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Why not just a list? A list of things. No specific number but the one the list leaves. No "top" anything, just the best things, whatever art. A list that functions as only a list.
Maybe the confines of a single year will be applied, but then only to define the time in which these particular things pleased me. These things need not have been made or released in said year. What's the point of calling anything the best [whatever] of 2007 when it could have been made in 2006 or maybe earlier?
Why must I leave out a record released in November of 2006 if I spent almost all of 2007 listening to it? That's 2007's fault for being shitty.
In 2007 I was excited for but ultimately disappointed by: Richard Hawley's Lady's bridge MIA - Kala Pharoahe Monche - Desire Someone covering an Indio song Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond Beirut - The Flying Club Cup (maybe I wasn't even excited) Crowded House's new album Jens Lekman - Night Falls on Kortedala Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam Kate Bush -Aerial That new Okkervil River album, what was it called? Yeah. Any good new hip hop (although Kanye came close) Human Giant. The mix-tape battle was great, but otherwise, human giant failure.
2007 Would have been improved without: Eddie Vedder covering an Indio song ATP failing to commission Ride to play their Nowhere album in entirety. There's always 2008. Voxtrot The Ponys The Shins leaving "Split Needles (Alt Take)" off their album. The whole album needed an alt take. Missing 77Boadrum People with good taste loooooving the National Jay-Z as both executive and resurrected MC (well, at least for def jam, 2007 would have been better without him) Sunset Rubdown Grizzly Bear's Friend EP. I love the two albums, but this was like hearing paint peel. More boring than C-Span while on meth. Blitzen Trapper. See above. A new Smashing Pumpkins album Lee Hazlewood dying And most everything else