by carl wilson

2007 Eye Poll Ballot

For the record, because my Idolator ballot was hasty and off, my Eye critics' poll ballot. Most immediately regretted: Spoon ("You Got Yr Cherry Bomb"), Joel Plaskett Emergency (either "Fashionable People" or "Nothing More to Say"), Aly & AJ ("Potential Breakup Song"), LCD Soundsystem ("North American Scum"), UGK & Outkast ("international Players' Anthem"), Burial ("Archangel"), The New Pornographers ("Myriad Harbour" but also "Challengers" and "The Spirit of Giving") and The Weakerthans ("Civil Twilight") would ideally all be in the singles list. And maybe Bettye Lavette (Scene of the Crime) in albums. (Not to mention all the albums I didn't get it together to hear in '07, eg Robert Wyatt's Comicopera or Britney's and UGK's full records, etc.)

BEST ALBUMS
1. Sandro Perri, Tiny Mirrors (Constellation)
2. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter 3 Sessions (mixtape)
3. Sunset Rubdown, Random Spirit Lover (Jagjaguwar/Absolutely Kosher)
4. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver (DFA)
5. Frog Eyes, Tears of the Valedictorian (Scratch/Absolutely Kosher)
6. Tinariwen, Aman Iman/Water Is Life (Harmonia Mundi)
7. Dirty Projectors, Rise Above (Dead Oceans)
8. Christine Fellows, Nevertheless (Six Shooter Records)
9. Deerhoof, Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars/5RC)
10. Exploding Star Orchestra, We Are All From Somewhere Else (Thrill Jockey)

BEST SINGLES
1. Battles, "Atlas" (Warp)
2. Amy Winehouse, "Rehab" (Island/Universal)
3. Feist, "1 2 3 4" (Arts & Crafts)
4. Rihanna,feat Jay-Z, "Umbrella" (Def Jam/Universal)
5. Yo Majesty, "Club Action" (independent) (came out in 2006 but didn't really get heard, including by me, till sxsw '07)
6. Britney Spears, "Piece of Me" (BMG)
7. Brad Paisley, "Ticks" (BMG)
8. Fucked Up, "Year of the Pig" (What's Your Rupture)
9. MIA, "Bird Flu" (XL)
10. Grinderman, "No Pussy Blues" (Anti)

BEST DOWNLOADS
1. Lil Wayne, Da Drought 3
2. The Mountain Goats, "From TG&Y;"
3. DJ Erb, "Ecstasy of Gold (Nas vs. Ennio Morricone)" (close runner-ups, ABX, "I'm a Flirt (Shoreline) (R Kelly vs Broken Social Scene"; "Leave Britney Alone"; Souljah Boy, "Crank That"; the complete Daytrotter Sessions)

REISSUES
1. The Very Best of Ethiopiques (Buda Musique)
2. Young Marble Giants, Colossal Youth (Domino)
3. Brian Joseph Davis, The Definitive Host (Blocks)

MOST OVERRATED OF 2007 (BY ME)
Celine Dion

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS IN 2008
1. Kardinal
2. Cadence Weapon

General | Posted by zoilus on Monday, January 07 at 7:42 AM | Linking Posts | Comments (5)

 

COMMENTS

For TG&Y; is the best. Saw him play it on the Get Lonely Tour last year.

I love Let's Talk About Love, as well. Fantastic stuff, man.

Posted by matthew schmid on January 13, 2008 6:56 PM

 

 

hi Marcus - I like the couple of Yeasayer tracks I have quite a lot (way more convincing integration of rock and 'world' influences than Vampire Weekend, though the choruses are better than the verses) but my copy of the album disappeared before I got a chance to listen to it, so I don't have a full take. MGMT I haven't heard yet.

Posted by zoilus on January 11, 2008 1:57 PM

 

 

Britney's is album of year by the twenty-minute mark so don't regret not getting around to hearing it all. I don't even think I've finished listening to the whole thing. Because it's more like a great book than an album of the year in how you will it to never end.

Hey what say you about Yeasayer and MGMT (now touring and coming to Toronto and Montreal)?

Posted by Marcus on January 9, 2008 11:59 PM

 

 

V. glad to see YMG namechecked...criminally under-rated, even in their brief Hey! day.

Gawd, I remember when it first came out on vinyl.
Getting old...

Posted by bruce Mowat on January 8, 2008 2:54 PM

 

 

Glad you finally warmed up to the Projectors.

Posted by Peli Grietzer on January 8, 2008 2:09 PM

 

 

 

Zoilus by Carl Wilson