I share it because I am a complete "list nerd" and I have many friends who are also. Everyone has their opinion. Some think their's is fact. Others spend their time debating the difference between "best" and "favorite." Some just like to see their favs mounted into an organized presentation. In the end, it all boils down to how much the music made you feel, right?
So, this basically puts my thoughts into writing on the subject, and it seems more legit coming from an official type person:
Yea, yea, I hear ya. End of year "best of" lists are like fruitcakes. There are way too many of them lying around unnoticed at the end of the year. They've become "I'm a credible critic" lists more than anything, with popular indie blogs shunning anything commercial and adding in some hip-hop, world music, or jazz to increase their hip-factor.
So when I went through the process of creating my top 100 of 2007 list why did 70% of it turn out like most every other hipster blog out there? Well, it all boils down to the fact that even in this new musical landscape, we fall in love to the stuff we listen to. And we only listen to the stuff we are aware of. And I can't resist listening to what is getting buzz. But from time to time I do find an under-the-radar gem.
So yes, some of the albums you will see in my list will be completely new to you, many more will appear on other year end lists, and the reason is simple. They're great albums.
The only measure I used when selecting my top 100 was whether I found myself coming back to listen for enjoyment. Not because I had to do a review, or because I was told it was a great record, but because I wanted to hear it again and again. A melody, a technique, a feeling, something about each of these records brought me back for more, and each has earned a permanent spot in my collection and in my life.
Well said, Mr. Of the Radish. And, I concur. That being said, I give you my final ten of 2007. Behold, the greatness. Budda-budda-budda-budda...