December 14, 2007

k-phoEntertainment2007 Music

Another good year for music. Best of what I got to follow …

The National Boxer – Man do I love “Mistaken for Strangers.” A song to make one pine for old Psychedelic Furs records and a bunch of other tunes as moody supporting material.

Spoon Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – Took a few listens to settle in, but solidly won me over. The pure nostalgic pleasure of “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb” will put you on cloud nine.

LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver – I never really got into the bulk of their previous effort, but this one does it for me. Sophisticated disco and electronica.

Ted Leo Living With The Living – A mixed bag. At times, the songs are capable of evoking the best parts of early Police, Clash and Joe Jackson. Then he’ll follow with a goofy, whining song about the war or beer or something. Trim the gristle and pare it down to 7 of the 15 tunes and you have yourself a damn fine album.

Feist The Reminder – Could probably duke it out with Spoon for best of the year. Excellent pop sensibilities, great songwriting. “My Moon My Man” is the proverbial breath of fresh air. Well done, lady!

Jose Gonzalez In Our Nature – Folk that mingles with Nick Drake and early Shins is carried by this dude’s vocals, which have a unique, ethereal quality.

Ryan Adams Easy Tiger / Follow The Lights – Everyone’s favorite target wisely returns to Heartbreaker and Gold for inspiration and mostly succeeds. The FTL EP is included here because other than the dopey cover of Down In a Hole (WTF Ryan OMG), the new tunes are solid and the re-worked ones just might replace the originals in my mind.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81 – A return to what they do best, aping the Jesus & Mary Chain, which is totally fine by me.

Of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are Your The Destroyer? - Weird, dark … disco-influenced electronica for the most part. Strangely addictive.

Andrew Bird Armchair Apocrypha – A guy who deserves much more recognition than he gets. A nice companion to The National’s disc, though more complicated and upbeat.

Tegan + Sara The Con – These gals want to assume the best parts of Blondie and Missing Persons and we should let them.

Radiohead In Rainbows – Well done, gents.

Honorable Mentions: Wilco, Shins, Springsteen & Debbie Harry discs. Not bad, just not too interesting.

Ye-Gads: Apples in Stereo. Can’t remember the name of the disc, but it was uniformly shitty.

Happy holidays and joy to all your worlds.

Posted by k-pho at December 14, 2007 3:10 PM
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