Best of 2007 – Melissa’s Edition

From Melissa, who is a music journalist by nature, if not yet by trade, and who has influenced many-a-taste in music (certainly mine — her 2005 selection was truly moving), and who I hope is feeling better:

“Below are eighteen of my favorite tracks of the year. A word about methodology: I narrowed my list first by picking favorite albums, then ranking them in order of preference, then picking a favorite track. For the top eight or so albums, narrowing my choice to a single track was especially difficult; these are albums that form lovely, cohesive wholes, most especially The National’s Boxer. Truly: if I could keep only one album from an entire year of phenomenal releases, this would be it. The wry vocals, the clever metaphor in a perfect lyrical phrase, and the drums rumbling beneath it all…it took a while, admittedly, but Boxer has crept under my skin, all viney and green.”

1. The National – Boxer – “Slow Show”

2. Feist – The Reminder – “So Sorry”

3. Okkervil River – The Stage Names – “Unless It’s Kicks”

4. Bright Eyes – Cassadaga – “I Must Belong Somewhere”

5. Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha – “Heretics”

6. Bishop Allen – The Broken String – “Rain” (listen and download here)

7. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away – “Australia”

8. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky – “What Light”

9. Josh Ritter – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter – “Right Moves”

10. Menomena – Friend and Foe – “Evil Bee” (my note: this video is beautiful)

11. Stars – In Our Bedroom After the War – “The Night Starts Here” (preview the song here)

12. Earlimart – Mentor Tormentor – “Cold Cold Heaven” (listen to a clip here)

13. Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation – “Wild Mountain Nation”

14. Ola Podrida – Ola Podrida – “Lost and Found”

15. The Shaky Hands – The Shaky Hands – “Summer’s Life” (listen to a sample here)

16. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga – “Black Like Me” (watch a video here)

17. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible – “(Antichrist Television Blues)”

18. Band of Horses – Cease to Begin – “No One’s Gonna Love You” (listen here)

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