For those of you who still think ten years ago was 1997, I have some bad news for you.
Can it really be a decade since people queued for hours to grab the first iPhone, the last Harry Potter book was released into the world, the first Transformers movie was released, the Dublin Port Tunnel opened and Gordon Brown became Prime Minister of England? Anyone remember Gordon Brown?
In terms of music, 2007 was a time when genres were much less blended then they are today, with the indie-rock bands gracing the cover of NME still dominating the industry.
It was though, a stellar year for albums, as you can see.
Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
Their rapid rise to fame had many wondering whether the young Sheffield band would succumb to ‘difficult second album’ syndrome, but this was roundly disproved by FWN. Lead single Brianstorm instantly became an indie disco staple.
Kala - M.I.A.
After her 2004 debut Arular, Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam aka M.I.A. returned with Kala, a record that solidified her presence as both an artist and a voice for political dissent. The album is perfect mix of percussive dance-pop and musical references to her Sri Lankan roots. Of all the songs on the record, Paper Planes has become an iconic, era-defining track.
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Radiohead’s follow up to 2003’s Hail To The Thief was a self-released masterpiece. Their decision to have a pay-what-you want system for the album was at the time unheard of for such a high-profile act, and one the band have not since repeated. A gentle collection of what Thom Yorke called ‘seduction songs’, In Rainbows is a cohesive and beautifully arranged piece of art.
Volta - Björk
Björk’s only album to crack the Billboard Top Ten, the artist herself summed it up as a ‘full-bodied’ work. Her admiration for hip-hop producing legend Timbaland resulted in the two collaborating on three tracks, and the tour to accompany the release was her first in over four years.
Graduation - Kanye West
In contrast with his previous two albums, Graduation saw West wholeheartedly embracing electronic and dance influences. The level of fame he had reached by the album’s release colours the work, with songs like Flashing Lights detailing the lavish lifestyle he was now accustomed to, and the trappings of success.
For Emma Forever Ago - Bon Iver
Recorded by the group’s singer Justin Vernon during a period of deep depression in a remote Wisconsin cabin, For Emma was a debut album which achieved instant classic status within a number of months. The tracks are warm and intimate while also acting as an emotive chronicle of deep loneliness.
The Reminder - Feist
Leslie Feist’s third album is a testament to her incredible and singular voice. Flitting sonically between emotionally wounded fragility and stark vitality, she dove deep into her own personal experiences of love and loss. The resulting record is a real treasure.
CROSS - JUSTICE
French duo Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay’s debut is a spectacular nu-disco record with obvious callbacks to the heavy metal the two are so fond of. Sprinkled with blink-and-you’ll miss them samples, the abrasive disco sound made this a failsafe party album.
Under The Blacklight - Rilo Kiley
An album about the murky underbelly of those seeking fame in the band’s home state of California, the influence of the 1970s can be seen on every track of the album. Jenny Lewis’ glassy vocals and biting lyrics keep it both seedy and glossy all at once.
The Sound Of Silver - LCD Soundsystem
Few albums of the 2000s are as revered as LCD Soundsystem’s second release. It’s easy to see why with devastating tracks like Someone Great juxtaposed with proper bangers like Get Innocuous! and the classic All My Friends. The band reunited in January 2016, rocked the Electric Picnic last summer, and a new album is dropping later this year.