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Harbinger


Tiny



Shame
(mp3)
from “Harbinger”
(NMX Records)


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I came across the below music reviews while browsing Gibson Guitar web site the post started as “The Best Albums of 2007 (Free MP3s!)” I don’t agree that these are the best Albums of 2007, music is so subjective, but I will agree that the music they have reviewed is great just listen to the below and you’ll see what I mean.

I would have rather seen the tile of the post more geared toward “2007 a year in review” or “My ears pick the music for 2007” but I will agree that 2007 was a great year for new and remixed music overall. Take a moment and listen below and I think you’ll agree what they say about this years music.

BTW I guess in the end that their choice of post titles did the trick ” To read it..! ” and that was the whole point anyway.

The songs and the reviews are very interesting to read, here’s an excerpt from Gibson

Good grief, there was some good music this year. From the gut-wrenching rock of Kings of Leon to the bumping reggae-fied hip-hop of M.I.A. and the top-drawer tunes of Neil Young, there was no reason not to boogie and swoon, to scrutinize lyrics and concoct the perfect mix tape. In this unofficial but oh-so-heartfelt list of the Best Albums of 2007, Gibson’s editorial staff identify and dissect their favorite albums of the year. Did we leave one of your favorites out? Email us at editor@gibson.com. Read the rest


Hammer of the GodsBottomless Pit

“The Cardinal Movements” (mp3)
from “Hammer of the Gods”
(Comedy Minus One)

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Hammer Of The Gods
(Comedy Minus One)

When Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist was killed in a freak car accident in 2005, it ended the legacy of one of indie rock’s most underrated bands. Comprised of two of Silkworm’s remaining musicians (including amazing guitarist Andy Cohen) as well as members of .22 and Seam, the band’s debut Hammer of the Gods is understandably darker than the members’ previous output, but it’s equally as inventive and transcendent.

― written by Jonah Bayer credit gibson.com


SpoonSpoon
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
(Merge)

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Centered on vocalist/guitarist Britt Daniel and drummer Jim Eno, Spoon give their songs an old-school melodic foundation, then burnishes that aesthetic with an indie-style sense of the perverse. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, the band’s sixth full-length album, ranks among Spoon’s best.

The opening track, “Don’t Make Me a Target,” sets the tone. Built on dry, crunchy guitar riffs, and sporting a fuzz-toned lead break that harks back to Dave Davies, the song comes off as an updated blend of the Kinks and the Lovin’ Spoonful. Indeed, like the latter band, Spoon often laces their material with a soulful vibe. Examples include “You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb,” a hook-laden, horn-riddled blast of Motown-style pop; “Don’t You Evah,” a laid-back excursion into white Memphis soul that sports a hollowbody guitar groove of the sort favored by Alex Chilton; and “Finer Feelings,” a splash of sunshine-y guitar pop that could have come from the pen of ex-Clash guitarist Mick Jones, had Jones grown up in the American South.

But the album’s best moment occurs at the end. Fitted with Ringo-like drumming, swirling orchestration, strummy acoustic guitars, and a piano figure that borrows from the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” “Black Like Me” sends the album off on an ambitious high note. John Lennon himself would have been proud.

— written by Russell Hall credit gibson.com


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