“Uncut” Sings The Praises Of <em>Sound Of Silver</em>

By: jharv / November 30, 2007

soundofsilver.jpgBritish music mag Uncut may advertise a mind-numbing recycled feature in the form of John Lennon’s “30 Greatest Songs” on the cover of of its year-end issue, but much like how the magazine’s reviews section stays doggedly up-to-date even as the rest of the book flogs seemingly exhausted rock icons, its year-end list names LCD Soundsystem’s Sound Of Silver the best album of the year and LCD’s “North American Scum” the best song. (Even more surprising for a mag that trades so heavily on “worthy” rock music for grown-up boys, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” sits just behind James Murphy at No. 2 on the songs list.) You know the full lists are after the jump, but an advance preview for now.

THE GOOD: PJ Harvey’s astounding White Chalk makes a surprisingly high appearance at No. 3, not that we’re complaining. Also Uncut’s got to be the only relatively high-profile music mag in the world, other than The Wire, that would put Robert Wyatt’s art-drunk album about sobering up, Comicopera, in its Top 10.
THE BAD: People really did love that Wilco album, didn’t they? Things get a bit flabby in the AAA-friendly mid-section of the albums list with the exception of Les Savy Fav’s very fine comeback. Also the Arctic Monkeys at No. 2 seems a bit of a stretch for an album where even fans grumbled and whispered about sophomore slumps.
THE WHAAA?: As Maura wondered, how do EPs count as “songs”? With the format enjoying something of a minor resurgence, is it time to bring back the EP category across the board when it comes to best-of lists?

Albums:
1. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
2. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
3. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
4. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
5. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
6. Robert Wyatt – Comicopera
7. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
8. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
9. Radiohead – In Rainbows
10. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
11. Björk – Volta
12. Battles – Mirrored
13. Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II
14. M.I.A. – Kala
15. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
16. Grinderman – Grinderman
17. Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!
18. Voice of the Seven Woods – Voice of the Seven Woods
19. Feist – The Reminder
20. Bruce Springsteen – Magic
21. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
22. Babyshambles – Shotters Nation
23. Rilo Kiley – Under the Brightlight
24. Lessavy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends
25. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
26. Manu Chao – La Radiolina
27. Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade
28. Rufus Wainwright – Release the Stars
29. The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
30. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
31. Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
32. Queens of the Stone Age – Era Vulgaris
33. Tinariwen – Aman Iman: Water Is Life
34. The National – Boxer
35. Bill Callahan – Woke on a Whaleheart
36. Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
37. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
38. The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever
39. Interpol – Our Love to Admire
40. Iron and Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog
41. Justice – †
42. Richard Thompson – Sweet Warrior
43. Manic Street Preachers – Send Away the Tigers
44. Maps – We Can Create
45. Richard Hawley – Lady’s Bridge
46. Von Sudenfed – Tromatic Reflexxions
47. Nick Lowe – At My Age
48. Thurston Moore – Trees Outside the Academy
49. Ry Cooder – My Name Is Buddy
50. Dinosaur Jr. – Beyond

Songs:
1. LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
2. Rihanna – Umbrella
3. Feist – 1,2,3,4
4. Battles – Atlas
5. The White Stripes – You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)
6. M.I.A. – Jimmy
7. Klaxons – Golden Skans
8. Mutya & Groove Armada – Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
9. Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
10. Dizzee Rascal – Sirens
11. Effi Briest – Mirror Rim
12. Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
13. Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
14. Lavender Diamond – The Cavalry of Light EP
15. Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm
16. The Hold Steady – Stuck Between Stations
17. Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
18. Babyshambles – Delivery
19. Caribou – Meolody Day
20. Joanna Newsom – Joanna Newsom & The Ys Street Band EP

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