10. Paul McCartney – Memory Almost Full
Why I should be surprised that Paul McCartney’s new album would sneak into my top ten is something that thoroughly confused my older brother. “You know the man is a musical genius?” he scoffed in reply to my incredulity at not being able to stop listening to the album. While I have been too intimidated to launch into a full review of the album there is no doubt that this is one of greatest albums of the year. In fact I think it is so good I am anticipating that it will be a (relative) billboard failure. Apart from the sickly sweet opening track (it didn’t help that it featured in an Itunes commercial) Sir Paul has crafted an album that will be as relevant to us in our mid twenties as to those who were listening to him way back when. Who knew I would be blasting a sexagenarian crooner all through my winter months.
Paul McCartney – Mr. Bellamy
9. Blonde Redhead – 23
While I’ve since come to regard releases like Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons as more notable, 23 served as a welcome, if deplorably late, introduction to a band that has been covering its audience in layers of sweet, warm power pop for years. Previous coverage here.
Blonde Redhead – Silently
8. Handsome Furs – Plague Park
Those that doubted the significance of Dan Boeckner’s contribution to Wolf Parade need look no further than Plague Park for a rebuttal. While the drum machine backed arrangements do wear a little thin in places, there is sufficient musical intrigue here to compliment Boeckner’s considerable song writing talents.
Handsome Furs – What We Had
7. The Veils – Nux Vomica
Awash with frustrations of a faith and twisted narrations of everyday life, Nux Vomica-era Veils is a new platform from which we can view a familiar form in front man Finn Andrews. This time around the band behind Andrews is colourful enough to be flattering and ambiguous together. I’m slightly unsure of whether this was actually released in 2007, but I’m not really concerned either. Previous coverage here.
The Veils – Advice For Young Mothers To Be
6. El P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
In a general sense, I enjoy EL P because his hip hop is grittier and more jagged than most. I have enjoyed I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead because it is an example of hip hop not made differently, but made right. I have enjoyed it sufficiently to put it at six, largely because Tasmanian Pain Coaster is quite simply the track of the year so far.