Top 10 Albums We Missed In 2007

by Woody on December 11, 2008

As Oz and I tirelessly compile our list of 2008’s top 50 albums, we continue to bring up 2007 releases that were inexplicably left off last year’s list. Let’s chalk it up to rookie blogging or heads up asses.

The good news is that most of the acts listed below have releases coming out in ’09. Our best EP’s of ’08 will be out tomorrow and watch out for the top 50 albums of ’08 next week.

1. The Everybodyfields – Nothing Is Okay

I am so pissed that I first found out about them earlier this year. They are amazing musicians with beautiful vocals singing timeless songs.

The Everybodyfields – Aeroplane

The Everybodyfields – Everything Is Okay

The Everybodyfields – Don’t Turn Around

The Everybodyfields – Lonely Anywhere

Here more tracks over at The Everybodyfields Live Session.

2. Delta Spirit – Ode To Sunshine

Loved the album but seeing them live at SXSW cemented their place as one of my favorites. “People C’mon” is one of the best songs of 2007. Couldn’t find a track – Sorry.

3. The Acorn – Glory Hope Mountain

I was late on the scene with these guys but am absolutely enthralled with them now. The intricacy of their music is amazing to see live.

The Acorn – Crooked Legs

The Acorn – Flood Pt. I (from the HearYa Live Session w/ The Acorn)

4. Ox – American Lo-Fi

Mark Browning was born to sing Alt-Country. At this point, I can’t even stomach Cheap Trick’s original version of “Surrender” but Ox’s version is outstanding.

Ox – Miss Idaho

Ox – Surrender

Ox – Sugar Cane

5. The Bees – Octupus

I liked this last year and have no clue how we left it off the list. Probably for the same reason we just realized that Drive-By Truckers wasn’t on our 2008 list until tonight. Our heads are often up our collective asses over here.

The Bees – This Is For The Better Days

6. Deer Tick – War Elephant

War Elephant was another ’07 album that was just re-released in ’08.

Deer Tick – Art Isn’t Real (City of Sin)

7. The Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me Oh Hang Me

In my review of this album, I compared them to myself on acid wearing a Cowboy hat. In spite of my limited literary skills, check ’em out.

The Deep Dark Woods – Hang Me Oh Hang Me

8. AA Bondy – American Hearts

After seeing him perform for our Live Session, it was apparent that Gus (aka Bondy) is the true embodiment of a musician. You feel better for the opportunity to speak with him, not to mention hearing him play.

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – Rapture Sweet Rapture

Exclusive: A.A. Bondy – There Is A Reason

Both tracks from our AA Bondy Live Session.

9. Bean Pickers Union – Potlatch

Want something cheery? Listen to Beyonce’s alter ego, Sasha Fierce. Want a slice of dark Americana? Listen to The Bean Picker’s Union.

Bean Pickers Union – Potlatch

10. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Jagjaguwar re-released this in ’08 but Oz is a stickler for the rules, so it’s staying off our ’08 list.‚  To be honest, I am not really into Bon Iver, but Oz threatened to fire me if I didn’t include it.

Bon Iver – Skinny Love

Did you discover a great ’07 album in ’08? Let us know.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

DBT Chicago December 11, 2008 at 11:54 am

alberta cross — the thief and the heartbreaker

nittanyroar December 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Although I discovered Alberta Cross when it was released, I just wanted to chime in and say that the album(EP?)is excellent.

Lode Broekman December 11, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Metro Station by Metro Station (discovered this in spring ’08)

Woody December 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I’d also like to throw out Builders and Butchers as Scott just told me that can’t be on the 08 list as it came out in ’07, and Phosphorescent.

M. December 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I’ve just discovered this blog, and man, am I ever glad. I’ve consistently enjoyed the stuff you guys are putting up.

And—yes! The Everybodyfields and Bon Iver were both groups I discovered in ’08 and wished I’d known of earlier. So too was Glossary’s better angels of our nature, which you can download free on their site. Brilliant alt-country stuff from a group I’ve really been enjoying.

oz December 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Woody – Thanks for giving away my true identity. Now Billy Corgan and Amy Winehouse will surely find me and kick me in the nuts for all the bad things I’ve said.

M – Thanks for reading. Didn’t Glossary technically get released in ’08? It’s on our best albums of the year list, so I hope so…

Vanessa December 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm

it appears this situation has presented a significant question: How can we prevent something like this from happening again?

hmm, perhaps these can be filed uner the better late than nevah.

GREAT recoveries

Thank you

Tony in England December 12, 2008 at 6:07 am

Good list. Lots of people like the Bon Iver album and it’s currently running number 3 in my poll of polls for 2008 behind Fleet Foxes & TV on the Radio (based on ‘Q’, ‘Mojo’, The Observer newspaper and ‘Rolling Stone’.

My personal album of the year is ‘Bring Yo Ass To The Table’ from Left Lane Cruiser. Great drum ‘n’ slide band (is that a new genre I just invented?).

Tony in the UK

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