A dear friend, Gone4sure, had a brilliant idea: he invited bloggers that are passionate about music to join him in a countdown of the best and worst albums of the year. Everyone who has joined has to post one album in each category each day, starting today, until December 20th, when everyone's top-20 No. 1 album will be posted. Then a tally will be made and the collective results will be published by Gone4sure in his blog.
So starting today, among the regular postings, you can watch the countdown take place. If anyone wants to see the other participants' countdown, I have placed a list of the participating blogs on the right. Enjoy:
Best albums of 2007 - No. 20
Kylie Minogue - X
The Ice Princess of pop strikes again. Kylie's new album barely made it to the list, bumping out another lady off my list. Why? Because, contrary to my expectations, She has released a brilliant collection of songs, amazingly pulling off the feat of being credible. With production credits split between "veterans" like Richard Stannard and Guy Chambers and "fresh" faces like Calvin Harris, the Freemasons and Bloodshy & Avant (the Swedes behind Britney’s "Toxic", X does a great job of matching big hooks with forward-thinking production tricks.
For the pop lovers, her first single, "2 Hearts" and the disco extravaganza "Wow" will be favourites. Her music does not sound dated though: "Speakerphone" and "Nu-di-ty" are prime examples of the fact that she and her producers have crafted a thoroughly current and fresh sound for her. In a nutshell, she sounds like Roisin Murphy's glamorous and optimistic sister.
-The artwork is totally 80s inspired. Not much of a surprise given current trends, but it is a bit disappointing. If you have seen Olivia Newton-John's Soul Kiss single covers, you will recognize the inspiration, along with the infamous Patrick Nagel paintings.
Worst albums of 2007 No.20
Michael Buble - Call Me Irresponsible
He looks cute, has a nice voice and some of the most experienced people in producing to help him make records. How can he make a blunder? Well, easily. Releasing record after record of bland crooner material, he did an even worse thing this year: killing standard after standard originally performed by such legends as Leonard Cohen, Eric Clapton and Johnny Mercer to name but a few. The video included below is the only song that barely stands above the rest, with Boyz II Men accompanying him on vocals. To sum up the record: boring, bland, forgettable.