My Top Ten of 2007

I love lists, music, and my boy Jason ‘The Man of Steel.’ So in response to his incredible great list of the best 10 CDs of the year so far:

Lincoln Park – Minutes to Midnight – I really liked what the guys did with this one. A big departure from the previous LP CDs initially turned me off of this one for a while but coming back around to it, there are some really great tracks. The maturity found on this CD is really refreshing and from an interview I found with Chester, apparently they’re planning on really touring the heck out of the next 2 years with all that’s available from their material, especially this CD.

9. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky – There are quite a few surprises here for me on this list but this has to be the biggest of them all! Huge thanks to Jim for introducing me to Wilco and getting me hooked on Jeff and Nels! What an incredible group of musicians and if you want to talk about ‘chemistry’ amongst a group look no further than here!

8. Paramore – RIOT – Chick led rock and roll angst done the way it’s supposed to be!! It makes my brain hurt when artists like Avril Lavigne and Hillary Duff and co. thrive and groups like Paramore and Flyleaf seem to fight it every way. I’m amazed by the ability these group of youngsters have to be able to crank out a CD that sounds this great!

7. The Almost – Southern Weather – When I think of talented musicians, I now immediately think of Aaron Gillespie. Seriously, writing and recording EVERYTHING here except some backing vocals, steel guitar, and strings this kid on his ‘downtime’ from his already thriving band Underoath had time to put out a killer rock/emo CD and do it successfully! Love it!

6. Robbie Seay Band – Give Yourself Away – There are some signature voices out there that I am so jealous of and Robbie Seay’s is at the top of the list! This CD just kicks from beginning to end blending authentic worship with talented ‘mainstream’ music. These guys are going to be around for a while!

5. Lifehouse – Who We Are – Another signature voice I’m jealous of! This was such a great CD! The common thread for my Top 5 are CDs that are so great that they increase the value of an artists catalog! Not only are they great CDs but they make you want to go back and fall in love with the artist’s older CDs all over again! Who We Are is a great addition to Lifehouse with some incredible tracks on here for first timers and die hard fans!

4. Jimmy Eat World – Chase This Light – This CD and I were hot and heavy when it was first released! I still love it. Its so simple it’s beautiful. It’s a quick CD yet by the time I finish it I just want to start it all over again. I love the writing style with this CD and embrace Chase This Light on so many levels. Sometimes, however, I’m left wanting more, which is better than getting burnt out I suppose.

3. David Crowder*Band – Remedy – Crowder and co. prefaced Remedy as “Crowder in a Can.” If you were to strip down previous recordings and condense Crowder into 1 CD that perhaps you’d have something like Remedy. I think on many levels they are correct. My discontent comes from the fact that I already knew too many of the songs before the CD was released (not necessarily Crowder’s fault), however I keep coming back around to the CD time and time again! This band’s music is better and more creative and pushes the envelope farther than most ‘secular’ artists and each CD has me grinning like an idiot on what they’ve been able to pull off! As said before, it not only makes me enjoy Crowder but brings up memories of Collision, Illuminate, Can You Hear Us and has me pulling up old playlists on my iPod!

2. Alter Bridge -blackbird – There are bands who loved Creed for Scott Stapp and then there are fans who loved Creed for who/what Creed was. I’m not a Scott Stapp fan so the reuniting of the original band of Creed sans Stapp was a momentous occasion for me! However for ME, this is the Alter Bridge CD that all the other Alter Bridge CDs shall be compared to! The official cohesion of the band that is Alter Bridge comes alive in this recording! There are truly moments in this CD that it’s like my soul comes alive! Cheesy and corny I know but it’s true! I get finished and want to relive One Day Remains and then when it’s finished I come right back to blackbird! It’s truly the full integration of the band on this CD that distinguishes it from One Day… It’s the singing of the guitar on Blackbird, the appropriate usage of Kennedy’s soaring choruses, the rock anthems, the dark and dirtiness of Come to Life, the only pitfall I find here is a bit of an overdose. 14 tracks is alot!

1. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace – It was a tough fight for the number 1 spot but I hand it to Dave and the fighters of Foo! I think this is my favorite Foo Fighters collection…of all time! At least since Colour and the Shape. Again, you talk about cohesion and unity among members of a band and this is it baby! Everything works on this album! They’ve tried the acoustic stuff before and it felt forced and honestly bland sometimes. Here it delivers with intensity and passion! The ability to go from 5 mph stoll down the street to a blaring 105 mph melt your face is a thing of majesty! There are so many surprises and hooks around every corner this CD captivates me differently every time I listen to it! It’s incredible in so many ways. I doubt there will be another CD to topple this one this year!

So did I get it right? What did I miss? Make sure you check out Jason‘s and make your own!

11 Responses to “My Top Ten of 2007”

  1. December 1, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Fantastic list! I actually went and bought two of these cd’s today after seeing them make your list!

  2. December 1, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Oh wow! That’s pressure 🙂
    Which 2 did you buy?!?!?!

  3. December 1, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve seen the Jimmy Eat World and Foo Fighters record on lots of lists so I think it’s about time I pick those up. Good list!

  4. December 1, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Btw –

    OSU vs. LSU?? What do you think?

  5. December 1, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    ha…I bought the Robbie Seay Band and Alter Bridge…I love them!

  6. December 2, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Chris – OSU vs. LSU – Love it! I have no more nails left after watching LSU’s regular season and have no presumptions about who’s coming to New Orleans but man…what if?!?!?!

    Skyler – great picks man! I’m ferociously trying to wrap up LAST WEEK’s video to get to ya’ll because we did Shine Your Light on Us all acoustic. I love that CD. And I think my affection for Alter Bridge has now reach obsessive in nature so I’ll stop 🙂

  7. December 2, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    oh man…im gonna have to think about this one…

  8. December 3, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I’ve only got 5, but they’re great!

    Give Yourself Away — Robbie Seay Band
    Remedy — DCB
    Cinematics — The Cinematics
    Who We Are — Lifehouse
    Oh! Gravity — Switchfoot (Dec. 26, but that’s close enough)

  9. December 3, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Oh Mud great list!
    Yeah Oh! Gravity has been one of my favorites this year and I actually had to go to iTunes to see if it was released this year or not. Since it was released last December I almost added it in and did my favorite of the past 12 months 🙂

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