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soundofsilver.jpgBritish music mag Uncut may advertise a mind-numbing recycled feature in the form of John Lennon's "30 Greatest Songs" on the cover of of its year-end issue, but much like how the magazine's reviews section stays doggedly up-to-date even as the rest of the book flogs seemingly exhausted rock icons, its year-end list names LCD Soundsystem's Sound Of Silver the best album of the year and LCD's "North American Scum" the best song. (Even more surprising for a mag that trades so heavily on "worthy" rock music for grown-up boys, Rihanna's "Umbrella" sits just behind James Murphy at No. 2 on the songs list.) You know the full lists are after the jump, but an advance preview for now.

THE GOOD: PJ Harvey's astounding White Chalk makes a surprisingly high appearance at No. 3, not that we're complaining. Also Uncut's got to be the only relatively high-profile music mag in the world, other than The Wire, that would put Robert Wyatt's art-drunk album about sobering up, Comicopera, in its Top 10.
THE BAD: People really did love that Wilco album, didn't they? Things get a bit flabby in the AAA-friendly mid-section of the albums list with the exception of Les Savy Fav's very fine comeback. Also the Arctic Monkeys at No. 2 seems a bit of a stretch for an album where even fans grumbled and whispered about sophomore slumps.
THE WHAAA?: As Maura wondered, how do EPs count as "songs"? With the format enjoying something of a minor resurgence, is it time to bring back the EP category across the board when it comes to best-of lists?

1. LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
2. Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
3. PJ Harvey - White Chalk
4. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
5. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
6. Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
7. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls in America
8. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
9. Radiohead - In Rainbows
10. Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
11. Björk - Volta
12. Battles - Mirrored
13. Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
14. M.I.A. - Kala
15. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
16. Grinderman - Grinderman
17. Super Furry Animals - Hey Venus!
18. Voice of the Seven Woods - Voice of the Seven Woods
19. Feist - The Reminder
20. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
21. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
22. Babyshambles - Shotters Nation
23. Rilo Kiley - Under the Brightlight
24. Lessavy Fav - Let's Stay Friends
25. Kings of Leon - Because of the Times
26. Manu Chao - La Radiolina
27. Steve Earle - Washington Square Serenade
28. Rufus Wainwright - Release the Stars
29. The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
30. The Good, The Bad & The Queen - The Good, The Bad & The Queen
31. Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
32. Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
33. Tinariwen - Aman Iman: Water Is Life
34. The National - Boxer
35. Bill Callahan - Woke on a Whaleheart
36. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga
37. Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
38. The Cribs - Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
39. Interpol - Our Love to Admire
40. Iron and Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
41. Justice - †
42. Richard Thompson - Sweet Warrior
43. Manic Street Preachers - Send Away the Tigers
44. Maps - We Can Create
45. Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
46. Von Sudenfed - Tromatic Reflexxions
47. Nick Lowe - At My Age
48. Thurston Moore - Trees Outside the Academy
49. Ry Cooder - My Name Is Buddy
50. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond

1. LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum
2. Rihanna - Umbrella
3. Feist - 1,2,3,4
4. Battles - Atlas
5. The White Stripes - You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
6. M.I.A. - Jimmy
7. Klaxons - Golden Skans
8. Mutya & Groove Armada - Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)
9. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered
10. Dizzee Rascal - Sirens
11. Effi Briest - Mirror Rim
12. Kanye West - Can't Tell Me Nothing
13. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues
14. Lavender Diamond - The Cavalry of Light EP
15. Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm
16. The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations
17. Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
18. Babyshambles - Delivery
19. Caribou - Meolody Day
20. Joanna Newsom - Joanna Newsom & The Ys Street Band EP

Uncut Best Of 2007 [Acclaimed Music Forums]

2:25 PM ON FRI NOV 30 2007

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