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Top 20 Albums Of 2007

In my opinion, the twenty best albums of 2007.
1Say Anything
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.
2Saves the Day
Under the Boards

After the stellar Sound the Alarm, STD are back with another killer disc of instant classics.
Turf Wars

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.
4Straylight Run
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.
5Dashboard Confessional
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.
Secret Weapon

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.
7Poison 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.
8A Wilhelm Scream
Career Suicide

Technical, fast, brutal. Another great AWS release.
9Fall 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.
11Jimmy Eat World
Chase This Light

Yet another solidly good JEW release.
12Voodoo 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.
13Linkin Park
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.
14Boys 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.
15Every Time I Die
The Big Dirty

So I finally checked out ETID and their brand of metalcore... and it's fucking cool.
16Motion 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.
20Big D and The Kids Table
Strictly Rude

Ska is still alive in 2008! Need I say more?
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