“NME” Makes Some Noise For The Klaxons

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Thumbing their nose at British legends, Canadian upstarts, and America in general, the NME has named the clattering debut from dance-rockers the Klaxons as the best album of the year and the band’s “Golden Skans” as the year’s best single. (But don’t worry, because Radiohead and the Arcade Fire both find their way into the Top 5.) The tabloid’s picks for its 50 favorite albums and 50 favorite songs are after the jump, but first our thoughts on a publication that really liked the nu-rave.

THE GOOD: Les Savy Fav’s Lets Stay Friends, an unexpected comeback from a favorite band that I initially filed away as “pleasantly non-embarassing” but that sounds better with every spin, makes a surprising (but not undeserved) appearance at No. 5. THE BAD: Even accounting for my age and citizenship, the singles list is something of a foreign language. Totally willing to give it a fair shake, of course, but given the NME‘s blog-shaming track record for mercurial hype and band names like the “Ting Tings,” I feel more comfortable than usual with my cranky suspicions.THE WHAAAA? “Umbrella” is once again a rock mag’s only cop to radio pop (as defined in the U.S.) or R&B (unless you count Ms. Winehouse). Did everyone just raise the white flag during its reign of terror earlier in the year?

TOP ALBUMS 50 Beirut – The Flying Club Cup 49 Interpol – Our Love TO Admire 48 The View – Hats Off To The Buskers 47 Enter Shikari – Take To The Skies 46 Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly Angry Mob 45 !!! – Myth Takes 44 Gruff Ryhs – Candylion 43 Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence Patience and Grace 42 Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position 41 Menomena – Friend and Foe 40 EL-P – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead 39 Jeffery Lewis – 12 Crass Songs 38 Justice – [that cross symbol thingee] 37 Jamie T – Panic Prevention 36 Holy Fuck – s/t 35 Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus! 34 New Young Pony Club – Fantastic Playroom 33 Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release 32 Grinderman – s/t 31 The Pigeon Detectives – Wait For Me 30 QOTSA – Era Vulgaris 29 Lethal Bizzle – Back To Bizznizz 28 Bright Eyes – Cassadaga 27 The Horrors – Strange House 26 Kate Nash – Made of Bricks 25 The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls In America 24 The Maccabees – Colour It In 23 Maps – We Can Create 22 Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil 21 The Enemy – We’ll Live and Die In These Towns 20 Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City 19 Richard Hawley – Lady’s Bridge 18 The Good, The Bad & The Queen 17 Future of The Left – Curses 16 The Coral – Roots and Echoes 15 The White Stripes – Icky Thump 14 Babyshambles – Shotter’s Nation 13 PJ Harvey – White Chalk 12 The Shins – Wincing The Night Away 11 LCD Soundsytem – Sound Of Silver 10 Battles – Mirrored 9 The Cribs – Man’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever 8 Biffy Clyro – Puzzle 7 MIA – Kala 6 Kings of Leon – Because Of The Times 5 Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends 4 Arcade Fire – Neon Bible 3 Radiohead – In Rainbows 2 Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare 1 Klaxons – Myths of The Near Future

TOP TRACKS 50 Biffy Clyro – Living Is A problem Because Everything Dies 49 Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing! 48 QOTSA – Sick, Sick, Sick 47 Patrick Wolf – The Magic Position 46 Richard Hawley – Tonight The Streets Are Ours 45 Black Lips – Bad Kids 44 CSS – Off The Hook 43 Kate Nash – Foundations 42 The Enemy – It’s Not OK 41 MIA – Boyz 40 The Horrors – She Is The New Thing 39 Late of The Pier – Bathroom Gurgle 38 Lightspeed Champion – Galaxy Of The Lost 37 The White Stripes – Icky Thump 36 The Hives – Tick Tick Boom 35 Bloc Party – The Prayer 34 XX Teens – Darlin’ 33 Cold War Kids – Hang Me Out To Dry 32 Those Dancing Days – Those Dancing Days 31 Gallows – Abandon Ship 30 Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Let’s Make Out 29 Jarvis – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time 28 Björk Earth Intruders 27 Howling Bells – Low Happening 26 Arcade Fire – Keep The Car Running 25 Kings of Leon – Charmer 24 The Gossip – Standing In The Way of Control 23 Justice – D.A.N.C.E. 22 Klaxons – It’s Not Over Yet 21 SFA – Run Away 20 Dizzee Rascal – Sirens 19 Santogold – LES Artistes 18 Hadouken! – That Boy That Girl 17 MIA – Jimmy 16 Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent 15 Battles – Atlas 14 Black Lips – O Katrina! 13 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black 12 Foals – Hummer 11 Grinderman – No Pussy Blues 10 LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum 9 Arcade Fire – Intervention 8 Foals – Mathletics 7 Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm 6 The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name 5 Rihanna – Umbrella 4 The Teenagers – Homecoming 3 The Cribs – Men’s Needs 2 Glasvegas – Daddy’s Gone 1 Klaxons – Golden Skans

[HT: I Love Music Year-End Critics’ Polls ’07 thread]