2007 offers a cornucopia of sonic gratification

Upcoming year filled to brim with ultra-promising albums

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The new year ushers in fans’ excitement for new albums. Every year, musical stalwarts try releasing innovative material, young bands try avoiding the sophomore slump, and indie darlings struggle to live up to eager fans and bitter critics’ expectations. Here’s a sneak peek of albums to check out in early 2007 " even if you’ve already downloaded leaked copies.

The Shins " Wincing the Night Away
The Shins, Zach Braff’s favourite and the band Natalie Portman claims will “change your life,” are finally providing a follow-up to their acclaimed sophomore album, Chutes Too Narrow.

With the album’s first single, “Phantom Limb,” available online, fans are prepared to pounce once Wincing the Night Away hits stores Jan. 23. It will only be a matter of time before every song is optioned for an independent film, featuring a cast of young hipsters and, of course, Bill Murray.

Arcade Fire " Neon Bible
The band’s debut blew listeners away with its intensity and frontman Win Butler’s passionate delivery. Now, Montreal’s Arcade Fire is gearing up for what could be its biggest year yet; apparently, the band will utilize everything from an oversized pipe organ to a full Hungarian orchestra. Neon Bible, which will be darker than Aracade Fire’s debut, is scheduled for release March 23.

Bloc Party " A Weekend in the City
Remember in 2005 when spiky guitar rock swarmed the indie scene and sent numerous gullible fans rushing to the nearest record store looking for Gang of Four albums? You can blame Bloc Party’s undeniably catchy, danceable and addictive sound. Well, and maybe Franz Ferdinand.

Bloc Party’s Weekend in the City, set for a February release, is much mellower than its predecessor, Silent Alarm. The album focuses more on ballads and relaxation rather than repeating the band’s previous breakneck-speed song style. Hopefully, Kele Okereke and the boys know what they’re doing.

Ted Leo and The Pharmacists " Living with the Living
He may be aging, but Ted Leo plans on proving he can still rock with the best by releasing a new album. Now signed to Touch and Go Records, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists will release Living with the Living March 20. Though the album retains some semblance of the band’s punk and traditional-rock roots, the band seems intent on tackling even more political issues on this release than 2004’s Shake the Streets. After waiting three years for a new album, Leo better have something good to say to his fans.

Deerhoof " Friend Opportunity
These crazy Californians are still up to the same old tricks " making catchy, quirky, indie rock. Deerhoof releases its new album Jan. 23. Besides 10 new tracks, Friend Opportunity features 12 different album covers to choose from. The unconventional Deerhoof will hopefully continue defying and adjusting expectations in 2007. Now, if only fans could figure out what lead singer Satomi Matsuzaki is singing about.

There are numerous other exciting albums set for release in 2007. Here’s a list of some artists planning to release new albums this year:

Aesop Rock, Akron/Family, Ambulance Ltd., Animal Collective, Apostle of Hustle, Apples in Stereo, Architecture in Helsinki, Art Brut, The Autumn Defense, Bad Brains, Beruit, The Bravery, Bright Eyes, British Sea Power, The Breeders, B.R.M.C., Built to Spill, Bus Driver, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Clientele, Clinic, Common, The Cure, Dinosaur Jr., Dntel, Doves, Elbow, Explosions in the Sky, The Fall, Final Fantasy, Gnarls Barkley, The Go! Team, The Good, the Bad and the Queen, Hard-Fi, Hot Chip, Interpol, Iron & Wine, John Vanderslice, Jose Gonzalez, Kings of Leon, Ladytron, LCD Soundsystem, Editors, Low, Lupe Fiasco, Madvillian, Massive Attack, Magic Numbers, Magnetic Fields, Maximo Park, Metric, Modest Mouse, The National, The New Pornographers, Prefuse 73, The Postal Service, Of Montreal, Okkervil River, The Polyphonic Spree, Radiohead, R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins, Son Volt, Spiritualized, Stars, Stereophonics, Talib Kweli, Tokyo Police Club, Wolf Parade, The Wrens, Youth Group

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