10. The Pipettes - We Are the Pipettes
Sure, I heard this about two years ago and have been preaching its brilliance ever since. However, it was unleashed on an undeserving (and ultimately uncaring) American public in 07, so I will further pimp it here. The Pipettes debut LP may be far from perfect (it's the production that kills it. Synth strings just suck) but the gals golden voices more than make up for the neo-tech fuck ups.
9. Feist - The Reminder
Despite it's proliferation on iTunes commercials this is an exquisitely crafted pop album with raw tunes that don't need any fluff to the make it nice and comfy.
8. Career Suicide - S/T
Holy shit, a hardcore album that is acutally true to the roots of the genre instead of just giving them lip service in pseudo-rap hyperbole! There is no talk about crews, being hard, or policing your scene on this record. And every motherfucking hardcore band on this Earth needs to etch that psalm into their fresh tattoos like it came from the Bible written by HR.
7. P.J. Harvey - White Chalk
So, apparently she took a year off songwriting to teach herself how to play piano. I don't buy it. I think she started fucking Nick Cave again and from his ensuing spunk being laid all up in her snizz this album happened. It's awesome and I thank you, Mr. Cave.
6. The Woggles - Rock 'N' Roll Backlash
When I'm 100 I hope to be in a band as cool as this. Oh, and if you freaked out over the new Hives disc and didn't check out this album, fuck you.
5. Henry Fiat's Open Sore - Mondo Blotto
FINALLY, they're back! But with a way more polished sound. Eh, I don't dig it as much as the earlier shit but the songs are what counts. And they do deliver. If the Dwarves had a sense of humor instead of just kiddie porn lusts they would be HFOS.
4. Goodnight Loving - Crooked Lake
Picking up where Rhet Miller left off (in a douchey, pretentious pursuit of Hanna Montana like pop-stardom) the best band I saw at SXSW last year keeps their game strong. Great folky cow-punk rolled in pop traditions. Wilco might be a critic fav because of "Yes, I am trying to break your heart" but people who actually listen to music know that they suck and Goodnight Loving should be recieving ALL the praise.
3. Apples in Stereo - New Magnetic Wonder
They have OD'd a million times over on Pet Sounds but that doesn't stop this group from being a constant North Star like beacon in pop music.
2. Grinderman - Grinderman
Nick Cave decided to pull a few buddies out the Bad Seeds and make the Stooges reunion album. The only problem was the Stooges decided to get back together and release a total piece of shit while Grinderman's post-Funhouse deconstruction masterpiece was left to languish until the "Best of" lists came out. First Sum 41 and then the Weirdness? Fuck you, Iggy.
1. Carbon/Silicon - Last Post
Mick Jones is on a fucking roll. Unleashing the Libertines on the world and then this. Last Post is a minimalist Clash (or BAD, depending on how you hear it) album with superb pop hooks, a little electro and raw fury. Sorry, I know I should write like an epic fucking paragraph for my album of the year but I've said what I need to say. Just check out the vid.