A decade in music – 50 best albums of 2007

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50. Beirut, ‘The Flying Club Cup’. NME said: “The musical equivalent of Stalin’s grandest airships nobly crashing into flames.”

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49. Interpol, ‘Our Love To Admire’. NME said: “A stadium-sized explosion of sonic gloom.”

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47. Enter Shikari, ‘Take To The Skies’. NME said: “Their pioneering master-blasting was impossible to ignore – and even harder not to dance to.”

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46. Kaiser Chiefs, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’. NME said: “The songs are still stellar.”

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45. !!! , ‘Myth Takes’. NME said: “A whirl of psychedelics, pagan punk-funk and Sly Stone-style falsetto soul.”

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44. Gruff Rhys, ‘Candylion’. NME said: “A neat and artfully stitched patchwork assimilation of the Super Furry Animals frontman’s diverse influences.”

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42. Patrick Wolf, ‘The Magic Position’. NME said: “Exploding out of the indie ghetto like Flash Gordon’s pansexual cousin.”

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41. Menomena, ‘Friend And Foe’. NME said: “All about those unique, regal, salty-sweet songs.”

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40. El-P, ‘I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead’. NME said: “El-P’s lyrics, fractured beats and weed-enhanced paranoia reached new levels of intensity.”

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38. Justice, ‘†’. NME said: “Parisian dancefloor lords Justice put subtlety to the sword.”

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37. Jamie T, ‘Panic Prevention’. NME said: “Like having a best mate regale you with tales of last night’s shenanigans in which Stella was both the love interest and the liquid refreshment.”

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36. Holy Fuck, ‘Holy Fuck’. NME said: “It’s the funky apocalypse and we want it now.”

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35. Super Furry Animals, ‘Hey Venus’. NME said: “A return to whatever form they’re taking so that our primitive Earth brains can comprehend them.”

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34. New Young Pony Club, ‘Fantastic Playroom’. NME said: “Proved that new rave could do substance too.”

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33. Simian Mobile Disco, ‘Attack Decay Sustain Release’. NME said: “An unpretentious chunk-funk throwdown oozing with filthy rhyming and muzzy, microdotted wonkiness.”

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32. Grinderman, ‘Grinderman’. NME said: “Dirty.”

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30. Queens Of The Stone Age, ‘Era Vulgaris’. NME said: “Their most colourful collection.”

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29. Lethal Bizzie, ‘Back To Bizznizz’. NME said: “The master of crossover has arrived.”

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27. The Horrors, ‘Strange House’. NME said: “Respect is due.”

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24. The Maccabees, ‘Colour It In’. NME said: “A lovelorn gem.”

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23. Maps, ‘We Can Create’. NME said: “Maps’ Mercury Prize-nominated debut record has convinced us that there’s still an unexplored hinterland left in the genre – and it’s a place we like to be.”

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22. Black Lips, ‘Good Bad Not Evil’. NME said: “A string of passionate pastiches.”

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21. The Enemy, ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’. NME said: “It’s a mix of hope, anger and – crucially – optimism for the disaffected.”

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18. The Good The Bad And The Queen, ‘The Good The Bad And The Queen’. NME said: “Damon Albarn’s dark side-project… smacked of his usual swarthy pop genius.”

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17. Future Of The Left, ‘Curses’. NME said: “‘Curses’ observed all those other bands doing stuff in 2007 and gave them the righteous ribbing of their lives.”

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14. Babyshambles, ‘Shotters Nation’. NME said: “Easily Pete Doherty’s best work (some might even say better) since he was in that other band we can’t quite remember the name of.”

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13. Pj Harvey, ‘White Chalk’. NME said: “Perhaps the most beautiful and ethereal collection of songs you’ll hear all year.”

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11. LCD Soundsystem, ‘Sound Of Silver’. NME said: “Much more than just knowingly cool tunes performed by an eminently droppable name.”

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9. The Cribs, ‘Men’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever’. NME said: “There’s something satisfying about watching The Cribs’ slow ride to the top, fuelled by self-belief and great tunes rather than hype.”

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8. Biffy Clyro, ‘Puzzle’. NME said: “It’s the finest collection of rock songs this year from either side of the ocean.”

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7. MIA, ‘Kala’. NME said: “Brash, unruly and confusing…but welcome to the world. Nobody straddles it better than MIA.”

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5. Les Savy Fav, ‘Let’s Stay Friends’. NME said: “A hulking battering ram of a record.”

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4. Arcade Fire, ‘Neon Bible’. NME said: “Heavy as war yet lighter than helium, ‘Neon Bible’ was a fluorescent depressant.”

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2. Arctic Monkeys, ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’. NME said: “This is a second album delivered not through the cocaine haze a thousand others have been, but one with a clarity belying the tornado this band truly are.”

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