1. Radiohead — In Rainbows
For the past week, Eric Atienzaand I have been counting down the best albums of 2007, and we've finally arrived at the fateful day. And now there's a man in a tuxedo walking across a well-lit stage. He's holding in his hand an envelope, the contents of which contain the my #1 album of 2007. The room is silent. Women with elegant haircuts and reflective gowns hold their well-manicured hands to their mouths — an uncontrollable humanistic response to the anxiety that fills the room. The drums roll, the camera cuts back to the man, who's arrived at the podium. A solitary beadlet of sweat forms just above the ridge of his right eyebrow. Holding the envelope in his left him, he thumbs the sealed flap with his right and begins to speak:
"And the winner of the 2007 Album of the Ye--..."
"It's In Rainbows, you idiot!" a loud, scruffy looking young man who's now perched on one of the dining tables screams from the middle of the room. "ScooterDMan let the cat out of the bag yesterday, when he noted at the bottom of Eric's column that he wanted In Rainbows to 'have his children.'"
The young man was correct. Though his interruption was not appreciated, he continued to explain that given what was known about ScooterDMan's Top 10 list up until that point, namely that it looked like this...
...it could be assumed that any album he'd like to have children with would certainly occupy one of those spots. And so it does. Without a doubt. I've got my reasons, and if you've been following Listen In, you already know 'em. If you don't, here. If you don't feel like reading that, perhaps an anagram for In Rainbows can adequately and concisely describe why it was my favorite album this year:
It's that simple.
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