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In Case You Missed It…Music of 2007 (part 2)

These past few weeks have been busy for me, but I wanted to get part two up before the we had to greet 2008.

The New Pornographers – Challengers


I was a latecomer to this album — after being rather unimpressed with 2005′s Twin Cinema I was not terribly interested in hearing this album. First few tracks I heard seemed to reinforce that view. Then, I found myself whistling “All the Old Showstoppers” I got the urge to give it another listen. This truly is a great, infectious pop album. Most of the songs have grown on me, and I’ve listened to the album at least once or twice a week for the past month. Some of the standout tracks include “All the Old Showstoppers”, “Challengers”, and “Myriad Harbour”, but none of the tracks are bad.


The National – Boxer


This is probably my favorite album of the year. Boxer is drenched in atmosphere. Dark, lush, alienated, forboding, and terribly good. My favorite tracks are “Fake Empire”, “Squalor Victoria”, and “Start A War”. My only concern with this album is that it suffers from a sameness at points; I find myself zoning out, (or paying attention to work instead of my music) and it takes me a few seconds or a glance at my iPod to figure out what track is currently playing. This doesn’t bother me much, because I like the sound of the album, but it may be drawback for others who enjoy a bit more varied album listening experience.

“Mistaken For Strangers” video


Arcade Fire – Neon Bible


If the year had ended before I found Boxer, this would have been my favorite album. Like the National’s disc, this one is highly atmospheric, unlike it however, it is much more varied. The use of the huge organ sound is what drew me to this disc. It gave the band a truly epic (and somewhat gothic) feel to the record. By far, my favorite track is “(Antichrist Television Blues)”, but this video gave me a new appreciation for “My Body Is A Cage”, the whiny closing track.