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Music Australia Guide (MAG) Top 50 Albums 2007
1. Silverchair – Young Modern
2. Grinderman – Grinderman
3. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver
4. Radiohead – In Rainbows
5. White Stripes – Icky Thump
6. Kings Of Leon – Because Of The Times
7. Tim Rogers – The Luxury Of Hysteria
8. MIA – Kala
9. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
10. PJ Harvey – White Chalk
11. Interpol – Our Love To Admire
12. Love Of Diagrams – Mosaic
13. Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
14. Tinariwen – Aman:Iman
15. Dizzee Rascal – Maths And English
16. Bjork – Volta
17. Electrelane – No Shouts No Calls
18. Blonde Redhead – 23
19. Devastations – Yes, U
20. Midnight Juggernauts – Dystopia
21. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
22. Jackson Jackson – The Fire Is On The Bird
23. Besnard Lakes – Are The Dark Horse
24. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Baby 81
25. Feist – The Reminder
26. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
27. Wilco – Sky Blue Sky
28. Paul Kelly – Stolen Apples
29. Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
30. Mavis Staples – We’ll Never Turn Back
31. The Waifs – Sun Dirt Water
32. Katalyst – What’s Happening?
33. The Mess Hall – The Devil’s Elbow
34. Band Of Horses – Cease To Begin
35. Underworld – Oblivion With Bells
36. Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set – The Moon Looked On
37. Rufus Wainwright – Release The Stars
38. John Butler Trio – Grand National
39. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
40. Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City
41. Mark Ronson – Version
42. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
43. Klaxons – Myths Of The Near Future
44. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
45. Powderfinger – Dream Days At The Hotel Existence
46. Bumblebeez – Prince Umberto And The Sisters Of Ill
47. The Bamboos – Rawville
48. Bettye LaVette – Scene Of The Crime
49. Sneaky Sound System - Sneaky Sound System
50. Airbourne – Runnin’ Wild
You know, for a moment there I thought Silverchair had been voted album of the year. I'd better go back to bed until the hallucinations wear off.
Well it is Australia. Did you really expect anything other than Silverchair?
Silverchair have been typecast, and it's unfortunate. If you listen to their latest record, or 2002's Diorama, you wouldn't even know it was the same band that put out "Tomorrow" and "Pure Massacre."
Now, I'm not saying their new album is deserving of a top spot, but they're not the grunge band that everyone thinks they are. They shed that sound long ago for an experimental, cinematic sound. It's unfortunate (and shortsighted) that most people still have their heads in 1995.
It's true that Silverchair have changed, Anthony, but I don't think they've really improved much, either. I've heard both Diorama and Young Modern and would give both less than 2.5 stars.
I didn’t say those were the greatest records either, but at least Silverchair stepped out of the shadow of their idols to forge their own path. Give credit where it’s due.
Anyone who still thinks of Silverchair as the young, long blonde-haired poster-boys of "coattail grunge" really should realy listen to Diorama. They might be surprised.
"really should realy"??? Nice Anth.
Whatever. You get my point.
Yes, I will grant that they jumped ship, but they seem to have done so to avoid extinction like many other grunge bands did (and synth pop bands back in the mid 80s). I do prefer their newer material, but I still don't think it is anything more than C-grade. That said, my wife dragged me to a concert of theirs (after much immature kicking and screaming, I concede!) and I thought they put on a very good show. So I will award them that respect.