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20 Top Albums from 2007, in no particular order

Randal Thane
 
Life in Cartoon Motion
Life in Cartoon Motion
"Go on. Admit it. He's IRRESISTIBLE (Even if you hate the Bee Gees). Sharp and soppy by turn, it's  the sort of  album that makes you dance around on your own and feel better about the world."
Strawberry Jam
Strawberry Jam
"This one grows and grows - or should that be spreads and spreads? Like wandering around in a deliriously happy musical daze, with the occasional car crash thrown in."
Apples
Apples
"She just keeps getting better with every album. One of the truly great voices of contemporary music. 'Send Us a Quiet Night' will haunt your dreams."
Person Pitch
Person Pitch
"Sounds like the Beach Boys on...  well, something even the great Brian Wilson didn't ingest. A fabulously layered wall of sound. Best Album by Man in Bear Suit."
Versatile Heart
Versatile Heart
"The Linda Thompson comeback marches triumphantly on. How did we manage without her? Rufus Wainwright writes her another great song ('Beauty'), while 'Day After Tomorrow' is the year's Best Cover."
Release the Stars
Release the Stars
"'Do I Disapoint You?' Oh come off it, Rufus: you never have. Glorious, glorious stuff from our favourite boy."
The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
"Starting with a sort of reggae number, this is the Cassadys' most accessible album yet. 'Japan'  is positively Sing-along-a-CocoRosie. Still bonkers, of course. Thank God."
Armchair Apocrypha
Armchair Apocrypha
"The most beautiful album artwork of the year, and another excellent set of songs from Mr Bird. 'Yawny at the Apocalypse' is the year's Best (and Best-Titled) Instrumental Number."
A Weekend in the City
A Weekend in the City
"Intelligent, touching and beautifully performed. 'Do You Remember' is a heartbreaking  'if only' song, a match for the wonderful 'This Modern Love' on Silent Alarm."
Fur And Gold
Fur And Gold
"Debut of the Year.  Some artists really do arrive fully formed: just listen to 'Bat's Mouth' . Marvellously varied songs. Admired by Bjork, and no wonder."
The Magic Position
The Magic Position
"A lovely new hair colour and a lovely new set of songs from Master Wolf. He's a true original - and just listen to him duet with Marianne Faithfull on 'Magpie'."
Deep Cuts
Deep Cuts
"In the absence of anything from The Fiery Furnaces, The Knife get this  year's Best Brother & Sister Act. And Best Use of Steel Band ('Pass This On'). Probably Swedish Album of the Year too."
Bombshell
Bombshell
"KC Rules OK? He does indeed if this new offering is anything to go by. A wondeful voice (that Fife accent), great tunes.  Try first and last tracks, but then  listen to everything in between."
Lovers And Crypts
Lovers And Crypts
"Unquestionably the year's Best Lesbian Rap Album. Funny, filthy, absolutely and appallingly incorrect in every conceivable way ('Dolphins', anyone?)  Enormous fun for  grown-ups."
Spider Smile
Spider Smile
"The year's Best German Electronica Album. They even sing now  - in their minimalist way: 'When Love Was the Law in Los Angeles' is almost as get-up-and-dance as  Mika's 'Grace Kelly'."
Music for Tourists
Music for Tourists
"Another of those wonky-voiced boys, but these are beautiful songs beautifully arranged. 'Not Nice' is what we've always wanted to say to those we love.  Great album cover, too."
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
The Good, The Bad & The Queen
"If your heart sinks at the term 'Brit Pop', listen to, say,  'Kingdom of Doom'  or 'Nature Springs'.  It's like The Kinks all over again, which is high praise indeed."
Neon Bible
Neon Bible
"They really are as good as everyone says.  Annoying, isn't it? But listen to 'Keep the Car Running', 'No Cars Go'... well, almost any track on the album,  and give in."
Soviet Kitsch
Soviet Kitsch
"A reissue, admittedly, but long unavailable and the sort of album that makes you seek out everything else she has done.  Try the anthemic 'Us' or the quirky 'Ghost of a Corporate Future'. The goods."
Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos
Sonata Mix Dwarf Cosmos
"Dreamy Norweigian minimalist stuff. As slow and haunting as the extraordinary cover versions on Melody Mountain."