Your Morning Rock In Review – Five….Four…. Friday, December 21, 2007Posted by Jerkwheat in jerkwheat, Your Morning Rock.
I hope that the countdown has been as entertaining for you to read as it has been for me to write thus far. Today, we hit the last two entries before we crack the Top 3 next Wednesday. Numbers Five and Four for 2007 are both pretty downbeat entries, but they’ve stuck with me throughout the year.
Let’s hit the jump to see what the day holds…
Coming in at Number Five
Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
Ah, where do we begin. I think has got to be the most polarizing album release of the year. There was very little in between when it came to people’s initial reaction – it was either love at first listen or visceral hate and accusations of Eagles-dom. However, in this “Year of the Grower”, Sky Blue Sky eventually found its way into the hearts of many of the original doubters. There is still a strong contingency of folks who think this soundtrack to VW ads is boring and uninteresting, but if nothing else, Wilco has kept itself in the conversation by releasing one of the more talked about albums of the year. I just happen to love it. “Impossible Germany”, “What Light”, “Walken”, and even the album opener “Either Way” drilled their way into my head over the past several months and I’m not complaining about it at all. Now I think I’ll go buy a Touareg. Continue your hate in the comments. Or admit that you’ve come around. Either Way.
And Number Four for 2007
Iron and Wine – The Shepard’s Dog
When I first starting making my list for the year, I admit that this wasn’t one of the first albums that jumped to my mind. However, it had quietly been building momentum in my play list since it’s late September release and when I reflected back on what music had really moved me and affected me, the true value of The Shepard’s Dog revealed itself to me. It’s a perfect Sunday afternoon album. Put it on, relax, read a book, get lost in the gentle rhythm and be lulled by Sam Beam’s gentle voice. An absolutely gorgeous album from the opener “Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car” to the end of “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”, Beam has crafted his finest work to date. “White Tooth Man” has an intensity that is not often seen in Beam’s songs and “Lovesong of the Buzzard” is possibly the finest Iron and Wine song to date.
Have a great Christmas/Whatever Holiday You Choose everyone – we’ll see you again on Wednesday as we wrap up 2007.