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Top 10 Albums of the Year

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The year is coming to a close and, like all procrastinators, I am late on my "Best of" duties. Nevertheless, 2007 was a jam-packed year full of great music. With some very welcome returns, some flops, and some breakout contenders, 2007 was a testament to the ever-changing, ever-exciting musical atmosphere. Anyway, here it is...

The Best of 2007:

1. Feist – The Reminder
There is a reason that Feist has become as popular as she is – her unmistakable voice and the fact that The Reminder, the album that launched her most successful single to date - "1234", is a feat of artistic mastery. Make no mistake, this is not a perfected, immaculate record, but even its minute flaws contribute to its unique composition. The expert production that envelopes this record serves to emphasize Leslie Feist’s voice, which is enchanting, gorgeous, and heartbreaking all at once. The Reminder is life-affirming, glorious art that resonates beyond the speakers and that is a gift.

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2. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
No band creates infectious, hook-driven pop like Spoon. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga sees them infusing their signature style with Motown edge. Between the beats, bops, and catchy choruses, the result is breathtaking.

3. St. Vincent – Marry Me
Already a veteran of The Polyphonic Spree, and a musical aid to Sufjan Stevens, Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent, has created a record that is cohesive, spontaneous, and beautiful. The intricately constructed and instrumented songs are darkly playful, subtly tantalizing, and deep. This is everything you want in a record.