Finally it's time to take a look at (primarily) the good stuff that happened in 2007.
Top 10 albums:
My list was published nearly a week ago over at Frekvens.dk, so this is probably old news to some of you. But I thought I should add a few (and few they are) words to each album.
1. Michael Møller - Every Streetcar’s Got A Name - An Album about sex and desire
I've written about this excellent album a few times before and I really cannot think of anything new to add.
2. Entakt - Træerne Vokser Ind I Himlen
Ambitious, pretentious and nothing but fantastic. And I'm absolutely thrilled that I've finally received permission to post a track from the album!
+ Kunsten At Slippe Taget
3. The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
A quite noisy but more than worthy follow-up to Pretty In Black.
+ Dead Sound
4. Ether Aura - Before We Could Sing
Released at the beginning of the year and should have given this shoegaze band a much deserved breakthrough. However the band remains sadly overlooked.
+ Tell Me I'm Nothing
5. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Of the many hyped releases this year, this was the one that was actually worth it.
6. Kent - Tillbaka Till Samtiden
The new album wasn't the next Hagnesta Hill as some of was hoping for. But neither did it change that Kent remains the best band in the world.
7. Blue Foundation - Life Of A Ghost
If you didn't know better, you could almost be fooled to believe that this was Frengers II. A few weak moments prevents it from making the top 5.
8. The Floor Is Made Of Lava - All Juice No Fruit
Party album of the year. And any band sending out a promo mail sharing 5 album tracks will always be a favorite of this blog!
+ Ikea Did A Job On You
9. Band of Horses - Cease to Begin
At first I couldn't help being a bit disappointed, but a few listens quickly turned this into a worthy follow-up to Everything All The Time.
+ Is There A Ghost
10. Richard Hawley - Lady’s Bridge
This lovely album just keeps on growing. Now we just need to find a way to make him come to Copenhagen.
Honorable mentions: Velour - Undress Your Alibis, Shout Out Louds - Our Ill Wills, Panda Riot - She Dares All Things, Celestial - Dream On, Interpol - Our Love To Admire.
Top 5 songs:
No lengthy list this year!
1. The National - Fake Empire
Only one word describes this song....PERFECT!
2. Northern Portrait - Crazy
Discovering a track and a band like this makes blogging worthwhile.
3. Entakt - Kunsten At Slippe Taget
Kent meets Muse (well almost).
4. The Shins - Phantom Limb
Does this song have a chorus?
5. Ether Aura - Twist
The first time I listened to this one "a bomb went off in my head".
Honorable mentions: The Mary Onettes - Explosions, Arcade Fire - Intervention, Kent - Ingenting, Spion - Tynd Is, Yoav - Club Thing, Us With Millions - Rosebud.
Very obvious I guess. The bloggerworld went completely berserk when Radiohead released In Rainbows and I've never seem so many blog posts dedicated just one album. And no - I'm still not convinced that the album itself deserved it (though the way they released it certainly did)!
Hype (part II):
I probably haven't listened to it as much as I should have, but to me Neon Bible was a major disappointment. One/two great track(s) was all and in my opinion the album owes all its attention to the debut album.
Call them "the desert island blogs" if you like!?!?
* Music Of The Moment
* Coast Is Clear
* It's A Trap
* Indie MP3
Top 5 artists (big brother's watching you):
Mosted listened to artists in 2007 (according to Last.fm)!
1. Entakt (417 listens)
2. Kent (394 listens)
3. Pete White (250 listens)
4. Ether Aura (241 listens)
5. Velour (198 listens)
On heavy rotation (big brother's watching you - part II) :
Mosted listened to songs in 2007 (according to Last.fm)!
1. Northern Portrait - Crazy (98 listens)
2. Dorsia - Unprovoked (76 listens)
3. The Mary Onettes - Explosions (75 listens)
4. Kent - Ingenting (73 listens)
5. Spion - Tynd Is (65 listens)
Not all that many to choose from, but the Shout Out Louds/Days double in Helsingborg was really great!
This blog will never be a force to reckon with, but nonetheless it was nice to see that the average number of daily visitors rose from 330 in January to 591 in November.