She was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize, became a download darling with hit single 1234 and now she’s up for a Grammy. Feist’s The Reminder propelled her to international fame. Now it has topped our list of the top 10 albums of 2007.
Album: The Reminder
With a charm and incredible voice, Feist summons up caches of brilliant pop affectations with a variety that transcends quirkiness. Fans of the female singer-songwriter genre can’t ask for much more — except maybe a Best New Artist Grammy.
Album: In Rainbows
It’s as if Kid A is growing up, getting a little more focused with layers of effervescent electronica, some gorgeous curves and engaging depth. All of this at a very reasonable price too.
Album: Neon Bible
Backlash and the slump are avoided with a more streamlined version of this band’s orchestrally mashed brand of cathartic rock. Tempered with a road-weary vibe, it still offers some proof that life goes on after a Funeral.
Disorientating and soulful, Kala captures all the nihilistic tension of a refugee camp and releases it in a frenzy of drum beats and poetry. Appropriating the clamour of children and the clatter of firearms, M.I.A. has fashioned a jarring hip-hop masterpiece.
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Album: Raising Sand
Top billing goes to Plant & Krauss, but perhaps the real star is producer T-Bone Burnett and the beautiful musical backdrop he provided for this seemingly odd couple. Adult contemporary music made for contemporary adults who truly love music.
Album: Sound Of Silver
It’s hard to imagine another album so thoroughly danceable and yet so unabashedly smart. James Murphy appears to be virtually infallible here, spinning one unbelievably catchy track after another without ever pandering to the audience. Brilliant.
Album: Sky Blue Sky
Wilco is aging magnificently. The band has grown out of artistic infancy and experimental adolescence into seasoned maturity, sure-footed and confident. Sky Blue Sky is a beautiful folk rock album — tender, complex and lush.
Iron & Wine
Album: The Shepherd’s Dog
A sublime concoction of some Nick Drake-like touches coupled with a welcome sonic detail and expansiveness. Sam Beam’s softly confident coo uses stark imagery and tender instrument textures to make these folk-based tunes reverberate into a kaleidoscope of dreamy vignettes.
This searing album from the French duo quickly cast them as the new kings of electro house. t (or simple cross) mercilessly drops deep, edgy and hyper-stylized dance music for the dangerously over caffeinated.
Album: Good Bad Not Evil
Good Bad Not Evil carves a place for these brash Atlanta boys alongside other historic hoodlums such as The Clash and The Sonics. Every track is a tight, blistering blast of fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll straight from the garage.