Yesterday I posted my 25 favorite records of the year so far. In January of '08 I'll pick my 25 favorite records of the whole year, in addition to my 100 favorite songs of the year. Rather than pick 100 at the half way point, I'm just going to hit you with 50, and tell you what I think of some of them.
(Clockwise from upper left: The Fratellis, Missy Higgins, Son Volt, Colbie Caillat, Augie March, Kaiser Chiefs, Amy Winehouse and in the Middle: Feist.)
#50) The WAiFS - From Little Things Big Things Grow #49) Liam Finn - Wiseman #48) Something For Kate - The Futurist #47) Feist - 1234 #46) Son Volt - Methamphetamine #45) WILCO - What Light #44) The Shins - Phantom Limb #43) Amy Winehouse - Rehab #42 Cathy Petocz - Sylvia #41) Kaiser Chiefs - Angry Mob
#40) Low Stars - Calling All Friends #39) A Fine Frenzy - Y0u Picked Me #38) The Herd - Comrade Jesus Christ #37) The Howling Bells - Low Happening #36) Missy Higgins - Dusty Road #35) Fountains of Wayne - Someone To Love #34) The Noisettes - Bridge to Canada #33) Ryan Adams (w/Sheryl Crow) - Two #32) Girl in a Coma - Say #31) Interpol - The Heimlich Maneuver
#30) The Nightwatchman - The Road I Must Travel #29) Sick Puppies - All the Same #28) Crowded House - Don't Stop Now #27) Jill Cunniff - Love is a Luxury #26) The Pierces - Lights On #25) The Good The Bad and The Queen - Northern Whale #24) Girl in a Coma - Road to Home #23) Green Day - Working Class Hero #22) Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Sons of Cain #21) The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
#20) Sarah Shannon - Near & Far #19) Sara Bareilles - Love Song #18) Paul Kelly - The Ballad of Queenie and Rover #17) Art Brut - Direct Hit #16) Modest Mouse - Missed the Boat #15) Tori Amos - Big Wheel #14) Kate Miller-Heidke - Words #13) The Blow - Hey Boy #12) Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescence #11) What Made Milwaukee Famous - Idecide
#10) Colbie Caillat - Feelings Show. A few years back MySpace brought me Tristan Prettyman. Caillat is the '07 version. She's a Cali surfer girl type, with a sweet sounding voice.
#9) Augie March - One Crowded Hour. This is an amazing song from a great Aussie rock group. In addition to great words and music, Augie March bring a unique and enjoyable sound.
#8) The Shins - Australia. I picked this record up for "Phantom Limb" which is a great song (#44 on my list.) And sure I'll admit I first payed attention to this track due to it's name, but the song holds it's own, even if it wasn't named after my favorite nation after the USA.
#7) Son Volt - The Picture. We all have bands we love, and we all have years out of those band's careers the we cherish. When it comes to Son Volt, I loved their mid 90's sound the best, and The Picture is a flashback to that sound.
#6) Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby. Dicky Wilson sounds an awful lot like Morrssiey on this track, and that's a good thing in my mind. He even seems to be writing like Moz with a like like this: "Due to lake of interest, tomorrow has been canceled."
#5) Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good. She is just one of a kind. Her soul filled voice would have been just as at home in New Orleans in 1925, but she's a kick as JEP. Jewish English Princess.
#4) Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Augie March - Droving Woman. Two of my all time favorite Aussie artists team up with one of my new favorite bands from down under to perform a cover of Kev Carmody's beautiful, sweeping epic about the loss of a life.
#3) Missy Higgins - Going North. Missy's new record is so full of transcendent songs, it's hard to pick which one I like the best. Going North is a tale of striking out on your own and just being you, which really resonated with me. The first track off the record "Steer" has the same ethos but I liked the pace, tone and feel of GN better.
#2) The Fratellis - Everybody Knows You Cried Last Night. By far the best song on an amazing record. These guys take all the best elements of just about every UK rock group from the Beatles to Oasis and put out a record that sounds like a party on a disc.
#1) Feist - I Feel It All. The very first time I listened to this song, it reached out of my speakers and grabbed me. Feist has such a wonder full voice, and is a master at writing a great pop song. I would say that I'm infatuated with this song as of now, and after only having the record for a few months, that may wear off. But, it will sure be a favorite for along time, if not #1 at the end of the year.