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Albums of 2007, part 2

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Andorra
Andorra
"Fourth album, in which Dan Snaith moves from laptop-jazz-folk-electronica into (almost) full-on psychedelic guitar pop - think The Zombies, etcetera. Singing, songs, excellence."
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford
"5-piece jazz string ensemble backed by Seb Roachford on drums; not dissimilar to a jazzified take on Final Fantasy. 3 covers and 6 very good original, ranging from emlancholic to enervated. Very good."
Fraud
Fraud
"Lots of potential in this debut from Acoustic Ladyland stablemates; they play it straighter than AL, but that's OK.  Brass, drums, bass, occasional electronics, and some decent jazz tunes."
Twilight Of The Innocents
Twilight Of The Innocents
"It's a shame this has attracted so little attention, because it's actually a masterclass in hooky pop punk growers, and the Downpatrick trio's best album in years. Excellent production. Give it time."
Future Rock
Future Rock
"Dubby house / disco / electronica / postrock. "Balearic", hahaha. Beautiful, corrupted, fifth-hand. Very good."
Wrong Meetings
Wrong Meetings
"Double disc set including part 2, alluded to in part 1 of my 2007 list, and the rare, previousdly vinyl-only part one. Both superlative!"
Desire [Us Import]
Desire [Us Import]
"Final third gets a bit Luther Vandross, but when Pharoahe's angry, political, and covering Public Enemy he's very, very good. Beats err on the side of soulful caution, but the man can rhyme."
Rocket Ep
Rocket Ep
"The most talented and eclectic bunch of psychedelic kids to emerge from Manchester in years. New Beta Band. But more. Awesome."
Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters
Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters
"Intense, strung-out, maximalist, poetic Scottish alt.rock, of the type Idlewild would love to be able to produce."
asa breed
asa breed
"Lot of hype behind this eclectic electronic dance pop - it doesn't quite meet expectations, being a little too 'produced for iPods', but has some great songs nonetheless."
If Symptoms Persist Kill Your Doctor
If Symptoms Persist Kill Your Doctor
"Excellent and unexpected return to their droney, minimal roots. Really amazingly produced; one for the headphones and the hi-fi, not the jukebox, and rightly so."
Five Roses
Five Roses
"Modern electro-acoustic shoegazing-with-harmonies like only the Canadians seem to make well these days; if you like MBV, Eno, Beach Boys, you'll like this. Simple as that."
Hey Venus!
Hey Venus!
"Surprisingly good return(ish) to concise, pop songwriting. A little tepid at times, but more minimal and tuneful than they've been for years. A major label didn't suit them."
White Chalk
White Chalk
"Brief, intimate set of piano-led tunes from one of the best artist's this country's ever produced.  Completely different to anything she's done before, but just as brilliant."
Businessmen & Ghosts
Businessmen & Ghosts
"Double CD set combining debut album & Rocket EP with an armful of new tracks - unrelentingly brilliant and eclectic psychedelic rock/dance/pop/abstract. Flows like two albums. Superb."
Flying Club Cup
Flying Club Cup
"Second album of idiosyncratic, beautifully-arranged folk-pop oddness from prolific naif genius and friends; compellingly out-of-time."
Walls
Walls
"Fantastically produced, eclectic techno / shoegaze / discopunk / ambient / pop / electronica / whatever. The tunes are neary as good as the mind blowing production. Amazing on good headphones."
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