MFR's First Annual Readers Poll: 2007
Thanks to all of you readers who participated by sending in your polls! You responded in exactly the way we hoped you would. In many cases, we were pleasantly
surprised by the results. Especially noteworthy is the hometown love for acts such as alterna-rapper Brother Ali and Replacements disciples The Evening Rig. Furthermore, LCD Soundsystem being voted both one of the most innovative and overpraised albums is definitely worth pointing out (Ditto Arcade Fire). Unexpected entries from Ted Leo, Pissed Jeans, and MPLS-based Skoal Kodiak were results that were met with chagrin and delight.
Here now are the records of the year in terms of innovation; in terms of songwriting/listenability; the 5 overlooked records of the year; and the 5 overpraised records of the year. Tomorrow, we'll have our staff picks for all of these categories. In the meantime, here's the list, along with MP3s from each selection. Enjoy!
The Ten Best Records Of 2007: Innovation:
1. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
Download: Animal Collective- "Chores"
2. Radiohead – In Rainbows
Download: Radiohead - "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi"
3. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
Download: Panda Bear - "Take Pills"
4. Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass
Download: Aesop Rock - "None Shall Pass"
5. Battles – Mirrored
Download: Battles - "Atlas"
6. Liars – Liars
Download: Liars - "Freak Out"
7. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
Download: LCD Soundsystem - "North American Scum"
8. Pissed Jeans - Hope For Men
Download: Pissing Jeans - "People Person"
9. Skoal Kodiak - Three People Are Keep Having Grape Emergency's
Stream songs at Skoal Kodiak's MySpace Page
10. Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth
Download Brother Ali - "Truth Is"
Runner-up: Dan Deacon - Spiderman Of The Rings
Download: Dan Deacon - "The Crystal Cat"
The Ten Best Records Of 2007: Songwriting/Listenability:
1. The National – Boxer
Download: The National - "Apartment Story"
2. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Download: The White Stripes - "You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do What You're Told)"
3. Ted Leo And The Pharmacists – Living With The Living
Download: Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - "The Sons of Cain"
4. Kanye West - Graduation
Download: Kanye West - "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
5. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Download: Arcade Fire - "Intervention"
6. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha
Download: Andrew Bird - "Heretics"
7. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
Download: Jens Lekman - "A Postcard To Nina"
8. New Pornographers – Challengers
Download: The New Pornographers - "Unguided"
9. Tegan And Sara - The Con
Download: Tegan and Sara - "The Con"
10. The Evening Rig - Never Been'Er
Download: The Evening Rig - "Playing House"
Runner-up: Feist - The Reminder
Download: Feist - "I Feel It All"
The 5 Most Overlooked Records Of 2007:
1. Lamps - LampsLampsLamps
Listen to songs at the band's MySpace Page
2. Nicole Atkins - Neptune City
Download: Nicole Atkins - "The Way It Is"
3. Cinematic Orchestra – Ma Fleur
Download: Cinematic Orchestra - "Breathe" (feat. Fontella Bass)
4. Explosions In The Sky - All The Sudden I Miss Everyone
Download: Explosions In The Sky - "Welcome Ghosts"
5. Blockhead - Uncle Tony's Coloring Book
Download: Blockhead - "Cheer Up, You're Not Dead Yet"
Runner-up: Brother Ali - The Undisputed Truth
Download: Brother Ali - "Take Me Home"
The 5 Most Overpraised Records Of 2007:
1. Deerhunter - Cryptograms
Download - Deerhunter - "White Ink"
2. MIA – Kala
Download: MIA - "Bamboo Banga"
3. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
Download: Arcade Fire - "No Cars Go"
4. Interpol – Our Love To Admire
Download: Interpol - "Pioneer to the Falls"
5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
Download: LCD Soundsystem - "New York I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down"
Runner-Up: Kanye West – Graduation
Download: Kanye West - "Stronger"
Buy all the albums mentioned here at your local brick-and-mortar record stores.