The CDP’s Top 20 Albums Of 2007 – 5-1.

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Here we are again, kids. The CDP‘s choices for the Top 5 albums of 2007. As always, the list is compiled only of albums that I have purchased (not borrowed, browsed or stolen) and were released in 2007. I am not a music critic, I am a music fan, and the list is personal preference and opinion only; not a chance to boast my hipster cred. Ready? Let’s do this.

Before we get down to business, here are five 2007 albums that I have not yet purchased. Had I owned these albums sooner, perhaps they would have been on the list.

The NationalBoxer
Saves The DayUnder The Boards
The Good LifeHelp Wanted Nights
Shout Out LoudsOur Ill Wills
The Go! TeamProof Of Youth

I created the above list specifically to preemptively address why Boxer wasn’t on my list. Now you know.

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5. The WeakerthansReunion Tour
Read about the album here!

Even at their most mediocre, The Weakerthans can smoke most bands out of the water with their brilliant lyrics and emotional melodies. While Reunion Tour wasn’t on par with their 2003 Album of the Year, Reconstruction Site, it proves that they’re still one of the best in the business. ‘Night Windows’ instantly takes its place among one of the best songs they’ve ever written, thus making it one of the best songs you’ve ever heard.

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4. Streetlight ManifestoSomewhere In The Between
Read about the album here!

This was the album that was supposed to suck. Thomas Kalnoky was finished; creatively unable to write an original song. Cashing in on past fame. Nope. Somewhere In The Between smashes all dead-scene stereotypes about ska-flavored punk and gang melodies, boasting one of the most monumental and towering artistic statements of the year. The horns are some of the best I’ve ever heard. The lyrics are insightful and the multiple vocals are fist-pumpingly powerful. Overall, I’m just really proud of these guys.

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3. Patton OswaltWerewolves And Lollipops
Read about the album here!

Not just the funniest album of the year, but honestly one of the best stand-up albums I have ever heard. Patton has the ability to take simple things and make them epic. If you think that’s an easy task, it freaking isn’t (it’s what I try to do almost every day on the CDP). If you’re not one that purchases stand-up performances on CD, it comes with a DVD, as well. Brilliant, current, indie and worthy of envy.

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2. PolysicsKarate House!
Read about the album here!

Look, we all know that Polysics have held the title of Greatest Band In The World for quite some time now. While Karate House isn’t their best album (the untouchable For Young Electric Pop), you still cannot even approach these guys in any realm of punk, new-wave, noise or power pop. It was my honor to finally see them live this year, and it was worth all of the hassle it took me to get to them. I’d do it again in a heartbeat, Polysics.

Before we get to the CDP‘s pick for 2007 Album Of The Year, here’s a quick look back at previous CDP Album Of The Year winners:

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2003 Winner: The WeakerthansReconstruction Site
2003 Runner-Up: The Postal ServiceGive Up

Reconstruction Site and Give Up are two of those albums that never seem to go out of style for me. Give Up was underrated in that it pretty much created and revolutionized a genre, and Reconstruction Site has been consistently voted one of the best Canadian albums ever made (proving once again why we all need to move to Toronto as soon as we can). I stand by these choices wholeheartedly.

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2004 Winner: Arcade FireFuneral
2004 Runner-Up: CommuniquePoison Arrows

Communique formed in the ashes of Lookout! mainstays American Steel, and while they’re currently on hiatus, Poison Arrows did the dance-punk genre right, with just the right mix of heart, attitude and booty-shaking to stand above and beyond the rest. Funeral is quite simply one of the top 5 greatest albums I have ever heard, period.

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2005 Winner: Of MontrealThe Sunlandic Twins
2005 Runner-Up: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

I think most of us got caught up in the CYHSY! craze in 2005. I can’t say that I listen to this album anymore; in fact, it sort of annoys me nowadays due to playing it raw all that year. The Sunlandic Twins represented the perfect balance of the old and new Of Montreal sound, and it’s still probably their best album, start to finish.

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2006 Winner: The Velvet TeenCum Laude!
2006 Runner-Up: P.O.S.Audition

POS put together the best hip-hop album I’ve heard in the last 10 years, and I still bust it out almost every week at one point or another. His punk mindset, flow and intelligent anger is breathtakingly poignant and worth everyone’s time. Awesome stuff.

I’ll be completely honest with you about this. Cum Laude! is essentially sexual intercourse on a CD. For most of my life, I’ve been looking for an album that could pull this surreal fantasy off convincingly, and The Velvet Teen accomplished something that I really didn’t think was possible. This album will transform you, if you let it. Done.

Okay, can I get a drum roll, please? Oh, and maybe a shield to protect myself from flying vegetables?

The CDP’s pick for the Best Album of 2007 is…

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1. Arcade FireNeon Bible
Read about the album here!

Neon Bible is no Funeral. In fact, I had a very hard time choosing the album of the year, due to me not being able to find that one stand-out album in 2007. In the end, I chose Neon Bible for a number of reasons, the most of which being that it’s the best beginning-to-end album that I’ve heard all year. Some tracks lag slightly. Some tracks are incredible. They all serve a purpose, however, which makes the listening experience worthy of your start-to-finish attention.

‘Intervention’ is one of those songs that makes you remember what purpose music should serve in your life. The mere opening blast of the century-old pipe organ resonates in a staggering and sobering way, leading you into one of the most emotional and orchestral tracks the band has ever created. The familiar ‘No Cars Go’ has been revamped to describe the recent evolution of Arcade Fire, reminding you just how far they’ve come in a few short years. Other stand outs like ‘Black Mirror,’ ‘Keep The Car Running,’ ‘Antichrist Television Blues’ and ‘My Body Is A Cage’ keep Neon Bible as soild as possible until the very last note.

Neon Bible. The best album I’ve heard all year (also, #1 on many other respectable lists, including The Onion). Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day.

(NOTE: Cargirl over at the Cargirl News Minute has proclaimed me to be the 2007 Person Of The Year! I consider this to be a pants-peeingly awesome achievement, and I strongly encourage everyone to head over there and peek at the list. Thank you so much!)

72 thoughts on “The CDP’s Top 20 Albums Of 2007 – 5-1.

  1. Talking about Tina Fey is worlds better than talking about poop, but it greatly increases the chances of me saying something that might piss off the Missus.<>30 Rock<> did something amazing this season, which is surpass <>The Office<> as the Funniest Show On TV. They’re now approaching <>Arrested Development<> in terms of sheer brilliance.Remember that episode of <>30 Rock<> where Liz was dating that younger guy? For those 22 minutes, I exchanged places with that guy in my head. In fact, I don’t think I’ve switched back, yet.

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  2. <>Remember that episode of 30 Rock where Liz was dating that younger guy? For those 22 minutes, I exchanged places with that guy in my head. In fact, I don’t think I’ve switched back, yet.<>Is that why you’ve been so rude to me for the last month or so?

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  3. I’m switching baaaack……NOW!Man, as much as this mailorder thing has been amazing, I dread going to the Post Office this time of year. It’s absolute chaos. Normally, I just check the PO Box and go home, but now that I’m shipping all of these things out, it’s insanity.

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  4. HATHERY- You have a point. Ugly people and people with hideous scars from tragic, dark events in their lives shouldn’t be allowed on television, it distracts from the point.JT/CDP- Tina Fey is my girl-crush. I adore her. If Tina Fey were mine, I’d make her write my English essays.

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  5. <>HATHERY- You have a point. Ugly people and people with hideous scars from tragic, dark events in their lives shouldn’t be allowed on television, it distracts from the point.<>Now you’re talking my language.

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  6. 30 Rock is brilliant, but i will beat the drum of my favorite show until you watch it. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will you please watch it?Seriously, if you don’t love it you can punch me in the face. That goes for all of you.

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  7. Will – I’ll take you up on that, based solely on the fact that I’ll be in California in March or April. I’ve never punched a complete stranger in the face.Not that I have anything against you, and I may even like the show. Still…

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  8. Not to worry. I’m an honorable man. Also, it has been recommended by several people who I share similar tastes with, so I feel fairly certain that I will not be punching you.Unless I feel threatened or cornered, in which case my survival intincts kick in. And by “survival instincts,” I mean I cry like a little girl, wet myself, and faint.

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  9. Moe Greene turned me on to the CDP a couple months back. I’ve been reading for a while but felt compelled to comment today… I enjoy the blog for the most part but your elitist music tastes had me 75% sure you went to Duke… anyway, I downloaded Neon Bible mainly just so I could make fun of your review to Moe Greene… to my utter disappointment, the album turned out to be great… and that really pisses me off.

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  10. <>I’d pay to see you two fight. Settle this East Coast/West Coast feud once and for all.<>Ahh…now we’re speaking my language. CASH.

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  11. JOEL – Welcome aboard, don’t be a stranger to the CDP!Sorry about Neon Bible being awesome, I sometimes have a knack for these things. Buy Funeral, it will change your life.

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  12. Great to see < HREF="http://www.8hands.com/musicblog/The_8hands_Mega_Team_Puts_An_End_To_2007_Part_4" REL="nofollow">I’m not the only one<> who knows just how good The Good Life are.

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