Review of the year – preamble

It’s that time again when everyone starts shovelling together their lists of faves from the year now fading into memory. Last year I did a top 30 on a day by day basis. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but most people found it irritating. In retrospect, they were probably right.

This year I’m going to put everything together in four posts – gigs, films, comps and reissues and finally albums. Only I haven’t worked them out yet, so you’ll have to wait a wee while.

First up, I thought I’d revisit the 2007 list. People seldom do. They compile ’em, post ’em and forget ’em. In revising it to reflect things that I hadn’t yet heard when I did the original listing, things that grew on me, and things I got bored of, I was quite surprised how little changed. Aside from some obvious omissions.

So – the (revised) 2007 list, with original position in brackets:

1. BURIAL – Untrue (Hyperdub) (2)
2. GAVIN BRYARS / ALTER EGO / PHILIP JECK – The Sinking of the Titanic (Touch) (-)
3. MURCOF – Cosmos (Leaf) (3)
4. STARS OF THE LID – and the Refinement of Their Decline (Kranky) (1)
5. SHINING – Grindstone (Rune Grammofon) (4)
6. BJ NILSEN – The Short Night (Touch) (-)
7. NATIONAL – Boxer (Beggar’s Banquet) (8)
8. PAN SONIC – Katodivaihe / Cathodephase (Blast First Petite) (10)
9. RADIOHEAD – In Rainbows (XL) (12)
10. SUPERSILENT – 8 (Rune Grammofon) (19)
11. DO MAKE SAY THINK – You, You’re a History in Rust (Constellation) (6)
12. RICHARD THOMPSON – Sweet Warrior (Proper) (21)
13. DEXTRO – Consequence Music (Gronland) (28)
14. BOXCUTTER – Glyphic (Planet Mu) (13)
15. FENNESZ / SAKAMOTO – Cendre (Touch) (7)
16. PJ HARVEY – White Chalk (Island) (16)
17. PORT-ROYAL – Afraid to Dance (Resonant) (5)
18. ROTHKO – Eleven Stages of Intervention (Bip Hop) (27)
19. UNDERWORLD – Oblivion With Bells (Underworld Live) (11)
20. AMON TOBIN – The Foley Room (Ninja Tune) (-)
21. WORLD’S END GIRLFRIEND – Hurtbreak Wonderland (Human Highway) (-)
22. SUSANNA – Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos (Rune Grammofon) (22)
23. MONO – Gone (Temporary Residence) (-)
24. μ-ZIQ – Duntisbourne Abbott’s Soul Mate Devastation Technique (Planet Mu) (24)
25. ALVA NOTO – Xerrox Volume 1 (Raster-Noton) (-)
26. MIRA CALIX – Eyes Set Against the Sun (Warp) (-)
27. LIBRARY TAPES – Hostluft (Make Mine Music) (18)
28. HRSTA – Ghosts Will Come and Kiss Our Eyes (Constellation ) (17)
29. SIR RICHARD BISHOP – Polytheistic Fragments (Drag City) (14)
30. EL-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (Definitive Jux) (30)

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