Wednesday, December 19, 2007

For Your Aural Pleasure 2007

First, let me say that I’m really looking forward to checking out your guys’ musical selections. Last year, I ended up purchasing albums by The Knife and Junior Boys and loved both of them (thanks, Thom!).

Favorite Albums of 2007
6. "Once" (Music From the Motion Picture) - fantastic movie with a fantastic soundtrack

5. Linkin Park, "Minutes to Midnight" - Initially, I felt that this album was too musically schizophrenic - with the band taking a "let’s throw all these disparate musical ideas against the wall and see what pieces of spaghetti stick" approach...or something like that. By year’s end, I really enjoy 8 of the 12 tracks. The other four still consistently meet the ">>" button of my iPod.

4. Danny Dementor, "Where’s Your Hood At?" - If you like the Harry Potter series or just silly good hip-hop/pop music, then this is for you.

3. The Shins, "Wincing the Night Away" - I found this to be a very relaxing and welcome escape from the stresses of year two in law school.

2. Britney Spears, "Blackout" - say what you want, but this album truly is a cohesive, well-produced album of pop/dance gems tarnished only by the distracting personal antics of the Britster herself. If she had focused her energy on this album, I believe she really could’ve had a Mimi-esque comeback with it. America is very forgiving. U-S-A! U-S-A!

1. Nine Inch Nails, "Year Zero" - this deserves much more attention than it received. Hands down my favorite album of the year. It was a pleasure listening to this one from beginning to end.

Favorite Ballads of 2007
8. "Breathless" by Shayne Ward (from Breathless)
7. "Soulmate" by Natasha Bedingfield (from N.B.)
6. "A World to Believe In" by Céline Dion (from Taking Chances)
5. "Slideshow" by Rufus Wainwright (from Release the Stars)
4. "Shadow of the Day" by Linkin Park (from Minutes to Midnight)
3. "Homeless" by Leona Lewis (from Spirit)
2. "The Night Sky" by Keane (from The Night Sky)
1. "Say It To Me Now" by Glen Hansard

Favorite Tracks of 2007
10. "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
9. "Black Jacks" by Girls Aloud
8. "Red Rabbits" by The Shins
7. "Almost Easy" by Avenged Sevenfold
6. "Straight Lines" by Silverchair
5. "Let It Die" by Foo Fighters
4. "Do I Disappoint You" by Rufus Wainwright
3. "Like A Drug" by Kylie Minogue
2. "Gimme More" by Britney Spears
1. "Given Up" by Linkin Park

Wishing you all the best in 2008!


Paul B. said...

Ricky, your lists always strike me as the most interesting. For the record, I still am not a fan of Linkin Park, particularly that Chester fellow. HOWEVER, "Bleed It Out" is a great song; I've deemed it the rap-rock "Barbara Ann."

Can't wait for that new Kylie record to come out domestically. Thanks to Second Spin's mail order, I've caught up on most of her back catalog for the cheap price of $10, including shipping. Beat that!

Ricky said...

I like that designation for "Bleed It Out." There is definitely an increased amount of old school hand clapping on the entire record. I'm guessing Rick Rubin's really into that?? May the record show that you now like (at least) two Linkin Park songs: "Bleed It Out" and "Faint."

Good deal on the Kylie. I'm pleasantly surprised that you're turned onto her now. "Fever" is a great record. "Body Language" is more hit and miss but has some great songs, including "Slow," which I think is fantastic. I will always remember you being anti-"Slow" because you thought it was too sexual or something. Interesting...anyways, glad you've seen the light. haha

Thom said...

Hey -- I didn't know Kylie had a new album out. I do like quite a few songs from Fever and Body Language. Ricky, have you heard the Fischerspooner remix of "Come Into My World"? So good, and actually what sparked my interest in her.

Ricky said...

Hey Thom: Her tenth album, which is titled "X," came out in the UK this month. I think it's dropping in the U.S. in February. I ordered it via Amazon UK.

I remember hearing that remix at one of Paul's pool house parties. Great track. I remember going to Amoeba trying to hunt it down but never could find it. I want that track and the reggaeton remix of Beck's "Que Onda Guero." Merry Christmas!

Ricky said...

P.S. - I found the fischerspooner remix of that track on iTunes!! just bought it.

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