John Fogerty - Revival, 2007
Not perfect but damn good nonetheless. There are a couple of clunkers, but who cares? The sound is perfect. Fogerty's voice sounds great. There are some really angry songs on here as well as some really pretty ones. "I Can't Take it No More" is 2007's version of "Fortunate Son." His performance on Letterman blew me away. I love when bands play two songs in a row.
Feist - The Reminder, 2007
I really liked the single from her last record. The video captivated me. But the whole CD kind of bored me based on one listen. This new album is better but it is still frustrating. Out of the 13 songs, I'd say that I really like about four of them. Four are okay and the rest are dull as hell. Although I do love that there is a song named "Brandy Alexander" - Stone Groove's favorite drink. If you haven't seen the Busby Berkeley like video for 1234 (other than the short clip on the iPod ad), check it out. Or this one from her last album.
The White Stripes - Icky Thump, 2007
I can't believe how many White Stripes haters there are these days. This is a damn good record. Dig it everybody. "Catch Hell Blues" is one of my favorite songs from the year. Watch part of it live.
Panda Bear - Person Pitch, 2007
If you like the sunny side of Animal Collective, then you'll like this CD from one of the collective. Leave it to Panda Bear to make the sunniest, catchiest, most melodic Beach Boys-type jamz buried within songs over twelve minutes long. Great songs but not the easiest to put on Listmaker 4.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder, 2007
I liked their first record, right? Not so much on this one. Kind of boring and that Satan Said Dance song is really really bad. Once again, Chris Larry was proven right.
The New Pornographers - Challengers, 2007
I've been defending this album for a few months now. Obviously it isn't as good as their first three releases but I kept thinking that it was pretty good anyway. That is, until I was recently putting together a best of of the New Pornos for a friend and I realized that not one (NOT ONE!) of the songs from this new LP had a chance to make the cut. NOT ONE! I do like some of these songs but overall I'm disappointed in this album. It just doesn't grab me. Sigh.
Bob & Gene - If This World Were Mine, 1971
A long lost lo-fi soul record that Daptone just released this year. So damn good and perfect for Daptone (the label of Sharon Jones). This sounds like what Robert Pollard might have put out if he went back in time, changed his skin color, and decided to write songs over a minute and a half long. Recorded in the basement!
The Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil, 2007
I don't like this one as much as the last one but it is all about their live show though, isn't it? I do love "How Do You Tell a Child that Someone has Died" which is just as good or as bad as you think it would be based on the title.
Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!, 2007
They just keep putting out pretty good records, don't they? Nothing about this one blows me away but as a whole it doesn't make me want to turn it off. How's that for a ringing endorsement?
Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, 2007
Gimme Fiction, 2005
Like the show Arrested Development, I'm a late bloomer to Spoon. For some reason, I resisted them. Not sure why I did. This album is the one that has finally made me see the light. So damn good. Maybe it was the horns that did it for me? I'm now going backwards in their catalog and have been digging Gimme Fiction as well. Based on two listens so far, Telephono reminds me why I didn't like this band in the first place. Back in '96, they sounded like any other mid 90's indie rock band and I just didn't like it then or it looks like now either.
Wilco - Sky Blue Sky, 2007
Better than their last one. Maybe even my favorite since Being There. No pretension, just good songs. Mellow and good. Sometimes it builds up to a nice stone groove. A nice solidly good record. No clunkers or awkwardness or overproduction.
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha, 2007
Even better than his last album which was even better than the one before it. The melodies get stuck in your head. The whistling, the violin, the awesomeness of it all. I put this album up there as one of the year's best. I'm excited to see him live tomorrow night at the Beacon. 6th row seats!
My mom saw Bird on late night TV and loved it. Bird pleases everyone.
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