KINKER KORNER’S TOP 35 ALBUMS OF 2007 NSFW

Well we’re getting through these years and all in all the 00s haven’t been as bad as I thought they would have been but I sure had a harder time narrowing it down to 35 in the 90s lists. In most of the 00s lists it’s a case of only just managing to get it up to 35!. Anyway let’s have a look at the lucky buggers that made it for 2007.

 

 

35.KMFDM-Tohuvabohu

Still going strong, KMFDM make their first appearance on the list since the 90s. They reverted to a more guitar driven sound here and that’s when they’re at their best with pounding, intimidating drum beats and industrial style riffs and techno noises.

Highlights-“Superpower” “Headcase”

 

34.Static X-Cannibal

Well…I’d say they’re a guilty pleasure if I felt the slightest bit guilty but I don’t so get it up ye!. Simple two chord nu metal with unique vocals and head bopping industrial beats is fine by me.

Highlights-“No Submission” “Electric Pulse”

 

33.Megadeth-United Abominations

The technical aspect of Megadeth and front man Dave Mustaine’s guitar playing has always been something of a marvel but their previous few albums drifted from the sound that made them so popular.  This album is something of a return to the shredding guitar driven metal filled with political lyrics and loads of solos.

Highlights-“Play For Blood” “Sleepwalker”

 

32.MXPX-Secret Weapon

A definite return to form and a return to their earlier style with their always melodic output but adding a little more aggression. Nice guest appearances from the likes of Bad Religion’s Brian Baker and Tim Pagnotta of Sugarculy add to the fun.

Highlights-“Angels” “You’re On Fire”

 

31.Smashing Pumpkins-Zeitgeist

Released to quite a lot of negative critisism, their first album since their split in 2000 is actually a pretty strong effort in my opinion. I’ve blabbed about my love for Jimmy Chamberlain’s drumming on these lists before and here he’s on fire.

Highlights-“Doomsday Clock” “Starz”

 

30.Bright Eyes-Cassadaga

The solo project of singer/songwriter Connor Oberst sent music critics and fans wild when this was released. He was seen as the next big thing and one of the writers f his generation. Although he never had major mainstream success in terms of popularity he is still an incredibly well respected artist who bares his soul in a painful way through his songs.

Highlights-“I Must Belong Somewhere” “If The Brakeman Turns My Way”

 

29.Tegan And Sara-The Con

Christ am I a hipster now?! Ah well whatever the cute Canadian twin sisters are a talented couple that use stripped down acoustic music and dual vocals to get their message across. The kind of music you’d hear in Juno ….I dunno they might have even been in Juno….I’d look it up but……meh I’m tired.

Highlights-“The Con” “Dark Come Soon”

 

28.Buckethead-Decoding The Tomb Of Bansheebot

This is the crazy, avant garde, KFC bucket wearing guitar virtuoso Buckethead’s twentieth album…..jeezo he’s a busy lad. His bizarre and skillful playing is slightly downplayed in favour of tuneful funk metal and bluse licks. Some incredible playing that’s more reigned in than his crazier work.

Highlights-“Disecto” “Bloodless”

 

27.The Weakerthans-Reunion Tour

The Weakerthans were formed by John K Sampson after he left punk band Propagandhi and surprised fans when he released indie music. Gone was the fast political punk and in came soft, melodic indie like early Weezer.

Highlights-“Civil Twilight” “Sun In An Empty Room”

 

26.Faith Hill-The Hits

What? wanna fight about it? I don’t care…..Mon then!…..I spent a lot of time with Faith Hill in my teen years……a lot of time.

Highlights-“This Kiss” “Breathe”

 

25.The Beastie Boys-The Mix Up

An instrumental album from the trio that won a grammy for it’s loving homage to old school funk, soul and other influences that the band proudly wear on their sleeve.

Highlights-“B For My Name” “Freaky Hijiki”

 

24.Marilyn Manson-Eat Me, Drink Me

A more introspective album than some of his previous stuff with the focus on his own personal battles rather than his usual brutal take downs of religious groups and government. The music itself is more stripped down and morose than some of his more up tempo bangers but it fits the sombre mood.

Highlights-“Putting Holes In Happiness” “Are You The Rabbit”

 

23.Ice Cube-In The Movies

A collection of Ice Cube’s songs that have appeared in movies …you know…hence the name. It’s a nice variation of songs that range from the early 90s to the mid 00s and even has the song that wrestler New Jack played during his matches. Love me some New Jack.

Highlights-“Natural Born Killaz” “Roll All Day”

 

22.Devin Townsend-Ziltoid The Omniscient

A solo concept album from the beautifully insane mind of Canadian metal god Devin Townsend. The story is of an alien so disgusted by Earth’s tea he sends his army to attack the planet. Am epic metal opera.

Highlights-“By Your Command” “Planet Smasher”

 

21.Tori Amos-American Doll Posse

A rock orientated concept album in which Amos takes the form of five mythical Greek characters and updating them to tell stories of modern American life. Anger toward the Iraq war, feminism, exploring ones sexuality and relationships are all covered by the talented and irreverent singer songwriter.

Highlights-“Big Wheel” “Girl Disappearing”

 

20.The Groovie Ghoulies-99 Lives

Sadly the final album from the underrated Ramone-Core band that take their influences from old school comics, Archie tv shows and sci fi/horror movies. Simple four chord melodic punk in the style of The Dickies, Screeching Weasel etc.

Highlights-“Frida/Grand Central” “Saying Goodbye Again”

 

19.Alicia Keys-As I Am

Ahhh Alicia…….Sorry hold on……Ok so her third album was another monster hit with the single “No One” being played a ridiculous amount. It’s filled with soulful RnB hits and although a little po faced at times with little room for levity it’s still a great album to sit with your other half and have a smooch.

Highlights-“Teenage Love Affair” “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”

 

18.Ministry-The Last Sucker

This is the final part of their scathing George W Bush trilogy in which band leader Al Jourgensen actually started to feel sorry for his target after their brutal treatment of him. He started to see him more as a confused, fumbling idiot rather than an evil man but nonetheless felt the trilogy was necessary. Many agree.

Highlights-“End Of Days Pt2” “Watch Yourself”

 

17.Skindred-Roots Rock Riot

Welsh reggae metal you say? Tell me more sir……while I slowly walk away. As I said about their debut, I’m very surprised they are not far more popular than they are as they are so unique and great at what they do but I guess the trailblazers are often the ones who suffer for the formation of a new style. We’ll see far more successful and worse reggae metal in the future no doubt.

Highlights-“State Of Emergency” “Ease Up”

 

16.Twisted Insane-The Monster In The Dark

A ridiculously fast chopper rapper with (excuse the pun) insane skills who is obsessed with horror movies and tropes? Works for me. His flow would go on to get get even better but he even admits himself it’s more about pushing himself in terms of speed over everything else.

Highlights-“21 Thousand Units” “The Evergassin Gobstopper”

 

 

15.Anti-Flag-A Benefit For Victims Of Violent Crime

After bassist Chris#2’s sister and her boyfriend were murdered leaving behind two young children the band decided to do what they could in their position and so the proceeds for this record went to The Center For Victims Of Crime And Violence. It’s five new songs and five live ones.

Highlights-“No Future” “No Paradise”

 

14.Devildriver-The Last Kind Words

Dez Fafara and his band of misfits are back with their best album by some distance. The immaculate drumming from John Boecklin adds to the thunderously heavy groove metal sound and it’s just a brilliant metal album. So so heavy.

Highlights-“Clouds Over California” “Burning Sermon”

 

 

13.Type O Negative-Dead Again

OOFT sexy Rasputin. The final album before the sad passing of charasmatic frontman Pete Steele is arguable their best. I was incredibly surprised by how fresh it was after the previous album didn’t hit the heights of their earlier stuff and it feels like the band finding themselves again. Incredibly sad but what a way to go out.

Highlights-“September Sun” “Dead Again”

 

12.Leftover Crack/Citizen Fish-Deadline

A split album from American gutter punks Leftover Crack and English OI punks Citizen Fish who share members with Subhumans but for me the real star of the show is the LOC songs. Both bands cover a couple of each others songs which is a cool touch.

Highlights-“World War 4” by LOC-“Baby Punchers” by LOC

 

11.Common-Finding Forever

I’ve always seen Common as something a little more than just a rapper. In the mould of Chuck D he just seems to be something of a poet and his lyrics are incredibly intelligent by and large. There’s a really soulful edge to his stuff, like the Marvin Gaye, Ottis Redding of rap.

Highlights-“Forever Begins” “Break My Heart”

 

10.New Found Glory-From The Screen To Your Stereo Part 2

I remember picking up part 1 in the early 00s as I do enjoy a punk cover of pop songs and a lot of those were covering songs from 80s movies I loved. It’s pretty much the same again in part 2 but with much glossier production and a longer list of songs. Songs from the likes of Go West, Madonna and Tears For Fears make for a blast.

Highlights-“King Of Wishful Thinking” by Go West-“Crazy For You” by Madonna

 

9.Redman-Red Gone Wild:Thee Album

The likeable stoner’s sixth album had plenty guest appearances and producers from the likes of Pete Rock and the seemingly omnipresent at the time Timbaland. It never becomes overbearing like many rap albums with loads of guests though and remains firmly Redman’s album which is good because his skills are so good.

Highlights-“Put It Down” “Gilla House Check”

 

8.Reel Big Fish-Monkeys For Nothin’ And The Chimps For Free

I remember when this came out I was kind of burned out on the band and although I still loved their earlier stuff I just wasn’t bothered about their new album. Turns out it was a reall retun to their 90s days and it’s a really fun listen. Keeping that 3rd wave ska revival alive well into the 00s.

Highlights-“Another F U Song” “Slow Down”

 

7.The Queers-Munki Brain

Taking their 60s Beach Boys punk to it’s most Beach….Boysey, The Queers went for a far softer album than their usual efforts with slower and less distorted songs focusing on jangly guitars and layered vocals. It’s a good experiment though and no doubt an album Joe Queer had always dreamed of making.

Highlights-“Can’t Stay Mad At You” “Brian Wilson”

 

6.Wu-Tang Clan-8 Diagrams

The first studio album since the death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard was a return to the critical praise that eluded Iron Flag in 2001 with RZA production back to it’s best with more nuanced work since he had started working on movies like Kill Bill. Strong beats and some of the best rappers in the game. doing their thing.

Highlights-“Take It Back” “Rushing Elephants”

 

5.Alkaline Trio-Remains

A compilation of outtakes, B sides and rarities from the Chicago goth punks and it’s incredible that some of these songs never made it onto the albums that they were sessions from. They’ve always been some of my favourite song writers and this collection just solidified that viewpoint.

Highlights-“Jaked On Green Beers” “Warbrain”

 

4.Machine Head-The Blackening

Often cited as their magnum opus for the almost prog like length of songs and their compositions. Technically speaking it is an incredible album with every band member bringing everything they had. A very very heavy album with one of the songs dealing with a reporter who wrote an article saying “Good Riddance” about the murder of the band’s friend and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Justifyably angry stuff.

Highlights-“Clenching The Fists Of Dissent” “Wolves”

 

3.M.I.A-Kala

2nd Album, 2nd appearance. I waxed lurical about the Sri Lankan/English artist’s talents and such when discussing her debut and it was cool to see her success go widespread when this album came out. The single “Paper Planes” must have been used on about a million things from video games to movies. Unique world music with everything from rap to garage to reggae. Great stuff

Highlights-“Paper Planes” “The Turn”

 

2.Municipal Waste-The Art Of Partying

Ridiculously fast crossover thrash from the loveable headbangers. Bringing fun back to metal and holy crap can these boys play? Yessssur after the end of their sets they must be aching. If you like your metal/hardcore fast and with brutal riffs then this is for you.

Highlights-“Headbanger Face Rip” “The Inebriator”

 

1.Bad Religion-New Maps Of Hell

Predictable you say? Deal with it, if Bad Religion, Bouncing Souls or Descendents release and album chances are it’s gonna be high on my lists. Anyway I’m running out of things to say about the great ones. It’s Bad Religion, it’s amazing……oh and it’s the best album of 2007.

Highlights-“Heroes And Martyrs” “The Grand Delusion”

 

Well we’re heading toward the end of the decade now so lets see what the last 3 years bring us shall we? Join me back here for 2008 and we’ll see what that year brought us. Until then stay safe and ….love each other and stuff. Byyyeee xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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