Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of 2007 List Gets Person Pitched

Well finally here it is, the undisputed and anticipated biggie list we’ve all been patiently awaiting so as to begin the lobs and insults of pretension. But honestly, P4K’s done well by their readers, and mostly well by us, too. After the cavalcade of mag lists that’ve been tolerable to shitty (for the record, no list will go by without complaint, but really only two were bad enough to merit the Shit stamp — and we’re still in shock over that Rolling Stone catastrophe), the list reads like a sight for sore eyes. Where else will you see No Age not only being remembered by getting a well-deserved #11, the Field’s sonic experiment in the top 10, Bon Iver getting a top 30, etc. And how about that, remembering Deerhoof’s awesome Friend Opportunity. Much like you guys, thought it was a top 10 year for Noah Lennox and Animal Collective, putting both the Panda and AC album within a few of each other at the top of the pops. During the Gummys reveal, we called Panda the year’s VIP (#7 Hottie, two top 8 albums). Pitchfork agrees, and puts Person Pitch atop ‘em all. A little agenda-based statement-making, that choice, but that’s what these lists are, after all. And shit, given that we’re still listening to Noah’s little opus, and next year’s bound to have a rush of aesthetic-incorporating sound-alikes, it’s a good choice. So all in all, good show. Obligatory bitch session after the jump, of course.

50 Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life
49 Dizzee Rascal – Maths + English
48 Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
47 Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
46 Marissa Nadler – Songs III: Bird on the Water
45 Ricardo Villalobos – Fabric 36
44 Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
43 Stars of the Lid – And Their Refinement of the Decline
42 Ghostface Killah – The Big Doe Rehab
41 Life Without Buildings – Live at the Annandale Hotel
40 Beirut – The Flying Club Cup / Lon Gisland EP
39 The White Stripes – Icky Thump
38 Wu-Tang Clan – 8 Diagrams
37 Grizzly Bear – Friend EP
36 Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
35 Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil
34 James Blackshaw – The Cloud Of Unknowing
33 King Khan & the Shrines – What Is?!
32 Sally Shapiro – Disco Romance
31 Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
30 Caribou – Andorra
29 Bon Iver, For Emma – Forever Ago
28 Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond
27 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
26 Various Artists – After Dark

25 The Tough Alliance – A New Chance / New Waves EP
24 Dan Deacon – Spiderman Of The Rings
23 Studio – Yearbook 1
22 Okkervil River – The Stage Names
21 Dirty Projectors – Rise Above
20 Liars – Liars
19 Feist – The Reminder
18 Kanye West – Graduation
17 The National – Boxer
16 Lil Wayne – Da Drought 3
15 Justice – ?
14 Deerhunter – Cryptograms / Fluorescent Grey EP
13 Jay-Z – American Gangster
12 No Age – Weirdo Rippers
11 Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
10 Burial – Untrue
09 The Field – From Here We Go Sublime
08 Battles – Mirrored
07 Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
06 Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
05 of Montreal Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
04 Radiohead – In Rainbows
03 M.I.A. – Kala
02 LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
01 Panda Bear – Person Pitch

OK, Boxer at #17? Really? Sometimes they make it too easy to draw that “you’re popular, so we’ll keep a slight distance lest we seem populist — unless you’re Justin Timberlake or Rihanna ’cause hey we’re totally not pretentious!” (See also: Neon Bible at #27.) More complaints? Well that Les Savy Fav record’s too low, which is surprising given how repeat-worthy it’s proven to be, and how much love its been getting outside Forkland (or maybe, that explains it?), the retroactive Dirty Projectors correction to #21 wasn’t nearly as drastic as we predicted it’d be/should’ve been (Rise Above got a gun-shy 8.1 and not even Best New Music, but really it’s one of the year’s very finest records, bar none), and finally — where the metal be at? For the annotated goods, click.

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