So it is the end of 2007 and what a year it has been in the music world, so many great albums. The following list is a compilation of albums which I felt stood out the most in 2007. This year I really tried to concentrate on records in which I felt were filled with great songs all the way through from the first song to the last song. A list of music that varies containing everything from French chanson to R&B soul. I have really enjoyed writing for you all this year, it has been a rough transition into Word Press and I am still trying to find my bearings and I appreciate the constant support I receive from my readers; tis what keeps me going. Thank you to all and I look forward to sharing a new year of music in 2008 with you. Happy New Year!

1. Beirut, The Flying Club Cup

mp3: Nantes (Original Post)

2. Explosions In The Sky, All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

mp3: Welcome Ghosts (Original Post)

3. Radiohead, In Rainbows

mp3: All I Need (Original Post)

4. Caribou, Andorra

mp3: Melody Day (Original Post)

5. Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha

mp3: Sythian Empire (Original Post)

6. The Cinematic Orchestra, Ma Fleur

mp3: To Build A Home – Feat. Patrick Watson (Original Post)

7. Shannon Wright, Let In The Light

mp3: In The Morning (Original Post)

8. Sharon Jones & The Dapkings, 100 Days, 100 Nights

mp3: Let Them Knock (Original Post)

9. Arcade Fire, Neon Bible

mp3: My Body Is a Cage (Original Post)

10. Pela, Anytown Graffiti

mp3: Waiting On The Stairs (Original Post)


25 Responses to “Favorite Records of 2007”

  1. Joe Jamison on January 1st, 2008 9:51 am

    Very nice, eclectic mix:) A few of yours have made my top 10 as well. I’ll let you know at the end of the week!

  2. Rachel on January 1st, 2008 2:14 pm

    Thanks Joe, can’t wait to see what your list looks like.

  3. Pip on January 2nd, 2008 11:43 am

    I really love the list, honestly I don’t know if I could do a better one. Beirut I again have to thank you for. They now rank among my favorite bands ever, I look forward to every release. Also my soulful Sharon I wonder if we can catch live!

  4. Joe Jamison on January 3rd, 2008 6:22 am

    As promised…

    Radiohead was the last cut…sorry.

  5. Rachel on January 3rd, 2008 4:03 pm

    Thanks Pip I could not of done it without you, thanks for all your help. :-)

    Joe, I will have to check it when I get home, but man are you telling me you cut Radiohead from your list?! Crazy!

  6. Wayne on January 3rd, 2008 7:24 pm

    I am seeing Andrew Bird tomorrow in Sydney. Then Explosions in the Sky and Beirut tour next month, how lucky am I? Nice list, although I would have found room for Sunset Rubdown.

  7. dontneedanything on January 3rd, 2008 8:18 pm

    i don’t think i’ve actually listened to shannon yet….seems like a good time to start :)

  8. Joe Jamison on January 4th, 2008 7:52 am

    That’s exactly what I’m saying…

  9. Rachel on January 4th, 2008 11:52 am

    Wayne, you have some excellent shows coming your way! You are quite lucky indeed. And I know I thought about it and then I thought of you and I knew you put it on your list so… That is my reasoning. :)

  10. FiL on January 4th, 2008 11:42 pm

    A very happy 2008 to you, Dearest Rachel!! Yes, I know I’ve been scarce of late, but you must believe me that whenever I hear Beirut or see an armadillo, I think of you… :)

  11. mjrc on January 5th, 2008 2:29 pm

    you know which one surprises me most? the arcade fire. i seem to remember you not being all that hot on them–they must have grown on you. :)

  12. Rachel on January 6th, 2008 4:59 pm

    FiL, I know you are still around, us armadillos never stray too far :-)

    Marcy, I know Arcade Fire totally grew on me, which I knew it would. I just needed the hype to die down, but I consider it to be a solid album indeed in fact it made it over The Shins for me. I loved The Shins album when it first came out and then now I am not so hot for it. Go figure.

  13. Angelo on January 8th, 2008 12:35 pm

    Great list, Rachel. You have to be an emusic person. Whatever list would contain Andrew Bird and the Cinematic Orchestra! I love Bird’s Armchair Apocrypha. A totally unexpected find — playing it every day lately.

  14. Rachel on January 8th, 2008 2:18 pm

    Thanks Angelo! I am totally an emusic person it is my life, I find 90% of the music I post while perusing the emusic site. :)

  15. tad on January 10th, 2008 2:43 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    Thanks for stopping by my list. I think I can guess that you disagreed with Arctic Monkeys! :-P But agreed with Andrew Bird and Radiohead.

    I’m really digging the Sharon Jones record right now…REALLY digging it

    Happy 2008!

  16. tad on January 10th, 2008 2:45 pm

    oh and have you listened to the Six Parts Seven cd? it’s less guitar driven than EITS, but I thought it was just as full of feeling and emotion as All of a Sudden…

    oh, and did you ever get my email from a few months back? still interested in hearing what you’re up to!

  17. Rachel on January 10th, 2008 3:39 pm

    Hey Tad!! Yeah glad to hear you like the Sharon Jones album it was a find on emusic, it is good stuff.

    I have not heard the Six Parts Seven album but thanks for the heads up I will have to check that out.

    I did get your e-mail I just have been really busy because I just started a new job so I am adjusting I will get back to you with all the happenings. :)

  18. tad on January 10th, 2008 10:23 pm

    hi rachel,
    no problem, i knew you were crazy busy but just wanted to make sure you got it. i’ll look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime if you get a chance you should REALLY check out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly…it is beautiful. simply amazing.

  19. tara on January 13th, 2008 12:07 pm

    got a chance this morning to go through your list.
    if you and shane see sharon, count me in!
    hadnt heard of shannon wright- or pela, i dont think. off to listen to s’more.

  20. Rachel on January 14th, 2008 9:55 am

    Yeah totally she would be awesome to see live, so much soul. And if you like Pela and Shannon I got you covered. ;-)

  21. EF Matt on January 18th, 2008 4:28 pm

    YEAH Explosions in the Sky. that record did not get enough love for how flat out amazing it is.

  22. Rachel on January 18th, 2008 5:46 pm

    My sentiments exactly. I love that album front to back it is amazing. Now if they would just come to LA already!

  23. EF Matt on January 18th, 2008 6:22 pm

    March 17th at The Wiltern!

    (and then three nights in San Fran?? jerks.)

  24. Rachel on January 23rd, 2008 9:57 pm

    I know! I got tickets for the San Diego show at the SOMA because the Wiltern show was on a freaking Monday!

  25. gilbert on January 24th, 2008 12:39 pm

    Hey there…. reallyreally nice Choice!
    to be continued!

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