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09.23.08 Muxtape05.05.08 My Mailbox: What To Review
04.23.08 Dream Band12.26.07 Mixtape
12.24.07 Top Sexy Men Of 200710.16.07 Over And Over And Over And Over
09.28.07 Best Party Rap09.27.07 Best Hip Hop
09.11.07 Bomb. Repeat. Bomb.06.20.07 Support Artists... Buy Used Cds
12.27.06 Reasons To Be Miserable, Pt. Deux12.24.06 Top 100 Albums Of 2006
10.04.06 Top Ten Glam09.07.06 Me Best Quarter Century
06.29.06 My Top 100 Bands

Top Sexy Men Of 2007
1Damien Dempsey
To Hell Or Barbados


Critically exalted in his native Ireland, Damien Dempsey's notoriety has only recently spread beyond the far-flung Irish diaspora. To Hell Or Barbados, his most accomplished effort to date, blends his twin loves of gutsy Irish folk, descended from the likes of Christy Moore and Luke Kelly, and the reggae of Bob Marley, while forays into hip hop ('Serious') and electronic ('The City') are just as well executed. Built like a boxer, Dempsey's most impressive feature is his booming voice, a thick Dublin accent he can deliver with as much delicate grace as brute physical force. Highlights include opener 'Maasai,' paying homage to the proud African tribe of the same name, and the title track. Patriotism plays a strong role in all of Dempsey's songwriting, and 'To Hell Or Barbados' is a history lesson in itself, d0cumenting the forgotten slaves of the West Indies, the vanquished Irish during the brief reign of Oliver Cromwell.
2Raine Maida
The Hunters Lullaby


Raine Maida's The Hunters Lullaby (no apostrophe) expands upon the blueprint set by his debut EP Love Hope Hero late last year. Simplicity is the Our Lady Peace frontman's key aim here, removing many of the obstacles rock music traditionally puts between vocalist and listener and instead using sparse instrumentation (guitar, piano, hand drums) to subtly supplement his half-sung, half-slam poetry confessional. He broaches issues both political and personal (and often both wound together) directly and frankly, picking his words carefully and delivering them with just as much precision. For highlights, check pessimistic/optimistic closer 'One Second Chance' and the haunting 'Earthless,' or anything else from this unusually consistent first effort.
3Fall Out Boy
Infinity On High


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4Everybody Else
Everybody Else


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5Manic Street Preachers
Send Away The Tigers


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6Messiah J and the Expert
...And Another Thing


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7Britney Spears
Blackout


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8Maximo Park
Our Earthly Pleasures


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9LCD Soundsystem
Sound Of Silver


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10Sixx:A.M.
Heroin Diaries Soundtrack


It all began with a diary that even its author had forgotten about. Written at the apex of his drug-addicted hell, Nikki Sixx's Heroin Diaries begins with its anti-hero at his lowest ebb, and charts his recovery-ish with brutal honesty and no little amount of dignity. Interspersed with surprisingly eloquent readings from the text, The Heroin Diaries soundtrack is a collection of thirteen radio-primed rock singles, a near-perfect cohesion of Sixx's perfect pop smarts and nose for a classic melody. He's helped by renowned producer/guitarists DJ Ashba and James Michael, the latter adding flawless and understated vocals to his extensive songwriting credits. If 'Dead Man's Ballet' and 'Van Nuys' recall the theatricality of Meat Loaf, singles 'Life Is Beautiful' and 'Accidents May Happen' soar with the weight and genuine intensity befitting the best effort in a decade by three of pop rock's underappreciated geniuses.
11Avril Lavigne
The Best Damn Thing


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12Primordial
To The Nameless Dead


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13 Justice
Cross


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14Rufus Wainwright
Release The Stars


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15Super Extra Bonus Party
Super Extra Bonus Party


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