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Tony Pascarella

12/01/07
Top Albums of 2007
01. Josh Ritter - The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
02. Fountains of Wayne - Traffic & Weather
03. Maroon 5 - It Won't Be Soon Before Long
04. The Gaslight Anthem - Sink or Swim
05. Ted Leo - Living with the Living
06. Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light
07. Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight
08. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
09. Of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
10. National Product - Luna
11. New Found Glory - From the Screen to Your Stereo, Pt. II
12. Dustin Kensrue - Please Come Home
13. Bad Religion - New Maps of Hell
14. Big D & the Kids Table - Strictly Rude
15. The Toasters - One More Bullet
16. Feist - The Reminder
17. Melee - Devils & Angels
18. Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
19. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
20. Tegan & Sara - The Con
21. Jesse Malin - Glitter in the Gutter
22. A Wilhelm Scream - Career Suicide
23. MxPx - Secret Weapon
24. Travis - The Boy with No Name
25. New Atlantic - The Streets, The Sounds, and The Love
26. Yellowcard - Paper Walls
27. Relient K - Five Score and Seven Years Ago
28. Paulson - All At Once
29. Chromeo - Fancy Footwork
30. Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
ExplanationWhile 2007 seemed to be the year of the pop album (see: Fountains of Wayne, Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, Melee, Paulson, et al), my top 30 has been shuffled and reshuffled about a hundred times, it seems. I found it very hard for any albums later in the year to unseat my Top 10, but after that, nearly any of these albums could be #11. Spoon came on strong toward the end of the year for me, while Tegan & Sara dropped a few spots after spending most of its time in the Top 10. Josh Ritter never faltered as my top choice of the year, and it comes very highly recommended to any and all music fans.


Top Albums (Honorable Mention)
Against Me - New Wave
Lifetime - Lifetime
Maximo Park - Our Earthly Pleasures
Mustard Plug - In Black and White
Radiohead - In Rainbows
ExplanationAll five of these albums just missed the cut. Against Me and Lifetime returned with solid releases, and Maximo Park hung around pretty much all year. Mustard Plug is one of the most energetic ska releases of 2007, and Radiohead released an entertaining album, even though I felt it lacked the staying power that I had hoped.


Worst Albums of 2007
Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire
Cartel - Cartel
Cassino - Sounds of Salvation
The Dear Hunter- Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Concerning Ms. Leading
Waking Ashland - The Well
ExplanationFive albums that thoroughly disappointed for a variety of reasons. I'll take the high road and hope that they can all release a much better album next time around. You can do far better than any of these CDs if you're looking for something new to spin.


Best "New" Band:
Red Panda
ExplanationRed Panda may fly under the radar, but the new band from Home Grown's J-Tran released a catchy pop album without depending on his last band's name to sell. In fact, most of you likely haven't given them a shot. On one of those chilly winter nights, give Life In Fuzzy a spin to keep you warm and entertained this holiday season.


Ego Stroking: My Top 5 Most-Read Reviews of 2007:
Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire
Relient K - Five Score and Seven Years Ago
Cobra Starship - Viva La Cobra!
The Higher - On Fire
Dustin Kensrue - Please Come Home
ExplanationJust for kicks, I decided to include my top 5 most-read reviews of the year.
This review is a user submitted review from Tony Pascarella. You can see all of Tony Pascarella's submitted reviews here.
 
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05:51 PM on 12/26/07
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Woo for Melee and Red Panda getting love!
06:05 PM on 12/26/07
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Anton and Steve are going to rumble with you about The Dear Hunter. I have to admit, the only albums I bought/heard on your top 30 list are JEW and Dustin Kensrue.
06:45 PM on 12/26/07
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w00t to Gaslight Anthem! Cannot wait for the EP!
09:05 PM on 12/26/07
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This, my dear Tony, is why we are friends. Ted Leo in the top 5 of the year. Good job, sir.
10:27 AM on 12/27/07
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I am going to call you The Great Bearded Man from now on.
02:37 PM on 12/27/07
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finally, melee is on someone's list. that album is so good.
03:27 PM on 12/27/07
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Yea, some Big D love finally
04:09 AM on 01/11/08
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Cassino....worst album of 2007?! Woaa there you gotta be kidding, that album is amazing!

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