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Some Great Things from '07

Juan Mobili
 
Aman Iman: Water is Life
Aman Iman: Water is Life
"I'm positive although not intended, Aman Iman is one of the best Rock and Blues albums of the year. Nomads who met a Qadafy camp, they chose to put the weapons down and pick the electric guitars."
Back To Black
Back To Black
"I often get turned off rather than swayed by massive critical acclaim but in Winehouse's case the praise is right. Only 23 years old, Amy has a voice whose range and maturity is breathtaking."
Vengo Venenoso
Vengo Venenoso
"The music is simply stunning. You can definitely compare it to the best of Ketama (Carmona's great Spanish group) and it is produced by Gustavo Santaolalla."
La Radiolina
La Radiolina
"Manu Chao returns with an album to rival Clandestino, his classic debut. Chao has enough talent and guts to shame any major Pop artist out there, imagine if Joe Strummer grew in Spain."
In Rainbows
In Rainbows
"In addition to the stir they created with its marketing, In Rainbows should cause an even bigger splash with the sheer beauty of the music contained here. Radiohead's back at its best."
Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
"Devendra keeps pushing the envelope unconcerned, it seems for whom it might please or piss off. I like that in an artist."
River: The Joni Letters
River: The Joni Letters
"Consider this album a set of studies of Joni Mitchell's music. Different moods, some closer to how Joni,s songs might sound in your head than others, but, as a whole, a pretty stunning piece of work."
The Reminder
The Reminder
"Forget about the proverbial sophomore slump prophecy. Ms. Feist's second album is a keeper. The emotional range she shows throughout these songs and her gift for phrasing are remarkable."
Dub Qawwali
Dub Qawwali
"Usually mixes of such unrelated genres—Qawwali devotional singing and Dub/Reggae—turn out horrendous hybrids. But Qawwali Dub is a huge exception."
Ce
Ce
"Caetano, sixty-plus years old, last year decided to record "Cé" an album closer to Punk than MPB, and now it's the live version. The sound is stripped down to its unsentimental essence and yet rich."
Sweet Spot
Sweet Spot
"Amazing, amazing album. Yura Yura Teikoku is Japanese Rock band that cut its teeths in the Psych scene in Tokyo, and that means anything from Floyd to CAN, and yet a totally distinct."
Easy Tiger
Easy Tiger
"The man continues to produce some of the best Americana material of the last decade, which is even more amazing given how prolific he's been. The great songs rank among his best."
Yes, I'm A Witch
Yes, I'm A Witch
"I don't know about you but I stopped blaming Yoko for the Beatles's demise long enough to appreciate the artist she has always been in her own right."
We'll Never Turn Back
We'll Never Turn Back
"Strong new album by Mavis Staples, magnificently produced by Ry Cooder. Neither one could have asked for better company, particularly given the power and relevance of these songs."