Rather than bore you with our personal picks for the best albums of 2007, we were much more interested to hear what our loyal readers picked as their number one of the year. After narrowing down a massive list of great album down to fifty, we let you do the rest. Most of the results were what we expected, but the top spot was a bit of a surprise (but in a good way). So here goes... the top ten albums as picked by our readers.
#1. White Rabbits - Fort Nightly (Say Hey!)
This NYC sextet quickly became favorites of our editorial staff after their energetic performance this past spring at the Levi's/FADER Fort in Austin. Their debut album is a brilliant mix of indie rock coated with Calypso-inspired beats, making for one of the most surprisingly enjoyable albums of the year. We give our readers two thumbs up for selecting Fort Nightly as The Tripwire's #1 album of 2007!
#2. Radiohead - In Rainbows (TBD/ATO)
With the amount of press and hype surrounding the "name your own price" online sale of their latest studio album, we thought Radiohead would be the top contender for #1. For our readers' poll, they came close, landing at #2. Radiohead is still at the top of their game. Proving that they are just as relevant as their were when they turned the alternative rock world upside down with OK Computer ten years ago, Thom Yorke and his trusty bandmates have offered up one of their most straight-forward and easy to digest releases to date.
#3. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver (DFA/Capitol)
The latest from the musical mind of James Murphy is yet another dance-tastic collection of gems to get anybody's booty movin'. From the hypnotic "Get Innocuous" to the rocking "North American Scum," Unlike many of the contenders this year, Sound Of Silver is one of those albums that we simply can't get enough of. While LCD's self-titled debut was rad, Murphy took it up several notches with this one.
#4. VHS OR BETA - Bring On The Comets (Astralwerks)
The Tripwire crew had mixed feelings about VHS OR BETA's third studio album, Bring On The Comets. Although it seems that they're still following the footsteps of their heroes and contemporaries just a bit to closely, it is still quite an enjoyable album, especially in the world of dance-rock. "Can't Believe A Single Word" was pretty fucking catchy.
#5. The National - Boxer (Beggars)
In terms of chitchat on the interwebs, we couldn't help but notice the immense hype surrounding The National's fourth studio album, Boxer. Fortunately, blogified hype was justified, as this was the band's most concrete album to date. Was it just us, or did "Mistaken For Strangers" sound like an Interpol track played at a slightly slower speed?
#6. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (Merge)
It is simply impossible not to love the indie-nerdness of Arcade Fire. Win Butler and his army of talented musicians blew us away with their sophomore effort, Neon Bible. If we had a separate vote for top songs of the year, "No Cars Go" would have easily been in our top five. Combined with their overpowering live shows, Arcade Fire earned their spot on the chart this year!
#7. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
Two in a row for artists on Merge Records! Spoon are one of the few bands on our list that have successfully crossed over a bit into the mainstream, something that Britt Daniel & Co. have earned over their impressive career. This record contains hit after fucking hit, from "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" to "The Underdog" and the infectious "Don't You Evah."
#8. Battles - Mirrored (Warp)
When you slap together members of Helmet and Don Caballero, the resulting madness is math-rock heaven. It sounds almost like if you dropped Steve Reich, Flaming Lips, Devo and Underworld in a blender, creating an indescribable yet awe inspiring concoction of proggy greatness.
#9. Okkervil River - The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
This marks the fourth album from Austin's Okkervil River, marking some of the finest songwriting to come from Will Sheff to date. It is a mighty dense album, but Sheff's lyrics and memorable memories make this a greate addition to the top 10! Few bands can blend country, folk and rock quite like Okkervil River.
#10. Pinback - Autumn Of The Seraphs (Touch And Go)
Pinback's latest, Autumn Of The Seraphs, doesn't stray far from the formula that caught the media's attention on Summer In Abaddon. Moody, atmospheric indie rock that is disguised as pop, and they do it so well. The lush arrangements have time to build and grow, creating the perfect canvas for Zach Smith and Rob Crow to layer their vocal melodies over intertwining angular guitars and delicate beats. "Good To Sea" has been a favorite around The Tripwire's offices this year.
So there ya have it! M.I.A., Band Of Horses and Bat For Lashes get honorable mentions for being tied at #11. Many thanks to everybody that participated in the poll this year!!!