yet. The Water disc,
excepting its opening track, is nearly flawless. Interestingly, it also continues a strand that was started
on Vheissu's slower, more pensive tracks like "Atlantic." It's a collection of beautiful and wistful songs
that all have lush arrangements. The Water disc feels exactly like it was recorded underwater. Thrice
has produced another stunner.
3The Pax Cecilia
Blessed Are the Bonds

The Pax Cecilia's second LP Blessed Are the Bonds is forged from the same fires that gave listeners
Circle Takes the Square's As the Roots Undo and Dredg's El Cielo. It is epic, original, heavy, pensive,
and savagely compelling music. It is transcendent. It taps into something above normal perception and
does this with a strange lack of pretentiousness. The sound is a mix of post-rock (Engine Down),
alternative (Dredg), metal (Isis), and screamo (City of Caterpillar). The musicianship and songwriting are
beautiful and the emotional weight of the album is relentless. And to top it all off, the album is free
(www.paxcecilia.com contacts.html).
4 Justice

Justice's ? is the best mainstream pop/dance album since Daft Punk's Discovery. Though at moments it
rips off Discovery's catchiest sections, Justice find their own niche in the grimier and more aggressive
passages found throughout the album. Though pop tracks like "D.A.N.C.E." and "Phantom pt. I & 2" are
perfectly sweet, tracks like "Genesis," Let There Be Light" and "Waters of Nazareth" steal the show with
their immaculate sampling, sandpaper synths, and relentlessly catchy and pulsing beats.
5Hot Cross
Risk Revival

Hot Cross stuns again, but this time the instrumentals are slightly stripped down and rugged while the
vocals are the haymaker. Overall, the album has a much more youthful, straight-forward sound, which
is likely the result of losing a guitarist, Josh. There's only one lame song ("Cardiac Silence") and a
handful of godly ones ("Turncoat Revolution" and "Blame Truth" being among them). Even if it doesn't
challenge as much as Fair Trades and Farewells, Risk Revival finds its niche and shreds away all the
6Ghastly City Sleep
Ghastly City Sleep

Ghastly City Sleep's debut album plays like a quiet exploration into an arctic soundscape. As I listen to
the hushed tones of "Ice Creaks" or the soft synthesizer of "Suchness," I think of myself traveling along
a musical tundra. This album is both uplifting and lonely. More than any album of 2007, Ghastly City
Sleep captures mood and tone. It's a neat little listen too, neither an EP or a proper LP, and it snuck its
way onto many individual staff lists.
In Rainbows

Radiohead has almost become more relevant as legends or rock stars than artists. Despite In Rainbows
being a media clusterfuck, it's their second best album, falling only to the immaculate Kid A. As an
album it is certainly complete, but it's the individual tracks like "Nude," "Videotapes," and "House of
Cards" that steal the show. Oh ya, did I mention that even their special edition disc 2 rules too?
Magnetic North

Hopesfall has written an album that exists as an extension of their 2004 album A Types. The taut
songwriting and amazing vocals are back, and sometimes even better. The production is awesome and
every song is packed with wonderful ideas. Hopesfall are essentially the best band to mix pop-punk
and post-hardcore still actively working on that amalgam today. Despite a weak final three songs,
amazing tracks like "I Can Do This on an Island" and "East of 1989; Battle of the Bay" undo any
mediocrity Hopesfall may have fallen into.
9Minus the Bear
Planet of Ice

I was always a fan of Minus the Bear but found that their idiosyncratic, laid back style didn't quite stir
me as much as it should have. Planet of Ice broke me out of my complacency by introducing dense,
intricate song structures and bombastic prog musicianship. They even dabble in the kind of electronica
that could make Lali Puna blush
Strangers in Our House

Upbeat, hip indie from Brooklyn that doesn't fail. I never thought I'd live to see the day, but Meneguar is
here. All the energy of The Strokes are here, but without the silly electronics. All the abstruse and lofty
lyrics of The Arcade Fire are here, but with the accompanying pretentiousness. All the artistic integrity
of The Decemberists or Lightning Bolt is here, but Stranger in Our House is actually good.
11Dirty Projectors
Rise Above

The Dirty Projectors' LP, Rise Above, is a wormhole journey through the mind of Dave Longstreth.
Though he often channels Frank Zappa, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and the original Rise Above by
Black Flag, the album is still original and interesting. There isn't a boring track and the entire album
builds up to one of the best songs of the year, "Rise Above," which closes out the album beautifully.
12Between the Buried and Me

Though my love of Between the Buried and Me has certainly waned over the past few months because I
listened to this album ad nauseum, objectively, Colors is just as vibrant as it was the day I got it. The
instrumental performances are insane, as to be expected, and this time Between the Buried and Me
have a penchant for writing truly epic tracks.
13American Steel
Destroy Their Future

The only thing dragging down American Steel's first LP in 6 years is that it loses its luster in the context
of their entire discography. That hasn't stopped me from thoroughly enjoying tracks like "To the Sea,"
"Smile on Me," and "Old Croy Road," which perfectly appeal to both older, crustier punks, and newer,
cleaner pop-punkers.
14Venetian Snares
My Downfall (Original Soundtrack)

A breakbeat album with very few beats. Aaron Funk stretches himself to embrace the world of post-
tonal 20th century composers like Bela Bartok. My Downfall plays like a splicing of Funk's genius 2005
album, Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett and Aphex Twin's often overlooked and equally dissonant, Drukqs.
15Modern Life Is War
Midnight in America

Though Modern Life Is War will always have a hard time living up to the critical and popular success of
Witness, Midnight in America proves that they are fairly unchanged by expectations. Midnight in
America is consistently powerful and gripping, if only less so than fans were hoping.
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