Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


The Times weighs in on 2007

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.


These dudes didn't make the list.

The year is already over for L.A. Times pop critic Ann Powers; in a piece dated tomorrow, she lays out an unremarkable top 10 albums of 2007. Maybe Powers gave up on 07 when she couldn't get on OiNK anymore. Or perhaps, like Christmas decorations and presidential primaries, top 10 lists are just going up earlier than ever this year. Either way, I guess she's not waiting on Nas' hotly anticipated "n-word album." (It's hotly anticipated by me, anyway.)

Powers places Radiohead's low-bitrate publicity machine "In Rainbows" at the top of the pile. She also lauds the zzzzzz-worthy Feist album, rehashes a Robert Hilburnesque irrational love for the Boss, describes the Arcade Fire as driven by "unfettered joy," and – perhaps worst of all – reminds us of her baffling review of M.I.A.'s Kala. In a year marked by the emergence of an invigorated indie house scene, the most electronic album that she recognizes is Kanye West's Graduation. It hardly bears mentioning that no L.A. artists made the cut.

Support for LAist comes from

There's no accounting for taste, sure, but if you have the audacity to headline your list "The Year's Best Music," you're asking for a rebuttal. Powers' complete top 10 is after the jump.

1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Kanye West - Graduation
3. M.I.A. - Kala
4. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
5. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
6. Feist - The Reminder
7. Rihanna - Good Girl Gone Bad
8. LCD Soundsystem - The Sound of Silver
9. Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
10. Lil' Wayne - "Unlimited downloads" (various mixtapes & guest spots)

Photo by sundogg via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr.