#23: Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold
The rise of strong female vocalists was definitely placed in the limelight this year. Aside from the over-monopolization of the larger pop radio names, some of the most astounding female voices have made their presence known within the last few years. The overnight successes of artists like Rilo Kiley, Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor, and Feist, just to name a few, have paved the way for a greater acceptance of the feminine song recently.
Bat for Lashes, although still below the radar, has intelligently ridden the wave of womanly success this year. Under the master craftwork of Britain’s Natasha Khan, Fur and Gold has stomped its way onto this countdown as one of only few remarkable debut albums of the year. As if her “New Artist of the Year,” “Female Artist of the Year,” and
”Video of the Year” (“What’s a Girl to Do?”) PLUG Award nominations weren’t enough already.
As delicate, sweet, and elegant as indie music can get, Fur and Gold is definitely an album perfectly suitable for the most solitary of moods. The record’s most impressive element, however, is its vast listen-ability – never resorting to any boring and mundane tracks. Each song fits cohesively with the next, and is intense in their own soft and melodic way. It is evident that Bat for Lashes will be around for a while.
#25: The Rocket Summer – Do You Feel
Inaugurating our end-of-the-year countdown is Bryce Avary’s latest masterpiece Do You Feel.
Although it is evident to many that this album satisfies the “pop” and radio-friendly categories of music, The Rocket Summer is far from being mainstream. Yes, he may have teetered a little with MTV’s TRL, but The Rocket Summer has become a hidden diamond in the rough.
What makes this album so incredible is not just the infectious hooks and addicting melodies. It’s more so the fact that 25-year-old Bryce Avary created and performed everything himself on this album. Whether it be the lyrics, the vocals, the guitars, or the drums; Bryce does it all.
Do You Feel may not be for everybody, but it’s relentless catchiness has earned itself a deserving spot outlining the top albums of 2007.
In honor of the festive month of December, I, in conjunction with ANR Magazine, have compiled a list of the 25 best albums to surface this year. Narrowing the collection down to only 25 was no easy task, for this year spawned some of the most original, diverse, and timeless works of music to be created in a long while.
As a disclaimer, I must forewarn readers that I could not possibly have the time to listen to every single album that was released throughout the year. With that being said, however, it is important to acknowledge my overall diversity and appreciation for all styles of music. Whether it’s rock, hip-hop, country, or metal – good music is good music, and I believe ANR Magazine and myself have tracked down the best and most impressive pieces of art that the year had to offer.
Compared to the lists composed by popular music publications like Rolling Stone, Spin, and Paste Magazine, “The 25 Days of Music” is a refreshing dose of unbiased and un-commercialized information that should be cherished and shared with every music lover. Hopefully, you will discover some amazing new artists along the way that you were never exposed to prior.
The countdown will begin later today, December 1st, with #25. From there, the countdown will continue each day forth, until #1 is released on Christmas Day. Think the “25 Days of Christmas,” but only way better!