As promised yesterday, here’s the battle for the best album of 2007. Yes, battle… because I’ve got two contenders this year, and I just can’t pick one. So here’s what I’ll do: I’ll let the songs battle it out! Ladies and Gentlemen, take your seats and witness The Shins from the U.S. of A. in the blue corner fighting against the Shout Out Louds from Sweden in the red corner. Wincing The Night Away or Our Ill Wills… who will it be? Let’s get ready to rumble!
Sleeping Lessons Vs. Tonight I Have To Leave It
The Shins have a great opener, but the SOL track is easily one of the best tunes this year!
Shins : SOL 0:1
Australia Vs. Parent’s Livingroom
This one’s for the Shins. Great chorus on the SOL track, but overall, Australia’s better!
Shins : SOL 1:1
Pam Berry Vs. You Are Dreaming
Well, Pam Berry really isn’t a proper song (but a great introduction to the next one!), and You Are Dreaming is my favourite SOL-song, so this one’s clear.
Shins : SOL 1:2
Phantom Limb Vs. Suit Yourself
I guess Phantom Limb’s my favourite 2007 song, so I can’t give the point to SOL.
Shins : SOL 2:2
Sea Legs Vs. Blue Headlights
Two dark horses, but Sea Legs wins with a nose’s length!
Shins : SOL 3:2
Red Rabbits Vs. Impossible
Impossible’s just too good to not win, even if Red Rabbits is a very nice one, too.
Shins : SOL 3:3
Turn On Me Vs. Normandie
Has to be Turn On Me, my second-favourite song from the album. Sorry, Normandie…
Shins : SOL 4:3
Black Wave Vs. South America
This one goes to SOL once again… South America is one of the coolest tunes this year!
Shins : SOL 4:4
Split Needles Vs. Ill Wills
Hmmm… this is hard. I think I’ll go for Split Needles. Yeah, that I’ll do!
Shins : SOL 5:4
Girl Sailor Vs. Time Left For Love
Once again, a very hard decision. Both songs are exceptionally great. Ah, damn… I’m voting for the Shins because that song kept following me for two weeks on my holiday this March!
Shins : SOL 6:4
A Comet Appears Vs. Meat Is Murder
Oh well… A Comet Appears is nice, but Meat Is Murder is just a bit nicer… point for the SOL!
Shins : SOL 6:5
OK, what do I do now? The Shout Out Louds have one song left, and it’s quite a good one. Based on points so far, The Shins are the winners, but there’s Hard Rain… and a decision has to be made. Hmm…
Well, here’s what I’ll do: since I’m calling the shots here, and there really are no rules for such lists, I’m gonna make a double-winner this year! Easy as that! So here it is:
THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2007:
The Shins – Wincing The Night Away
Shout Out Louds – Our Ill Wills
To finish this year’s best-of-lists, I’ve got one honourable mention that probably would have made the top spot if it would have been around for a bit longer. Here goes:
Belarus – Communicate
Thanks to the work and effort of a small label called Playdead, the debut album of Belarus was released even when the band had broke up earlier this year. And we would have missed one of the best britpop-albums in years if it wasn’t for Playdead! Eleven britrock-gems that easily surpass most of the hyped releases of 2007. If you’re buying one last album this year (or are looking for the first one to buy in 2008), I highly recommend that you invest your money in Belarus! Visit Playdead‘s website for more information, and listen to Belarus‘ music on these two MySpace-sites:
Stay tuned for a special Christmas treat tomorrow!!!