2007 - That Was The Year That Was…
It’s that time of year again when Clash gets to ruminate on all the musical adventures we’ve been on over the last twelve months, good or bad, and compile our favourites – after weeks of deliberation and arguments - into considered lists that are bound to provoke…
Some say it’s not been the best year for albums, with a noticeable drought on top quality long-players and highly anticipated releases falling short of expectations, and as the top 3 albums in two of our charts are taken up by American (and Canadian) artists, has the bubble finally burst on our parochial obsession with homegrown talent?
That said, it was more difficult than we first thought to choose our winners, and while we may be happy with our choices, we’re well aware that you lot out there might not agree with all of them. Have we gone mental? Have we forgotten your favourite band? Should someone be ousted from their position? Wot no Cribs?
Well you can have your say here with the opportunity to win ALL the albums that have merited an appearance – that’s about 50 by my reckoning!
And so on to the polls. To cover the wide spectrum that is Clash’s editorial gamut, we’ve divided the charts into five different categories, each focusing on a different musical genre and their artists (as well us some who were harder to pigeon-hole).
They are Rock/Indie (for guitar wielding bands and artists), Dance (for those albums designed to make you move your feet), Leftfield (for the knob-twiddlers and studio geeks), Alternative (for everything that couldn’t be described by the others but is a bit of everything), and finally the Newcomers, our ten picks of the best musical snowflakes that fell in the avalanche of 2007.
Check out the suggestions below and consider who created the overall best album of 2007.
Rock/Indie - Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Jamie T, Cold War Kids, Kings of Leon, The White Stripes, The Enemy, Babyshambles, Radiohead or Arcade Fire.
Dance - Crookers, Phon.o Vs Chris de Luca, Simian Mobile Disco, Count of Monte Cristal, Modeselektor, Radioclit, Buraka Som Siestema, The Chemical Brothers, Justice or Bonde Do Role.
Leftfield - Matthew Dear, Benga, Apparat, Battles, Skream, New Young Pony Club, MIA, Maps, Tunng or Múm.
Alternative - Iron and Wine, Radical Face, Feist, Richard Swift, Carbon/Silicon, Andrew Bird, LCD Soundsystem, Animal Collective, Elvis Perkins or Klaxons.
Newcomers - Cajun Dance Party, Jack Penate, Reverend and the Makers, Kate Nash, Lethal Bizzle, Bat for Lashes, Gallows, Ra Ra Riot, Fujiya & Miyagi or Patrick Watson.
Thanks to HMV, these albums could be yours as a well timed early xmas present.
To have a chance of winning, cast your vote on what has been the overall album of the year, telling us the reasons for your choice. A winner will be chosen at random with the results appearing in the next issue of Clash.