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TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2007

I know, I know. Who's even interested in a "best of 2007" list anymore? Everyone else revealed their album picks more than a month ago. Nonetheless, after a bit of slacking, my annual exercise in ranking the discs that most impressed me throughout the year continues.

Honestly, as I was putting together the list I was shocked by how many albums I truly loved. In an ordinary year, Arcade Fire would have easily ranked in the Top 25 but I think they're lucky to even have made the Top 50. I had to leave off decent turns by artists who have ranked in previous years (PJ Harvey, The Shins, Beirut), as well as some of the year's best breakthrough acts (The Twilight Sad, Bon Iver, No Age).

50. SHOCKING PINKS / Shocking Pinks

49. WHITE RABBITS / Fort Nightly

48. JOSH RITTER / The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

47. ARCADE FIRE / Neon Bible

46. JAY-Z / American Gangster

45. BLONDE REDHEAD / 23

44. MAGIC MARKERS / Boss

43. LUPE FIASCO / Lupe Fiasco's The Cool

42. APPLES IN STEREO / New Magnetic Wonder

41. THE FIELD / From Here We Go Sublime

40. DAN DEACON / Spiderman of the Rings

39. PATRICK WOLF / The Magic Position

38. PAGE FRANCE / Page France and the Family Telephone

37. DEERHUNTER / Cryptograms

36. JOHN VANDERSLICE / Emerald City

35. THE WHITE STRIPES / Icky Thump

34. THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS / Challengers

33. SALLY SHAPIRO / Disco Romance

32. BLITZEN TRAPPER / Wild Mountain Nation

31. SEA WOLF / Leaves in the River

30. FEIST / The Reminder

29. YEASAYER / All Hour Cymbals

28. LIARS / Liars

27. BOWERBIRDS / Hymns for a Dark Horse

26. BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW / Dandelion Gum

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25. BLACK LIPS / Good Bad Not Evil


24. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE / Strawberry Jam


23. OKKERVIL RIVER / Stage Names


22. BURIAL / Untrue


21. MENOMENA / Friend and Foe


20. FIELD MUSIC / Tones of Town


19. PETER BJORN AND JOHN / Writer's Block


18. MATTHEW DEAR / Asa Breed


17. JOSE GONZALEZ / In Our Nature


16. ST. VINCENT / Marry Me


15. JUSTICE /


14. KANYE WEST / Graduation


13. RADIOHEAD / In Rainbows


12. CARIBOU / Andorra


11. THE BESNARD LAKES / The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse


10. ANDREW BIRD / Armchair Apocrypha


9. THE NATIONAL / Boxer


8. SUNSET RUBDOWN / Random Spirit Lover


7. IRON & WINE / The Shepherd's Dog


6. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / Sound of Silver


5. BATTLES / Mirrored


4. JENS LEKMAN / Night Falls Over Kortedala


3. OF MONTREAL / Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?


2. M.I.A. / Kala


1. PANDA BEAR / Person Pitch


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