My Top Albums of 2007
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In addition to Boardgames, I consider myself a geek for music. I own over 700 purchased albums as well as other music "sources".

Here is my Top 10 albums for the year of 2007 as well as other notable releases or moments. Add any particularly great albums that you may feel belong on the Best Of for the year.
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1. Board Game: Eat Electric Death! [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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1. Electric Six - "I Shall Eliminate Anything That Restricts Me From Being the Master"

Yes, that is a looooong title, but it is an awesome dance rock album that was my favorite album of the year. I am a huge fan of the band so was anticipating the new album, but none of their previous albums were completely awesome from beginning to end. This was the first album of theirs that blew me away with their songwriting and cleverness. A great disc to throw in for a party.

Highlights:
Down at McDonellz
White Train
Kukuxumushu
Lenny Kravitz


 
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2. Board Game: Dillinger [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
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2. The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Ire Works"

Well, I expected this to be my favorite album for the year, as their previous album "Miss Machine" was the best for 2004. Amazingly it was upset, but this is still a strong listen. While missing as many awesome songs as "Miss Machine", this album is way more cohesive and feels like it was conceived as a whole.

Highlights:
Black Bubblegum
Milk Lizard
Horse Hunter
 
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3. Board Game: The Irish Rhyming Game [Average Rating:1.50 Unranked]
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3. Dropkick Murphys - "The Meanest of Times"

Thankfully they recovered after the mediocre "Warrior's Code" to release an incredibly strong album in the vein of their masterpiece "Blackout". This album returns to their hardcore punk roots as they bust out one great barroom song after another. The only downside is it doesn't end with a singalong like they usually do.

Highlights:
(F)lanigan's Ball
The State of Massachusetts
God Willing
Vices and Virtues
 
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4. Board Game: Against All Odds [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:7438]
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4. Against Me! - "New Wave"

An excellent album by an excellent band. It has some of their best songwriting to date, with only the weak "Animal" brining down the album. It is short, to the point, and they didn't compensate their self by switching to a major label. Maybe a little too slick in places, but still a great album.

Highlights:
The Ocean
Thrash Unreal
Borne On the FM Waves of the Heart
Piss and Vinegar
 
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5. Board Game: New Orleans Big Band [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:10249]
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5. Mad Caddies - "Keep It Going"

Another solid album by the best ska-punk band currently making music. This is a continuing in the ska vein of "Just One More" but it still has a few punk throwbacks to change up the pace. Plus it has an excellent cover in "Riding for a Fall" to make the album a great listen wiht no downpoints.

Highlights:
Pyramid Scheme
Coyote
Riding For a Fall
Lay Your Head Down
 
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6. Board Game: Great Lakes Pursuit [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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6. Great Lakes Myth Society - "Compass Rose Banquet"

An excellent sophomore album by this excellent folk ensemble. This album is sliding a bit more towards the pop side of the spectrum but still makes a great listen if you enjoy rootsy americana.

Highlights:
Debutante
Eastern Birds
Summer Bonfire
Heydays
 
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7. Board Game: Nanofictionary [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:8661]
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7. Dark Tranquillity - "Fiction"

A solid release by the band still making the same basic music that they have done since the beginning. While not having as many high points as "Character" the disc is more consistent and is a great addition to this death metal bands discography. It may sneak up on me like their albums usually do and end up listening to it a ton in a year or so.

Highlights:
Misery's Crown
The Lesser Faith
Nothing to No One
Focus Shift
 
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8. Board Game: Barrel of Monkeys [Average Rating:3.60 Overall Rank:16848]
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8. Arctic Monkeys - "Favourite Worst Nightmare"

I was not incredibly impressed with the Artic Monkeys' first album, thinking it was a decent but not the amazing revelation that many thought it was. But the followup shows that this band does indeed know how to play. It is a great listen from beginning to end and that they have great potential for the future.

Highlights:
Brianstorm
Fluorescent Adolescent
Only One Who Knows
 
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9. Board Game: Melee [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2589] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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9. Melee - "Devils and Angels"

An excellent power pop album that slipped under the radar of commercial radio, but should probably be a huge hit. Just great bubblegummy goodness and should bring a smile to everyone's face.

Highlights:
Drive Away
Biggest Mistake
Built To Last
Rhythm of Rain
 
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10. Board Game: Blue Moon: Emissaries & Inquisitors – Allies [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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10. Melechesh - "Emissaries"

Though released internationally in 2006, it wasn't available in the US until 2007, so I am going to include it here. A great black metal release with a killer Middle Eastern flair that sets it apartfrom most bands in the genre.

Highlights:
Gyroscope
Ladders to Sumeria
Double Helixed Sceptre
 
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11. Board Game: Country Music Triviologies [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Best Compilation - Garth Brooks - "Ultimate Hits"

I am not a very big fan of popular country, but Brooks is still an excellent musician who releases great pop songs that have a light country tinge. Definitely worth the listen, even if you aren't the greatest fan of the genre.
 
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12. Board Game: Bad Babiez [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:15335]
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Disappointing Releases

These are albums that I was extremely looking forward to but didn't live up to my expectations. Most I enjoy, I just had much higher hopes for them.

3 Inches of Blood - "Fire Up the Blades"
Bad Religion - "New Maps of Hell"
Dimmu Borgir - "In Sorte Diaboli"
The Hives - "Black and White"
Modest Mouse - "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank"
Nightrage - "A New Disease is Born"
Rotting Christ - "Theogonia"
Sum 41 - "Underclass Hero"
White Stripes - "Icky Thump"
 
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13. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:217]
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Art Brut: It's a Bit Complicated

This album was my fave of the year, probably. Although my musical origins are in punk, I don't buy or listen to a lot of rock these days as it all sounds very derivative and formulaic to me. Art Brut, too, sound a bit derivative, but the sources that I perceive their sound to be derived from (early Gang of Four, Mekons, Fall, and other immediately-post punk British stuff) are esoteric enough that it still seems fresh. Besides, it's musically interesting, and, although they write about things I haven't cared much about since before Nirvana even got big in the early 90s (teen problems), they write about these things from the point-of-view of early, early adulthood with that sense of being technically an adult but still feeling like a kid. And you've gotta love a band that writes a whole song about making mix-tapes.

Runners-up:

- Robyn Hitchcock: Ole, Tarantula!
- The Flatlanders: Wheels of Fortune
- The Good, the Bad, and the Queen: The Good, the Bad, and the Queen
- Ellis Paul: Essentials
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