For no particular reason and in no particular order (save maybe the top two), I give you my sentimental favorites of 2007:

  1. Band of Horses: Cease to Begin (FMB)
  2. Josh Ritter: The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (FMB)
  3. Okkervil River: The Stage Names (FMB)
  4. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (FMB)
  5. Cloud Cult: The Meaning of 8 (FMB)
  6. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (FMB)
  7. Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight (FMB)
  8. Ryan Adams: Easy Tiger (FMB)
  9. Gonzales: Solo Piano (FMB)
  10. Coconut Records: s/t (FMB)

I always find these lists somewhat misleading. If I made a list of songs I loved this year, it would be much more diverse in terms of genres and sounds. That’s where all the hip-hop and electronic stuff would be hiding. But when it comes to full albums to which I devote repeated listens, despite my protests, and despite my best efforts, as I get older I tend to take fewer musical chances. I stick to the stuff I know I love: comfortable, melodic, song-focused.

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