Q’s Best-Of 2007 List Worships Neon Bible

The numbing list parade rolls on! Today’s opportunity to sit in judgment of others’ opportunity-to-sit-in-judgment comes courtesy of Brit rag Q, who’ve announced their picks for the Top 50 albums of ’07. American readers will have to be understanding on two fronts: First, some 2006 Stateside releases came out just this year across the Atlantic (e.g. Cold War Kids, the Hold Steady, the Decemberists etc.). And second, as in accord with British law and precedent, Arctic Monkeys must place somewhere in the Top 5 (this year, see also). Shit, you guys aren’t gonna be understanding at all, are you (via PSNYC):

50 Stereophonics – Pull the Pin
49 Jamie T – Panic Prevention
48 Justice – ?
47 Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
46 Sigur Ròs – Hvarf-Heim
45 Lucinda Williams – West
44 Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!
43 Patrick Watson – Close to Paradise
42 The Enemy – We’ll Live and Die in These Towns
41 Keren Ann – Keren Ann
40 Field Music – Tones of Town
39 Joni Mitchell – Shine
38 Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High
37 Robyn – Robyn
36 Common – Finding Forever
35 Hard-Fi – Once upon a Time in the West
34 M.I.A. – Kala
33 Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II
32 Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
31 Soulsavers – It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land
30 The National – Boxer
29 Roìsìn Murphy – Overpowered
28 The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
27 Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger
26 Beirut – The Flying Club Cup

25 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
24 PJ Harvey – White Chalk
23 Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
22 The Coral – Roots & Echoes
21 Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
20 The Rumble Strips – Girls and Weather
19 Björk – Volta
18 LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
17 Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
16 Manic Street Preachers – Send Away the Tigers
15 Interpol – Our Love to Admire
14 Cherry Ghost – Thirst for Romance
13 Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob
12 Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
11 Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
10 Rufus Wainwright – Release the Stars
09 The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
08 The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
07 Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
06 Bruce Springsteen – Magic
05 The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
04 Radiohead – In Rainbows
03 Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
02 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
01 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible

Yep Arcade Fire at number one! Probably don’t need the exclamation point! As the drama of that reveal effectively squashed by the post header. But still there it is, the first — and after the massive amounts of press and inevitable if low-key backlash, perhaps only? — time this year Neon Bible is regarded so reverently. Come to think of it this list is pretty reverent to the traditionally “big” indie acts across the board (Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, the Shins, the White Stripes), probably a little too much so. Anyway somebody should send their office a copy of Hissing Fauna sometime today.

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