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In Case You Missed It…Music of 2007 (part 1)

This was a big year for me in music, I found several acts that I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of before, got some good first albums, and was satisfied with several new albums from groups I dig. This post (along with the assumed sequels) will go over some of my favorite stuff that was released in the last year.

The Polyphonic Spree – The Fragile Army
The Fragile Army
This album (like everything from the Spree) puts a smile on my face that doesn’t really go away until long after the album ends. The Polyphonic Spree are a band that seems to polarize people. You either love them or can’t believe that anyone could love them. To check to see which you might be, I suggest checking out Section 30: Watch Us Explode (Justify) and Section 22: Running Away.

This album was my introduction to The Polyphonic Spree. I have since went back and acquired all the previous records. Hearing more of their catalog makes me think this isn’t as strong an album as I originally thought, but it is still one of my favorites this year.
Running Away: the Music Video

The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Good, The Bad, and The Queen

This is a very atmospheric album from the creative mind behind the Gorillaz. While this disc reminds me quite a bit of the Gorillaz’ last release, Demon Days, there are significant differences between the two. While Demon Days (sounds like it) made extensive use of sequencers and drum machines (in addition to rappers), this one sounds more like a straight rock album. Some tracks to check out include: History Song, Kingdom of Doom and The Good, The Bad and the Queen.

This disc was actually made better by my “forgetting” it. I listened to it quite heavily right after it was released, but it was eventually booted from the CD player by some other excellent discs. It fell off my radar for a few months, but I am happy to report that I enjoyed “discovering” it the second time as much as (if not more) than did the first time.

Kingdom of Doom: the Music Video

Devin Townsend Presents: Ziltoid the Omniscient
Devin Townsend Presents: Ziltoid the Omniscient

Metal, as presented by the Muppets. I’m not a big fan of metal (or muppets, for that matter), but the concept required at least a listen, and I was really surprised. The juxtaposition and quality of both components really made me dig this. It isn’t often that a metal album will bring a smile to my face, but this album manages. This album is pure story/concept album; there is brief narration over many of the tracks, and the tracks themselves are clearly parts of a story. As such this is definitely something to listen to as an album. It seems much less satisfying as individual tracks, but if I was pressed and you only had time to check out a few tracks, I would point you toward Ziltoidia attaxx!!! and Planet smasher.

Ziltoid Transmission 1
Ziltoidia attaxx!!!: music cut with footage from the movie Mars Attacks!

What amazed you? Any music that I gotta hear?