Top 5s of 2007

While The Indy may not offer up album reviews en mass la Pitchfork, we here at the Pop and Rock desk do believe in thanking our staff writers and contributors in true rock-critic fashion-by devoting an entire page to shamelessly flaunting our collectively awesome musical taste. So, to ring in the new year right, we’ve sat down, taken a look back, and tallied up all of our aural favorites from 2007. Read ‘em. Learn ‘em. And, if you don’t already have ‘em, pick them up from your local music retailer.

Aly Comingore, ,Associate Arts Editor

1. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge Records)

2. Architecture in Helsinki: Places Like This (Polyvinyl Records)

3. The Shins: Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop Records)

4. Radiohead: In Rainbows (self-released)

5. Iron & Wine: The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)

Jessica Hilo, Contributor

1. Rush: Snakes & Arrows (Atlantic)

2. Editors: An End Has a Start (Fader Label)

3. Sondre Lerche: Phantom Punch (Astralwerks)

4. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge Records)

5. Cary Brothers: Who You Are (Bluhammock)

Stephanie Flint, Arts Intern

1. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge Records)

2. Thursday: Kill the House Lights (Victory Records)

3. August Burns Red: Messengers (Solid State Records)

4. Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta (Side One Dummy)

5. Moving Units: Hexes for Exes (Metropolis Records)

Chris Meagher, News Reporter

1. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge Records)

2. Band of Horses: Cease to Begin (Sub Pop)

3. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)

4. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (Capitol)

5. Iron & Wine: The Shepherd’s Dog (Sub Pop)

Sean Mageean, Contributor

1. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Baby 81 (Red Int/Red Ink)

2. Mando Diao: Ode To Ochrasy (Mute U.S.)

3. Babyshambles: Shotter’s Nation (Astralwerks)

4. The Good, The Bad & The Queen: The Good, The Bad & The Queen (Virgin Records)

5. The Horrors: Strange House (Stolen Transmission)

D.J. Palladino, Staff Writer

1. Radiohead: In Rainbows (self-released)

2. The Shins: Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)

3. Devendra Banhart: Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Mountain (Beggars Xl Recording)

4. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge Records)

5. Panda Bear: Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)

Palmer Gibbs, Copy Chief

1. Tegan and Sara: The Con (Sire Records)

2. The Shins: Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop Records)

3. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge Records)

4. Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City (Vice Records)

5. Blaqk Audio: Cex Cells (Interscope Records)

Kevin Spracher, Contributor

1. Minus the Bear: Planet of Ice (Suicide Squeeze Records)

2. Explosions in the Sky: All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (Temporary Residence)

3. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum Records)

4. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)

5. Tera Melos: Drugs to the Dear Youth (Sargent House)

Derek Svennungsen, Contributor

1. Julie Doiron: I Woke Myself Up (Jagjaguwar)

2. Otis Taylor: Definition of a Circle (Telarc)

3. Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (Sony)

4. The Boggs: Forts (Gigantic)

5. Mary Gauthier: Between Daylight and Dark (Lost Highway)

Brett Leigh Dicks, Contributor

1. Natalie D-Napoleon: After the Flood (Syrinx Music)

2. Devon Sproule: Keep Your Silver Shined (Waterbug Records)

3. Jesse Rhodes: Wanderland (self-released)

4. Eskimo Joe: Black Fingernails Red Wine (Rykodisc)

5. Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger (Lost Highway)

Joel Aurora, Contributor

1. Andrew Bird: Armchair Apocrypha (Fat Possum Records)

2. Feist: The Reminder (Cherry Tree)

3. M.I.A.: Kala (Interscope Records)

4. Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger (Lost Highway)

5. Jay-Z: American Gangster (Roc-a-Fella)

Charles Donelan, Arts Editor

1. Various Artists: Love Is The Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965-1970 (Rhino Records)

2. Alim and Fargana Qasimov: Music of Central Asia Vol. 6, Spiritual Music of Azerbaijan (Smithsonian Folkways)

3. No Age: Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat)

4. Led Zeppelin: Mothership (Atlantic)

5. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (Republic)

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