Forget “In Rainbows”: “Q” Still Loves The Arcade Fire

By: jharv / December 3, 2007

neonbiblecover.jpgBrit rock mag Q gives countrymen Radiohead the gas face (by daring to stick them at No. 4!), choosing 2007’s first universe-altering rock release, the Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible, as the best album of the year. Their picks for more or less every middle-of-the-road rock album released in 2007the Top 50 albums and the Top 10 singles of the year are after the jump, but first a quick survey of the fallout from this bold snubbing of In Rainbows.

THE GOOD: Roisin Murphy’s second solo album, the dizzying disco-pomp of Overpowered, sneaks in at No. 29, with Robyn, PJ Harvey, M.I.A., and a handful of others doing their best to keep this list from being entirely made up of boring-ass, dude-centric indie rock.
THE BAD: The rest of the list is nearly all boring-ass, dude-centric indie rock. And they don’t even bother to include Wilco like every other similar list this year!
THE WHAAA?: Once again, Justice are a rock-friendly publication’s token dance pick, i.e. why even bother pretending to keep an ear to the clubs? And speaking of blatant tokenism: Hey, there’s Common, way down at No. 36! That fills the annual quota for one acceptably “conscious” album made by a black person. We guess C was Q‘s clever way of avoiding the default Kanye inclusion.

Albums
1. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
2. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
3. Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
4. Radiohead – In Rainbows
5. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
6. Bruce Springsteen – Magic
7. Kings of Leon – Because of the Times
8. The Shins – Wincing the Night Away
9. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
10. Rufus Wainwright – Release the Stars
11. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
12. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
13. Kaiser Chiefs – Yours Truly, Angry Mob
14. Cherry Ghost – Thirst for Romance
15. Interpol – Our Love to Admire
16. Manic Street Preachers – Send Away the Tigers
17. Rilo Kiley – Under the Blacklight
18. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
19. Björk – Volta
20. The Rumble Strips – Girls and Weather
21. Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
22. The Coral – Roots & Echoes
23. Bright Eyes – Cassadaga
24. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
25. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
26. Beirut – The Flying Club Cup
27. Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger
28. The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
29. Roìsìn Murphy – Overpowered
30. The National – Boxer
31. Soulsavers – It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land
32. Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future
33. Neil Young – Chrome Dreams II
34. M.I.A. – Kala
35. Hard-Fi – Once upon a Time in the West
36. Common – Finding Forever
37. Robyn – Robyn
38. Fall Out Boy – Infinity on High
39. Joni Mitchell – Shine
40. Field Music – Tones of Town
41. Keren Ann – Keren Ann
42. The Enemy – We’ll Live and Die in These Towns
43. Patrick Watson – Close to Paradise
44. Gogol Bordello – Super Taranta!
45. Lucinda Williams – West
46. Sigur Ròs – Hvarf-Heim
47. Kate Nash – Made of Bricks
48. Justice – †
49. Jamie T – Panic Prevention
50. Stereophonics – Pull the Pin

Songs
1. Rihanna feat. Jay-Z – Umbrella
2. Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent
3. Kate Nash – Foundations
4. Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
5. Klaxons – Golden Skans
6. Manic Street Preachers – Your Love Is Not Enough
7. The View – Same Jeans
8. Candie Payne – I Wish I Could Have Loved You More
9. Mark Ronson feat. Lily Allen – Oh My God
10. Mika – Grace Kelly

Here come the warm jets (VII) [some will look at me and vomit (warning, embedded music)]