As a means of looking back over 2007, I made a smart playlist in iTunes to show me what music was added this year. There are 700+ songs eating up over 4gb of digitopia. The following albums, listed alphabetically by artist, weren’t all released in 2007, but they were all new to me and made a mark on my year:
The Album Leaf – In a Safe Place
I was introduced to The Album Leaf this year. Several of their albums got a lot of play when I was in reading/studying mode, but I think this one is my favorite.
Arcade Fire – Funeral
I had flirted with interest in Arcade Fire for a couple of years, but finally took the plunge early this year. Neon Bible was good, but Funeral is my favorite.
Band of Horses – Cease to Begin
I’ve only had this one a few weeks. Adding it to the list might be premature…but I’m really liking it so far.
Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack
This became a family favorite after we saw the musical version on our Disney trip last spring. I won’t admit to listening to this on my own, but it’s getting a lot of play on the family computer. I do think the lyrics are clever, and I have had to confess to my wife that I might have a wee bit of a crush on Belle.
Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew – Spirit If…
Each time I listen to this one, I chastise myself for not listening to it more.
Explosions in the Sky – All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
Favorite band. Favorite band. Favorite band. ‘Nuff said.
Feist – Let It Die/The Reminder
I can’t pick which one I like better. Ever since the second was released, we’ve just kind of listened to them as one mega-album on shuffle.
Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light
Homer pick? I think not. Just more great music from J.E.W. Macey especially likes to listen to the “song that Ava sings on”.
Maria Taylor – 11:11
A great album to have playing in the background while eating or enjoying conversation with good friends. Or while blogging apparently…it’s playing right now.
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Strangely, I owned no Radiohead prior to this one, even though they had been recommended to me countless times. I named my own price on this one ($6) just to support their effort self-distribute and it has turned out to be a favorite.
Sigur Ros – Hvarf-Heim
Oh my! I have to limit myself to only listen to this once a day so that I don’t burn myself out on it.
This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain
These guys come the closest to capturing some of the magic that is Explosions in the Sky while still maintaining their own sound, and not just becoming a second-tier ripoff band.
William Fitzsimmons – Goodnight
Some music you have to be in the right mood to listen to. This is one that creates its own mood. theLongbrake™ gets credit for several recommending several albums on this list, but Goodnight is the one that caused me to finally give in and be his friend.