TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2007
50) JENS LEKMAN Night Falls Over Kortedala Vying with Rufus Wainwright for the finest use of an operatic voice this year, Lekman used his voice to gentler affect, letting the songs guide his vocals. When he gave it free reign, the results were sensational.
49) PATRICK WATSON Close To Paradise
The confusion over the fact they're a band almost diverted attention away from Watson's bravura voice, that was matched by their other worldly jazz.
48) ROBERT WYATT Comicopera
Wyatt enlisted a stellar guest cast, but that gorgeous, fragile vocal was, as ever, the star. And the word "opera" is justified, as he creates a richly layered story with more intricate arrangements than the average solo act.
47) DEERHOOF Friend Opportunity
As ever, for the first few listens it was barking mad glitchy noises before it suddenly revealed itself to be a benchmark for pushing pop forward.
TOP 50 SINGLES OF 2007
50) LAND OF TALK Summer Special
Their mini-album Applause Cheer Boo Hiss is well worth a look, as this churning Breeders-esque melodic grunge highlights. Not exactly summery, Elizabeth Powell's stern voice could kick you into next week.
49) LAURA MARLING My Manic And I
Easily able to trample over Lily 'n' Kate comparisons, Marling strode in from a glorious folky past, more like Sandy Denny's grinning daughter.
48) BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB Weapon Of Choice Returning to the dark rock & roll that made their name, it's odd that Baby 81 was overlooked when it had raw garage power like this on board.
47) NINE BLACK ALPS Burn Faster
Their move into a more pastoral pop had its flaws, but this blast of old-school grunge proved that an on-form Sam Forrest has few peers for delirious screaming. Pretty much impossible not to holler along to.
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