Category Archives: Best of 2007

#21: Kate Nash – Made of Bricks

#21: Kate Nash – Made of Bricks

From across the sea in Europe, a young female singer/songwriter by the name of Kate Nash has become the greatest imported product the Americas has seen this year. Featuring the critically acclaimed single “Foundations,” the album displays a more rugged version of a Regina Spektor-esque attitude. Although Nash’s British accent is rather thick at times, the songs are sweet and silly, and allow the listener to momentarily retreat to an unfamiliar land of the abnormal.

Made of Bricks is another one of those incredible albums that justifies that the second dose of the “British Invasion” is in full swing. It’s the irresistible talents of Nash, The Shins, and the Arctic Monkeys, just to name a few, that may make the obnoxious and self-acclaimed more articulate music fan plead with American songwriters to read a book. Perhaps I am looking to deeply into the fact that this is just a surprisingly good album, but that wouldn’t be much fun now, would it?

#22: Triggerslip – Bullets and Broken Promises

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#22: Triggerslip – Bullets and Broken Promises

The inevitable demise of quality alternative rock music was more prominent this year than any other. After realizing that there is currently an oligopoly of the mainstream rock market, I had a very difficult and strenuous time overturning a hot new rock band. But all of my hard work eventually surfaced, and it was posed as a blessing from the rock music gods. Florida’s own Triggerslip quickly became the remedy to a plummeting musical genre, by providing me with ample doses of both ferocity and melody.

The band utilizes the attractive contrasts of heavy and melodic music very adequately throughout the album’s entirety. Tunes like “Scissors,” “Enemies,” and even the acoustic “Until It’s Gone” could easily fit into mainstream rock radio. All of the catchy choruses, honest and genuine lyrics, and heavy-hitting instrumentation provide any rock fans with what they need to make it through the day.


Bullets and Broken Promises
serves as Triggerslip’s debut full-length album. Released through a small Florida imprint dubbed Endagon, the CD failed to cover a wide geographical territory, thus leaving it virtually untouched and unobtainable. Luckily, you can purchase this CD online at CDBaby for only $12.97.

#23: Bat for Lashes – Fur and Gold

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#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.

#24: Caveman Theory – The Stone Quartet

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#24: Caveman Theory – The Stone Quartet

Just because you have never heard of something, does not mean it can’t change your perspective on a genre of music. The independent hip hop “quartet” of Caveman Theory is a prime example of this notion. Featuring some of the most skillful and undiscovered talents in the hip hop world, this Orlando, FL group has silently taken underground hip hop to a new level. The Stone Quartet consists of an astounding 18 tracks – all of which stand up individually on their own creative legs.

Each song on the album possesses their own individuality, while simultaneously conveying the group’s versatility. Whether you are looking for catchy hip hop choruses, R&B grooves, rapid flows, or some of the most interesting beats around, The Stone Quartet consumes each and every aspect with utter success.

There is something special to be said for Caveman Theory. In their rather brief existence, they have managed to represent the “25 Days of Music” countdown as the only pure hip hop act. Does this mean that this unknown group has created the best hip hop album of the year?…… Yes, that’s exactly what it means.

#25: The Rocket Summer – Do You Feel


#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.

The 25 Days of Music: The Best 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!