Best Albums of 2007

Is 2007 really coming to a close? It’s hard to believe folks, but it’s year-end list time. Now is the time to throw up your favorites and argue endlessly about placement, albums left out, and the inevitable backlash on former favorites. Oh well, sign me up.

Most of you that stop by on the regular won’t be too surprised with the majority of my selections below. I think I either interviewed or wrote about every selection except for Radiohead, as if that really matters or they needed the extra bandwidth spent. Hard as it was to narrow our favorites down to thirty, there was still a ton of albums that probably deserved more attention and some that I definitely didn’t hear at all. Such is life and try as I may; you simply can’t listen to everything.

Check out the list below, and hopefully it will lead you to something you’ve yet to discover on your own. Before you dig in, and in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out our favorite concerts of the year after you’ve finished. Alright, onto our favorite albums of 2007:

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30. Bowerbirds | Hymn For a Dark Horse
MoB: 5 Questions With Bowerbirds
Myspace: Bowerbirds
MP3: Bowerbirds – Hooves

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29. Pale Young Gentlemen | Pale Young Gentlemen
MoB: 5 Questions with Pale Young Gentlemen
Myspace: Pale Young Gentlemen

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28. Six Parts Seven | Casually Smashed To Pieces
MoB: We Like: Six Parts Seven – “Casually Smashed To Pieces”
Myspace: Six Parts Seven
MP3: Six Parts Seven – “Stolen Moments”

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27. Land of Talk | Applause Cheer Boo Hiss
MoB: 4 Questions with Land of Talk
Myspace: Land of Talk

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26. Sunset Rubdown | Random Spirit Lover
MoB: We Like: Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Lover
MP3: Sunset Rubdown – Winged/Wicked Things
MP3: Sunset Rubdown – Up On Your Leopard, Upon The End Of Your Feral Days
Myspace: Sunset Rubdown

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25. Interpol | Our Love to Admire
Myspace: Interpol

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24. Feist | The Reminder
MoB: Review: Feist – Orpheum Theatre, Madison
Myspace: Feist

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23. Richard Hawley | Lady’s Bridge
MoB: We Like: Richard Hawley – “Lady’s Bridge”
Myspace: Richard Hawley

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22. Moviola | Dead Knowledge
MoB: Moviola :: Dead Knowledge
Myspace: Moviola
MP3: Moviola – “Rudy”

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21. Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew | Spirit If…
MoB: Video: Kevin Drew “Backed Out On The…”
Myspace: Kevin Drew
MP3: Kevin Drew – “tbtf”

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20. Lewis & Clarke | Blasts of Holy Birth
MoB: 5 Questions with Lewis & Clarke
Myspace: Lewis & Clarke
MP3: Lewis & Clarke – “Before It Breaks You”

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19. Menomena | Friend and Foe
MoB: We Like: Menomena – “Friend and Foe”
Myspace: Menomena
MP3: Menomena – “Wet & Rusting”

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18. Phosphorecent | Pride
MoB: We Like: Phosphorescent – Pride
Myspace: Phosphorescent
MP3: Phosphorescent – “A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise”

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17. Besnard Lakes | The Besnard Lakes Are A Dark Horse
MoB: We Like: The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse
Myspace: The Besnard Lakes
MP3: The Besnard Lakes – “And You Lied To Me”

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16. Iron & Wine | The Shepherd’s Dog
MoB: Sam Beam of Iron & Wine @ The Pabst – Milwaukee
Myspace: Iron & Wine
MP3: Iron & Wine – “Innocent Bones”

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15. Wilco | Sky Blue Sky
MoB: Wilco: Overture Hall, Madison (9/11/07)
Myspace: Wilco

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14. Arcade Fire | Neon Bible
MoB: Review: Arcade Fire @ Radio City Music Hall
Myspace: Arcade Fire
MP3: Arcade Fire – “Black Mirror”

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13. Bill Callahan | Woke on a Whaleheart
Myspace: Bill Callahan
MP3: Bill Callahan – “Sycamore”

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12. Band of Horses | Cease to Begin
Myspace: Band Of Horses
MP3: Band Of Horses – “Is There A Ghost”

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11. Of Montreal | Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
MoB: We Like: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Myspace: Of Montreal
MP3: Of Montreal – “Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse”

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10. Jens Lekman | Night Falls Over Kortedala
MP3: Jens Lekman – ” The Opposite of Hallelujah”
MP3: Jens Lekman – “Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo”

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9. LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver
MoB: Us And Them. Over & Over Again
Myspace: LCD Soundsystem

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8. Spoon | Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
MoB: We Like: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Myspace: Spoon
MP3: Spoon – “The Underdog”

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7. New Pornographers | Challengers
MoB: Photos: The New Pornographers – Pabst Theater
Myspace: The New Pornographers
MP3: The New Pornographers – “My Rights, Versus Yours”

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6. Great Lake Swimmers | Ongiara
MoB: 5 Questions with Great Lake Swimmers
Myspace: Great Lake Swimmers
MP3: Great Lake Swimmers – “I Am Part Of A Large Family”
MP3: Great Lake Swimmers – “Your Rocky Spine”

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5. The Rosebuds | Night of the Furies
MoB: 5 Questions with The Rosebuds
Myspace: The Rosebuds
MP3: The Rosebuds – “Get Up Get Out”

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4. Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago
MoB: Homegrown: Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
Myspace: Bon Iver
MP3: Bon Iver – “Skinny Love”

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3. Radiohead | In Rainbows
Myspace: Radiohead
MP3: In Rainbows

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2. Beirut | The Flying Club Cup
MoB: Review: Beirut – Portage Theater, Chicago
Myspace: Beirut
MP3: Beirut – “A Sunday Smile”

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1. The National | Boxer
MoB: Review: The National @ The High Noon Saloon
Myspace: The National
MP3: The National – “Fake Empire”

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