Top 25 Albums Of 2007 – 21 to 25

December 19, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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What do you really call a list like this, best of ?, top ? favorites ? it’s all so subjective in the end anyway and based on what you personally listened to. I listened to more music this past year than I have in a long time, so after much deliberation, roughly akin to organizing a pile of sand in the wind, I committed to a final 25 that for the sake of posting I’m going to call the Top 25 Albums Of 2007. The albums I enjoyed and listened to the most. If I looked at it again tomorrow I’d probably shuffle it around again but I had to stop somewhere or I’d never get it posted. So without further ado here’s number 21 to 25 of my top 25 albums of 2007. Expect some surprises.

21: Lily Allen – Alright Still The perfect summer album, big beats, plenty of sing a long lines, this blasted from my car stereo nearly all summer. At its best when it moves away from the more reggae influenced sound that dominates about half the album, the New Orleans piano riff of Knock Me Out and the swinging sixties sound of Everything’s Just Wonderful make them standout tracks.

MP3: Lily Allen – Everything’s Just Wonderful
Buy Alright Still

22: John Fogerty – Revival Due to some interesting industry restructuring John Fogerty ended up back on the label that had made most of his post Creedence years a legal hell. Who can ever forget about him being sued for sounding like himself. In doing so he ended up releasing what is possibly the best solo album since the band broke up. Lyrically one of the most directly political and biting albums of the year and filled with the signature guitar sound that made him the legend he is today.

MP3: John Fogerty – I Can’t Take It No More
Buy Revival

23: Wilco – Sky Blue Sky The seventies rock sound is something that had been creeping into indie rock for a while but no one really wanted it to lay claim it as a major influence. Wilco turned the page for everyone on that ideology with this one. Warm soft production laced with Nels Clines snaking guitar solos, Wilco took the sound of an era that inspired punk rock and made it relevant again.

MP3: Wilco – Impossible Germany
Buy Sky Blue Sky

24: Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin Opening their album with Is There A Ghost, one of the best single tracks of the year, set the bar pretty high for what followed. After the first couple listens I almost wrote this one off as a couple hits and a lot of filler, but it’s really a grower where repeated listenings pay off.

MP3 : Ode To LRC
Buy Cease To Begin

25: Holy F*ck – 2007 EP The first time I heard these guys was opening for !!! and was blown away. Their all instrumental dance music is created all manually, no sequencers or drum machines holding the mix together. To see these guys on stage manipulating a myriad of random equipment into something this beautiful and engaging is amazing. Six of their best songs and no filler on this one which I listened to quite a bit.

MP3 : Holy F*ck – Lovely Allen
Buy 2007 Limited Edition EP

Going To A Revival With John Fogerty

September 2, 2007 by · Leave a Comment
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John Fogerty created some of enduring standards of rock and roll with his band Creedence Clearwater Revival Proud Mary, Who’ll Stop The Rain, Fortunate Son to name but a few. While the years following the breakup of CCR also produced some great music, his early catalog remained the yardstick by which all his subsequent endeavors were measured.
Of his solo years John says:

“It just seemed like all the records I have made since Creedence Clearwater
Revival have all been sort of pushed off center,” he says. “I felt like I was
dancing around the outskirts of what is my true center. With this album, I
really wanted to stay on the mark, right in the middle, right where rock ‘n’
roll is. I wanted this one to be easier, a lot more fun than some of the past
records have been.”

Based on the few tracks I’ve heard so far, his new record is return to the sound that made him a legend and is destined to be another classic in the Fogerty canon. Even the name Revival points toward a return to his glory days in CCR.

Here’s a few audio streams for you to check out and see if you agree, Don’t You Wish It Was True the opening track of the record and the smoking, guitar heavy Summer of Love.
Revival hits stores October 2.

Stream : John Fogerty – Don’t You Wish It Was True
Stream : John Fogerty – Summer Of Love
Buy Revival

John is also hitting the road this Fall here’s some of the confirmed tour dates.
Fri 11/23 Los Angeles CA – Nokia Theatre
Sat 11/24 Phoenix AZ – Maricopa Events Center
Sun 11/25 Las Vegas NV – The Joint
Tue 11/27 Minneapolis MN – State Theatre
Wed 11/28 Chicago IL – Chicago Theatre
Fri 11/30 St. Louis MO – Scottrade Center – Theatre set-up
Sat 12/1 Indianapolis IN – Murat Theatre
Tue 12/4 Atlanta GA – Cobb Energy PAC
Wed 12/5 Nashville TN – Ryman Auditorium